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Beck’s 400 bushel project pushing the limits

Ohio Ag Net was recently at the 2018 Becknology Days at the Beck’s Hybrids headquarters in Indiana. A close-up look at the ongoing Practical Farm Research is a highlight of the annual event. One of the more unique projects being undertaken is that of producing 400-bushel corn with today’s technology. PFR Agronomist Travis Burnett talks with Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood about the undertaking.

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Lessons learned in Ohio’s updated fertilizer recommendations

At the recent 4R Field Day in Hardin County, Ohio State soil fertility specialist Steve Culman presented on the updated fertilizer recommendations through 300+ on-farm strip trials since 2014.

He said some main take-home points he hoped to get across to agriculturalists were:

  • From 2014 – 2017, 300+ on-farm strip trials were conducted across Ohio evaluating corn, soybean and wheat response to N, P and K fertilizer.
  • Yield responses to P and K fertilizer in soils at or above the current maintenance range were very rare.
  • Long-term data from 3 sites show that when Ohio soils are in the current maintenance range, they can supply sufficient P and K to meet corn and soybean demand for many growing seasons without fertilization.
  • Recommended corn N rates were updated this spring and are based on maximizing farmer profitability, not maximizing yields.
  • Corn, soybean and wheat are yielding more grain with less nutrient: Grain nutrient removal per bushel of grain is lower than it was 20 years ago.
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Summer on the Sawdust – Paige Pence, Clark County

Before the final drive and the fair ending sale, many early mornings and countless hours are spent getting livestock exhibits looking their best. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins recently visited the Clark County farm of Paige Pence. Paige, along with her mom, Christine and her dad, Brent, is a prime example of a family that spends more time together in the summer than any other time of year as they prepare for show season.

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Feeding Farmers Week 4 — Zeedyk Farms, Defiance County

The Ohio Ag Net crew traveled to far northwest Ohio for the fourth and final installment of the Feeding Farmers 2018, spring edition. Dale visited with Roger Zeedyk as well as his sons Roger and Mike. They own their farms separately but work together frequently to farm the operation that focuses on corn, soybean, wheat, and more.

A notable crowd of about 40 turned out to the celebration where the group talked about their wet growing season and crops that are behind what’s been seen just south of the area.

Dale Minyo catches up with the family in this video.

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Feeding Farmers Week 3 | Sheaffer Farms, Wyandot County

The third week of Feeding Farmers, sponsored by AgriGold, took Dale and the Ohio Ag Net crew to Wyandot County to Sheaffer Farms (RCJ Sheaffer Partnership). The crops are looking pretty good in their area, but as Joe Sheaffer tells Dale Minyo in this video interview, there are plenty of holes due to excessive rain. Some corn is already tasseling and soybeans are far ahead of schedule.

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