From Across the Field – Summer’s End


Over the weekend I finally got caught up one a little bit of lawn work. With these above average temperatures and ample moisture, the grass is growing rather quickly for this time of year. Remember we should be mowing at a height that is an inch to an inch and a half higher than your summer mowing level. Mowing higher will promote a stronger root system going into the winter dormant period. Continue reading

It’s almost that time of year … Don’t forget to calibrate your yield monitor!

By: John Barker, OSU Extension Educator Knox County
Previously published in OSU Extension’s C.O.R.N Newsletter

Remember the old adage … Garbage in = Garbage out.  Many of us use our yield data to make additional management decisions on our farms such as hybrid or variety selection, fertilizer applications, marketing, etc.  Data from an uncalibrated yield monitor can haunt us for many years by leading us into improper decisions with lasting financial affects.  In today’s Ag economy we can ill afford any decision with adverse financial implications. Continue reading

Preparation of Grain Bins for Storage of Corn and Soybeans

By: Curtis Young, CCA, OSU Extension Educator Van Wert County
Previously published in OSU Extension’s C.O.R.N Newsletter

Empty Bin Treatments for Grain Bins for Storage of Corn, Popcorn and Soybeans

First – before using any product to treat grain bins, always read the most current label for the product to assure that the product is used correctly.  This is for the protection of the grain to be stored in the bin as well as for the protection of the applicator of the product.  Continue reading

Climate Change Gets Local

By Emily Unglesbee
DTN Staff Reporter, Previously published by DTN

LONDON, Ohio (DTN) — At 6 feet, 8 inches tall, with a bushy, orange beard, Aaron Wilson towers very visibly above the crowds at Ohio State University’s Farm Science Review.

But it’s what he’s talking about that really makes him stand out at the annual farm trade show.

In addition to OSU Extension, Wilson works at the Byrd Polar & Climate Research Center, studying the effects of climate change, an often controversial and misunderstood topic in agriculture. Continue reading

Could the Nuisance Cases in North Carolina Happen in My State?

By: John Dillard, Attorney. Previously published by Farm Journal’s Pork

More than two dozen nuisance cases have been filed by residents in North Carolina against Murphy-Brown, the live growout subsidiary of Smithfield Foods. So far, the juries have returned three cases to the tune of $50 million, $25 million and $473.5 million. Twenty-three more cases are scheduled, drawing international attention to the southwest portion of the state.

In addition to the immediate impact of the cases and what they might mean for North Carolina hog producers, it raises understandable concerns over whether similar cases could be filed in other states. Here’s a brief breakdown of the major issues in the cases: Continue reading

Upcoming Event – Grill Smart

Interested in learning the science behind great grilling? If so this program is for you. Participants will get hands on experience learning how to grill various cuts of meat and maximizing taste, all while practicing food safety. The program will be held October 9th at Holgate H.S. We ask that RSVP’s be made by Ocober 1 to the Extension office.

From Across the Field – Seasons of Change.

From hot and steamy, to cool and soggy they weather sure changed rapidly over the weekend, almost as to announce that fall was here. Earlier planted crops begun to turn with last week’s heat, however from what my colleagues are reporting, we here in far NW Ohio are a couple of weeks behind in terms of crop maturity.  As hurricane season ramps up in the Atlantic more rain is likely in the forecast. For those earlier planted corn fields stalk quality may become a concern. Continue reading

WASDE: Production, Ending Stocks on the Rise

By: U.S. Department of Agriculture


The U.S. 2018/19 wheat supply and demand estimates are unchanged from last month.  There are offsetting by-class changes for both exports and imports.  The season-average farm price range is unchanged at the midpoint of $5.10 per bushel and the range is narrowed $0.20 per bushel to $4.70 to $5.50. Continue reading

Use Caution When Canning this Fall

Previously Published in Ohio’s Country Journal

While it’s a wonderful, cherished tradition in many families to preserve food based on recipes that were developed and honed over the years in grandma’s, great-grandma’s and great-great-grandma’s kitchens, recipes should be reviewed, and if they don’t match recipes that have been tested and researched by food safety experts, they shouldn’t be used. Continue reading

Details On How USDA Calculated Aid Payment Rates

By: Anna-Lisa Laca
Previously published by Farm Journal’s PORK

As promised by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, USDA released details on how aid payments were calculated on Thursday. The details, which were released by the office of USDA Chief Economist Robert Johansson, explain how payment rates for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) were determined. Continue reading