Corn pollination in southwest Ohio leaves little concern

Some farmers in Ohio were concerned with the timing of rains that come through during the critical corn pollination stage. DuPont Pioneer Account Manager Tate Cockerill says that customers in his area could see some of the best corn yields in years and the soybeans that looked like they wouldn’t produce may be surprising as well. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visits with Cockerill for this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report.… Continue reading

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A soybean that adds value during times of lower commodity prices

As a premium crop, high oleic soybeans can be especially beneficial to farmers in Ohio facing lower commodity prices this season. By offering the combination of strong yield performance and an opportunity to meet growing food industry needs, high oleic soybeans enable farmers to seek out higher profit potential.

The soy checkoff notes that high oleic soybeans are bred with the same agronomic trait and disease packages that farmers expect in their other soybean varieties. Because they yield on par with, or better than, commodity soybeans, farmers don’t have to choose between growing top-performing varieties and providing a product that processors and end users demand.

In addition, because the oil offers higher value for end users, processors offer farmers a premium to grow high oleic soybeans, resulting in higher profit opportunities. Premiums are based on what the end user will pay for the oil.

In the audio above, the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visited with USB farmer-leader  and early high oliec adopter John Motter from Jenera, Ohio about the way these premium soybeans have performed on his farm.Continue reading

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Crops are coming around in north central Ohio

Although the north central part of Ohio didn’t get as much rain as the northwest, Seneca, Crawford and Wyandot Counties got their fair share. Derek Hunker is an Account Manager for DuPont Pioneer in those counties and in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report he tells The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins that the recent sun and heat have made the corn and the soybeans perk up a bit and the outlook is much more positive than it was just two months ago.… Continue reading

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Kids learn the economics of ag at The Ohio State Fair

CME Group and the National 4-H Council are partnering for a third consecutive year to bring their popular and award-winning Commodity Carnival fair experience to more than 100 state and county fairs in nine states this summer, including The Ohio State Fair.

An interactive and educational game about the business of agriculture, the Commodity Carnival teaches young fairgoers how to manage the costs and risks associated with bringing an animal – this year, a hog – to market.

Ty Higgins visited the Commodity Carnival booth in the Ag/Hort Building to find out more.… Continue reading

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Fewer double crop opportunities in western Ohio

Farmers in western Ohio usually have all of their double crop acres planted by this time of year, but due to a late wheat harvest due to wet weather, the planting window for late-planted beans was barely cracked. Jim Stucke is a DuPont Pioneer account manager for that part of the state and he talks with The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins about the wheat harvest, fungicide applications and tough alfalfa harvest conditions in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report.… Continue reading

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Soybean fields in Ohio have a fighting chance

With pollination in Ohio corn fields occurring in July, much of what you see now is what you will get come harvest. For soybeans though, August is the most important month for production. If the rains aren’t as prevalent and sunshine prevails as the calendar turns, Asgrow/DEKALB Technical Agronomist Jeff Rectenwald tells The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins that the soybean crop may turn out to be really nice this year.… Continue reading

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Justifying a corn fungicide application

Grey Leaf Spot and Northern Corn Leaf Blight were yield robbers in Ohio corn fields in 2014. Conditions so far this year are causing both of these diseases to show up again.

Bill Mullen of Seed Consultants says a check of the fields will indicate what actions, if any, need to be taken, considering the current farm economics.… Continue reading

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Stresses are mounting in corn and soybean fields

As expected, the excess moisture dousing Ohio corn and soybean fields have open the gates for a number of stresses to this year’s crop. For this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report, Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visits with Account Manager Barry Rodeheffer about what he is seeing as he scouts fields in Darke, Shelby and Miami Counties and what he is recommending to farmers that find troubles in their fields.… Continue reading

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The struggles of the 2015 Ohio wheat crop

After a late planting, slow start and less that ideal late winter conditions, the 2015 Ohio wheat crop has had its fair share of challenges. Now add to that having to wait in the field for weeks after intended harvest dates due to over-saturated fields. Jeremy Goings still has some wheat to get to and hopes that dockage will be manageable and straw will be useable once the dust settles. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visited Goings Farm on July 21st and talks with Jeremy about the prospect for his wheat and how this year will effect his 2016 wheat decisions.… Continue reading

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Early Stalk Rot

John Brien Agronomist with AgriGold discusses the early signs of stalk rot he is seeing in Ohio.  John also shows you what to look for in your own corn field.

“We’re at the typical point in a corn plant’s life where everything is tasseling, we’re doing pollination – we’ve gotten to that point. That’s usually the sign that we’re home free,” said Brien. “We’re worried about running out of nitrogen, we’re worried about foliar fungicides and what we should do, but walking corn fields, I’ve found a new issue that may be more valuable to us than those two things.”

That issue is stalk rot and Brien goes into detail about the problem and how to identify it early.… Continue reading

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Only two weeks left to comment on EPA’s RFS proposal

According to Growth Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency’s latest Renewable Fuel Standard proposal (RFS) represents a major step backward for our nation’s most successful energy policy in the past 40 years. Ty Higgins visited with Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis about how these proposed changes would effect rural America and how comments can be made before the upcoming deadline.

Growth Energy Tom Buis

Here is the link to make comments to EPA about the RFS proposalContinue reading

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2015 Logan County Fair Photo Gallery

Dale Minyo and the Ohio Ag Net traveled to the Logan County Fair recently, courtesy of AgriGold Hybrids. He sat down with Fair Board President Jim Logan, newly crowned Fair Queen Hannah Clayton, and had a chance to give out several t-shirts to youth and others enjoying the fair. The Jr. Fair Board also enjoyed a gift of $1,000 from AgriGold as part of their 2015 county fair tour.… Continue reading

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