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Data synthesis important for ag research

Agricultural researchers generate vast amounts of data. Little of it is shared with peers or accessible to the public. A diverse group of scientists led by Sylvie Brouder, a Purdue University professor of agronomy, is calling for change and proposing the infrastructure to make it happen.

Brouder led the creation of a commentary paper, “Enabling Open-Source Data Networks in Public Agricultural Research,” for the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology with colleagues from the Environmental Defense Fund, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, Washington State University, Texas A&M University, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Brouder presented the paper to lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

“The next generation of agricultural problem solving will require big science and forging linkages across data sets and disciplines,” the paper says. “Currently, a lack of data sharing and data accessibility is a major barrier for making better decisions in agriculture.”

Solving the world’s grand challenges — feeding nearly 10 billion people by 2050, reducing greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change and ensuring access to clean water — depends heavily upon agricultural research and advances.

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Morrow County Farm Bureau member appreciation breakfast

Morrow County Farm Bureau will celebrate Ag Week, local farmers and our rural community with its Member Appreciation Breakfast on March 23. Come, mingle and meet with Morrow County Farm Bureau volunteers and local farmers. Join us for table-top discussions and great fellowship.

We will be serving 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Handlebar Ranch, 6695 County Rd. 76, Mt. Gilead. The menu includes French toast sticks, ham, biscuits & gravy, potatoes, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee. Reservations are due by March 13. The price will be $3 for Farm Bureau members, $7 for non-members. If you become a member that morning, your breakfast will be on us! You can also renew your membership at the event.

We know that food and fiber doesn’t just arrive at the grocery or clothing store…or magically appear on our dinner table or in our closet. There’s an entire industry dedicated to providing plentiful and safe food for consumption.

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Selling straddles

By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC

The biggest news of last week was when Agriculture Secretary Perdue announced that China agreed to buy 10 million metric tons (about 400 million bushels) of beans Friday afternoon from the Oval office after the markets closed. Earlier in the week President Trump said China would also buy more corn too. While both statements seem positive, the market has already heard rumors and predictions before, only to be let down by smaller numbers due to a variety of reasons. It will take follow through and actual purchases to get the market excited.

March corn closed again for the 13th straight Friday within the tight trading range of $3.74 to $3.85.

 

Market action

With corn trading within a very tight range the last 3 months, including straddle trades in my grain marketing plan was a good decision for my farm operation. Since late November, I placed three straddle trades that all expired on Friday that helped me generate 13.5 cents of profit on 30% of my corn production.

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Tough stretch for ethanol profitability

By Scott Irwin, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois

The U.S. ethanol industry faced considerable headwinds in 2018, including the lowest prices over the last decade, policy setbacks in the implementation of the RFS, and political resistance to granting a year-round RVP waiver for E15. The impact of these headwinds on ethanol production profits is certainly of interest to those in the ethanol industry, as well as policymakers and legislators interested in the financial health of the U.S. renewable fuels industry.

A model of a representative Iowa ethanol plant was used to track the profitability of ethanol production. The model is meant to be representative of an “average” ethanol plant constructed in the last decade. There is certainly substantial variation in capacity and production efficiency across the industry and this should be kept in mind when viewing profit estimates from the model.

Ethanol prices started 2018 at historically low levels of $1.25 per gallon, rose to a peak of $1.43 in April, and then fell most of the rest of the year, reaching a low of $1.06 in late November.

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Award winners recognized at Ohio Pork Congress

Ohio is fortunate to be home to many outstanding leaders who work selflessly to make a difference in the pork industry. At yesterday’s Ohio Pork Congress Luncheon some of those individuals were recognized for their service with the presentation of the Swine Manager of the Year, Ohio Pork Council Service, Pork Promoter of the Year, Friends of Ohio Pork and Ohio Pork Industry Excellence awards.

Swine Manager of the Year Award: Nathan Isler, Prospect

Nathan oversees the sows and three full time employees in the sow barn for Isler Genetics.

“Commercially raising hogs for market is the way we are going and our future as I see it today,” Nathan said. “The vast majority of our hogs go to market, but we also sell breeding stock, show pigs, and pigs for medical research. We sell commercial semen as well. We also have three contract barns. Through the progression of things we are 70% pure York sows.

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Initial Brazil soybean harvest not record-breaking, still solid

Soybean harvest in Parana, Brazil, the country’s second-largest soybean-producing state, has reached 25%, well ahead of the 2018 pace.

Brazilian government forecasting agency DERAL says, although the state suffered through a mini-drought in December, early yield results show no material losses. Only 6% of the state’s soy fields are reportedly in bad condition. The number his still higher than last year’s zero ‘bad’ fields.

DERAL says 24% of fields are considered average, compared to 14% in the last cycle. The remaining fields are considered in good condition. As it stands currently, Brazil’s crop will be short of the record-high estimates of 122 million metric tons. Weather issues in Brazil are not widespread or significant enough to put a major dent in production.

Elsewhere in South America, harvest expectations in Argentina are nearing 53- to 55-million metric tons, coming off 38 MMT in 2018.

