Episode 135 – ARC/PLC Election Deadline is March 15th!

Clint Schroeder joins us to talk about the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) for the 2024 crop year through the USDA Farm Service Agency. These two programs provide financial protections for farmers in the event of substantial crop price drops. Clint explains how these programs can be used a safety net for Ohio farmers and the resources to connect with to elect into these programs.

Episode 134 – Winter Wheat Tips

Temperature ups and downs over the winter have us wondering what impact it will have on potential wheat yield. Dr. Laura Lindsey, Soybean and Small Grains Specialist, walks us through getting wheat off to a good start, evaluating it in the spring and how much correlation that has with yield. She also shares the latest research and technology developments to look for in the future.

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Episode 133 – Direct Marketing from an 8th Generation Family-Owned Farm

Dirk Dempsey is the Agriculture and Natural Resources OSU Extension Educator for Pike County. Dirk is also the 8th generation in his family to tend to the land on their family-owned farm in Jackson County. In this episode, Dirk talks about joys of being involved in his family operation, their experiences, and the keys to their success through direct marketing.

Episode 132 – 2023 eFields

Our topic for this podcast is on-farm research and the 2023 eFields report. The eFields program is OSU Extension’s on-farm research network. Ohio farmers are encouraged to learn with us by partnering to conduct trials and share data through the annual report. Elizabeth give us a summary of the 2023 report and we talk with Wayne Dellinger and Nick Eckel, county Extension Educators and fellow contributors, about projects they have conducted over the years. 

You can view the 2023 report, along with previous years, at efields.osu.edu. The Knowledge Exchange provides unique ways to sort through all eFields research projects: kx.osu.edu/efields.

Episode 131 – Insurance Options for Livestock Producers

Cody McCann and Cody Lovercamp both work for the USDA Risk Management Agency where they oversee the policy language for the livestock policies and the underwriting standards branch. McCann and Lovercamp discuss topics like, what is Livestock Risk Protection? How does it work?  When can you, as a producer, receive these options.

To learn more about Livestock Insurance products follow the link below: https://www.rma.usda.gov/Policy-and-Procedure/Insurance-Plans/Livestock-Insurance-Plans

Episode 130 – How do I make sense of all these records?

Clint Schroeder is the manager for the Ohio Farm Business Analysis and Benchmarking program for OSU Extension.  He works one-on-one with Ohio farmers to evaluate their farm business. Participating operations will get financial ratios and benchmarking reports as well as enterprise analysis if they participate in that portion. Clint explains how to get in touch with the program and how it can benefit your operation.

Episode 129 – Farming the first Thanksgiving

With this episode releasing right before Thanksgiving, we wanted to celebrate by diving into how the food eaten during the first thanksgiving over 400 years ago came to be. While farming was simpler in a lot of ways, it is intriguing to consider what the pilgrims were up against trying to survive in a new land and how the Native Americans had adapted to raise and protect crops without today’s modern technology. This is a fun one to put on in the car with whole family as you head to Grandma’s house. Happy Thanksgiving!

Further Reading:
Soils: https://soilsmatter.wordpress.com/2016/11/15/what-type-of-farming-challenges-did-the-pilgrims-face/

Livestock domestication: https://www.jstor.org/stable/3491550?seq=7 

First foods: https://modernfarmer.com/2016/11/foods-at-first-thanksgiving-meal/

Episode 128 – What’s in Your Farmland Lease? 

All across Ohio, farmland is leased for crop production, livestock grazing, hunting, etc.  Is your lease in writing? If not, it’s likely not enforceable.  Peggy Hall, J.D., Director of The Ohio State University Extension Ag Law Program shares elements of a farmland lease that keep it simple and functional.  How is hunting permission and hunting leasing different?  Does the landowner have protection if something bad happens?  Did you know agricultural easements can be an option to reach farmland preservation and farm transition goals?  Peggy explains how.

Episode 127 – Corn Drydown In-field

Many areas are struggling with higher corn moisture levels than normal at harvest. While it may be tempting to leave corn standing to gain more natural drying, Elizabeth and Amanda will share why that is a high risk, low return venture.

Check out the U2U GDD Tool and make use of it next year: https://mygeohub.org/groups/u2u/purdue_gdd.

For more information, here’s a list of our past podcasts on grain storage: https://podcast.osu.edu/agronomy/?s=storage

Episode 126 – Grain Market Situation During Fall Harvest 2023

Old Crop and New Crop markets always meet at the next harvest.  Being three weeks into Ohio’s Fall harvest, what’s the market situation?  Dr. Lee updates us on supply/demand, bullish/bearish market expectations, Mississippi River water levels and barge rates, war in Ukraine, and current situation in Israel.  Four strategies for farm financial viability for lower farm income marketing year.