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Wheat Seed Treatments in 2010

By Pierce Paul, Dennis Mills, Ohio State University Extension

Seed treatments can play an important role in achieving uniform seedling emergence under certain conditions. Seed treatments can protect seeds or seedlings from early-season diseases, and fungicides are available to provide such protection. However, seed treatments should not be considered a cure-all for the selection of poor quality seed lots. Seed treatments will not increase poor germination due to excessive mechanical damage, poor storage conditions, genetic differences in variety, or other damage.

Head scab and Stagonospora glume blotch were at high levels in many fields this year, therefore growers need to limit losses due to these and other seed-borne pathogens by treating seed. In addition, be sure to use crop rotation and plant resistant or less susceptible varieties. Be especially concerned that saved seed may be contaminated. If head scab or Stagonospora was present at high levels in your wheat field do not use that grain for seed.… Continue reading

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USDA forecasts record corn and soybean crops

U.S. farmers are on pace to produce the largest corn and soybean crops in history, according to the Crop Production report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Corn production is forecast at 13.4 billion bushels and soybean production at 3.43 billion bushels, both up 2% from the previous records set in 2009. Based on conditions as of Aug. 1, corn yields are expected to average a record-high 165 bushels per acre, up 0.3 bushel from last year’s previous record. Soybean yields are expected to equal last year’s record of 44 bushels per acre.

The August Crop Production report contains USDA’s first survey-based estimates of yield and production for corn, soybeans and other spring-planted row crops. Between July 25 and August 6, NASS surveyed approximately 27,000 producers and also took objective field measurements in the major crop-producing states. Crop Production is published monthly and is available online at http://www.nass.usda.gov.Continue reading

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Lessons learned in 2010

By Matt Reese

As Ohio’s crops work their way through another Ohio growing season, farmers should take some time to observe their fields and review the season while it is still fresh in their memory. Much can be learned from the successes and failures in the fields leading up to harvest this fall.

Wheat

Some wheat growers had disappointing 50- to 60-bushel yields and poor quality, while others had a great year. What happened?

“On our own farm we had had very good wheat yields with a number of fields in the 90s and one field that broke 100 bushels,” said Brad Haas, a Wood County farmer who sits on the Ohio Wheat Growers Association Board. “We have really stepped up wheat management. We scout and invest in treatment when needed and it has paid off for us.”

Even when time is at a premium, Haas makes wheat a priority. He adjusts his seeding rate and plant population for the soil types and yield potential of the fields.… Continue reading

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Crops, heat and rain: August in Ohio

It is hot and, in many places, dry around Ohio. Corn is curled and firing where it is too dry and diseases are a concern where it has been too wet. Mother Nature has kept Ohio’s farmers guessing once again during the 2010 growing season. Here is the Between the Rows report for early August. – Matt Reese

Kevin Miller

Williams County

“We need rain. We’ve had two-tenths in the last couple of weeks. South of me, one of my farms got a half-inch. We’re pretty dry. The corn is curling and starting to fire up from the bottom. The beans seem to be taking it a little better than the corn, but they are filling pods and we need rain for that.

“The crop condition really varies by ground type and water holding capacity. In the lower ground, it looks like really good corn and when you get into the drier stuff it really varies.… Continue reading

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Ohio Weekly Crop Progress Report

The average temperature for the State was 75.2 degrees, 3.3 degrees above normal for the week ending Sunday, August 8, 2010. Precipitation averaged 0.84 inches, 0.13 inches below normal. There were 164 modified growing degree days, 14 days above normal.
Reporters rated 5.3 days suitable for fieldwork during the seven-day period ending Friday, August 6, 2010. Topsoil moisture was rated 3 percent very short, 28 percent short, 64 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus.


