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Between the Rows kicks off the 2020 season

Jake Heilmann

We farm corn, beans and a little bit of wheat. We used to have a large hog operation but we got out of that around 20 years ago. We strictly do row crops now and we have a lot of on farm storage. We find we grow our best corn on our sandier ground and we’ve gotten pretty accustomed to corn-after-corn. We plan our corn acres to the amount we can do with one combine in the fall and the remaining acres get put to beans. We get wheat into the rotation when we want to install tile and we do that ourselves. We have a third party bale straw and we do some double-crop beans if we can make it work logistically.

Drainage certainly is showing its benefits like it does every year. We have been able to get on fields that are better drained. We have some fertilizer spread and some anhydrous ammonia applied on maybe a quarter of our corn acres.… Continue reading

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Dicamba Know-How

By Emily Unglesbee
DTN Staff Reporter

ROCKVILLE, Md. (DTN) — As farmers and applicators head into the 2020 spray season, it’s time to brush up on the challenging realities of applying dicamba to Xtend crop fields.

Four dicamba herbicides, XtendiMax (Bayer), Engenia (BASF), FeXapan (Corteva) and Tavium (Syngenta) are available for use over the top of Xtend soybeans and cotton this year.

Here, we’ve rounded up the latest research and information you need to know before you head to the field with these herbicides.


The federal labels for the four new dicamba herbicides are infamously complex. Here are some of the most important restrictions to remember:

— The herbicides are all restricted use pesticides and can only be handled and sprayed by certified applicators who have completed dicamba-specific training each year.

— Applications in soybeans are limited to 45 days after planting or up to R1 (V4 for Tavium), whichever comes first.

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Milton-Union MVCTC FFA Kicks off National FFA Week

Milton-Union MVCTC FFA will celebrate National FFA Week this week! Each year, FFA chapters around the country celebrate National FFA Week. It’s a time to share what FFA is and the impact it has on members every day. When our chapter Reporter, Kelsie Tomlinson, was asked, “What is FFA and how has it impacted you?” She replied with, “FFA is a place where I can work as a team while being involved and sharing my ideas. FFA has brought me many new friendships and skills that I will never forget. Being a part of this organization I became a better leader and it will always be very important to me.”

This year National FFA is February 22nd-29th. The Milton-Union MVCTC FFA chapter kicked off their celebration of FFA week with a snow tubing trip at Valley’s Edge and a Livestock Judging Career Development Event in Mt. Gilead, OH. Pictured are Tyler Kress, Emmie Bohse, Darby Welbaum, Cammy Shook, and Jackson Kimmel at the Livestock Judging CDE.… Continue reading

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Why should you know your soybean disease rating numbers?

By Dusty Sonnenberg, CCA, Ohio Field Leader

Anne Dorrance, OSU Extension Plant Pathologist, says farmers should do some homework.

“Farmers need to take some time this winter and go back and look at their soybean seed varieties and see what the scores were for resistance to common diseases that they regularly see each year depending on what the environmental conditions are,” she said.

Anne Dorrance OSU Soybean Researcher Field Leader
Dr. Anne Dorrance, OSU Extension Plant Pathologist

Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN) is a pest that is frequently talked about. Recently, and a multi-state campaign known as “What’s your number? Take the test. Beat the Pest.” funded by the soybean checkoff and SCN Coalition has been attempting to raise awareness of the soybean yield losses as SCN populations rise. Nematodes are becoming “resistant to the resistance,” said Dorrance. Farmers are encouraged to sample their fields for soybean cyst nematodes to know what levels they are actually dealing with on each farm and in each individual field.

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Utica FFA October/November 2019 Update

By Abby Paxton, Utica FFA 2019-2020 Reporter

FFA CDE, Job Interview

Before traveling to the Sub District Job Interview, the participating members had to prepare by creating a resume and a cover letter. On November 7, the participates went to the competition at Johnstown High school. The members were Hadley Ramirez-George, Lindsey Gray, and Rachel Dickson. At the competition they created on application for the desired job, they were interviewed by a judge for the job, and had a follow up call after that. At Sub Districts, Hadley placed 1st, Lindsey 1st, and Rachel 2nd in their age groups. After that they members had a moment to edit the resume and cover letter, then on the 18th of November they traveled to Districts at Licking Valley High School and competed. The participated in the same parts and were scored. A few days later the placing were announced, Hadley placed 2nd, Lindsey 4th, and Rachel 4th.… Continue reading

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A hunting we will go: laws landowners need to know

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

With archery season in full swing and deer gun season opening today, hunters will be out in full force across Ohio. That means it’s also high season for questions about hunting laws, trespassers, property harm, and landowner liability. Below, we provide answers to the top ten frequently asked questions we receive on these topics.

