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Yield and attendance results from the 2014 Farm Science Review

The 52nd annual Ohio State University Farm Science Review, sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, wrapped up today, welcoming 131,153 farmers, industry professionals, FFA students and agricultural enthusiasts during the three-day event.

This year’s crowd topped the attendance from the 2013 Review of 129,864 attendees, show organizers said.

“The 2014 Farm Science Review was bigger and better than ever,” said Chuck Gamble, Review manager. “We’ve had a lot of positive feedback from both exhibitors and attendees about their show experience, and we’re very pleased with our attendance numbers this week.”

Sunny skies and no rain over the three days brought in crowds of 41,321 on Tuesday, 60,560 on Wednesday and 29,272 on Thursday.

Highlights of the 2014 show included:

● The announcement of a $1 million water quality initiative called Field to Faucet by Bruce McPheron, Ohio State’s vice president for agricultural administration and dean for the college, at the Vice President’s Lunch Tuesday.

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2014 Ohio State Fair Junior Market Beef Breed winners

2014 Beef Breed Winners

Beef Performance Carcass Quality:

Grand Champion – Allison Davis, Carroll County

Reserve Grand Champion – Kirsten Augustine, Ashland County

 

Market Heifers

Grand Champion – Allison Davis, Carroll County

Reserve Grand Champion – Haley Frazier, Jackson County

 

Angus

Grand Champion – Kinsey Crowe, Montgomery County

Reserve Grand Champion – Sydney Sanders, Highland County

 

Chianina

Grand Champion – Callie Daniels, Hardin County

Reserve Grand Champion – Logan Vail, Richland County

 

Hereford

Grand Champion – Dawson Osborn, Highland County

Reserve Grand Champion – Maverick Pugh, Stark County

 

Maine-Anjou

Grand Champion – Wyatt Daniels, Hardin County

Reserve Grand Champion – Jenna Taylor Darner, Butler County

 

Shorthorn

Grand Champion – Quinton Waits, Fayette County

Reserve Grand Champion – Reily Bell, Muskingum County

 

Shorthorn Plus

Grand Champion – Nicholas Bauer, Huron County

Reserve Grand Champion – Samantha Norman, Fulton County

 

Simmental

Grand Champion – Curtis Harsh, Delaware County

Reserve Grand Champion – Brandee Painter, Licking County

 

AOB

Grand Champion – Gerrett Davison, Madison County

Reserve Grand Champion – Elizabeth Heinz

 

Division 1 Crossbred

Champion: Adam Kinsman, Fulton Co.

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Clinton County Fair Photo Gallery

The 8-day 2014 Clinton County Fair was visited by the crew of the Ohio Ag Net on Monday, July 7th. The fair was busy with hog and poultry shows throughout the day while Dale Minyo did his midday broadcast from the event.

Kyle Wilson presented a check on behalf of AgriGold for $1,000 to the Clinton County Jr. Fair Board. Below are several pictures from the day’s activities.

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Wide range of crop maturity in northwest Ohio

The crew of the Ohio Ag Net recently made a trip across northwestern Ohio where they viewed a wide range of crop progress for corn and soybean fields that span from just emerged to well advanced. Wheat fields also varied quite a bit in their maturity. The following are pictures from various points around northwest Ohio all taken on June 18th, 2014.

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2014 Spring Dairy Expo show and sale results

The 28th Ohio Spring Dairy Expo was held at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio, on March 27 – 29. A total of 728 quality animals representing all seven breeds of dairy cattle were on the grounds for the shows and sales. Exhibitors traveled from across Ohio and eight other states to present their entries to judges Justin Burdette of Mercersburg, Pennsylvania and Kevin Lutz of Lincolnton, North Carolina.

This year’s event featured seven shows in which 557 open class and junior animals competed for the top spots and six sales offering 244 cattle that are now headed to new homes across the country. An additional event at this year’s Expo was the Holstein USA Judges Conference, which attracted 97 dairy evaluators from across the country.

Next year, Spring Dairy Expo will be held March 26-28, again at the Ohio Expo Center.

Ohio Spring Dairy Expo would not be possible without the generous support of its many sponsors.

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Beef Expo photo highlights

More than 30,000 visitors from 25 states and Canada typically attend the Ohio Beef Expo that kicked off at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus. The weekend schedule included breed sales, shows, educational seminars, trade show and a highly competitive junior show on Sunday. The trade show features more than 100 exhibitors from 15 states. A series of educational seminars will run throughout Friday, giving producers an opportunity to gain useful knowledge from industry experts about advancements and current trends, and will allow producers to improve their own operations in areas such as marketing and herd management.

