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2017 Corn Planting Cab Cam – Austin Heil, Hardin County

Farming involves a large number of variables, from equipment to inputs to the weather. For Austin Heil in Hardin County, the most important variable is the planter. He is seeing benefits from new-age upgrades he has added to his older planter. See what he has done to make his planter more efficient and how it has added to the farms bottom line in this Cab Cam with The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins, courtesy of Fennig Equipment.

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2017 Cab Cam: Crop Duster Edition

Though we’re used to seeing Cab Cams take place on the ground, in this edition, Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood hops in with crop duster Butch Fisher of Fisher Ag Service in Morrow County for a truly unique look at agriculture. Fisher is a legend in Ohio agricultural aviation with 30,000 logged hours as pilot. In this piece, Fisher is applying fungicide to wheat fields around the state with his Air Tractor 504 — a unique plane that can carry two passengers unlike most single-seater ag aircraft.

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2017 Soybean Planting Cab Cam – Christie Wilson, Madison County

Growing up in agriculture, Madison County farmer Christie Wilson thought she wanted nothing more than to get away from the farm when she became an adult, but fate had other ideas. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins rode along with Wilson for the latest Cab Cam, brought to you by Fennig Equipment, as she planted soybeans along State Route 40 to visit about planting progress and how the operation has grown with the help of her innovative husband John.

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2017 Soybean Planting Cab Cam – Billy Pontius, Fairfield County

For the first soybean planting Cab Cam of 2017, brought to you by Fennig Equipment, the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins found Fairfield County farmer Billy Pontius running on April 25th. In a year where farmers are thinking twice about putting additional costs into inputs and equipment, Pontius made some enhancements to his planter that he thinks will pay off come harvest time. He tells Ty all about those upgrades.

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2017 Corn Planting Cab Cam – Adam Graham, Logan County

There are 2 sides to Adam Graham. There is the jean wearing Adam Graham that farms in with his Dad and Brother in Champaign, Logan and Union Counties and then there is the suit and tie Adam Graham who is the Chairman of The Ohio Soybean Board, representing soybean farmers from all over the state. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins found the former Adam Graham planting corn in Logan County and hopped in for a Cab Cam, brought to you by Fennig Equipment, to find out what Graham does when he’s not in the board room, or in Columbus or Washington, D.C.

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2017 Corn Planting Cab Cam – Casey Niese, Crawford County

The 2017 planting season started on April 13th for Niese Farms in Crawford County, Ohio and those seeds are already starting to sprout. For the first corn planting Cab Cam of 2017, brought to you by Fennig Equipment, The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins joins Casey Niese in front of a very unique John Deere Exact Emerge planter that has been running 24 hours a day since Monday morning.

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Thoughts from CTTC: When to terminate cover crops?

Experts of all sorts were found at the Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference this past week at the McIntosh Center on the campus of Ohio Northern University in Ada.

Not only is it a great event each year to learn about the latest in farming and conservation, but also a good place to ask questions about practices already in action.

One of those common questions we’ve found recently is the search for the best time to terminate cover crops come planting season. With some saying they prefer to plant into a burned down field, while others taking a more green approach and planting into still growing cover.

Speakers Dave Brandt, Bill Lehmkuhl, and Bret Margraf each take on the question in this video with Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood.

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