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Farm bill straight talk from a farmer

Published Oct. 9, 2014

he 2014 Farm Bill offers multiple options for a crop production safety net, the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program, the County Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) Program, and the Individual ARC Program. Of those three, which do you think is best suited for most farms in Ohio?

Rain getting in way of harvest

Published Oct. 9, 2014

hio farmers were running a bit behind schedule, and that was before this week's precipitation, with 12 percent of the state's corn harvested, behind 16 percent on the five-year average, the USDA said. Soybeans were at 21 percent harvested by Sunday, slightly behind the five-year average of 23 percent.

Vilsack calls for new beef checkoff program

Published Oct. 9, 2014

A resolution to a three-year impasse in the national beef checkoff enhancement work group suggested by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack may do more harm than good, according to members of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

Wet October weather ahead

Published Oct. 9, 2014

We expect to see above normal rainfall for the rest of October. There is a greater than 80% chance of exceeding two inches of rain in the next two weeks over most of Ohio which is high for this time of the year. Normal rainfall is about an inch the next two weeks.

Don’t farm averages

Published Oct. 10, 2014

For all the headlines about precision agriculture, the majority of nutrient applications are still the same blend applied across every acre.

Big data and big agriculture

Published Oct. 10, 2014

farms are heavily reliant on small improvements in operational efficiencies and processes in order to increase crop yields, manage risk, and create greater profit.

Grain storage bags could be an option for large corn harvest

Published Oct. 10, 2014

Klein Ileleji, a grain post-harvest technology expert at Purdue University, said potential users should be aware that the bags, which can measure up to 12 feet in diameter and 328 feet in length, require careful site preparation, regular monitoring for moisture content and temperature, and special tools for loading and unloading.

Star of the West bringing soft red wheat mill to Ohio - See more at: http://www.

Published Oct. 10, 2014

The Star of the West Milling Co., headquartered in Frankenmuth, Mich., announced last month it will begin construction on a second Ohio mill, in Willard, this fall. The mill, which is targeted for completion by fall of 2016, will be able to produce 10,000 cwt. of flour per day, all of which will be dedicated to milling soft red winter wheat.

Farm family's loss serves as reminder of harvest dangers

Published Oct. 13, 2014

His father was working alone when he apparently went into the grain bin because the corn had stopped flowing. Although it's not clear exactly what happened, Beck suspects a hollow space had formed under the top crust, an effect known as bridging.

Get 'into the dirt': More young people start farms

Published Oct. 13, 2014

Two years ago, Kate McNellis was earning a six-figure salary as a New York City fashion designer, cranking out cutting-edge styles for Victoria's Secret, Ann Taylor and Kohl's. Today, the 36-year-old is a fledgling vegetable farmer in New York state's far less frenetic Hudson Valley, hoping to clear a few thousand dollars next year as she begins to build her business.