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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.… Continue reading

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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.… Continue reading

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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.… Continue reading

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2017 Soybean Planting Cab Cam – Christie Wilson, Madison County

Growing up in agriculture, Madison County farmer Christie Wilson thought she wanted nothing more than to get away from the farm when she became an adult, but fate had other ideas. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins rode along with Wilson for the latest Cab Cam, brought to you by Fennig Equipment, as she planted soybeans along State Route 40 to visit about planting progress and how the operation has grown with the help of her innovative husband John.… Continue reading

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2017 Soybean Planting Cab Cam – Billy Pontius, Fairfield County

For the first soybean planting Cab Cam of 2017, brought to you by Fennig Equipment, the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins found Fairfield County farmer Billy Pontius running on April 25th. In a year where farmers are thinking twice about putting additional costs into inputs and equipment, Pontius made some enhancements to his planter that he thinks will pay off come harvest time. He tells Ty all about those upgrades.… Continue reading

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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.… Continue reading

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2017 Corn Planting Cab Cam – Adam Graham, Logan County

There are 2 sides to Adam Graham. There is the jean wearing Adam Graham that farms in with his Dad and Brother in Champaign, Logan and Union Counties and then there is the suit and tie Adam Graham who is the Chairman of The Ohio Soybean Board, representing soybean farmers from all over the state. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins found the former Adam Graham planting corn in Logan County and hopped in for a Cab Cam, brought to you by Fennig Equipment, to find out what Graham does when he’s not in the board room, or in Columbus or Washington, D.C.… Continue reading

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2017 Corn Planting Cab Cam – Casey Niese, Crawford County

The 2017 planting season started on April 13th for Niese Farms in Crawford County, Ohio and those seeds are already starting to sprout. For the first corn planting Cab Cam of 2017, brought to you by Fennig Equipment, The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins joins Casey Niese in front of a very unique John Deere Exact Emerge planter that has been running 24 hours a day since Monday morning.… Continue reading

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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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Evalauting fixed costs on the farm

The current farm economy landscape is affecting how farmers should look at fixed costs. As profit margins shrink and commodity prices go down, operations with high fixed costs could see prolonged periods of loss. Eventually, this can stress working capital and negatively impact operations if not adjusted quickly enough.

Evan Hahn, Vice President Credit-Agribusiness with Farm Credit Mid-America says farmers should begin assessing their fixed costs situation.

“Get the records straight. Having detailed, accurate farm records will help you make objective decisions,” Hahn said. “At Farm Credit, we encourage growers to keep an eye not only on their input costs but also on their fixed costs. This provides a fuller picture of operating costs and can help farmers determine if a fixed cost is positively or negatively affecting the bottom line.”

What are two fixed costs farmers can look at right away?

“This is an ideal time for farmers to analyze equipment utilization.… Continue reading

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Key strategies when managing tough resistant weeds

Weed resistance is expanding, which is rapidly driving increased use of pre-emerge residuals, more robust residual rates and a need for herbicide premixes with multiple effective modes of action and active ingredients. Derrick LeBeau, an agronomic service representative for Syngenta, talks about how Acuron performed in 2016 and why it should be a part of a farmer’s plan in 2017.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 5

On this week’s Ohio Ag Net Podcast, Ty Higgins visits with first generation farmer Brent Pence from New Carlisle, Ohio about how he got his start, some tough times early on in his career and how the farm is set up for today’s challenges. Joel Penhorwood recaps last weekend’s Spring Dairy Expo with Kris Ackley from Logan County, who had quite a successful show this year. And Matt Reese catches up with Darci Vetter at the National Institute for Animal Agriculture Meeting in Columbus. Vetter served as the Chief Agriculture Negotiator for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and gives some insights of ag trade today and some key points for ag trade to be successful in the future.
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