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Warm season grass challenges and benefits to grazing

By Matt Reese

Those who graze livestock all understand the “summer slump” where Ohio’s cool season pastures decrease in productivity in the often hot, dry days of July and August. This slump has significant implications when maximizing pasture through management.

Nathan Rice raises grain and cattle on his Clinton County farm and knows the summer slump all too well on the 14 acres of pasture for his small cow/calf freezer beef operation. He also works for the Nnatural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and has learned the benefits of alternative grazing options. To help address the significant costs he has seen associated with the summer slump for his cool season pastures, Rice has been working to establish some native warm season grasses, including species like big bluestem, little bluestem and Indiangrass. 

“I was interested in using native warm season grasses after learning about them through my work with NRCS. They really have a good ability to fit in a grazing system by addressing the summer slump.… Continue reading

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Soggy fields slow harvest

Rain again delayed corn and soybean harvests in Ohio last week, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. The average temperature for the week was 51.8 degrees Fahrenheit, 2.0 degrees above normal for the State. The statewide average precipitation was 2.22 inches, 1.78 inches above normal. There were 2.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending October 31.

Very soggy conditions kept combines out of the fields most of last week. There was a very small window where crops could be harvested and some growers were able to get some corn and soybeans harvested. Corn and soybean harvest are both behind their respective 5-year averages. Ponding in some winter wheat fields caused drowned out spots. Wheat planting is far behind both last year and the 5-year averages. Some growers may not get intended wheat planted in time due to wet conditions. Low lying pasture conditions deteriorated.… Continue reading

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Continue to “stage” pasture into fall

By Victor Shelton, NRCS State Agronomist/Grazing Specialist

My wife has been splitting open persimmon seeds. For those who don’t know what this is supposed to mean — it is an old wives’ tale method of predicting the upcoming winter weather. For clarity, I’m not saying my wife is old, but she does like to read persimmon seeds! Traditionally, you split the persimmon seed open to reveal the whitish sprout inside. It may require a bit of imagination, but they are supposed to resemble a spoon, a fork or a knife. The spoon is said to predict lots of heavy, wet snow. A fork means you should expect a mild winter. A knife indicates an icy, windy and bitter cold winter. Surprisingly or luckily, it is often correct. She split open several seeds this year — all were spoons.

Now, I would not bank on that information, but it is a reminder that we need to be prepared ahead of time for whatever the weather decides to throw at us.… Continue reading

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2021 Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference

You’re invited to the premier forum for Ohio’s food and agriculture industry as the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics will be hosting the  2021 Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference on November 18-19, 2021.

This conference will be held virtually over the course of two days, with experts covering issues important to producers, agribusinesses and elected officials. The schedule for this conference is:

Thursday, Nov. 18 (Day One) Schedule

  • (9 a.m. – 10 a.m): “Consumers, Shopping, and Local Food: What’s Next?” presented by AEDE Assistant Professor Dr. Zoë Plakias.
  • (11 a.m. – 12 p.m.): “Now Hiring: An Ohio Food & Agricultural Labor Update,” presented by AEDE Assistant Professor Dr. Margaret Jodlowski.
  • (1 p.m. – 2 p.m.): “US Trade Policy and Prospects for Agricultural Trade,” presented by AEDE Professor and Andersons Chair of Agricultural Marketing, Trade and Policy Dr. Ian Sheldon.

Friday, November 19 (Day Two) Schedule

  • (9 a.m. – 10 a.m):
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Representing Ohio FFA in Indianapolis

By Bethany Starlin, OCJ FFA reporter (and Ohio’s 2021 National Officer candidate)

Each October, thousands of FFA members flock to Indianapolis, Ind. to attend the National FFA Convention and Expo. Whether it’s competing in a Career Development Event, interviewing for a proficiency award or simply celebrating the successes of our organization over the past year, there is something in Indianapolis for all to enjoy. 

Bethany Starlin

As someone who has attended the National FFA Convention and Expo in a number of capacities — first as a supporter of my older siblings, then as a member and finally as a state officer — I understand the excitement that builds as you travel west on Interstate 70 towards the Circle City. 

This year, however, will feel a bit different.