I gave them permission to hunt on my land, but do I have to sign something? Permission to hunt should be in writing. Ohio law requires a person to obtain written permission from a landowner or the landowner’s agent before hunting on private lands or waters and to carry the written permission while hunting. A hunter who doesn’t obtain written permission can be subject to criminal misdemeanor charges. ORC 1533.17. The ODNR provides a permission form at If a hunter uses another form, read it carefully before signing and ensure that it only addresses hunting and doesn’t grant other rights that you don’t want to allow on the land.… Continue reading

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Now, Hear This!

By Pamela Smith
DTN Staff Reporter

DECATUR, Ill. (DTN) — I have a hearing loss. It is a disability.

There, I said it. Did you hear me?

If you are a farmer, maybe not. It is no secret agricultural workers are exposed to a laundry list of deafening noises. It’s not just machinery either — from bellowing livestock to hammering that steel something or other into position, we endure a lot of racket.

The end result can be a mish mash of problems. Beyond the inability to hear clearly, the other common ailments include tinnitus (ringing) and hyperacusis (pain associated with loud noises). Unlike other disabilities, hearing issues aren’t outwardly visible and therefore, are not always fully considered.

There’s much to write about this topic, but for now, let this just stand as a public service announcement about holidays and other events that thrust us into noisy places.

It is not uncommon for those struggling with hearing issues to retreat.

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Crop progress report for Nov. 25

Cool, wet weather last week hampered both grain dry down and harvesting, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Temperatures
averaged a few degrees below normal and most areas of the State had some rainfall. There were 4.4 days suitable for 70 fieldwork during the week ending November 24.

Corn was 83% harvested, up 8 points from the previous week. Growers reported average grain moisture content of 20%. This continued to slow harvest as some elevators were shuttering early in the day as dryers were overloaded. On-farm grain dryers ran non-stop as well.

Soybean harvest continued to crawl towards a finish; 93% of Ohio soybeans were harvested. The average moisture content was 14%. Going into December, winter wheat appeared to be in decent shape with growers reporting 52% of the crop in good to excellent condition and 38% in fair condition.

In and amongst harvesting activities, growers were able to apply manure and get some fall tillage completed.

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Zane Trace FFA Update November 2019

FFA Members Bring Home Pumpkin Show Hardware!

Members of our chapter enjoyed a very successful Circleville Pumpkin Show this year! For the first time ever our FFA chapter entered a pumpkin in the giant pumpkin weigh off. The pumpkin was grown   behind the school in a bed of compost close to our raised bed gardens. Several students took turns caring for the pumpkin but FFA President Laine Abbott was the one who had the honor of weighing in our entry in the contest. The pumpkin topped the scales at 178 lbs, which wasn’t close to the winning pumpkin’s 1,400 lb weight but was good enough for second place in the “Charlie Brown” pumpkin contest for first year growers under the age of 18! The Chapter received $150 from the Circleville Giant Pumpkin Growers Club for their efforts and members learned a lot about caring for specialty plants through the process. Members are already planning to grow a much bigger pumpkin next year!… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast November 19, 2019

November 19, 2019 -- Our next frontal complex moves in for Thursday afternoon and Thursday night. Rains are likely and will range from .1"-.5" with 80% coverage. Later Friday we see some clearing over the northern half of the state, but see additional lingering showers in the southern half to third of Ohio...

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast November 18, 2019

November 18, 2019 -- Some clouds around today, but generally we at least see a mix of clouds and sun. Precipitation should stay at bay today and tomorrow, and temps remain relatively close to normal. On Wednesday we see thicker clouds and we cant rule out a few spits and sprinkles...

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A diversified grazing plan works best for when Mother Nature is not cooperating

By Victor Shelton, NRCS State Agronomist/Grazing Specialist

I’ve heard several people mentioning lately that they are glad that this season is about over. This is especially true with corn and soybean producers. It certainly has been a very unusual year.

