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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Some interesting offers may be showing up in your mailbox. Our “opt-out” period must have expired for receiving offers for credit cards, mortgages and other types of credit as more are showing up each day. Seed offers The ag community has certainly picked up the ball in this game as two recent mailings indicate: The […]

OSU offering income tax schools

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Hello northeast Ohio. Isn’t autumn a wonderful time? I really love this time of year. The cooler nights, the smells and sights of harvest, and the spectacular colors of the leaves all make northeast Ohio a great place to live. OSU Extension is offering the OSU Income Tax Schools at eight locations across Ohio in […]

No matter if we win or lose, life’s contests can teach us a lot

Thursday, October 18, 2012

It should come as no surprise, but I enjoy the thrill of competition and being competitive. No matter what the score, I will continue to root for my favorite team and never give up or in to the thought of losing. In fact, that term does not fit in my vocabulary. Kellogg cereals says it […]

What makes them tick? Not all employees motivated by same thing

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Farm managers able to motivate their workers have a better chance of reducing the typical labor problems faced in today’s economy (turnover, absenteeism, and low productivity). The most common roadblock managers face when motivating employees is a tendency to assume that all are motivated by the same thing. University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers examined leader and […]

The sky isn’t falling: Good news on milk price horizon

Saturday, October 6, 2012

With skyrocketing feed prices and negative margins to dairy producers, it may seem as if 2009 is repeating itself. But I don’t think that this is the case — there is some sunshine showing up in the currently cloudy dairy skies. The feed situation It was not that long ago the USDA and most experts […]

Good news on milk price horizon

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Integrated dairy farms producing a large amount of the feeds consumed by their cows have a distinct cash flow advantage. This should be very good to Midwestern dairy producers in the long run.

Now is the time to calculate the cost of production for your crops

Thursday, September 13, 2012

We were inches away from an entirely different set of crop and feed prices. Inches of rain that is. During the Ag Outlook Meetings early this year, back when we thought grain and feed prices were high — and feed purchasers would appreciate being back at or below those price levels no — the prediction […]

Visiting other farms is great way to explore new ideas for your own dairy

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Dairy farmers can tour two Ashtabula County farms Sept. 8.

Hunger Games provokes food musings

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Recently, my agriculture pursuits allowed me a venture into pop culture, as I made time to read The Hunger Games. Now the movie has been released and it prompted me to compare the author’s theme with the future of agriculture. Synopsis If you are not familiar with the fictional novel, it takes place in a […]

What if a family member wants to exit the family farm business?

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Family businesses are complex, challenging, rewarding and often gratifying, and many parents often desire for their children to continue the business. However, like some marriages, they don’t always work. Finances, poor communications, personal goals, leadership styles, management philosophy, and life changes are but a few of the reasons these separations occur. Suggestions So, if you […]

Feeding your herd this year will take planning, strategy and little creativity

Thursday, August 16, 2012

I had the privilege of traveling overseas to conduct research during part of the summer, so I missed all of the hot and dry weather during July. Using the Internet, I could follow the ongoing drama of the rain that never showed. But one can never appreciate the devastation until one sees it with his […]

Machinery custom rates for silage operations can vary by method

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Significant drought conditions in many parts of Ohio have led to an increased interest in harvesting corn as silage. With very few farmers owning silage-making equipment, many are looking to neighbors that do own silage harvesting-equipment or professional custom farming providers to help them meet their needs. Questions arise about custom farming rates and the […]

Work to lower your mastitis infections

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Mastitis and lameness are the two most costly health issues on dairy farms today. Cost of treatment for mastitis is certainly important, but the major factor to the cost of mastitis is the loss of milk production and the cow if she has to be culled from the herd.

Frustrated farmers: Issues continue

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Frustrated. That single word does a pretty good job of summing up the mood of many dairy farmers as they look at dwindling feed inventories and less-than-lush fields.

OSU Extension’s Ag Manager Team has lots of estate planning information

Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Ohio Ag Manager Team was started in 2005 by OSU Extension to help Ohio farmers with their farm management questions. Our outreach efforts include offering farm management workshops, authoring informational fact sheets and publishing a monthly newsletter located at: http://ohioagmanager.osu.edu/. Here are a few of items our team is currently working on for Ohio […]

Lessons learned on farms are needed

Thursday, July 12, 2012

From the musical, “Porgy and Bess,” George and Ira Gershwin composed the memorable song that begins with the phrase, “Summertime and the livin is easy.” I mean no disrespect, but summers on the farm are far from easy and 2012 has already given us quite enough of Mother Nature’s wrath. The heat, the storms, the […]

Should you consider an ag district?

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Enrolling in an agricultural district makes sense for Ohio farmers to consider. It is a program that provides protections, doesn’t cost anything to apply, and the application form is simple to complete.

Don’t blame the weatherman for the black clouds at the dairy wedding

Thursday, June 28, 2012

As I write this column in mid-June, the dairy and feed markets are displaying much uncertainty and even some incoherence. The increase in milk futures over the last two weeks has no fundamentals; it just doesn’t make sense.

Interpreting Ohio Farm Custom Rates

Thursday, June 21, 2012

A large number of Ohio farmers hire machinery operations and other farm related work to be completed by others. This is often due to lack of proper equipment, lack of time or lack of expertise for a particular operation. Many farm business owners do not own equipment for every possible job that they may encounter […]

Pay attention to milk composition, it serves as indicator of herd health

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

ou often pay attention to the milk components when you get your milk check, but they also serve as a window into the rumen health and metabolic balance of your cows.

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