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2019 Ag Outlook Meeting

Sutton Bank is hosting a 2019 Ag Outlook Meeting on Mon. Dec. 17, 2018.

The event will be packed with short sessions from experts with information that will help manage the risk and financial success of farms.

The program includes attorneys Robert E. Moore and Ryan Conklin of Wright & Moore Law Co. on the topic of Agricultural Law – What You Should Know Before Signing Leases; Denny Camp and Mike Moore of Payne Nickles & Co on the topic of Understanding New Tax Laws; Brenda Blair, Seneca County CED with Updates on FSA Farm Programs; Jim Byrne, Byrne Agricultural Marketing discussing Grain Marketing Strategies; Randy Barclay, Marketing Supervisor, Rain and Hail, Central Division – Crop on Insurance Key Updates; and Matt Roberts with the Economic Ag Outlook for 2019.

The event will be held at the Attica Fairgrounds Social Hall at 15131 E. Township Road 12 Attica, Ohio 44807.

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Proposal for long-term extension of the biodiesel tax incentive

Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee, released a proposal to make technical corrections to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (PL 115-97) and to extend several expired tax credits, including the biodiesel and renewable diesel tax incentive. NBB welcomes the proposal for a multi-year extension of this important incentive; it would keep the credit at its current rate of $1.00 per gallon for 2018 through 2021 but gradually reduce it to $0.33 per gallon by 2024 and then allow it to expire.

“The biodiesel industry has long advocated for a long-term tax extension to provide certainty and predictably for producers and feedstock providers. Too often, the credit has been allowed to lapse and then reinstated retroactively, which does not provide the certainty businesses need to plan, invest, and create jobs,” Kurt Kovarik, Vice President of Federal Affairs with the National Biodiesel Board. “We appreciate the recognition that the biodiesel industry is integral to our domestic energy needs through this long-term extension.

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Ohio’s soybean farmers look to a bright future

By Matt Reese and Dale Minyo

While the current situation for soybeans is less than ideal, there was plenty of talk concerning the bright future ahead at the this week’s 2018 Ohio Soybean Industry Dinner.

“Today is not a good situation with disappointing prices and Mother Nature has given us a tough fall to work with in many places. Basis levels are low futures prices are low, but we have to keep the outlook that we continue to be in a growing global demand industry,” said Jim Sutter, CEO of the U.S. Soybean Export Council who spoke at the event. “Soy demand has outstripped growth for corn and wheat for 20 years and will continue to do so. We’ve got some exciting market opportunities around the world outside of China. We’re trying to work in basic markets where we can continue to grow for the long term future and we are working very hard on our “What it takes” initiative to get our U.S.

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Inversion and drift mitigation workshop Dec. 14

By Cindy Folck, Ohio State University Extension

Recognizing weather conditions that could cause inversions is important when using certain herbicides in corn and soybeans. On December 14, join a discussion about recognizing inversions as well as ways to improve communication between farmers growing sensitive crops and pesticide applicators.

Inversion and Drift Management Workshop, presented by the Ohio State University Extension IPM program will be conducted on December 14 from 10 a.m. to noon. Farmers and pesticide applicators can attend the workshop in-person at the Ohio Department of Agriculture, 8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 or attend virtually through the online webinar link. More information about the workshop is available at http://go.osu.edu/IPM

Leading off the workshop will be Aaron Wilson, weather specialist and atmospheric scientist with OSU Extension and the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center. Wilson will focus on weather conditions that cause inversions and provide useful measures and observation to help determine if inversions are happening.

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Use plot data to make sound decisions

By Matt Hutcheson, CCA , Product Manager, Seed Consultants, Inc.

As harvest is completed across the Eastern Corn Belt, seed companies, universities, and growers will have the chance to compile and analyze data from yield testing. One of the most important decisions a farmer will face all year is deciding what variety to plant and in which field to plant it. To ensure that the best possible decision is made next spring, it is critical to spend some time looking at yield data. While reviewing data is critical, knowing how to determine whether it is accurate and useful is equally important. Below are some tips for using data to make sound planting decisions next spring.