None of us need a reminder of the spring, but most areas of Indiana started out and remained wet for a very extended period which delayed or prevented row crop planting and created lots of challenges for pasture and hay.

Some areas just kept wet enough to keep you out of the fields while others remained saturated from excessive amounts of rain. I’ve now exceeded my 2018 rainfall of 61 inches and the year is not over yet.

Surprisingly, even with all the rain, there was still a droughty period from late August until early October, which varied slightly depending on location. This dry period created issues with fall-planted annuals and stockpiled forages.… Continue reading

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Markets have plenty to consider heading into November report

By Doug Tenney, Leist Mercantile

U.S. corn exports continue an alarming trend for reduction this fall. With two months into the September to August marketing year, weekly export inspections with the Monday 11 a.m. ET USDA report have seen numerous weeks of disappointing numbers. Many of those weeks saw corn exports at or below the low end of trader expectations. Typically, weekly corn export loadings have outpaced those of soybeans. However, this has not been the case for much of the summer and fall. At the end of October, corn exports were running 60% behind compared to USDA projecting an 8% drop for the year. Corn exports for 2019-2020 were lowered 150 million bushels with the October report. Since May, USDA projections for corn exports have dropped 375 million bushels for a 16% decline. Strong export competition and higher production from Brazil and Argentina has played a major role in the corn export decline.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast November 5, 2019

November 5, 2019 -- A minor trough sags through the state today, triggering some clouds as it does. Precipitation is going to be limited from this, but we do still have to allow for a few hit and miss showers south of a line from Cleveland to Greenville with coverage of 60%...

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast November 1, 2019

November 1, 2019 -- Drier weather finally returns to Ohio after a soggy past few days. Clouds will be giving way to sunshine today, but we may not get full sunshine in all areas. Still, precipitation like we have seen the past few days will be off to the east. Much colder air is here and will stay around for several days...

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New Storms to Threaten Northern Harvest

By Bryce Anderson
DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

OMAHA (DTN) — Following several days of mostly dry conditions across most U.S. crop areas, a new round of stormy weather is indicated in the forecast for the next-to-last week of October. Rain and wind are featured; the heaviest rain amounts are pointed toward the Northern Plains and northern Midwest, where heavy snow and rain occurred during the Oct. 10-12 period.

This new round of storms adds to crop calamities that have been noted and are still being analyzed. “Soybean harvest is more than 40 to 50 percentage points behind average in the northern belt (North and South Dakota, Minnesota),” said USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey. “And the big story is excess moisture.” During a NOAA central U.S. forecast webinar, Rippey noted that North Dakota topsoil moisture is a nation-high 62% surplus as of mid-October.

Oncoming precipitation keeps the pressure on unharvested crops, especially in fields that incurred hard freeze damage (28 degrees Fahrenheit or below).

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Majority of crops not yet ready for harvest

Portions of the northwest and southeast corners of the State received just over an inch of rain while the rest of the State saw less than normal amounts of rainfall, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 6.3 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending September 29. Temperatures averaging about 8 degrees above normal coupled with dry conditions helped to mature corn and soybeans, although they were still well behind the 5- year average development. The percent of corn and soybeans rated in good to excellent condition increased 1 percentage point over last week but remained 30 percentage points below the 5-year average for soybeans and 29 percentage points below the 5-year average for corn. Winter wheat planting progress leapt ahead of last year and the 5-year average as planters rolled quickly through dry fields. Pasture conditions decreased slightly as growth was stunted, down 2 percentage points from last week and 21 percentage below the 5-year average.… Continue reading

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Not quite yet harvest time Between the Rows

Lamar Liming

There is no harvesting yet right around here. The beans are getting a lot closer, but I don’t think anyone around here has gotten started yet harvesting corn or soybeans. You could tell the warm weather really sped up bean development and leaves coming off. It has been in the high 80s and I think we were at 88 yesterday.

I am hoping to start chopping silage this week. A lot of people have been chopping corn. I have heard anywhere from the mid to high 60s for moisture in the corn. To the south, they haven’t gotten much rain down there and they are a lot further along than I am right here.

When I get going, I can do the silage in 3 or 4 days. After that, I don’t have any beans close yet for harvest. I think I am at least 2 to 3 weeks off on having beans ready.… Continue reading

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