Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood joins Bill McDonald, director of agronomic services for Seed Consultants, in Fayette County to see progress in a rarity — two fields of corn and soybeans that are already planted. This in-depth agronomy update looks at the lessons to learn for this year and the season ahead.
While fieldwork in Ohio remains scarce, one unique setup in Delaware County is busy at work. The John Deere Gator of farmer John Davis is braving the mud, covering some much-needed ground with his custom sprayer setup. Davis’ Gator offers not only a sealed cab but also a precision spray system complete with auto-steer and more. He says though they’ve used the setup in previous years, it is truly proving its worth this year, able to cover hundreds of acres a day over fields wetter than most. Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood has more in this cab cam, thanks to Homan, Inc.
The 105th episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, sponsored by AgriGold, comes on another rainy day across the Buckeye State. A wide range of topics greet host Joel Penhorwood alongside Kolt Buchenroth, Dale Minyo, Zach Parrott, and Matt Reese.
We begin by hearing in the first installment of Plow Talk from guests Matthew and Jason Bane of Bane-Welker Equipment. Ohio Corn and Wheat’s Tadd Nicholson talks about the Tariffs Hurt the Heartland campaign while grain merchandiser Jon Scheve updates us on his latest market advice in this tough economic and agronomic time (hint: it has to do with prevent plant). Union County Fred Yoder updates us on his perspective for this unique growing season and how he compares it to 2011, all the while strawberry producer Todd Stacy talks a unique way of picking his crop.
By Joel Penhorwood
The 2019 planting season continues to be an aggravating one for Ohio growers, though there’s still plenty of time for a good crop ahead, says DEKALB Asgrow Technical Agronomist Roy Ulrich.
Ulrich spoke Thursday to a group of Union County farmers, hosted by Yoder Ag Services, answering questions and highlighting timely agronomic issues.
“No really big reasons to change anything as far as products or practices until after we get out past Memorial Day. Once we get toward the end of the month, then we can make some changes, but right now just stay the course. Whatever plan you had is still the best plan to put in place,” said Ulrich.
He pointed out how growing degree day requirements for corn actually go down as the planting season rolls along due to corn’s unique adaptation abilities. Soybeans though do require a different tailoring as the planting date gets later, the reason he recommends upping populations by 10,000 per acre for each week after Memorial Day.
In this first spring planting cab cam of 2019, Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood jumps in the cab with Trent Watkins of Watkins Farm as they find themselves in the field in a particularly dry valley in northern Champaign County. Watch more in this video, thanks to Homan, Inc.
Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood catches up with Pioneer Field Agronomist John Schoenhals to discuss what has been on everybody’s minds – delayed planting concerns. Stay the course is his advice to Ohio farmers at this point. Though we’re behind schedule, Schoenhals says there’s economic reasoning to not changing up the plan, which he details in the discussion below.
George Secor, president and CEO of Sunrise Cooperative, talks with Ohio Ag Net’s Dale Minyo about an exciting program offering a year’s use of a truck to the newly-elected Ohio FFA State President. After that year, the truck will go to a high school graduate set to become an employee of Sunrise Cooperative immediately after graduation.
President: Holly McClay- Fredericktown
Vice President: Bethany Starlin- Chief Logan
Secretary: Noah Smith- Amanda-Clearcreek
Treasurer: Haleigh Stoller- Wayne Trace
Reporter: Mackenzie Hoog- Valley View MVCTC
Sentinel: Justin Beckner- Tallawanda Butler Tech
Vice Presidents at Large:
Alec Ogg- Upper Sandusky
Mozie van Raaij- Southeastern
Maribeth Pozderac- Fredericktown
Wyatt Kissell- Mt. Vernon
Chyann Kendel- Twin Valley South MVCTC
Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood catches up with Pioneer Field Agronomist Alex Knight for this week’s Pioneer Field Report. The two talk wheat stands and how they’re holding up to this year’s unique weather. Growing degree days and units are also something to keep in mind this year, especially as time starts to slip away from planting season.
The Ohio Ag Net Podcast, brought to you by AgriGold, joins Dale and Joel outdoors (as you can hear from the singing birds) as they recap this week in agriculture.
Interviews in this week’s podcast include a chat with Tom Fontana regarding Ohio Soybean Council Foundation’s numerous scholarships awarded to promising students. Dale also talks with Wilmington College’s Jenny Shaw following their recent spring visit day where young people took a look at what the school has to offer in agriculture. Joel recaps a recent tour of the Anheuser-Busch Columbus Brewery where the company is putting on display their active use of agricultural commodities (including corn) from Ohio farmers.
Also turkey season starts up and Dale details some tips for hunters in the crowd. Tune in to the Ohio Ag Net Podcast!