FIELD ACTIVITIES AND CROP PROGRESS WEEK ENDING SUNDAY AUGUST 8, 2010

Scattered showers moved through the state and provided needed rain to some areas, thus reducing heat stress for both crops and livestock. Farm activities included tillage, installing tile, spraying corn and soybeans, applying manure, and baling hay. There were isolated reports of insect pressure on soybeans including Japanese beetle and spider mites, but overall pressure was light. Early tobacco harvest began in the southern counties, however much of the crop was still behind normal.… Continue reading

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Precision Ag Technology A Focus of Agronomy Field Day, Aug. 25

Precision agriculture and the economics of technology will be the focus of the Ohio State University Extension East Central Ohio Agronomy Field Day on Aug. 25.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at David Miller Farm, 10750 Millersport Road, Millersport, Ohio. Registration is $10, payable by noon the day of the event.

Topics being covered throughout the day include corn and soybean disease and plant health reports, assessing fertility programs, identifying nutrient issues, yield monitor benefits, precision ag technology options, anaerobic digestion economic opportunities, and watershed management.

Certified crop advisor credits will be available.

The field day is sponsored by OSU Extension offices of Fairfield, Licking, Perry, and Pickaway counties. Additional sponsors include Farm Credit Services, Laurelville Grain, ADM Grain, Southwest Ohio Corn Growers, New Era Liquids, Agro-Chem East, Coschocton Grain, Wilmington Case IH Super Store, and Ohio Soybean Council.

For more information, log on to http://licking.osu.edu/events/east-central-ohio-agronomy-field-day.… Continue reading

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Self Guided Exhibit at Farm Science Review to Teach On-Farm Electrical Safety

Electricity from power lines near grain bins can arc to a conductor and farm equipment can be that target, putting the farmer, family, friends or farm hands at risk for electrocution.

Ohio State University Extension’s Agricultural Safety and Health Program will have an exhibit at this year’s Farm Science Review explaining the dangers of overhead power lines and what those working on the farm should look for to stay safe.

“There is a misconception that as long as that equipment can clear the power lines then everything is OK,” said Dee Jepsen, OSU Extension state safety specialist. “But if you have, say a two foot clearance, that isn’t enough. Electricity can arc to the auger, wagon, combine, whatever equipment you may be operating at the time.”

Between 1990 and 2009, there have been 8 fatalities related to electrocutions in Ohio, 3 of which where grain bin related, according to the OSU Extension Agricultural Safety and Health Program website.… Continue reading

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Wheat’s wild ride boosts fall planting intentions

Wheat farmers throughout Ohio could be planting more wheat this fall, as the demand and price per bushel has increased because of a recently announced ban on wheat exports from Russia. 


Drought and wildfires are becoming common terms in Russia, as the wheat harvest is on the line. Approximately 20% of Russia’s wheat, a combination of hard red winter wheat and hard red spring wheat varieties, has been destroyed because of these natural occurrences.


In 2009, Russia was the world’s third-largest exporter of wheat, only trailing the United States and the European Union.

“It’s very likely that overseas buyers will turn to the U.S. in the short term to fulfill their needs,” said Dwayne Siekman, Ohio Wheat Growers Executive Director. “It’s too early to estimate the impact that it will have on planting decisions this fall for Ohio farmers; however, Ohio farmers are up for the challenge.” 


Ohio is the nation’s leader in growing soft red winter wheat, used in pan breads, general-purpose flour, cookies and crackers.… Continue reading

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Wheat's wild ride boosts fall planting intentions

Wheat farmers throughout Ohio could be planting more wheat this fall, as the demand and price per bushel has increased because of a recently announced ban on wheat exports from Russia. 


Drought and wildfires are becoming common terms in Russia, as the wheat harvest is on the line. Approximately 20% of Russia’s wheat, a combination of hard red winter wheat and hard red spring wheat varieties, has been destroyed because of these natural occurrences.


In 2009, Russia was the world’s third-largest exporter of wheat, only trailing the United States and the European Union.

“It’s very likely that overseas buyers will turn to the U.S. in the short term to fulfill their needs,” said Dwayne Siekman, Ohio Wheat Growers Executive Director. “It’s too early to estimate the impact that it will have on planting decisions this fall for Ohio farmers; however, Ohio farmers are up for the challenge.” 