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National Farm Machinery Show Seminar Schedule and Featured Vendors

The National Farm Machinery Show will take place Feb. 13- 16, 2019 at the Kentucky Exposition Center, 937 Phillips Lane, Louisville, KY 40209. The hours of the show are 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily (EST). Admission for the show is free. Parking is $10 for cars and $20 for buses.

At this year’s show, daily educational seminars will be held during the show and are outlined in detail below the featured vendors.

Check out these Featured Vendors while you are at the show:

Seminar Schedule

Wednesday, February 13

10 a.m. “The Future of Precision Ag Technology” – South Wing B 103
As the integration of precision agriculture into everyday farm operations continues to grow, new technologies and applications are emerging. Join this session to learn about the newest features in FARMserver™ and what future advancements you can expect that will help increase your efficiency and profitability. – Presented by Beck’s Hybrids

11:30 a.m.

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What road salt means for plant health

Salty cars and salty roads are a hallmark of this time of year. With so much NaCl (salt) being spread, the question arises of what effect it has on nearby plants.

Pamela Bennett is an Ohio State horticulture educator and state master gardener volunteer program director. She is often asked what will happen to plants come spring as the result of salt. She said salt buildup in soil and salt spray on plants themselves are chief concerns.

“There are two different ways plants can be damaged. Number one is the salt spray. That salt spray if it’s on the foliage long enough if it’s on the bud, it could cause the buds to dry out and it could cause bud and stem damage,” she said. “It’s more common to see this on evergreen trees such as white pines or on boxwoods which are evergreen shrubs, and those plants that are susceptible to salt injury.

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Shutdown-delayed USDA market reports will be released Feb. 8

Even though the government is back up and running, the month-long government shutdown continues to have lasting effects, especially when it comes to commodity markets.

Over 60 reports were not released at their scheduled times due to the furloughed staff of the National Agricultural Statistics Service. USDA this week announced that many of those reports, including final harvest numbers for 2018, will be published on the next regularly-scheduled report day Feb. 8.

The February World Agriculture Supply and Demand (WASDE) report will also be released then. Some of the data, including the January WASDE report, will never be published, according to American Farm Bureau Federation Economist Veronica Nigh.

Some of January’s data will be rolled into the February report.

“USDA is generally considered to be the gold standard when it comes to reports and you got to remember how much we’re missing here. The obvious things we’re missing are weekly export sales reports, daily flash sale reports, your monthly WASDE report.

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Ohio results from the 100th American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention

By Joel Penhorwood and Matt Reese

A number of Ohioans competed and found success at the 100th American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention held in New Orleans in January.

Annie Specht, a professor of agricultural communication at the Ohio State University, and a member of the Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau, competed at the national level of the American Farm Bureau Federation Discussion Meet.

“I was able to make it out of the first round, so we had two different rooms of discussion, and out of the 36 competitors, they ended up taking the top 16. I was lucky enough to make that sweet 16 round. Sadly, I did not move on to the final four,” she said.

She said though she was disappointed to not make it to the finals, she was happy to enjoy great discussion with ag professionals from across the country.

“The competition is structured the way that we would structure a committee meeting, so you’ve got in most of the rooms, four to five individuals, a moderator who introduces the topic, introduces the participants, and you give a 30-second opening statement.

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2019 Fort Wayne Farm Show Featured vendors and schedule

The 30th Annual Fort Wayne Farm Show will take place Jan. 15- 17, 2019 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum at 4000 Parnell Ave., Ft. Wayne, Indiana 46805. The hours of the show are Tuesday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Wednesday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Thursday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

At this year’s show, Northeastern Indiana Soil and Water Conservation Districts and Purdue Cooperative Extension will present daily educational seminars, which are outlined in detail below the featured vendors.

Check out these Featured Vendors while you are at the show:

Seminar Schedule

Tues., Jan. 15, 2019

Appleseed Room A: Moderator – Crystal Van Pelt, Purdue Extension – Steuben County, IN

 

10 a.m. Grain Market Outlook

Jon Cavanaugh, Marketing Director, Central States Enterprises, Inc., David Kohli, Adjunct Professor, Ivy Tech, Ryan Martin, Chief Meteorologist, Hoosier Ag Today, Rob Winters, Farm Director, Newstalk 1190-WOWO

 

11:30 a.m. Luncheon Program

Please note that only 100 meals will be available for this event and they will be provided on a first come – first serve basis!

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2019 Draft Horse Sale Dates

If you have sales you would like to see included on this list, e-mail ocjstaff@ocj.com.

Jan 3-4, 2019
Bluegrass Sales Stables Spring Draft Horse & Mule Sale, Trenton, KY

 

January 15-16, 2019

Keystone Draft Horse Sale, Harrisburg, Pa

 

February 4, 2019

Kalona Special Work Horse Sale, Kalona, Iowa

 

February 20-22, 2019

Mid-America Draft Horse Sale, Gordyville, Illinois

 

March 2, 2019

LaRue Horse Sale Annual Spring Driving Sale, LaRue, Ohio

 

March 4-9, 2019

Mid-Ohio Draft Horse and Carriage Sale, Mount Hope, Ohio

 

March 6-9, 2019

Boone Draft Horse & Mule Sale, Sedalia, MO

 

March 19-22. 2019

Topeka Spring Draft Horse, Carriage & Equipment Sale, Topeka, IN

 

March 22-23, 2019

Dixie Draft Horse Mule and Carriage Auction, Troutman, North Carolina

 

March 26-29, 2019

Waverly Midwest Horse Sale, Waverly, Iowa

 

April 3-5, 2019

Midwest Select Draft & Driving Horse Sale, Madison, Wis.