It has been roughly two years since the sea of blue jackets have taken Indianapolis by storm. Two years worth of excitement, anticipation and celebration of the organization we all love will fill our hearts as we travel to convention late October.… Continue reading

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Ohio FFA members to watch for at National FFA Convention

The Ohio FFA is always well-represented at the National FFA Convention and 2021 is certainly no exception. With an impressive 19 proficiency finalists, 17 National Agriscience Fair project finalists and 449 American FFA Degree recipients, there will be plenty of Ohio FFA members being highlighted in the coming days on the national stage in Indianapolis. Stay tuned this week to ocj.com for results, highlights and interviews with Ohio FFA members. Here is a list of Ohio FFA participants in the 2021 National FFA Convention courtesy of the Ohio FFA Association. 

American FFA Degrees – 449

National Officer Candidate – Bethany Starlin, Chief Logan

National Proficiency Award Finalists (19)

Agricultural Mechanics Design and Fabrication – Meredith Ann Yerian, Fairfield Union

Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance-Placement – Justin Preece, Urbana 

Agricultural Services – Brayden Shumaker, West Holmes

Beef Production-Entrepreneurship – Luke Jennings, Felicity-Franklin

Beef Production-Placement – Amanda Annett, Utica

Dairy Production-Entrepreneurship – Maggie Mathews, East Clinton Great Oaks

Dairy Production-Placement – Renea Schmitmeyer, Versailles

Diversified Agricultural Production – Wyatt Kunk, Houston-UVCC

Diversified Horticulture – Wesley Gehret, Versailles

Equine Science-Entrepreneurship – Mitchell Bean, East Clinton Great Oaks

Equine Science-Placement – Brooke Blansette, Liberty Union

Fiber and/or Oil Crop Production – Chris Dible, Big Walnut-DACC

Forage Production – Max Homan, New Bremen

Fruit Production – Lillian Beebe, Fayetteville

Goat Production – Noah Barga, Versailles

Grain Production – Matthew Ruff, Westfall

Service-Learning – Madisen Jolliff, Ridgemont

Sheep Production – Zoe Parrott, Northmor

Small Animal Production and Care – Morgan Kimmel, Covington-UVCC

Swine Production-Placement – Mykenzie Lance, Ridgemont

Turf Grass Management – Robert Gray, Western Brown

National Chapter Award-Model of Excellence Finalists

Blanchester Great Oaks, New Bremen, Zane Trace

Three-Star Chapters – Anna, Black River, Blanchester Great Oaks, Bowling Green-Penta, Cardington, Carey, Clear Fork, Covington-UVCC, Elgin, Felicity-Franklin, Firelands, Greenon, Houston-UVCC, McClain, Miami East-MVCTC, Mississinawa Valley-MVCTC, Mowrystown, National Trail-MVCTC, New Bremen, Northeastern, Paulding, South Central, Southeastern, Spencerville, St.… Continue reading

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Rains slow harvest efforts

Don Jackson

We had a pretty good shower come through and we are at about an inch total. The ground is pretty wet now. 

I think this moisture is going to affect this corn some. We need to get this out. I still see a fair amount of ears standing up. We need to get those ears to drop and get the water to run out of them.

We were able to finish beans last week. It was tough going with these foggy mornings and we’d catch a drizzle and get a late start to the day. Then the stems would get tough at dark and we couldn’t keep running. We were able to run into the night last week and made a big push. We finished up Thursday evening before the wet weather came in. The beans did stay fairly consistent and we did not see the wide variability across the field that I thought we might.… Continue reading

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Rains hinder field work, wheat planting falling behind

In what has become a theme for 2021’s harvest, Ohio corn and soybean harvests were hampered by rains last week, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. The average temperature for the week was 54.2 degrees Fahrenheit, 3.8 degrees above normal for the State. The statewide average precipitation was 0.59 inches, 0.04 inches below normal. There were 4.4 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending October 24.

Both corn and soybean harvests were hampered by soggy fields last week. There was a window of good harvesting weather mid-week and Ohio farmers were able to run combines heavily during that time. Corn harvest is now outpacing last year and is on-par with the 5-year average. Soybean harvest is nearly on-pace with last year and the 5-year average. Storms very late in the week last week will again delay combines for a few days while farmers wait for drier conditions.… Continue reading

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Precautions for feeding frosted forages

By Mark Sulc, Ohio State University Extension

One of these days soon we will have a frost. There is potential for some forage toxicities and other problems that can develop after a frost. Prussic acid poisoning and high nitrates are the main concern with a few specific annual forages and several weed species, but there is also an increased risk of bloat when grazing legumes after a frost. 

