It’s the Christmas Edition of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, brought to you by AgriGold. Matt and Ty welcome in Bennett Musselman to talk about the upcoming Young Ag Professionals Leadership Experience (get registered at experienceyap.com). There was also a Christmas caroling World Record set in Ohio recently and Matt got all of the details about that great feat!
As farmers begin to make their crop insurance plans for 2019, the single most important part of planning is knowing their expected input costs in detail. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins finds out more from Michael Goins, Regional Vice President with Farm Credit Mid-America.
Planting cover crops is a quickly growing trend for farmers in Ohio, but after a trying harvest season that still has a fair amount of area to go, are farmers too far behind the 8 ball to plant a cover crop? The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins finds out from Field Agronomist Bradley Ott in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report.
Every harvest season can have a valuable lesson or two that a farmer will use to grow an even better crop in future years. According to DuPont Pioneer Account Manager Troy Putnam, the major takeaway after the 2018 growing season, which saw very heavy insect and disease pressure, was that a fungicide application on soybeans was a good move. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report.
In Mid-September, many corn fields in Ohio had as many Growing Degree Units, or GDUs, that they would normally see in early October. That, says DuPont Pioneer Field Agronomist Alexandra Knight, along with hot temperatures well after summer, has caused some of the issues farmers are seeing as harvest continues. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report.
Strong communication is important to an operation’s success. Whether it’s reaching out to the various members of your farm’s team – your agronomist or crop insurance agent – it’s also important to develop a strong and open relationship with your lender. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more with Rudi Pitzer Perry, Regional Vice President, Farm Credit Mid-America.
As corn harvest continues, albeit slowly, DuPont Pioneer Field Agronomist Kyle Poling is getting some calls about ear drop situations after heavy corn borer pressures and moisture stress during the growing season. He talks with The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins about that issue and other problems that are coming with a delayed harvest in this week DuPont Pioneer Field Report.
The combination of insect pressure and ample moisture in 2018 added up to poor soybean seeds that some farmers are seeing as they bring in the harvest. For this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report, Field Agronomist Kyle Poling talks with the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins about the causes for the shriveled, discolored and rotten looking beans and how to prevent the same thing from happening next year.
The one word that DuPont Pioneer Field Agronomist Bradley Ott used to describe early corn yield results in his area of Ohio was “crazy”. After some early checks he knew high numbers were out there, but to see those numbers come true at the end of the season is something Ott was pleasantly surprised to see. Although a record corn crop will put smiles on many farmers’ faces this year, there are some things to consider after this bin buster is harvested. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report.
Farmer optimism for the state of agriculture, their current business health and their outlook on the future continues to climb, according to the results of the DTN/The Progressive Farmer Agriculture Confidence Index. In fact, farmers indicate they are more confident than ever, pushing the index to 164.8, exactly 30 points higher than the most recent index in spring of 2018.
When asked, farmers rated their present situation at 172.4, up 68 points from spring of 2018 and 100 points above what they felt about conditions one year ago. In comparison, farmers in the recent index rated their optimism for the future at 161.1, which is 11 points below their optimistic rating for the current situation, but still significantly positive.
“These results are not just record-setting, but they are also extremely surprising,” said Greg Horstmeier, DTN editor-in-chief. “What’s more is that we found consistency across all regions and types of farmers studied in the survey, whether Midwest, Southeast, or Southwest, and whether crop grower or livestock producer.”
AUDIO: The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visits with Horstmeier about the latest Ag Confidence Index
DTN/The Progressive Farmer also surveys agribusinesses and developed a separate index for their rating of the current and future situation.
As always, harvest season kicks up some dust as combines roll through dry corn and soybean fields. But why are combines turning black this season. For this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report, Field Agronomist Troy Putnam visits with Ty Higgins about the black combine phenomenon, as well as early harvest results, test weights and purple seed stain in soybeans.
During Farm Science Review, Field Agronomist Alexandra Knight visited with many growers that have started a little bit of corn and soybean harvest this week. She talks with The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins for this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report about what she is hearing from those growers.
While at Farm Science Review, many growers take a look around at new equipment and technology making their ways to the farm. Most say it may not be the right time for a big purchase, but it is nice to know what is available if and when the time to buy arrives. Although buying new gear can wait, but seed can’t. Daniel Call with Seed Consultants visits with the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins about how farmers are approaching seed buying for 2019.
If 2018 proved anything to farmers around Ohio, it certainly proved that there is no such thing as an ideal growing season. As combines begin to roll, DuPont Pioneer Field Agronomist Kyle Poling says farmers may see the effects of too much heat for corn and too much rain for soybeans. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report.
This week on the Ohio Ag Net Podcast brought to you by AgriGold, Ty Higgins talks with Richland County Fair Board President Jason Snyder about helping out the Wayne County Fair over the weekend. Dale Minyo visits with Ohio FFA Vice President Holly McClay about the recent ceremony in Fredricktown, Ohio, commemorating the home of the FFA Jacket. Matt Reese sits down with Rick Crawford about his Ohio Century Farm in Adams County. Joel travels to Canada for their farm show in Ontario along with Mick Heiby from Hills Supply to learn about robotic milkers. Then Ty wraps up the podcast talking tissue sampling (and a lot of it) with AgriGold’s John Brien.
Expanding the farm operation can be an exciting time. It can also be a stressful one. Melanie Strait-Bok, Regional Vice President with Farm Credit Mid-America, visits with the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins about the land purchasing experience, including how to get started and what challenges to expect in this week’s Financially Speaking with Farm Credit Mid-America.
DuPont Pioneer Field Agronomist Bradley Ott is getting some calls about yellowing soybeans and corn turning brown. Farmers are concerned about these issues but, as Ott tells the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report, many of the fields he has checked are changing because their growing season is just about finished.