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Ohio Crop Progress — Nov. 5, 2018

Rain Stalled Harvest

Wet conditions continued last week which halted most harvest progress according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 1.9 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending November 4. Rainfall kept farmers out of the field and brought remaining harvest to a standstill in many areas. Statewide, corn harvest advanced 6 percentage points while soybean harvest progress gained 7 points from last week. Excessive rains caused flooding and ponding in low lying areas. Winter wheat was reported to be in good condition. The average moisture content of corn harvested last week was 17 percent and the average for soybeans was 14 percent.

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Straddles offer alternative solutions in a scary market

By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC

After spending 5 days in Nebraska driving the combine, I returned back to Minneapolis along I-80 and I-35 Wednesday. There was a lot of progress in Iowa during that time frame. It looked like their harvest went from about 33% to 75% complete in less than a week. I even saw a little fall field work completed in southern Minnesota.

On a recent trade I managed to collect 18 cents of profit that I can add to my “pot of premium” on a later trade. Following are the details:


Sold straddle

On 8/30/18 when Dec corn was around $3.58, I sold a November $3.70 straddle (selling both a put and call) and collected just over 23 cents total on 10% of my 2018 production.


What does this mean?

  • If Dec corn is $3.70 on 10/26/18, I keep all of the 23 cents
  • For every penny corn is below $3.70 I get less premium penny for penny until $3.47.
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Hoping for a rally but preparing if there’s not

By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, Inc.

I travelled from Minneapolis along I-35 to Des Moines and west on I-80 to Lincoln last week. I was amazed at how few acres had been harvested for a crop that was supposed to be so far along. I saw nothing harvested until I was near Ames, Iowa and even then only about a dozen combines running between Des Moines and Lincoln. It seemed that what had been harvested was evenly split between corn and beans.

The trade issues continue to hurt beans and expected yields are very high, which will lead to a large carryout. Last week, futures rallied on the hope that exports will be higher than the USDA is forecasting. Some speculators are buying in their profitable short positions to reduce risk. Consequently basis at processing plants dropped, and there is still very weak basis around the country, which to me suggests that the upside for bean futures is still not there.… Continue reading

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Good old days on a Century Farm

I love to visit farms recognized through the Ohio Department of Agriculture Ohio Historic Family Farm Program each year for many reasons. There is usually fascinating history, there are always great family stories and there are generally some impressive historic structures to gawk at when you think about how they were built so long ago. Another reason Century Farm visits are so valuable is the perspective they provide.

It is so easy to get caught up in the busy schedule of today’s society. It seems that we have so much to do these days compared to those tales of yesteryear that are always so prevalent in my visits to Century Farms. Why is that? After years of learning about Ohio’s agricultural history, I continue to arrive at the same answer to that question: food.

Just a couple of generations back, whether they lived in the city or the country, people spent significantly more time and resources on food than we do today.… Continue reading

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Farm Science Review 2018 offers plenty of sunshine

Under sunny skies for three days, visitors to the 56th annual Farm Science Review took a break from harvest to learn about the latest innovations in agriculture.

Farm Science Review, held Sept. 18-20, drew 108,074 visitors, who came to admire new machinery and learn about techniques and trends, test-drive all-terrain vehicles, and talk about soybean tariffs and taxes. Though it didn’t rain this year as it did during much of last year’s show, clear skies kept some farmers in the field harvesting.

Water coolers drained as the mercury rose each day of the farm show sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).

While farm income nationwide is projected to dip, plunging 50% in 2018 compared to the 2013 level, and soybean tariffs are squeezing out markets, there are always new tractors, combines and equipment to see that might offset any pessimism. The Review offered that plus a range of educational presentations to help growers weather tough financial times.… Continue reading

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2018 I-75/I-71 Ohio Crop Tour kicks off

To get a preview of what to expect this harvest season, the Ohio Ag Net and Ohio’s Country Journal team will once again go on the I-75/I-71 Ohio Crop Tour presented by AgroLiquid Fertilizers. On the tour, two teams of farmers, agronomists and OCJ/OAN staff will be crisscrossing I-75 and I-71 reporting crop conditions and yield estimates on August 15 and 16. The teams start in the north and meet at the end in Clinton County. Over the two days, each team will sample a representative corn and soybean field in more than 20 counties (for a total of more than 40 counties over the two days).

