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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 14 | World record corn plant and the dam infrastructure problem

The Ohio Ag Net crew comes together for Podcast Episode 14, courtesy of AgriGold. The heat and the crop growth that has come with it is on a lot of farmer’s minds. Hay progression made big movement as well as wheat which will see harvest starting soon. The group shares those topics and much more. Matt Reese talks a world record attempt in an Ohio corn field with Ohio State’s Trey Colley and Nate Douritas. Ty Higgins talks infrastructure changes with Mike Steenhoek of the Soy Transportation Coalition after a recent announcement from President Donald Trump.

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Corn going through an “ugly” stage

With the way the 2017 Spring planting season shaped up, farmers are on edge and may not have high hopes when they are out scouting fields. DuPont Pioneer Account Manager Chasitie Euler says corn may not look very good now, but there is a reason for that. She also says to be on the lookout for insect feeding this time of year. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report.

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast Episode 13 | Hot & Cold on the Paris Accord & Helping Young Farmers Succeed

This week on The Ohio Ag Net Podcast, brought to you by AgriGold, Dale Minyo, Matt Reese, Bart Johnson and Ty Higgins discuss the U.S. pulling out of the Paris Accord and how one agribusiness is helping guide new and young farmers in a profitable direction. Matt Reese visits with Robyn S. Wilson, PhD. She is an Associate Professor of Risk Analysis and Decision Science at the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences School of Environment and Natural Resources at Ohio State. They talk about both sides of the spectrum when it comes to climate change and the Paris Accord. Ty talks with Farm Credit’s Gary Matteson about how his organization is helping young farmers get on a path to success during a tough time in the ag economy.

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Replant choices becoming limited as June approaches

After the first round of planting and heavy rains and colder weather shortly thereafter, farmers around Ohio have had to make some tough decisions about what to do with fields that didn’t do so well in the early going. Now that the calendar is getting ready to turn, the choices on what to do in those fields are becoming more limited. Account Manager Brad Ott talks about the replant decision process as June approaches in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report.

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Still too soon to pull the plug on corn planting

More rains pushed through Ohio over the Memorial Day weekend, keeping farmers out of unplanted fields or fields in need of a replant in the latter part of May. Terry Jones, Regional Agronomist with Brodbeck Seed says as farmers concerns are concentrated on what is not planted yet, they also need to keep on top of what is planted, up and growing. He also says it is not too late to plant corn in 2017. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more.

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After heavy rains, what is the status of starter nitrogen?

As farmers continue along with planting and replanting progress, many are wondering what the same heavy rains that kept them out of the fields and put them back in some fields for a second time may have done to their starter nitrogen situation. Trent Brisby, DuPont Pioneer Account Manager, talks about what he has found out about N loss in his area of Northwest Ohio in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report.

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 12 | Water Quality, FFA Camp, Half-Marathons, and Marriage Advice

Episode 12 of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, courtesy of AgriGold, enjoys the company of Ty Higgins, Dale Minyo, Bart Johnson, Risë Labig, and host Joel Penhorwood. Matt Reese joins us through his half-marathon buddy Joe Hoover talking about the East Tech School and FFA, busy teaching agriculture in urban areas. Dale speaks with John and Todd Davis on the newly rebuilt Discovery Center at Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum. Ty hears from Aaron Heilers on a tour of the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms. Plus, the crew wraps it all up with a bit of wedding advice to the soon-to-be-married Joel. Join us for the Ohio Ag Net Podcast!

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Pest pressures seen in corn planted into cover crops

Cover crops are becoming a very utilized tool as farmers look to keep nutrients where they belong and to make sure soils stay in place as well. For farmers who planted corn into cover crops this spring, pests like seed corn maggots, grubs and slugs may be more prevalent in those fields. In this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report, Account Manager Derek Hunker talks about this issue, as well as planting and replanting progress in his area of Seneca, Crawford and Wyandot Counties.

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 11 | Sonny, Corny, and Queezy

Episode 11 of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, courtesy of AgriGold, travels all over Ohio and even a bit above it. Host Ty Higgins talks with Joel Penhorwood about his intense ride-along with crop duster Butch Fisher and the motion sickness that followed. Matt Reese hears from Brad Moffitt of the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers about the ongoing ethanol tour. Dale Minyo was down in Cincinnati to see Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue make a big announcement about USDA. Also on the podcast, a bit from the new Dean of the Ohio State College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, Cathann Kress, as she helped dedicate the newest greenhouse to grace the campus of ATI in northeastern Ohio.

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 10 | Frost, FFA, Free Time and Whiskey

Episode #10 of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast courtesy of the good folks at AgriGold. Visit them at www.agrigold.com.