Look for replicated data

Don’t rely on yield results from one strip plot on a farm or from a single plot location. Look for data from randomized tests that are repeated multiple times and across multiple locations.

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New tips to try to minimize dicamba damage

New restrictions a federal agency has put on using a controversial dicamba aren’t enough to prevent it from spreading onto nearby plants, according to an Ohio State University weed expert.

As a result, Mark Loux, a weed specialist with Ohio State University Extension, and colleagues from Purdue University and the University of Illinois have created a list of additional precautions that farmers should try to follow whenever they use dicamba.

The additional recommendations from Loux and his colleagues include not applying dicamba if the temperature is warmer than 80 degrees or if the forecast indicates wind gusts over 10 miles per hour. The recommendations also say that farmers should apply dicamba early in the season around the time of crop planting, or soon after the emergence of the crop and weeds.

They also suggest that farmers talk to their neighbors before applying dicamba so that farmers know what plants are nearby that could potentially be affected by any spread of dicamba.

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Ohio Soybean Council celebrates 9th and 10th R&D 100 Awards

The Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) received two R&D 100 Awards Nov. 16 at the 56th annual R&D 100 Awards in Orlando for a soy-based floor coating that was funded with Ohio soybean farmers’ checkoff dollars. The R&D 100 Awards honor the 100 most innovative technologies of the past year. OSC won in cooperation with Light Curable Coatings, Redwood Innovations and Quick Cure Protective Coatings in the Mechanical/Materials category. OSC was also awarded a Special Recognition for Green Technology. These awards are OSC’s ninth and 10th R&D 100 Awards since 2002. OSC has received five R&D 100 Awards in the last five years.

The soy-based UV-cured, high-performance, bio-preferred floor coating contains no volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The clean, green soy-acylate-based product delivers exceptionally low cure times and meets or exceeds industry targets for appearance, hardness, adhesion, solvent resistance and application temperature.

“It feels incredible to know that something developed with checkoff dollars is considered one of the most innovative technologies of the past year,” said Nathan Eckel, OSC Research Committee chair and soybean farmer from Wood County.

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Ohio Soybean Council announces Annual Meeting

The Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) will hold its annual meeting on Monday, November 26, 2018 at the Columbus Marriott Northwest in Dublin, Ohio. The meeting will begin at 3:00 p.m. and all Ohio soybean farmers are invited to attend.

The meeting will include a discussion of Ohio soybean checkoff investments, audit review, and acceptance of new members to the OSC Board of Trustees.

For meeting information, contact OSC at 614-476-3100.

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NCGA calls for more equitable trade relief

National Corn Growers Association President Lynn Chrisp urged U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to consider changes to the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) ahead of the second round of payments.

In a letter to Perdue, Chrisp said that he continues to hear from farmers who are disappointed in USDA’s approach to calculating the first round of MFP payments because it was too narrow in scope and did not capture the real-time impacts of trade disruptions on our markets.

Chrisp asked Perdue to add ethanol and distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to the calculation of damages for corn. Using USDA’s methodology, gross trade damages for ethanol and DDGS amounts to $254 million, which was not accounted for in the first MFP payments. Chrisp also asked the Secretary to allow farmers who suffer production losses from disasters to use an alternative to 2018 production for their MFP calculation. This would ensure farmers suffering from drought, hurricane-related losses or other natural disasters would not be penalized twice.

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CCA Exam Registration open through Dec. 14

By Harold Watters, CPAg/CCA, Ohio State University Extension

Exam registration for the February 1, 2019 exam date is open now through December 14th. Interested in becoming a Certified Crop Adviser or becoming certified in one of the specialty certifications (4R Nutrient Management Specialty, Resistance Management Specialist, Sustainability Specialty, and new in 2019 is the Precision Agriculture Specialty)? Find Performance Objectives, registration, and other materials for all exams on the CCA Exam website: https://www.certifiedcropadviser.org/exams.

