Many Ohio acres likely to be left unplanted

The delay in planting adds an extra layer of strain on farmers already facing low prices for corn and soybeans….

COLUMBUS, Ohio—To plant or not to plant.

It’s becoming easier for some farmers to decide between the two, with each day that the growing season progresses and forecasts for rain continue.

The last 12 months have been the wettest on record in Ohio, and that has put farmers across the state so far behind in planting corn and soybeans that some are deciding to not plant and to file an insurance claim instead. Only 50% of Ohio’s corn crop and 32% of its soybean crop were planted by June 9, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

More rain in the forecast for the next couple of weeks could further delay or prevent planting. (Photo: Ken Chamberlain, CFAES)

The delay in planting adds an extra layer of strain on farmers already facing low prices for corn and soybeans, low animal feed supplies, and uncertainty about trade relief aid.

For those who haven’t planted corn by now, it’s possible that the highest returns will come from not planting and, instead, filing a claim for “prevented planting,” said Ben Brown, manager of the Farm Management Program at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).

A provision in crop insurance policies known as “prevented planting” allows a farmer who is unable to plant a crop to be eligible to receive 55% or 60% of the guaranteed coverage level.

For those who choose to plant corn or soybeans, crop insurance can provide coverage for low yields or revenue. To receive full coverage, corn growers need to have planted by June 5 and soybean growers by June 20. After those dates, the coverage reduces by 1% per day until a cutoff deadline, which is different for each crop.

So, there’s still time to plant soybeans, but intermittent forecasts for rain during the next couple of weeks could hinder that, said Aaron Wilson, climate specialist for CFAES.

Growers in Fulton County in the far northwest corner of the state are about 70% behind the normal planting pace for corn and soybeans, because of consistently soggy soil, said Eric Richer, an Ohio State University Extension educator in Fulton County. (OSU Extension is the outreach arm of CFAES.)

A lot of farmers are uncertain when or if they’re going to plant soybeans, Richer said.

“Soybeans are still a big question mark right now,” he said.

Ohio’s northwest and west-central regions were the hardest hit with rain this spring, so delays in planting have been severe in both regions. Across Ohio, the vast majority of corn and soybean acres are typically planted each year by May 25.

Not this year.

“Farmers haven’t been able to get into their fields to spray, fertilize, haul manure, or plant,” Richer said.

In Fulton County, it’s quite possible that about half of the typically planted 160,000 acres of corn and soybeans won’t be planted this year, Richer said.

A lot of Fulton County farmers will file insurance claims for prevented planting, but the ones who need the corn and soybeans to feed their livestock are less likely to do that, Richer said.

“They’re the farmers under the most stress right now,” he said.

But planting and finances are on everyone’s mind, Richer said.  

“People are anxious,” he said. “We’re seeing farmers with a tremendous amount of financial, mental, and even physical stress over the delayed planting this year.”

A slowdown in the rain in recent weeks has led some farmers to pull all-nighters on their planters just to get seed into the ground while the soil has been dry enough, said Sam Custer, an OSU Extension educator in Darke County, which borders Indiana in the west-central region of Ohio.

“I watched videos of guys on their planters, and it looked like they could hardly keep their eyes open,” he said.

About 70% of Darke County’s corn crop was planted in a three-day span during the week of June 3, Custer said. Normally, planting takes 10 days to two weeks to complete.

And an estimated 13,000 acres of corn, about 10% of Darke County’s corn crop acres, likely will not be planted this year, Custer said.

“This is very, very rare.”

Reduce Your Residential Risk

Advice to make your home storm-ready


(Family Features) In the United States, more than 100,000 thunderstorms occur each year. These storms, which can be accompanied by high winds, hail and tornadoes, can cause power outages, fires and flooding, all of which pose serious threats to people and property across the country.

When these storms hit, many of the features that make your home more comfortable and enjoyable can also pose serious risks. Learn how to prevent damage and protect your family’s safety from these common hazards.

Photos courtesy of Getty Images

Landscaping
Lush, well-developed trees provide valuable curb appeal, but they can also be dangerous in storm conditions. Although it’s virtually impossible to fully prevent damage from falling branches or even entire trees, you can minimize the risk. Prune trees regularly to maintain a safe distance from the house and power lines, and eliminate dead trees or damaged branches that are more susceptible to high winds. Take a similar approach with any large shrubs, bushes or other vegetation that could cause damage to your home or vehicles.