The groups will be estimating yields and overall conditions for corn fields and the conditions and yield potential of soybean fields. We will be updating the results on the go online at, so check back regularly on our progress. Coverage will also include photos, videos and radio broadcasts of tour highlights.… Continue reading

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Notice of election: Ohio Soybean Council, District 9

District 9 of the Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) Board of Trustees will have an election beginning Aug. 13. All ballots must be postmarked by Aug. 31 and received by the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) by Sept. 7. District 9 includes Delaware, Marion, Morrow and Union Counties.

The candidates are Lizabeth Funderburgh of Union County and Mike Ralph of Marion County. Candidate bios can be found at

Ballots will be mailed to all farmers in the district and be available by request from the Ohio Soybean Council by calling 614-476-3100.

Eligible voters must reside within the district within the last 30 days and have engaged in the growing of soybeans anytime during the three-year period immediately preceding Nov. 15, 2018.

All ballots will be counted and validated by ODA with official election results announced in late September.

For questions, contact Kirk Merritt, OSC executive director, at 614-476-3100 or… Continue reading

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Can No-till get you Fired? Learn more Aug. 29

By Randall Reeder, OSU Extension Agricultural Engineer (retired)

“Glover, they’re going to fire you.”

The first time Glover Triplett took his wife to see the new no-till research plots in 1962, the corn was about a foot tall, and the ground was littered with dead weeds and corn stalks from the previous year. The plot looked awful compared to a clean tilled field. She was scared he would lose his first faculty position, at OSU-OARDC in Wooster.

Well, he was not fired, and neither was his co-researcher, Dave Van Doren. But they did attract interesting questions about their innovative research, including, “How can you measure erosion if you don’t have any runoff?”

Triplett and Van Doren established identical plots in 1963 at Hoytville (Wood County) and South Charleston (Clark County). All three, at OSU-OARDC research stations, continue to give valuable results today.

No-till was known as “Farming Ugly” in the early days.… Continue reading

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Upcoming OSU Extension and OARDC agronomy field days

By Harold Watters, Ohio State University Extension agronomist

It has been an interesting spring. Have questions? We may have the answers; we certainly want to have the discussion. Come to one or all three of our field days in July.

  • OSU Weed Day, South Charleston — July 11
  • Western ARS Agronomy Field Day, South Charleston — July 18
  • 2018 Ohio Manure Science Review, Forest — July 25


The OSU Weed Science Field Day will be held on July 11 at OARDC Western Ag Research Station at 7721 South Charleston Pike (SR41), South Charleston Ohio. As in previous years, it’s a mostly self-directed event and a chance to look at all of our research. The day runs from 9 to noon, followed by lunch for those who preregister. Feel free to bring anyone you like and to tell others, but please send an email to Bruce Ackley to preregister — ackley.19@osu.eduContinue reading

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Marketing on what is known

By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC

Practically everyone in the grain trading world is saying “I didn’t see that coming” after a 70-cent corn price drop over the last 30 days and a $2 per bushel drop in soybeans. I know I’m not the only one disappointed that prices are back to levels last seen in January. At least the market has come off of its lows and is only down 50 cents in corn and $1.50 for beans.

While I wish I would have sold more futures during this last rally, knowing what I know now, I’m glad I sold what I did above $4.25. At the time I sold those bushels I was worried $4.50 to $5 may be possible and that those sales would turn out to be a mistake.

It’s easy when negative and unpredictable things happen to fall into the “if only” trap, but there’s too much uncertainty to spend significant time dwelling on what should have been done.… Continue reading

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2018 off to a good start (mostly) Between the Rows

Things are going really well. The crop looks really good. I think we are one inch of rain away from having a perfect spring. We are a little dry and if we could just get a good soaker it would be perfect. Hopefully we’ll get it. We are supposed to heat up today. The weather has been really nice with some 70- and 80-degree days with low humidity. Now we’re supposed to get hot and humid and that should kick up some thunderstorms.