As if the wet weather and delayed planting wasn’t worrisome enough for farmers, some areas were expecting frost to start the week. The Ohio Ag Net crew of Dale Minyo, Bart Johnson, Matt Reese, Ty Higgins and Joel Penhorwood chat about what they have seen as far as frost and continued rainfall over the past week. Also, meet the 5 Ohio FFA Student Reporters that helped out during the 89th Ohio FFA State Convention, learn all about whiskey with Matt’s visit to Indian Creek Distillery and see what changes you might want to make to your grain marketing plan with Ty’s visit with Matt Bennett.

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Staying the course on plant population plans

It looks as though farmers around Ohio may not be able to get back into the fields for some time after recent heavy rains and more precip in the forecast. In fact, it could be mid-May by the time some planters roll again. Roy Ulrich is a Technical Agronomist with DEKALB/Asgrow and he says that growers shouldn’t consider changing there population game plan just yet. He and the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins also visit about how much better of a chance emerged corn has to survive the recent rains and if there will be enough seed to go around with a large number of replant situations possible from Ohio to Illinois.

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Will you need to replant? What to look for after the heavy rains

Although farmers sat inside all weekend and watch storm clouds bring inches and inches of rain to Ohio corn and soybean fields this past weekend, it is still too early to know if some of those fields will need a “Take 2” with the planter. In this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report, Account Manager Troy Putnam visits with the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins about what to take into consideration when assessing if a field needs to be replanted. He also discusses how wheat in south central Ohio is about 2 weeks ahead of schedule and what farmers need to do in the near term as that crop progresses quickly to flowering stage.

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 9 | Rain, planting progress, and goat crossfit

Episode #9 of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast courtesy of the good folks at AgriGold. Visit them at www.agrigold.com.

This week, the crew talks rain around Ohio and where it puts planting progress. Ty Higgins takes a look at a very unique idea from out west — goat crossfit with DaNelle Wolford. Matt Reese, though absent from the roundtable discussion as he chases down turkeys, was at the No Show Lamb Show this weekend put on by the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association. He’s joined by event co-chair Lisa Shearer. We wrap up the podcast hearing from the new Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue as he visited USDA offices in Kansas City.

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 8 | Poultry awards, Certified Angus Beef, bacon popularity, and sun safety

The crew of Ohio Ag Net takes a look at all corners of agriculture in Podcast Episode 8. Matt Reese recaps the recent Ohio Poultry Association Annual Banquet with Lisa Timmerman of Cooper Farms. Ty Higgins talks the work of Certified Angus Beef at their Culinary Center in Wooster with Mark McCulley. Joel Penhorwood shares his personal experiences of skin cancer along with tips from Dr. Alisha Plotner of Ohio State University Dermatology. Plus a unique conversation on the popularity of bacon with Quinton Keeran. The crew also has a lively conversation dealing with consumer trends, recent weather, half-marathon training strategies, and planting progress around Ohio.

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Evalauting fixed costs on the farm – Part 2

Earlier this month, Evan Hahn, Vice President Credit-Agribusiness with Farm Credit Mid-America shared some thoughts on how to better manage fixed costs. Employee and family labor expenses can be difficult to trim but the costs of overpaying for labor or not fully utilizing a workforce can be a drag on earnings.

“Identifying ways to improve production efficiency is one strategy for adjusting labor costs,” Hahn said. “For example, precision equipment has allowed farmers to reduce their labor needs while still operating efficiently.”

Family expenses is another tough area to find ways to cut down, but Hahn says it needs to be considered.

“As farm profits decline with commodity prices, families may need to take a closer look at their living expenses and adapt to living with less income,” Hahn said. “One way to control family living costs is to write yourself a check from the operation every month. Separating your family living funds from operational expenses will keep you from overspending.”

As you examine these expenses, Hahn suggests farmers talk to their financial advisor or lender to better understand how these costs impact their balance.

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 7 | A plastic cow, a baseball and a bag of Cheez-Its

This week on the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, a plastic cow, a baseball and a bag of Cheez-Its take center stage. You’ll meet the new Chairman of the Soy Aquaculture Alliance, Bill Bayliss from West Mansfield, Ohio, hear from the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Kevin Elder about nutrient management and learn about regenerative agriculture from North Dakota farmer Gabe Brown.

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 6

A jam-packed hour for episode 6 of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast. The crew sits down to talk when planting will start, the FFA Student Reporter position, winter beards, working with cover crops, and consumer perception of agriculture. We hear from “Dr. Food” as he spoke to the Columbus Metro Club. Plus words from the entertaining presentation of Buz Kloot from the Dave Brandt Field Day. To wrap things up, Joel Penhorwood talks with Michelle Ramseyer, farmer from Wayne County, on a unique instance on her farm that led to CPR on a calf.

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