Nitrate accumulation in frosted forages 

Freezing damage slows down metabolism in all plants, and this might result in nitrate accumulation in plants that are still growing, especially grasses like oats and other small grains, millet, and sudangrass. This build-up usually is not hazardous to grazing animals, but greenchop or hay cut right after a freeze can be more dangerous. When in doubt, send in a sample to a forage testing lab and request a nitrate before grazing or feeding the forage after a frost.… Continue reading

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Assessing soybean success

By Matt Reese

Across much of northern Ohio, the soybean crop is looking fairly strong as harvest gets going.

Brad Miller, a technical agronomist for Asgrow and DEKALB, is advising soybean growers to take note of the yields in their fields this fall and compare them with the challenges they identified in those fields earlier in the growing season.

“Across northern Ohio we were seeing both frogeye leaf spot and sudden death syndrome. Frogeye is usually more of a southern Ohio disease, but it has crept north. I have seen it as far north as Perrysburg up by Toledo. It was something we all needed to scout for this year and apply fungicide as needed,” Miller said. “Sudden death syndrome (SDS) is something we have seen more this year with all of the rainfall. It can often be correlated back to areas of the field that had some compaction from last fall.… Continue reading

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Rain halted major harvest progress

Late week rains brought Ohio field crop harvest to a halt, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. The average temperature for the week was 64.2 degrees Fahrenheit, 9.2 degrees above normal for the State. The statewide average precipitation was 1.72 inches, 1.1 inches above normal. There were 4.7 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Oct. 17.

Both corn and soybean harvest continued unabated until late in the week when rainfall kept harvesting equipment out of fields. Even with favorable conditions early in the week, corn and soybean harvest progress now lag the 5-year average. The short-term forecast appeared good with above average temperatures and little rain which should allow farmers to return to harvest soon. Wet weather that prevented harvest also delayed winter wheat planting. Less than 60% of the winter wheat crop has been planted, behind both last year and the 5-year average.… Continue reading

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Honey Haven Farm: A family tradition staple

By Brianna Gwirtz, OCJ field reporter

It all began with a pumpkin patch. In 1999 John Boyer and his wife, Deb, opened their farm to the public so visitors could pick pumpkins. Boyer, at the time, was a dairymen, the fourth generation on the farm to milk cows and raise crops in Ashland County. 

It was an economical decision to plant the 8 acres of pumpkins. 

“Milking was on the downhill slide at the time. A neighbor was raising pumpkins and he was making a profit off of them. So I decided to give it a try,” Boyer said. “I had beginner’s luck. Every pumpkin was huge. We picked a truck load in 20 minutes, I took them to Mt. Hope and got $4 a pumpkin. The next night I asked for my family’s help to pick more pumpkins. Then the following night, I asked for more help. Then my sister suggested, what If I just let folks come pick their own pumpkin?… Continue reading

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Developing a winter feeding program

By Steve Boyles, Ohio State University Extension Beef Specialist

Winter feed costs are the largest single expense in most livestock grazing production systems. Extending the grazing to reduce the cost of feeding stored feed will greatly increase profits. Labor can be reduced 25% or more. Rotational grazing takes about three hours per acre per year as opposed to hay production, which takes seven hours per acre per year. The cost for grazing a cow per day is $.25 compared to $1 per day to feed hay to a cow.

The first step is to evaluate the potential, available, existing feed. Crop residue can be an abundant winter feed. Corn stalks can maintain a spring calving cow in good body condition for about 60 days after corn harvest. The feed value will decline quickly after the 60-day period. Cattle will select and eat grain, then husks and leaves, and last cobs and stalks.… Continue reading

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S.B. 52 – Solar and wind facilities update

By Peggy Kirk Hall, director of agricultural law, Ohio State University Agricultural and Resource Law Program

 S.B. 52 passed several months ago and was effective on October 11, 2021. The new law will allow counties to designate “restricted areas” in a county where wind and solar projects may not locate and creates a county referendum process for a public vote on restricted area designation. The law will also require developers to hold a public meeting in the county where a facility is proposed at least 90 days before applying for project approval with the Ohio Power Siting Board. After the meeting, the county commissioner may choose to prohibit or limit the proposed project. Another provision of the new law appoints 2 local officials from the proposed location to serve on the OPSB board that reviews a project. And importantly for landowners, the new law requires a developer to submit a decommissioning plan to OPSB for approval with the application and to post and regularly update a performance bond for the amount of decommissioning costs.  … Continue reading

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Corn harvest on track, soybeans behind

Ohio farmers were able to make some harvest progress last week prior to late week rains which slowed progress, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Temperatures were far above average all week which aided crop dry down and also benefitted hay and pasture regrowth. There were 4.5 days suitable for fieldwork.

