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Ohio’s Andy White named 2016 World Livestock Auctioneer Champion

Andy White of Ashland, Ohio was recently named the 2016 World Livestock Auctioneer Champion. White topped an impressive list of renowned auctioneers from throughout the country to gain the honor.

Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood spoke with White about the competition, what goes into winning, his background in auctioneering, and what lies ahead in the coming year. Listen in.

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Keeping up with the latest agronomics through Syngenta’s ‘Grow More Experience’

The Syngenta Grow More Experience Site in Irwin, Ohio, one of 60 such locations across the country, was host last week to retailers from around the state hoping to step up their agronomic knowledge in order to pass it on to Ohio’s farmers.

“We have several retailers out and our goal today is for our retailers to actually come out and get an experience of what Syngenta has in our pipeline as well as some future technologies,” said Leon Hunter, agronomy manager for Syngenta East Heartland. “And one of the key objectives of today is to share with them a lot of different things that are happening agronomically. It’s not as much product focus, it’s more around the agronomic things that they can do to provide more education to their growers on how to produce more crop.”

Hunter noted some important lessons that have been highlighted from the agronomic side.

“One of our key focuses this year is to do some education around the Soybean Cyst Nematode and some of the portfolio products that we have to bring awareness to how devastating this particular disease can be.

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Feeding Farmers Week 4 – Black Walnut Farms, Warren County

A trip to southwestern Ohio wrapped up the 2016 Feeding Farmers program, courtesy of AgriGold. Each Friday for the past four weeks, the crew of the Ohio Ag Net traveled to various parts of the state delivering lunch, fellowship, and midday broadcasts to farm families that are the backbone of American agriculture.

Don Tharr heads up Black Walnut Farms in Warren County alongside his family. The farm overlooks ideal scenery in the valley its positioned in. A retired teacher, Tharr said this year’s planting was behind that of normal years and that they were getting ready to take on the never-ending-job that is weed control.

The farm is staying busy this summer erecting grain bins in which they are planning to pour the concrete for this week. From beginning to end, Tharr said the whole process takes all of three weeks, weather permitting.

With his sons having grown and now supporting their own families with the farm, Don said they’ve had to position themselves marketing-wise to make that sustainable down the road.

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Northwest Ohio crops get a “Billion Dollar Rain”

For Wood County farmer Dave Baer, a limited window of opportunity in late May made the 2016 planting season fast and furious, and like many of his neighbors and farmers all over Ohio those crops haven’t seen more than 1 rain event…until the morning of June 23rd. Seed Consultants‘ Bill Mullen talks about what the hot dry weather has done to the crops in that part of the state and what the latest rains mean for them.

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Farm Credit Mid-America talks up young farmers in D.C.

Recently, Farm Credit Mid-America officials were in Washington D.C., speaking with Congressmen and encouraging support of the Farm Credit System to serve the needs of young and beginning farmers. The message delivered was that the future of agriculture hinges on a healthy, well-informed incoming generation of farmers. Along with officials, young Farm Credit customers also traveled to D.C. to speak of their success and ambitions for the future.

Farm Credit Mid-America has seen substantial growth in the amount of loans it’s made to young farmers, year over year, which is an encouraging sign and indicator. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visited with Dick Poe, senior vice president of financial services, to discuss our changing industry, the growth in lending to young farmers, and what this means for agriculture.

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A western Ohio farmer’s notable antique tractor collection

Just east of the Ohio-Indiana state border sits Green Oak Farms where a barn of Gale Long’s is filled with an impressive collection of antique tractors. The Ohio Ag Net crew came across the collection during this year’s Feeding Farmers tour. Long said he has been bringing together the tractors for several years, getting a few here and a few there, eventually amassing what amounts to quite the sight. No particular color has sway on the barn as Farmall, John Deere, Allis-Chalmers and much more decorate the shop.

Watch as Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood visits with Long about the old iron.

 

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The Beck’s “Why I Farm” movement hits the road

When Natalina Sents recently graduated from Iowa State University graduate, she wasn’t headed for a full-time job. She was embarking on the journey of a lifetime. Sents is setting out on the Beck’s Why I Farm Road Trip – a year-long, 50 state tour documenting agriculture’s diversity and revealing the untold stories of America’s farmers.

The Why I Farm Road Trip began on May 15 in Sents’ home state of Iowa. Over the past three weeks, she has also visited farms in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Maryland, Pennsylvania and here in Ohio. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visited with Natalina in between farm stops.

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Feeding Farmers Week 3 – Watson Farms, Sandusky County

Week number three of Feeding Farmers, courtesy of AgriGold, took the Ohio Ag Net crew to Watson Farms in northern Ohio on the Sandusky-Seneca County line.

The family operation is headed up by Dusten Watson. He took over in recent years after his dad Lee handed down the keys to the next generation, something he plans to do himself down the road. The farm also recently brought on the full-time employee Joe Ringholz.

They’ve experienced a unique planting season. Some much needed rain this past Thursday was “a godsend.” Dusten did say that they should’ve stayed home with regard to planting on May 9th as everything put in the field that day had to be replanted.

Ty Higgins talks more about the farm in the video below.

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Farmers still trying to plant beans as wheat harvest approaches

For DuPont Pioneer Account Manager Tate Cockerill’s territory in southern Ohio, growers are still trying to get soybean planting wrapped up just as the wheat is getting ready for an early harvest. With the markets setting up nicely for soybeans, the planter may be right back out after the combine to put in double crop fields. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report.

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Feeding Farmers Week 2 – Green Oak Farms, Preble County

The second week of Feeding Farmers 2016, sponsored by AgriGold, took the Ohio Ag Net crew near the Indiana-Ohio state line to Green Oak Farms in Preble County. A notable turnout joined the team for lunch on the grain and livestock farm.

Gary Long runs the grain side of the large operation. He talked with Dale Minyo about their planting season this year and the operation overall.

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Concerns over high trap counts of European corn borer

Farm economics caused growers to plant more non-BT corn than usual and those acres will need to be watch carefully as recent trap counts for European corn borer have come in high. Brodbeck Seeds regional agronomist Terry Jones talks about the insect pressures that will be kicking up as the growing season begins, sidewall compaction and the 2016 planting season with the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins.

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A great end to planting and a great start to the growing season

After eventful weather and begrudgingly uneventful field action most of May, many farmers around Ohio had a great stretch of sun and warmth to get caught up and maybe done with the 2016 planting season. Some timely rains shortly after planting were welcomed as well. In this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report, the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins got an update from Derek Hunker, an Account Manager for Seneca, Crawford and Wyandot counties about current field work and the condition of the emerged crops.

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As planting wraps up, replant ramps up in Northwest Ohio

DuPont Pioneer Account Manager Chasitie Euler’s area of Henry, Fulton, Williams and Lucas Counties has seen a wide window of planting, with some corn fields just planted and some fields almost to the V4 stage. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visits with Euler about what to scout for in the early and late planted fields, as well as some replant decisions being made for corn and soybeans and the impressive wheat crop in that part of Ohio in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report.

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