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Anheuser-Busch Columbus Brewery staying busy using Ohio commodities

In this special report, the Ohio Ag Net travels to the Anheuser-Busch Columbus Brewery for a behind the scenes look at how some of American’s favorite beers are made. The process is rich in agricultural product usage, including corn from Ohio farmers. Senior General Manager Josh Zabek and Brewmaster Matt Kaminske take us through the plant’s history with Ohio ag and the unique process seen everyday to create Budweiser.

Take a look at this video with Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood.

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2019 Cab Cam | A unique kind of fieldwork in Logan County

Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood catches up with Skyler Foos of Integrated Ag Services as he’s out in the field doing some soil sampling in a Logan County field, near Rushsylvania. The two talk the unique equipment and the current status of Ohio farm fields in this video, sponsored by Homan Inc.

“We are doing a high density soil sampling. We are out here in the field doing half acre grids,” said Foos.

He also contributed some thoughts as far as fieldwork progress.

“Down around where we’re from, the Urbana area, guys are getting out in the fields. I know they’ve been working a lot of ground and I even heard somebody planting some beans last week. Things are starting to come around — it’s going to get busy pretty soon.”

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Delaware Co. farmer’s ingenuity brings Soilhawk sampling system to reality

Jim Case of Case Farms in Delaware Co. has been busy the last four years developing the Soilhawk automated soil sampling device. The machine, now ready for full production and fieldwork, utilizes multiple areas of ingenuity, including a top level scraper to clear away debris from a soil testing unit, multiple testing settings, and remote-controlled use, among other options.

“I got the idea because I went out and did manual hand sampling and it got pretty intense — it was a lot of work,” said Case. “We wanted a way to cover a lot of acres a lot faster and do a really good job getting random samples and not just take samples out of a middle of a two and a half acre grid.”

Case said the built-from-scratch project replicates what a farmer would physically do in the field.

“We designed a scraper that will actually remove the residue from or debris before we take a sample, because if you leave that in, your sample is skewed right to begin with,” he said.

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Wilmington Aggies Judging Contest going strong in 61st year

The recent Wilmington College Aggies Judging Contest, which encompasses general livestock, equine, dairy, and agronomy judging, took place in early March at the Clark County Fairgrounds. Well over 1,000 young people were expected to participate.

Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood spoke with student Calla Henry, alumni Erin Wollett, and Wilmington College President Jim Reynolds at the event.

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BASF reveals new fungicide at Commodity Classic

The 2019 Commodity Classic is off and running in Orlando, with several exciting announcements to come over the next few days. One of the bigger discussions that has already happened came from BASF and its new fungicide lineup, offering a new active ingredient. OCJ’s Matt Reese and Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood hear from BASF’s Scott Kay and Paula Halabicki discuss the groundbreaking move, plus a chat with Upper Sandusky farmer Walker Gottfried on his farm’s extensive fungicide use.

What does the future of fungicides hold? What could it mean for you? Find out in this video.

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Alcoholic Harvester Pulling Team seeing ‘dreams come true’ in Louisville

The Alcoholic Harvester Pulling Team, ran by brothers Mark and Jim Metzger of Shelby, Ohio, are among the select few tractor pulling teams that received an invitation to run at the 2019 National Farm Machinery Show.

The group made their rounds on social media after this year’s harvest with their video of the pulling tractor attached to a grain cart — and making a run with it.

The 2019 National Farm Machinery Show runs through Saturday, with the Alcoholic Harvester pulling Thursday night.

Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood caught up with Mark and Jim to talk about the “dream come true” of pulling in Louisville.

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Ohio Pork Congress recognizes producers, future opportunity

By Kolt Buchenroth

Ohio Pork Council held their annual Pork Congress this week. The annual event provides the opportunity to connect producers to trade show venders and business partners. In addition to educational sessions and seminars, the congress also aims to recognize Ohio Pork Producers for their service to the industry and its future. Several awards were presented to Ohio Hog Farmers doing just that. Our coverage of the event, and a discussion with Ohio Pork Council leadership is in this video.

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A roundtable with young farmers on the issues hitting them

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Ag Professionals Winter Leadership Experience noted another year of exciting speakers, engaging networking, and good fun this past weekend.

Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood and Ohio’s Country Journal’s Matt Reese sat down with farmers Rose Hartschuh of Crawford Co., Ron Burns of Union Co., and Luke Dull of Montgomery Co.

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Ohio Farm Bureau celebrates where it all began 100 years later

Monday, Ohio Farm Bureau employees, members, and supporters came together to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the organization’s founding. On January 27th, 1919, prospective Farm Bureau members came together to form the organization. A century later, today’s Farm Bureau installed a plaque commemorating the organization in front of the very place it was founded.

In this video, Ohio Farm Bureau President Frank Burkett talks the exciting time for OFBF, while Dr. Cathann Kress, dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State, comments on life in agriculture down the years.

Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood has more.

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eFields Report a must-see for farmers in Ohio

The 2018 eFields Report has been released by the Ohio State University. The 200 page book contains on-farm research data from the last year collected from 95 research locations spread across 25 counties.

“The eFields report is documentation of all of the on-farm research across the state of Ohio being done by extension educators,”said Sam Custer, Darke County Extension Educator.

Ohio Ag Net’s Bart Johnson sat down with Custer to discuss highlights of the report and how you can see it for yourself.

Click here for the online copy.

There are reginal eFields meetings coming up around the state:

  • Southwest: February 13, 2019 – 9:00 am | Clinton County Extension Office: 111 South Nelson Ave. #2, Wilmington OH 45177
  • Northwest: February 20, 2019; 9:00 am – Noon | Robert Fulton Ag Center: 8770 OH-108, Wauseon, OH 43567
  • East: February 27, 2019; 4:30 pm – 8:30pm | RG Drage Career Conference Center: 2800 Richville Dr.
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A farmer panel with Seed Consultants

Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood sat down with farmers Charlie Roberts of Pickaway Co., Ron Bywater of Union Co., and Chuck Hann of Madison Co., alongside Seed Consultants’ Director of Agronomic Services Bill McDonald to talk a range of topics hitting agriculture. The group chats on everything from the trend of low potash applications and the ongoing government shutdown to a change in equipment dealer ownership and ruts in fields. Tune in!

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Gov. DeWine helps celebrate Young’s Jersey Dairy sesquicentennial

For 150 years, Young’s Jersey Dairy has been active in agriculture in southwest Ohio, near Yellow Springs. The family business continues today as a highlight of agri-tourism in the state. Newly elected Ohio Governor Mike DeWine was recently on hand alongside Ohio’s First Lady and their grandson to help celebrate the 150th anniversary of the farm. Also commenting are Ohio Director of Agriculture Dorothy Pelanda and Young’s CEO Dan Young.

Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood reports.

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