Despite rains that slowed harvest late in the week, Ohio farmers were able to keep pace with the 5-year average for corn for grain harvest. In spite of the soybean crop being largely ready for harvest, only 33 percent of the crop was out of fields which is behind both last year and the 5-year average. Both corn and soybean harvest progressed largely without trouble. Growers looked forward to the week ahead which seemed to present a more favorable weather window for harvesting. Waits at elevators have not been troublesome thus far though some growers expressed concerns that once harvest began full bore, the larger crop would bring long lines at elevators.… Continue reading

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Farmers dodging rains as harvest progresses

John Schumm

We have had a pretty good fall without a lot of rain. There is a lot more corn off now than soybeans in the area. Harvest has gone along a little better than normal so far.

We got 3 or 4 tenths last week and a little bit here in the last day or so. We were really out only a day or two. We were certainly not wet before, so it sucked the moisture right up and we were right back at it. 

We have all of our wheat in here at home and in 4 or 5 days after we planted we could row it. The ground temperatures are warm and it is doing very well. With the moisture, the conditions were perfect. We planted it on Oct. 1 or Oct. 2 and it is 3 inches tall already and the fields are turning green. 

We have half of our beans harvested.… Continue reading

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Income tax schools

By Barry Ward and Julie Strawser, OSU Income Tax Schools

Dealing with the tax provisions of the COVID-related legislation for both individuals and businesses are among the topics to be discussed during the upcoming Tax School workshop series offered throughout Ohio in November and December.

The annual series is designed to help tax preparers learn about federal tax law changes and updates for this year as well as learn more about issues they may encounter when filing individual and small business 2021 tax returns.

OSU Income Tax Schools are intermediate-level courses that focus on interpreting tax regulations and changes in tax law to help tax preparers, accountants, financial planners and attorneys advise their clients. The schools offer continuing education credit for certified public accountants, enrolled agents, attorneys, annual filing season preparers and certified financial planners.

Attendees also receive a class workbook that alone is an extremely valuable reference as it offers over 600 pages of material including helpful tables and examples that will be valuable to practitioners.… Continue reading

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USDA Stocks Report highlights

Thursday’s report was pretty bearish for soybeans due to substantially more supply still remaining in storage than the trade expected. Even so, the market only decreased 40 cents after two days of trading, which is encouraging.

Estimates were not bullish for corn, but after this summer’s massive market inverses, the final numbers were not out of line either. Even after the bean news, corn managed to close on Friday no lower than where it was the day before the report was published.

The report showed fewer wheat bushels than expected, and after two days of trading, prices increased more than 50 cents. This may suggest wheat replaced more corn in rations last spring than originally thought. And this makes sense, considering wheat prices were very close to corn values in April and May. However, now that the wheat/corn price spread is much wider, it is unlikely that very much wheat will be used for feed this upcoming marketing year.… Continue reading

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Harvest picks up the pace

An early fall week with daytime temperatures in the mid70 degree range allowed farmers to get a good jump on fall harvest and winter wheat planting, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork.

Farmers were able to keep pace with the 5-year corn harvested for grain average with 11 percent of Ohio corn harvested to date. Corn for silage harvest was nearly complete. Soybean harvest was slightly ahead of the 5- year average. Farmers reported an exceptionally nice week weather-wise with favorable temperatures that benefitted livestock. Grain moisture contents were averaging on the lower side for this time of the year due to a drier fall. Fields were maturing rapidly. Second crop soybean leaves were beginning to drop.

You can read the full report here.

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Nanci Griffith: Country music loses a legend

On Aug. 13, 2021, Nanci Griffith, the American singer/songwriter, died at the age of 68 in Nashville, Tennessee. You may not recognize her name, but you might remember her songs if you heard them. She had a distinctive crystalline voice and a unique storytelling skill.

            If you are so inclined, do a search of Nanci Griffith on YouTube. It’s refreshing to watch a performer focused on the music. No fireworks, no revealing costume, no choreography. Just a clear voice and a rare insight into the lives of everyday people.

            Nanci often remarked that if you took Woody Guthrie and Loretta Lynn and mixed them together, you would get Nanci Griffith. She was inspired by Guthrie’s enduring folk music and impressed that Loretta Lynn was the first woman to play her own rhythm guitar when she performed the songs she wrote. Nanci described her music as “folkabilly.”

            She was a frequent performer on Austin City Limits and made many appearances as musical guest for the David Letterman Show.… Continue reading

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