Ohio is the nation’s leader in growing soft red winter wheat, used in pan breads, general-purpose flour, cookies and crackers.… Continue reading

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2010 Jr. Fair Steer Show Results

More Jr. Fair Market Beef Show Photos

Heifer Show

Grand Champion: Cameron Alexandar
Reserve: Sam Grauer
3rd Overall: Hannah Winegardner
4th Overall: Hannah Winegardner
5th Overall: Zach Henthorn

Breed & Performance Winners

Market beef division winners:

BPCQ Champion – Jessica Lohr, Crawford; BPCQ Res. Champion – Kady Davis, Carroll

Division 1 Champion – Brooke Egbert, Botkins; Division 1 Res. Champion – Mackenzie Shuey, Springfield

Division 2 Champion – Seth Miller, West Unity; Division 2 Res. Champion – Caleigh Ott, Norwalk

Division 3 Champion – Andy Sloan, Shelby; Division 3 Res. Champion – Madison Clark, Covington

Division 4 Champion – Danielle Heintz, Lakeview; Division 4 Res. Champion – Amber Millenbaugh, Crestline

Division 5 Champion – Chase Watson, Cable; Division 5 Res. Champion – Aaron King, Wauseon

Champion Market Heifer – Macie Ott, Norwalk; Res. Market Heifer – Logan Shore, Springfield

Champion AOB – Jordon Mullett, Coshocton; Res. AOB – Stetson Wells, Ashley

Champion Chianina – Madison Clark, Covington; Res.… Continue reading

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Task force nearing completion on new corn, wheat organization


By Ohio Corn Growers Association and Ohio Wheat Growers Association Executive Director Dwayne Siekman
Over six years ago, the Ohio Wheat Growers Association (OWGA) entered into a formal relationship with the Ohio Corn Growers Association (OCGA).
The relationship began with shared staff, but grew over the years, with joint membership meetings, legislative visits, public campaigns, and policy development synergies.
As joint activities increased, the leadership of the two organizations started to ask themselves, should we be doing this a little differently?  Aren’t we really just the same person?  In Ohio, if you grow corn and beans, you probably grow wheat. Although you may be a member of one organization and may identify with that, the reality is that when you think about your operation, you are a farmer who looks at all the business opportunities from a variety of crops and decides what is best for you. You expect nothing less of an association that represents you.
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A conversation with … Gary Conklin, Conklin Dairy, Plain City

Editor’s note: Due to death threats received by the Conklin family, a photo has not been included. Conklin was recently cleared by a Union County grand jury in an animal-abuse case involving his farm and a video released by Mercy For Animals.

OCJ: What is your family’s history in the dairy Industry?

Gary: The business started in 1919 marketing all types of livestock. Over time the business evolved into just Holstein heifers and cows. Up until 1990 a large part of our sales were from public auctions. Since that point it has been primarily private treaty sales.

OCJ: Will you please describe your dairy operation?

Gary: We broker close up and fresh Holstein heifers. We freshen out 1,000 to 1,200 first calf heifers per year. Many of our customers prefer to acquire fresh heifers. But, we do have some that prefer to buy springing heifers 30 to 60 days from calving.… Continue reading

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4000th Operation Main Street Speech Helps Take We Care Message to Millions

Pork producers are more committed than ever to demonstrating how much they care about producing safe and nutritious food, the well-being of their animals and protecting the environment. Through some amazing efforts, they have reached another important milestone for the National Pork Board’s Operation Main Street (OMS) program. On Aug. 4, volunteer OMS speakers achieved the Pork Checkoff-funded program’s 4,000th speech.  

“Thanks to our volunteers, OMS has grown into a significant asset for the pork industry and an important voice for the pork industry’s We Care initiative,” said Perry Aasness, vice president of industry relations for the Pork Checkoff. “OMS speakers are now showing key decision-makers and influencers such as county commissioners, dietitians, and small animal veterinarians, how pork producers are working hard every day to do the right thing.”