The OSU Agronomic Crops Team offers a basic CCA exam preparation workshop on January 9 and 10 in Sidney Ohio. We provide presentations and guidance on how and what to study for the exam – our goal is to help you pass, but at the same time show you where you may be deficient and need a little more study. The price for the exam preparation class is $250. Secure on-line registration via credit card, debit card or check is available at: http://go.osu.edu/Reg2019class.

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“Living Soil” film released

By Alan Sundermeier, CCA, Ohio State University Extension

The Soil Health Institute released Living Soil, a 60-minute documentary about soil health featuring innovative farmers and soil health experts from throughout the U.S. The film is freely available to download and stream at www.livingsoilfilm.com.

Living Soil captures the background of the current soil health movement and its momentum, beginning with painful images of the Dust Bowl, and then transitions to personal experiences of innovative women and men who are managing their land to enhance soil health. The film features rural and urban farmers from Maryland to California, selling everything from corn to bouquets, united by their care for the soil.

The Soil Health Institute (www.soilhealthinstitute.org) is a non-profit whose mission is to safeguard and enhance the vitality and productivity of soil through scientific research and advancement.

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Lessons learned from 2018

By Matt Hutcheson, CCA, Product Manager, Seed Consultants, Inc.

The 2018 growing season was one of the most challenging for our customers in recent history. Although growers would rather move on from the frustrations and challenges thrown at us this year, there are several lessons that can be taken from 2018 to ensure success in the future.

Timely field work

Wet spring weather has shown the importance of timely field work in the spring. Saturated soils create delays and pressure to complete field work in narrower windows of time. Although heavy rains and cool weather can cause extended delays, field conditions can turn around quickly as observed this spring. Our agronomists observed soil temperatures a few inches below the soil surface go from the upper 30s (Fahrenheit) to the mid 50s in just a few days in no-till fields where soils had been saturated. Having equipment ready to go when a favorable planting window arrives is imperative.

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Notes on fall fertilization: Nitrogen

By Emerson Nafziger, University of Illinois Department of Crop Sciences

With harvest almost complete after another year with high to very high yields, it’s time to review some basics of fall fertilization. Neither fertilizer nor grain prices are historically high, so there’s reason to be aware of costs while making sure to cover the nutrient basics.

 

Nitrogen

In a webinar on Oct. 19 organized by the Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association, we looked at some of the nitrogen response data that have come in so far this fall and considered what this might mean in terms of fall N management. In some of the trials, modest N rates produced high yields, much like we’ve been seeing routinely in recent years. But in a few other trials, we found that the crop needed more N than we have seen in most recent trials done on productive soils. It’s too soon to call this a phenomenon for 2018.

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Infrastructure improvements could offer common political ground

By Matt Reese and Ty Higgins

There is not much that politicians on opposing sides of the aisle agree upon these days, but improving the nation’s transportation infrastructure could be one of them.

“If there was a to-do list for the American people, I would say political acrimony and obstruction are not on it, but infrastructure is. It is encouraging to see both Republicans and Democrats have both come to the conclusion that they need to justify they deserve to be there. One of the most effective ways to do that is to actually get something done and I think infrastructure is the best opportunity to do that in a bipartisan manner,” said Mike Steenhoek, executive director of the Soy Transportation Coalition. “But you’re not just making an allocation of funding for a short period of time. It is something you invest in your long-term competitiveness. For agriculture, we really need that right now.

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There are some brights spots for corn prices, soybeans look grim

By Doug Tenney, Leist Mercantile

Harvest progress continues to be disappointing for many across Ohio. For the most part it is not disappointment in the harvest to date but rather for what yet remains for corn and soybeans to be harvested across the state. The last half of October, like much of the growing season, provided bountiful rains for Ohio.

The Nov. 8 USDA Monthly Supply and Demand Report lowered corn ending stocks and increased soybean ending stocks. Those changes were expected but the ways they got there were not similar. U.S. corn ending stocks for the 2018-19 marketing year were 1.736 billion bushels, down 77 million bushels from October. The biggest change for corn came with U.S. production at 14.626 billion bushels. The October production estimate put corn at 14.778 billion bushels. Traders and producers alike were expecting the corn yield to be reduced as it was estimated at 178.9 bushels per acre, down 1.8 bushels from the October estimate.

