Episode 98 – 2022 Growing Season Weather Outlook

We are a couple of months closer to the grain making part of the growing season than when we heard from Dr. Aaron Wilson last (Episode 93). He provides an update on what weather we are likely to expect this growing season. The west is still facing down a historic drought. What does that mean for us here in the Eastern Corn Belt?

Visit climate.osu.edu throughout the year for weather updates, stats and other weather resources for Ohioans. The U.S. Drought Monitor can be found at: https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/.

Episode 97 – Dealing with Farm Stress

Stress from an agriculturally related field is intense, especially when Mother Nature plays such a large role. It can feel overwhelming and out of control. We have learned a lot about stress and mental health over the past few years and we continue to work towards breaking down barriers and the stigma associated with getting help.

Bridget Britton, Behavioral Health Field Specialist in Agriculture and Natural Resources for OSU Extension, shares information on what too much stress looks like and tips on how to destress. We also talk about what is underway to provide more help and resources to agricultural communities.

For more information, visit: go.osu.edu/farmstress

Trigger: suicide is briefly mentioned in this episode.

Episode 96 – Do you need sulfur?

Many farmers across Ohio are adding sulfur to their nutrient bill. Research results here in Ohio haven’t revealed a strong need but deficiency symptoms and yield bumps with application do occur on occasion. So how should you approach sulfur on your farm? Elizabeth and Amanda dive into the research and share some pointers to help farmers decide the best approach for each situation.

Additional Resources:
Research presentations: Go.osu.edu/PrecisionU
eFields Trials: go.osu.edu/eFields
Sulfur availability tool: Sam.asc.ohio-state.edu
Podcast episode 21 with Dr. Robert Mullen

Episode 95 – BMPs of Weed Control

Dr. Mark Loux updates us on herbicide availability before getting into some specific BMPs for our most difficult weeds: Marestail, Waterhemp, Giant and Common Ragweed and a few others that have made a stronghold in some fields.

The webinar on metabolic resistance, and many others, can be found here: https://iwilltakeaction.com/news/inside-weed-management-webinar-series

The weed control guide and other resources can be found at: https://u.osu.edu/osuweeds/

Episode 94 – Meet Osler!

Dr. Osler Ortez joined Extension in January as the new state specialist in corn and emerging crops. He is replacing Peter Thomison who retired. Learn about Osler’s background and what crop his family grows back home. He has a lot of great ideas for on-farm research and is eager to work with growers across the state. You can reach him in the following ways:

Department website: https://hcs.osu.edu/our-people/osler-ortez

Email: ortez.5@osu.edu 

Phone: (330) 263-9725

Office: 214 Williams Hall, Wooster, Ohio 

Twitter: @oortez94

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/osler-ortez-900442129/ 

Episode 93 – 2022 Spring Weather Outlook

It’s that time of year again. Dr. Aaron Wilson, Research Scientist with the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, joins us to talk current weather conditions and reveal what forecasts are saying for this spring. We discuss how the fall and winter weather stack up historically and just how much the spring weather is resembling 2019.

Let us know what you think about the podcast and suggest episode topics at go.osu.edu/afmsurvey

Special Release: How and Why Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine is impacting commodities in the U.S.

Ben Brown, State Ag Economics Specialist at the University of Missouri, joins us to discuss several commodities that are being impacted by the conflict in the breadbasket of Europe. Prices are up in several commodities, not all of them in the favor of U.S. farmers. We dive into the ag and ag related commodities most impacted by this conflict, why they are being impacted, and what else across the world is also contributing to these markets.

Follow Ben on Twitter: @BenBrownMU and on the Brownfield Ag News Weekly Commodity Market Update.

Let us know what you think about the podcast and suggest episode topics at http://go.osu.edu/afmsurvey.

Episode 92 – Planning for the Future of Your Farm [Part 3]

Peggy Hall and Robert Moore join us again in this episode to talk about transition issues unique to farms and what legal solutions are available. Some topics we touch on are: keeping farmland in the family, farm vs. non-farm heirs, and the differences between a will and a trust. Find more information at farmoffice.osu.edu.

Episode 91 – Planning for the Future of Your Farm [Part 2]

Many legal tools are available to help farms achieve their transition goals. Identifying those tools and deciding which should be a part of your farm plan is challenging. Peggy Hall and Robert Moore, lawyers with the Agricultural and Resource Law program within OSU Extension, share what legal pieces should be considered and how to choose an attorney to help you put together a successful plan. Check out farmoffice.osu.edu for continually updated resources and events.

Episode 90 – Planning for the Future of Your Farm [Part 1]

Regardless of the size of your farm or the age of operators, we never know when the unexpected may occur. To ensure a farm lasts beyond the current generation, it is crucial that plans be laid. Because of the importance of this issue, we are dedicating three episodes to provide information on different pieces of a succession plan. For part 1, David Marrison, OSU Extension Educator in Coshocton County, joins us to discuss the different parts of a succession plan and how a farm can take the first steps in getting started. We are only able to touch briefly on these topics, so if you’d like to learn more from our guests, join one of the webinar or in-person sessions this winter. Find dates and locations at go.osu.edu/farmsuccession. This website also houses useful tools mentioned in the podcast.