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2018 Top Stories

Top stories of 2018

Our web site keeps track of the stories that generate the most interest and at the end of the year we like to review the top stories 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, look for “2018 top stories of the year” on the right side of this web page. In addition to these top posts, other noteworthy drivers of web traffic in 2018 included the Ohio and Pro Farmer crop tours, the Ohio State Fair livestock show results, and Between the Rows. Weather challenges, the tough farm economy, and all things draft horse also garnered major web traffic in the last 12 months. Here are the 10 most popular stories of 2018.

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Top videos of 2018

Ty Higgins had the top video of the year with his “I just want to plant” (a #plant18 parody song) that laments the delayed 2018 planting season and looooong winter.

Joel Penhorwood had the second most popular video when he highlighted the Metzger family of Shelby who had some fun this fall trying out their pulling tractor “Alcoholic Harvester” in the fields. You may have seen it yourself as the video posted by Jim Metzger of the super-class tractor pulling a grain cart through a field.

The third most popular video in 2018 was “Zapping weeds with Jonathan Kramer, Madison County.”  The process of controlling weeds on his Madison County organic farm is time consuming and pricey, so Kramer tried something a little different with a tool that kills weeds with electricity.

Next on the list is a cab cam with Reggie Rose of Mercer County planting corn. 

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Top stories of 2018: No. 1

Update on Miami Valley Feed and Grain spill cleanup efforts

Late one Sunday night Sam Sutherly got a catastrophic phone call he never wanted.

“When I got the phone call I just said, ‘Oh that’s nice.’ I turned to my wife and said, ‘I really don’t want to go.’”

The Sutherly family owns Miami Valley Feed and Grain in New Carlisle where a grain tank collapsed late on Jan. 21, spilling around 365,000 bushels of corn worth over $1.25 million. The wave of corn washed over the grounds, leveled multiple buildings and buried Route 571. The road had to be closed. Power was lost but restored fairly quickly by Dayton Power and Light. After much hard work, things were up and running again for harvest this fall at Miami Feed and Grain.

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Top stories of 2018: No. 3

Rut of a different nature

Few harvests around Ohio were mud-free in 2018. In what was a very wet year in general for the state, the harvest season continued the trend. This left no shortage of ruts, stuck equipment and frustrated farmers and the wet weather pushed harvest very late into the year. Ty Higgins gathered up some of the muddy photos to share online because harvest misery loves company.

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Top stories of 2018: No. 6

Two fires, a Fayette County hog farm and the beloved Darke County Fair hog barn were lost this year

Two of the year’s top stories involve unfortunate hog barn fires — a commercial facility in Fayette County and a revered old building at the Darke County Fair. Approximately 5,000 hogs were killed in the Fayette County fire and the memories, architecture and history of the grand, old building at the Darke County fair is not replaceable.

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Top stories of 2018: No. 5

 

Logan County family finds hole in farm field 40 feet deep

A Logan County family made an interesting discovery in one of their farm fields this spring in preparation for planting. Lucas Yoesting, 15, was riding his dirt bike on his family’s rural-Zanesfield property when he noticed a large hole in one of the fields

“It goes straight down,” said Sunny Yoesting. “You can see and hear the water below running.”

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Top stories of 2018: No. 8

Director Daniels reflects on service to Ohio agriculture after his last day on the job

It is no secret that Ohio agriculture and the Kasich Administration were at odds leading up to the governor signing an executive order to implement increased farm regulations in targeted watersheds by declaring them distressed. This tension led to extensive #WaterDrama18. Caught in the middle of all of the drama was the Ohio Department of Agriculture. This eventually led to the dismissal of Director David Daniels just weeks before the November elections. Daniels shared his thoughts.

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Top stories of 2018: No. 10

Our web site keeps track of the stories that generate the most interest and at the end of the year we like to review the top stories 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, look for “2018 top stories of the year” on the right side of this web page. In addition to these top posts, other noteworthy drivers of web traffic in 2018 included the Ohio and Pro Farmer crop tours, the Ohio State Fair livestock show results, and Between the Rows. Weather challenges, the tough farm economy, and all things draft horse also garnered major web traffic in the last 12 months. Here is the tenth most popular web story from 2018

  1. Kasich announces executive order directed at agriculture and water quality

This is the story that kicked off #WaterDrama18 after Governor John Kasich signed an executive order to take action on water quality in Lake Erie with Ohio’s agriculture in the crosshairs.

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