Cattle from across the country are represented at the Expo through the breed shows, sales and displays. These features provide Expo attendees a first-hand look at breeds including Angus, Charolais, Chianina, Gelbvieh, Hereford, Limousin, Maine-Anjou, Miniature Hereford, Murray Grey, Shorthorn and Simmental. Breeders will be on hand to sell or display their cattle and anyone interested may view sale catalogs online at www.ohiobeefexpo.com by clicking on the sales link.

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Winter beauty

As always, it was a busy morning at the Reese house. My wife had a meeting to get to, there were frozen water buckets in the barn, cold animals to care for, children to dress for school and then bundle up in hats and gloves, breakfast to make (and eat), a wood burner in desperate need of a refill, vehicles to warm up, and the list goes on. The unbelievably persistent cold makes every normal daily challenge take much longer, it seems. Yet, the magical frost on the trees and the colorful sunrise just begged to be photographed. The thermometer had dipped down to -11 this morning, but I took a few minutes and braved the cold with bare hands to take some photos this morning. I need to invest in some of those removable finger gloves so I can wear them when taking winter photos. Here are some photos from this morning and some other favorite winter photos.

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The 44th Ohio Power Show

The 44th edition of Power Show Ohio features more than 200 exhibitors displaying products from more that 600 companies.

Power Show Ohio provides the opportunity to learn about products in the fields of agriculture, outdoor power equipment and construction.  The show features displays of the newest and best in tractors, skid steer loaders, commercial mowing equipment, utility vehicles, grain handling, computer software, fence building, hay equipment, buildings, backhoes, logging equipment, compact tractors, livestock equipment plus a number of lifestyle items.

Daily educational seminars will take place all three days covering topics ranging from shale energy development to soil health to learning tips and techniques from the Ohio AgrAbility Program to remain active on the farm or in the garden.  On Friday noon, Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director James Zehringer discussed ODNR’s wide ranging role across Ohio.

Cooking demonstrations and product sampling will be going on in the Voinovich Center conducted by OhioProud all three days, and the National Kiddie Tractor Pull Association will be holding pedal tractor pulls on Saturday and Sunday to determine the National and State Champion on Saturday and Sunday. 

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Tabor’s toy tractor treasures

Farm toy collectors launch their hobby through many different avenues. Gary Tabor’s interest in toy tractors developed through gifts of farm toys for his sons.

“Soon after my wife and I bought the John Deere pedal tractor for Jim and the small scale Farmall 400 for Lynn, I gained an interest in toy models. I began looking for small-scale versions of the equipment we farmed with,” he said. “My wife and I began looking for models that we farmed with as gifts for our sons. In 1965, we found a John Deere Model 20 pedal tractor by Ertl that we gave to Jim. Along came a nice 1:16 scale Farmall Model 400 that we gave to Lynn. Then we located a 1955 Farmall Model 400 pedal tractor by Eska for the boys. After hard play over the years and a little repair work, these have become part of our treasured collection.

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Soil structure’s performance in tough conditions highlighted at Ohio No-Till Conference

Thirty years ago, Fred Yoder chisel plowed his fields and it froze. He went and looked at his neighbor’s no-till field to compare the soil structure. The next year he bought a no-till drill to try no-till soybeans.

After that, Yoder rented a farm that had been in long-term no-till and the landowner requested that he keep it that way. That is when Yoder started experimenting with no-till corn on his farm in Union and Madison counties.

“I had better seed-to-soil contact than I ever had before. I had to manage it very intensely to get it going and I have been no-tilling ever since,” Yoder said. “I didn’t no-till because one day I decided to save the earth, I wanted to make money. I look at no-till as a way to cut costs.

“With all of the tools we have, it is much easier to do today than it was back then.

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Kalmbach Clean Fuels ribbon cutting ceremony

On November 19th, the new Kalmbach Clean Fuels compressed natural gas station was officially open for business. Attendees included representatives from Ohio agriculture and agribusiness, energy groups, truck manufacturers and members of the Upper Sandusky community.

“It’s exciting to be providing compressed natural gas for vehicle fuels,” said Tim Rausch, Director of Distribution with Kalmbach Feeds. “We truly believe this is the best way to support American businesses and the American economy.”

Find out more about the new facility and about Kalmbach Clean Fuels, LLC.

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