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Ohio Farm Bureau brings 100-year history forefront with unique display

At the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s 100th annual meeting in early December, a unique and in-depth display noting the many aspects of OFBF in its rich history was available for visitors to peruse. Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood talks with Keith Stimpert, senior vice president, organization for Ohio Farm Bureau about the display, which can be seen in several places in the following year.
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Ohio farmers get big response after putting their pulling tractor to work

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.

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Watch LIVE Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Committee Meeting | 10 a.m. Nov. 1

Plan to watch LIVE Ohio Ag Net coverage of the Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission meeting at 10 a.m. on Thur., Nov. 1.

The group will likely make known if they plan to designate eight watersheds in Ohio as distressed.

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Roasting Soybeans for Livestock Rations

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.

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Ohio Producer Tests “Double Crop Corn”

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

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2018 Corn Silage Cab Cam – Sugarcreek Harvesting

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.

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Feeding Farmers Week #2 – Tim Recker

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.

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Feeding Farmers Week #1 – Jason Myers

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.

Enter to win lunch for your farm!

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2018 Corn Harvest Cab Cam – Rob McCarley, Pickaway County

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.

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