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Ohio Crop Progress — Nov. 13, 2018

Wet Conditions Stall Progress

Continued wet conditions and cooler temperatures throughout the week kept producers out of the fields, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 2.4 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending November 11. Very little harvesting or other fieldwork were completed last week. Some corn and soybeans were harvested despite saturated soil conditions. There were reports of muddy fields and some crop distress due to excess moisture. Lack of storage availability also stalled harvest. The average moisture content of corn harvested last week was 17 percent and the average for soybeans was 15 percent. Some tillage and manure management activities were underway.

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Input costs on the rise for 2019

The cost of producing a grain crop is expected to rise next year and farm income is unlikely to increase, an agricultural economist with The Ohio State University has projected.

On average, profits for Ohio farmers next year will be “low to negative,” said Barry Ward, an assistant professor in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

For the past five years, farm income nationwide has been declining, with the exception of 2017 when it increased slightly. Next year, fertilizer, seed, machinery, labor and energy costs likely will be “modestly higher,” Ward said.

“Nothing is really exploding, but we are going to see some increases,” Ward said.

Borrowing money will come at a higher cost because interest rates have gone up and will continue to increase in 2019, Ward said.

“We know farmers are borrowing more money now,” he said.

Land owners likely will see a decline in the value of their farmland as a result of the Federal Reserve’s interest rate hikes as well as the uncertainty that has come with the future of corn and soybean crop prices, Ward said.

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Commodity leaders join forces on sustainability research

The National Pork Board (NPB), United Soybean Board (USB) and National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on a sustainability research platform that will benefit all three organizations and their producers. This research program will include the sharing of completed research, coordination on current and planned research and define ways to share and communicate results with each organization’s members.

Leadership from the three commodity groups agree that it is prudent to consider specific ways in which they might work together more effectively to ensure alignment and collaboration in sustainability research and how the results can and will be communicated and shared.

“Sustainability is defined by the We Care ethical principles pork producers established over 10 years ago,” said Steve Rommereim, National Pork Board President, a pig farmer from South Dakota. “Joining in the efforts of two other organizations, as a collective group, we can more effectively spend producer dollars to achieve the goals we can all believe in and support.

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Nov. 8 report negative for soybeans and wheat

By Doug Tenney, Leist Mercantile

With rains across the Midwest during the last half of October delaying harvest, a common thread of anticipation for this report suggested both U.S. corn and soybean yields would be reduced. The Nov. 8 report was negative for soybeans and wheat. Early gains in corn of 7 cents quickly evaporated.

Many traders had also expected China’s soybean imports to be reduced. Various reports in recent weeks have suggested that China would be reducing the amount of protein used in their hog rations. This potential ration change has been discussed for months, it is not new news. USDA put their soybean imports with this report at 90 million tons. Last month it was 94 million tons. The June report estimated China’s soybean imports at 103 million tons.

Soybean production was 4.60 billion bushels, the yield was 52.1 bushels per acre, and ending stocks were 955 million bushels.

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FDA releases two FSMA draft guidance documents

By Evin Bachelor, Law Fellow, and Ellen Essman, Sr. Research Associate, Ohio State University

The Food and Drug Administration recently released draft guidance documents explaining how to follow rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). One document, titled “Guide to Minimize Food Safety Hazards of Fresh-cut Produce,” provides guidance on how to follow the Preventive Controls Rule under FSMA.

“Fresh-cut produce,” is defined as “any fresh fruit or vegetable or combination thereof that has been physically altered from its whole state after being harvested from the field without additional processing.” The guidance would affect manufacturers, processors, packers, and holders of fresh-cut produce. The document covers current good manufacturing practices, as well as “new requirements for hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls.” The draft guidance document, in addition to information on how to submit a comment on the guidance, is available here.

The second draft guidance document is titled “Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption: Guidance for Industry.” This document provides guidance on how to follow FSMA’s Produce Safety Rule.

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