For emergence it has been perfect. We didn’t have any beating rains. Everyone down this way said that this year was as good for getting the crop out of the ground without any issues as they have ever seen. The crop looks healthy.

Around Wilmington and up towards Court House they have been getting some rains and things are really going. We could use some rain but we are still doing well.… Continue reading

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Unique opportunities, challenges for organic producers during difficult days for dairies

By Joel Penhorwood, Ohio Ag Net

Farms of all sizes and production methods are in tough situations right now with financial pressure with inputs are too high and prices too low. Many small farms in recent years have turned to organic production as a way to make the most bang for their buck on existing acres. The situation may be the most dramatic for dairy farms now facing years of below production cost milk prices.

Alan and Renee Winner in Logan County made the organic transition for their dairy and about a third of their crop acres for a number of reasons.

“Over the past 20 plus years we have eaten organically and learned about alternative therapies such as homeopathics, essential oils, and herbs, so this was a natural transition for our family,” Renee Winner said. “Although we have some neighbors and a couple of Alan’s relatives that were already organic, it wasn’t until a local friend, who has been involved with organics for several years, shared information about the industry that we actually thought that we could make that jump. … Continue reading

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As you go north in Ohio, things go south

By Ty Higgins

For the past two weeks, I have been contacted about the woes that farmers are facing in northern Ohio. Cold and wet conditions well into May have pushed back planting progress in a part of the state that is becoming use to this type of pressure.

“We are just about a week later than last year,” said Wood County farmer Kris Swartz on his Cab Cam video earlier this week. “We have seen this type of spring so much over the past 4 years that I think this is becoming our new norm.”

Swartz has made some nice progress since getting started with his planting season late last week. He is finished with corn and about halfway through with the soybeans. But as you drive around his area it is easy to see that many producers have not been so fortunate.

As I made my way to Swartz’ farm on May 30th, I decided to do a mini crop tour, of sorts, so I stopped in each county on the way up Route 23 and I-75 to compare just how things deteriorated the further north I headed.… Continue reading

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Changing climate highlighted at Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference

Increased rainfall in larger doses and warming temperatures in the future are likely, building on trends that have already been seen in Ohio.

The first day of the Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference included many presentations including nutrient management, crop production, water quality, technology and innovation during the event at Ohio Northern University in Ada. The role of the changing climate cannot be ignored in

agriculture’s ongoing challenges with nutrient management and water quality.

“In Ohio we are seeing temperature changes and precipitation changes and some of the challenges that come with that,” said Aaron Wilson, climate specialist for Ohio State University Extension, at the Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference in Ada. “From a climate standpoint we are warming. Our winters are warming faster than our summers, though our warmest maximum summer temperatures have actually gone down compared to the early 20th Century.”

The warmer temperatures can have implications for crops and livestock.… Continue reading

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Revised phosphorus index can help curb agricultural runoff

Ohio farmers will soon have access to a newly revised tool that can quickly and easily tell them their risk of agricultural phosphorus runoff that could potentially move into Ohio waterways such as Lake Erie.

The revised Ohio Phosphorus Risk Index is a program developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service to help farmers assess their risk of phosphorus moving off farm fields. It will soon allow farmers to input their farm-specific data to generate their risk of phosphorus in agricultural runoff through an online program.

The revised index is the result of the multiyear On-Field Ohio project led by Elizabeth (Libby) Dayton, a researcher in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University. The index has significant water quality implications statewide, considering that misapplied phosphorus has a high likelihood of degradation Ohio’s surface water and is a major contributor to harmful algal blooms.… Continue reading

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De-listing of wildlife officers disappointing

I just learned that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources no longer plans to offer each county’s wildlife officer’s name and voicemail phone number in the 2018/19 Fishing and Hunting regulations booklets. Instead, we are supposed to call one of the five district offices “where staff will answer many of the questions immediately or route the call to the appropriate county officer, if needed,” according to an agency spokesman, who added: “The intent is to answer non-enforcement questions at the district offices immediately rather than having the caller leave a voicemail. We believe this change will be helpful to our customers and officers, and we will evaluate the results.”

