In the first installment of “Shootin’ the Shed”, the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visits the farm of Randy Wagner. In 1975, Randy’s dad, Coy, had one of the biggest Morton Buildings built for the time. Take a look at the extras that Coy chose for the building and a request he made as the contract was being signed.
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By Joel Penhorwood, Ohio Ag Net
It’s hard to go to a tractor pull and see those souped-up machines barreling down the track without thinking “what could those actually do on the farm?” The Metzger family of Shelby, Ohio recently had fun trying that out with their pulling tractor ‘Alcoholic Harvester.’ You may have seen it yourself as the video posted by Jim Metzger of the super-class tractor pulling a grain cart through a field currently holds well over two million views since it was posted about three weeks ago.
“It’s actually my brother’s tractor and he’s the one driving it,” said Jim Metzger. “We pull the tractor all over the state of Ohio and for the sixth out of seventh year that happens to be the number one tractor again in the state of Ohio in the alcohol super class. We run at Bowling Green, a few NTPA hooks, but mostly OSTPA hooks.
Current economics in both the dairy and soybean industries are causing a resurgence of the decades old practice of roasting soybeans to make them suitable for livestock consumption. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins found grain roaster Ed Schmerge and his Roast-A-Matic near Kalida, Ohio earlier this week to find out more.
When Windy Way Farms in Stark County was approached about growing a short season corn crop after their barley harvest, they thought their Pioneer Seeds and DEKALB Asgrow Seed dealers were joking. But after hearing about the possibilities it may bring to the overall operation, Ben Klick thought it would be worth a shot. How did things end up for the 75 day Pioneer and 77 day DEKALB corn? The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins finds out as harvest of those fields began, just outside of Massillon, Ohio on October 22nd, 2018
Just as the weather is not doing any favors for farmers wanting to get their 2018 corn and soybean crop in, silage harvest is lagging in Ohio. In his very first corn silage Cab Cam, presented by Fennig Equipment, Ty hops in with Derrick Regula and Brendon Miller with Sugarcreek Harvesting in Licking County to see how things have gone with silage this year and what a delayed finish means for quality.
Week #2 of Feeding Farmers with T102 took the Ohio Ag Net to Ottawa and the farm of Tim Recker. Tim farms 1000 acres with the help of my son-in-law, Randy. They grow corn, soybeans, and wheat and have 200 head of beef cattle. Hay also keeps them busy as they bale 100 acres of alfalfa, and 3,000 acres of straw that they market year round. Dale had the chance to visit with Recker before lunch.
37 year-old Harrod, Ohio grower Jason Myers has been row-cropping with his Great Grandpa for 15 years. It is a team effort on the farm today, with Jason’s dad, mom and wife, Dawn, helping out during planting and harvest. Even though Myers has a small farm operation, this doesn’t stop him from his love of the land and working to make each year better and more profitable. The Ohio Ag Net and T-102 stopped by the farm with lunch for Week #1 of Feeding Farmers.
While at a field day at Kellogg Farms near Forest in Hardin County, Dale Minyo had the treat of talking with renowned super stock diesel pulling champion Shane Kellogg and his impressive truck ‘Trump.’
He talks with Kellogg about the sport, its fuel, its name, and much more in this video.
Will Ohio’s 2018 soybean crop be a bin-busting record take-in, as USDA predicts? If harvest continues like it started for Chris Schlumbohm of Logan County, the answer is yes. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins went to take a look for himself with the first soybean harvest Cab Cam of 2018, brought to you by Fennig Equipment.
Once again at Farm Science Review, Geringhoff will be on display with their unique lineup of combine heads. This year’s addition of the Freedom 15-inch Corn Head will be one of the many pieces of equipment to see at the Farm Science Review’s field demonstrations. Scott Brown takes a look at what the Freedom brings to the table.
When Rob McCarley and his son first checked the moisture levels of his early planted Pickaway County corn fields he knew they would be close to ready to go, but he had no idea they would be as ready as they were. The McCarley’s quickly started the 2018 harvest season on September 12th. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins joined them a couple of days later for the first corn harvest Cab Cam of 2018, brought to you by Fennig Equipment.
After Ohio corn and soybean fields saw a lot of moisture and hot temperatures in August, September looks to be delivering more of the same as harvest approaches. That, says Matt Hutcheson with Seed Consultants, is a good reason to head to the field and see how the quality of the stalk and the ear is holding up.