We Care is a pork industry initiative designed to help producers demonstrate they are committed to established ethical principals and animal well-being practices.Continue reading

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Jr. Fair Market Hog Show Results

Photos of the Jr. Fair Hog Show

Light Crossbreds

Grand Champion: Haley Clinker
Reserve: Troy Elwer

Darke Crossbreds

Grand Champion: Alec Brenek
Reserve: Nathan Siefker

Yorkshire

Grand Champion: Mason Creager
Reserve: Samantha Darner

Duroc

Grand Champion: Kalie Bodey
Reserve: Christopher Nott

Poland China

Grand Champion: Jason Geer
Reserve: Samantha McAlister

Berkshire

Grand Champion: Kelsey Zircher
Reserve: Blair Kenney

Landrace

Grand Champion:    Nick Brautigam
Reserve: Allen Lenhart

Hamp

Grand Champion: Evan Argabright
Reserve: Blaine Neikirk

Hereford

Grand Champion: David Devore
Reserve: Victoria Devore

Chester White

Grand Champion: Alex McCullough
Reserve: Samantha Norman

Tamworth

Grand Champion: Victoria Devore
Reserve: Chelsea O’Diam

Spots

Grand Champion: David Devore
Reserve: Levi Stauffer

Gilt Show Results

Grand Champion Gilt: Grant Gehret
Reserve Champion Gilt: Riley Wendt
3rd Overall: Zach Anderson
4th Overall: Madelyn Ferron
5th Overall: Skyler Marker

Skillathon

Age 9 – Dakota Zurface, Clinton; Age 10 – Alexus Burkhart, Crawford; Age 11 – Josie Chaddock, Stark; Age 12 – Hunter Frobose, Wood; Age 13 – Samantha Norman, Fulton; Age 14 – Nicholas Fowler, Guernsey; Age 15 – Kyle Kisamore, Portage; Age 16 – Jordan Mullett, Coshocton; Age 17 – Tonya Fender, Highland; Age 18 – Kyle Kissick, Brown; Overall – Jordan Mullett, Coshocton

Record Books

Age 9 – Christina Norman, Fulton; Age 10 – Jason Cook, Union; Age 11 – Caleb Horn, Fairfield; Age 12 – Ellie Chaddock, Stark; Age 13 – Samantha Norman, Fulton; Age 14 – Cole Riddle, Union; Age 15 – Leanna Bachman, Fairfield; Age 16 – Emily Herring, Fulton; Age 17 – Amanda Coe, Greene; Age 18 – Joel Hamric, Coshocton

Barrow Showmanship

Champion Senior: Tonya Fender, Highland; Champion Intermediate: Gus Mitchem, Fayette; Champion Junior: Tyla Voight, Miami; Overall Champion: Tonya Fender, Highland… Continue reading

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Russia Bans Grain Exports, Markets Soar

By Dow Jones Newswires

The death toll from Russia’s forest and peat fires hit 50 Thursday, as government efforts failed to stop the blazes from spreading.

Continued scorching temperatures have also extended the damage caused by Russia’s worst drought in a decade, as Prime Minister Vladimir Putin called for a ban on grain exports and set aside nearly $1.2 billion for stricken farmers.

The total area on fire increased to 196,000 hectares Thursday, a gain of around 7,000 hectares from the previous day, as 373 new fires appeared and 254 were extinguished, the Emergency Situations Ministry said.

In all, 589 separate blazes were burning throughout Russia, 70 more than Wednesday, despite 162,000 emergency workers deployed to fight the flames. The fires have consumed over 2,000 dwellings and left around 4,000 people homeless, while causing an estimated RUB4.6 billion of damage.