One major result will be one less opportunity for one-on-one interaction between sportsmen, landowners and their local wildlife officers. I can’t tell you how often I consult the back of those booklets to get the name and phone number of the officer in a county about which I need information — or wish to share some.… Continue reading

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Custom meat processors and meat markets offer diversity and distinction

Ohio is home to a wide array of custom meat processors and meat markets offering vast processing options and opportunities to keep the state’s livestock industry going. Here are highlights from four meat processors showcasing some of the rich diversity of options available to Ohio livestock producers and consumers.


Cotterman Brothers Processing, Glenford

Tucked in the Appalachian foothills of Perry County, Cotterman Brothers Processing is a custom-exempt plant specializing in beef, hog, and lamb. The plant produces quality cuts of meat and delivers timely service at a reasonable price. They custom cut and package, offer smoking and curing for hogs, and have a delicious meatball/burger seasoning mix for ground lamb. Hog roaster rental is another important and unique aspect of this enterprise.

Ted Cotterman has owned the business since 1986.

“At that time, we had a mobile truck and butchered on site at the farm, then we would take the animals back to the Glenford facility to cut up,” Cotterman said, “Ten years later, in ’96, we got a kill floor on the property.”… Continue reading

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Report confusing, negative numbers not killing soybeans

The Feb. 8 report seems puzzling in the market reaction to negative numbers for soybeans. It likely means the traders care little about the numbers with weather uncertainty the dominant feature in the weeks ahead.

Just before the report was released, corn was up a half cent, soybeans up 4 cents, and wheat was down 5 cents.  At 12:15 pm corn was up 1 cent, soybeans up 1 cent, with wheat down 6 cents.

Corn ending stocks were reduced 125 million bushels to 2.353 billion bushels due largely to exports increasing 75 million bushels. Soybean exports were cut 60 million bushels with ending stocks increasing 60 million bushels to 530 million bushels. That much of a increase is a huge surprise.

Brazil soybean production was increased 2 million tons to 112 million tons. Argentina soybean production went down 2 million tons to 54 million tons.

The February USDA Monthly Supply and Demand Reports are often pretty boring with little fireworks being set off.… Continue reading

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NASS research, survey, and technology advancements in 2017 serve U.S. agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has advanced a number of programs in 2017 to serve U.S. agriculture with customer- and data-driven improvements. Among these enhancements are changes to the every-five-year census of agriculture, which officially launched at the end of November and is due in February 2018. For this census, NASS introduced an improved online questionnaire and included new questions to document changes and emerging trends in agriculture.

“America’s 3 million farmers, ranchers and others involved in agriculture should receive their 2017 Census of Agriculture questionnaire in the coming days, if they haven’t already,” said Hubert Hamer, NASS administrator. “We ask that everyone respond promptly to represent themselves, their communities, and their industries, and to do so online, if possible. NASS heard customer feedback and worked hard to produce a user-friendly online questionnaire that saves time for producers and improves data quality.”

Those responding to the census of agriculture can now use mobile and desktop devices and readily access frequently asked questions.… Continue reading

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Conference offers advice on nutrient management

With so much focus on fertilizer these days, where and when it’s applied, a conference will be held in January to inform people about the many approaches and technological advances that can make it easier.

The 2nd annual Precision University Jan. 11 in London, Ohio, will feature presentations about technology that can help farmers apply fertilizer in a way that prevents it from running off the land and ending up in Lake Erie or other waterways.

The conference is being hosted by Ohio State University Extension and the Digital Agriculture program team in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of CFAES.

Starting in September 2017, those who apply fertilizer on more than 50 acres of land in Ohio have had to become certified every three years by passing a test or taking a course in how to safely apply nutrients to their land.… Continue reading

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