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Overcoming challenges during planting | Andy Detwiler, Champaign Co. | 2019 Spring Cab Cam

Andy Detwiler of Champaign County has a story and background in agriculture more unique than most. He has spent a life in farming without the use of his arms after losing them in a farming accident at a very young age. He has since become an inspiration to others in his local community and around the world by not letting anything get in his way, including a difficult planting season. Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood caught up with Detwiler Thursday evening ahead of the overnight rain storms as he was rushing to get in corn in the well-drained soils near Urbana.

Want to learn more about Andy? Check out his YouTube page, the Harmless Farmer, at this link.Continue reading

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2019 Spraying Cab Cam | John Davis, Delaware County

While fieldwork in Ohio remains scarce, one unique setup in Delaware County is busy at work. The John Deere Gator of farmer John Davis is braving the mud, covering some much-needed ground with his custom sprayer setup. Davis’ Gator offers not only a sealed cab but also a precision spray system complete with auto-steer and more. He says though they’ve used the setup in previous years, it is truly proving its worth this year, able to cover hundreds of acres a day over fields wetter than most. Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood has more in this cab cam, thanks to Homan, Inc.… Continue reading

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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.… Continue reading

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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.”… Continue reading

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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.… Continue reading

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