When the mayor of Toledo announced in early August that citizens should not drink or even bathe in the city’s water, it was a game changer for the future of Ohio agriculture. This challenging (and maybe unsolvable) problem with toxic algae has already changed things for Ohio agriculture and will surely change more in the future as money continues to flow into northwest Ohio. With hindsight, things were indeed fishy in Toledo in the summer of 2014.
Falling crop prices were big news this year and clearly farmers were interested in managing risk in an uncertain future. Grain marketing guru Jon Scheve, with Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC, offered some effective crop marketing techniques and practices that will be as important as ever in the coming years. The price volatility ahead will likely offer potential profitability for those who know how to capture it.
The unique conditions that developed in what was one of the coldest winters in recent memory led to “snow rollers” showing up in different parts of Ohio. Several readers sent in their photos of the unusual phenomenon rolled up in their back yards, including a cleverly crafted “Snowroll” man.
This Ohio agricultural success story was popular for obvious reasons. High quality products, a solid reputation, and catering to customer needs has turned this small business into a widely recognized name since 1960 when brothers Jerome and Maurice Grieshop decided to get into the wagon building business.
A powerful line of thunderstorms ripped through the Ohio on May 14. A very strong tornado touched down in the Cedarville area and left substantial destruction.
Managing editor Kim Lemmon loves watching shows that highlight the mysteries of the unknown, including “Mountain Monsters” by Destination America. You can imagine her excitement when she got the chance to sit down and talk with “Trapper,” one of the stars of the show with Ohio roots. The colorful character had plenty to say and demonstrated that this entertaining guy on the show is not much different in real life. For more, see the post at: http://ocj.com/2014/06/mountain-monsters-the-inside-scoop/.
It has taken place in backyards for generations on the perfect blue sky spring days when winter’s chill has finally left the air. Fathers playing baseball with their sons is valuable in many ways, though, in most cases, it does not pave the way for a path the Major Leagues. Craig Stammen and his dad, from Darke County, however, are the exception. Stammen, a talented athlete and all around good guy, is living out his dream as a pitcher for the Washington Nationals and he got his start in an Ohio agribusiness.
This post late in the year made a big impression on the Internet with its interesting take on the inclusion of a very special FFA “sweetheart” jacket in the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History. Ty Higgins caught up with Mary Louise Reynnells who talked about the jacket she wore in 1977 during a unique time for women in National FFA history. The story can be read at http://ocj.com/2014/12/a-sweatheart-of-an-ffa-jacket/.
Forbes.com had an article about the more than 1 trillion meals that have been safely consumed since the advent of genetically modified soybeans in the mid-1990s. Ty Higgins offered his spin on the article and the undeniable impact of this technology on the world’s food supply, and its valuable role for the future of agriculture.
Our web site (ocj.com) keeps track of the stories that generate the most interest. We like to review the top stories for the year to gain insight into how to better serve readers of our web and print content and our radio listeners. Plus, it is always fun to see which story comes out on top. To revisit all of these favorite web stories and videos in the last year, visit ocj.com and look for “2014 top stories of the year” on the right side of the page.
In addition to these top posts, other noteworthy drivers of web traffic in 2014 included the Ohio and Pro Farmer crop tours, the Ohio State Fair livestock show results, Section 179, and the Ohio FFA Convention. All things draft horse related, the devastation of PEDv and the numerous weather challenges during the year also garnered major web traffic in the last 12 months.
The team at Ohio’s Country Journal and the Ohio Ag Net have a bit of fun with attire required by kids that show dairy animals. Ty Higgins, Matt Reese and Joel Penhorwood decided to join in the fun and get some white pants of their own and found some great show kids to help out with this Mel McDaniel (Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On) inspired parody tune! We hope you enjoy our most popular video of 2014 as much as we did making it!
In case you missed them, here are the other videos that made our Top 5 for 2014!
Our #2 video of 2014 got a lot of views because, as many farmers were still waiting for the right time to get into the fields this fall, one farmer was from south central Ohio was already in. One of the first farmers to harvest corn in 2014 was Pickaway County’s John Hoffman. Ty Higgins got to ride along and got the first corn harvest Cab Cam of the year as well.
Earlier in 2014, The Ohio Ag Net and Ohio’s Country Journal got a first hand look at a well known Ohio-based company that, with its firm roots in Mercer County, continues to grow. From start to finish, J & M grain handling systems are assembled in Fort Recovery, Ohio. Here is a “behind the scenes” look at how their grain carts are made in our #4 most popular video of the year.
The 5th most popular video of 2014 was from August, right before the opening day of The Ohio State Fair. Brad Moffitt with The Ohio Corn Marketing Program modified a 1936 Farmall F20 to run on E15 Ethanol with a 1969 Camaro Engine. Find out how he did it and listen to a Farmall like you’ve never heard one before (and watch the paint fall from the ceiling as he revs it up)!