Record heat persisted throughout Russia’s European territory, with temperatures in Moscow expected to hit 40 degrees Celsius Friday, nearly double the seasonal average of 23 degrees.… Continue reading

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Ohio Top Farmers Ag Tour for Northwest Ohio Aug. 17, 18, 19

We have put together 3 days packed with a variety of places to visit.  Please select which stops you would like to visit, so we can accommodate you.  A few of the stops want to provide refreshments.  You must RSVP to John Dixon at jbnixon01@embarqmail.com or mail to John Nixon, 15328 Wrestle Creek Road, Wapakoneta, Ohio, 45896 or by cell at 419-236-2516 on or before August 7th. Please don’t forget to include your guests.

8-17                 9:00 a.m.         Koenig Equip Shared Resource Center, 15213 St. Rt. 274, Botkins Succession Plans in Agriculture

8-17                 10:30 a.m.       Wildman Spice Barn, 29956 US 33 (New Hampshire) been in business since 1895

8-17                 11:00 a.m.       Tim Manchester, 29249 St. Rt. 385, Lakeview – Round Barn tour and Seed conditioning
plus farming 3800 acres

8-17                 11:00 a.m.       Martha’s open house for ladies plus mother’s doll houses

8-17                 12:00 p.m.       Lunch at Tim’s – BBQ chicken, potato salad, green beans, pop & coffee

8-17                 1:30 p.m.        … Continue reading

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Ohio State Fair Hall of Fame inducts eight new members

Ohio State Fair Hall of Fame inducts eight new members

The Ohio State Fair inducted eight new Hall of Fame members on July 29 in the Rhodes Center Auditorium. Inductees are: Charles Cox, Columbus; Dennis Elliott, Columbus; Richard Falter, Osprey, Fla.; Opal Holfinger, Troy; Richard Indoe, Lodi; David Madison, Bexley; Jeff Milgrom, Columbus; and Rose Stough, Galion.

Charles Cox has been involved with the Ohio State Fair for approximately 50 years as a concessionaire. Beginning with the operation of ice cream concessions during the fair, Cox’s involvement has grown to provide year-round concessions and catering services at the Ohio Expo Center through Concessions by Cox, Inc.

Dennis Elliott has supported 4-H youth development for more than 50 years in the state of Ohio. He is a tireless supporter of fairs and 4-H. A past president and an active member of the State Fair 50 Year Club, Elliott contributes his time and financial support to Ohio State Fair 4-H and Junior Fair activities.… Continue reading

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NCGA disappointed, but hopeful on Senate energy legislation

National Corn Growers Association First Vice President Bart Schott released the following statement regarding Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s announcement that the Senate will not consider energy legislation before the Senate adjourns this week for its August recess:

“NCGA is disappointed that the Senate will not consider an energy package until at least September.  However, we are hopeful this will allow for future discussions on how ethanol can contribute to our nation’s energy policy and our energy security in a broader energy package.  NCGA urges Congress to include an extension of the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit as they consider energy legislation when they return in the fall.

“The U.S. ethanol industry supports nearly 400,000 Americans across the nation. In the past year alone, ethanol added more than $50 billion to the national Gross Domestic Product and displaced the need for more than 360 million barrels of imported oil, valued at $16 billion. … Continue reading

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Crop progress report

The National Agricultural Statistics Service released its crop progress report for the week ending on Aug. 1. Nationally corn is 7% dented (2% ahead of average), and 31% is in the dough stage, which is 7% ahead of average. Soybeans are 86% blooming, up 12% on the average and 53% are setting pods, which is 5% ahead of the average. Winter wheat is 83% harvested 5% behind the average. The national corn and beans crop condition dropped from last week but they are still ahead of last year. Ohio was .9 degrees above normal last week with .26 inches of precipitation below average. Topsoil moisture is as close to average as you can get. Corn silked in Ohio is 94%. The average is 88%. Corn is 30% in the dough stage. The average is 14%. In Ohio, 87% of the soybeans are blooming and 55% are setting pods, the averages are 89% and 45%, respectively.… Continue reading

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