 

April 15- 16, 2019
Kalona Spring Draft Horse Sale, Kalona, Iowa

 

April 25–26, 2019

Buckeye Spring Draft Horse Sale, Dover, OH

 

April 25–27, 2019

National Clydesdale Sale, Shipshewana, IN

 

June 6-7, 2019

Mid-Ohio Draft Horse and Carriage Sale, Mount Hope, Ohio

 

June 21, 2019

Topeka Summer Draft Horse, Carriage & Equipment Sale,  Topeka, IN

 

June 21–22, 2019

Seymour Draft Horse Sale, Centreville, MI

 

September 11–14, 2019

Boone County Draft Horse & Mule Sale, Sedalia, MO

 

October 1–4, 2019
Waverly Midwest Fall Horse Sale, Waverly, IA

 

October 8-11, 2019

Mid-Ohio Draft Horse and Carriage Sale, Mount Hope, Ohio

 

October 14 & 15, 2019
Kalona Fall Draft Horse Sale, Kalona, Iowa

 

Nov 29 – 30
Dixie Draft Horse, Mule & Carriage Fall Auction, Troutman, NC

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JCARR sends water changes back to ODA

By Joel Penhorwood, Ohio Ag Net

The Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) met on Monday in the latest of the ongoing matters regarding Gov. John Kasich’s executive order to designate eight Ohio watersheds as “distressed.”

JCARR voted 8-1 to send the rule back to the Ohio Department of Agriculture due to the proposed amendments to the Ohio Administrative Code possibly being in conflict with the legislative intent of the statue under which they were proposed.

“What this essentially means is it will give us a chance to work with the new administration on these rules and there won’t be that pressure to get these things run through like it was being done under Gov. Kasich,” said Tony Seegers, director of state policy for Ohio Farm Bureau. “It went just as we had hoped it would. The committee, after our testimony and testimony of others, agreed with us and decided to tell the agency what’s called revise and refile the rule, so that rule has gone back to the Department of Agriculture.”

Seegers said Farm Bureau and other ag groups had several concerns from a rule-making perspective.

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Ohio winters offer challenges to pork producers

By Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag Net

Just as the change of the season brings about slippery roads and windshields that need scraped before you venture out, the winter months can be the cause of many concerns on Ohio’ hog farms as well. From moisture, to rodents, to bio-security, there is plenty to keep in mind as pig farmers prep barns for livestock.

“Because of the wet and damp conditions that Mother Nature gives us this time of year, moisture is more difficult to control,” said Dr. Terri Specht, a veterinarian at Heimerl Farms in Johnstown. “We recommend using a couple days to get the barns warmed up before new pigs come in. Most barns are temperature regulated to keep the pigs comfortable all year round, but it takes a while to get a barn to that 65 degree level in the winter.”

As harvest progresses, albeit slowly across the state, those finished corn and soybean fields force some unwelcome guests to look for shelter in those warmed barns.

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A long road ahead for year round E15 availability

By Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag Net

For how much talk that has been made about the decline in soybean demand due to many factors, corn demand has held its own through the second half of 2018. That was one of the points made at last week’s Agriculture Policy and Outlook Conference, hosted by The Ohio State University.

“Ethanol is the biggest component of corn use and we have exported a lot of it, including 33% of our ethanol to Brazil this year,” said Ben Brown, program manager for the Farm Management Program in Ohio State’s College of Food, Ag and Environmental Sciences. “The returns for ethanol plants aren’t overly strong so we have seen a pullback from ethanol production, but use was good this year.”

Those ethanol plants, corn industry groups and corn farmers across the country are applauding a recent announcement by President Trump that he has asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to propose the sales of E15 ethanol, or gasoline with a 15% ethanol blend, on a year round basis.

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Local innovation is filling the small farm implement gap

Over the past several years, small and mid-sized tractors have inundated the marketplace as more small-scale and organic farmers begin to update their equipment. As sales of lower horse powered machines climb, Bellevue farmer Jeff Sberna has noticed that the implement side of the farm manufacturing sector wasn’t following suit, so he designed a concept for a compact aeration tool.

“I have always has small equipment and never really had anything to break the sub dirt with,” said Sberna, who came up with the concept of the J & D Farm Built chisel ripper. “This unit is a hybrid and is designed to take the place of a chisel plow and a subsoiler. It will maintain a depth of 13 to 14 inches without re-compaction and is great on fuel efficiency.”

The six-foot chisel ripper was on display recently at Farm Science Review. Sberna recommends that unit for a small, niche and organic farms with 20 to 30 acres to cover.

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