Decorative Features
The strong winds that accompany many storms can turn everyday items in your yard into airborne hazards. If items like decorations and patio furniture aren’t secured, bring them in or safely secure them before the storm hits. Also check for decorative features like shutters, which can shake loose in a strong wind and cause significant damage to your home’s exterior.

Propane Tanks
Numerous variations of severe weather, including floods and strong winds, can cause falling tree limbs or other debris to impair or even destroy a propane tank. More important than the property damage are the potential safety risks, such as gas leaks. In addition to trimming back landscaping that could fall onto a tank, also have a service technician survey your tank for possible risk factors, such as rust, loose fittings or faulty valves.

Doors and Windows
Poorly fitted or sealed doors and windows are especially vulnerable in a storm. They can invite leaks or, even worse, blow in completely when weakened by blustery force. It’s a good idea to give all openings to your home a careful review at least a couple of times a year and again after any major weather event.

For additional information on preparing for severe weather conditions, visit Propane.com/Safety.

10 Storm Safety Tips

If your home uses propane, consider these tips from the Propane Education & Research Council to help keep your family safe.

  1. Create an emergency contact list with information for your propane supplier and emergency services, along with instructions for turning off propane, electricity and water. If you do need to turn off your propane, contact a service technician to inspect your propane system prior to turning it back on.
  2. Consider installing UL-listed propane gas detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, which provide you with an additional measure of security. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding installation, location and maintenance.
  3. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning. Metal objects such as propane tanks and equipment, tractors and telephone lines can conduct electricity. Do not go near them. If you are caught outside and cannot get to a safe dwelling, find a low-lying, open place away from trees, poles or metal objects. Make sure the place you choose is not subject to flooding.
  4. In the event of a flood, shut off the gas. Turn off the main gas supply valve on your propane tank if it is safe to do so. To close the valve, turn it to the right (clockwise). Also, it’s typically a good idea to turn off the gas supply valves located near individual indoor appliances. Before you attempt to use any of your propane appliances again, have a propane retailer or qualified service technician check the entire system to ensure it is leak-free.
  5. If a tornado is approaching, immediately take action. If you are inside your home or a building, go to the lowest level possible such as a basement or a storm cellar. If there is no basement, go to the center of an interior room on the lowest level. If you are in a mobile home, trailer or vehicle, get out immediately and seek shelter in a sturdy building or storm shelter.
  6. After the storm passes and it is safe to do so, check the entire area for damaged gas lines or damage to your propane tank. High winds and hail can move, shift or damage gas lines and tanks. If it is dark, use flashlights, not candles. Immediately call your local utility company or propane retailer if any of these hazards exist. Do not attempt repairs yourself.
  7. Never use outdoor propane appliances like portable heaters, barbecue grills or generators indoors or in enclosed areas, particularly during a power outage. This can result in carbon monoxide poisoning or potentially death. Never store, place or use a propane cylinder indoors or in enclosed areas such as a basement, garage, shed or tent.
  8. Inspect propane appliances for water or other damage, if it is safe to do so. If the appliances have electric components and have been exposed to water, they can create a fire hazard. Do not turn on a light switch, use any power source or inspect your household appliances while standing in water. This can result in electrocution.
  9. Schedule a time for a qualified service technician to perform a complete inspection of your propane system if you suspect any of your propane appliances, equipment or vehicles have been underwater or damaged, or you have turned off your gas supply. Never use or operate appliances, equipment or vehicles, or turn on the gas supply, until your system has been inspected by a qualified service technician.
  10. Exercise sound judgment. Stay calm and use radios, television and telephones to stay informed and connected. If any questions arise, contact your propane retailer or local fire department.

SOURCE:
Propane Education & Research Council

It’s EARTH Day. Want to help save the planet?

Start with small changes in your home!

Want to help save the planet? Start with small changes in your home!
Celebrate Earth Day


Here are 5 ways you can make your home a greener place to be:

  • Switch to LED lights. Making the switch to LED light bulbs can help you save major energy.
  • Fix leaks. Water is a precious resource-don’t waste it! Check your toilet, sink, and garden hose for leaks.
  • Plant a garden. Planting a garden is a fun and beautiful way to add nature to your home. Just be sure to only plant native and adapted plants.
  • Seal gaps. Seal any gaps around your windows and doors to prevent energy loss, reduce your energy costs, and help save the earth.
  • Replace paper towels. Cutting out your paper towel usage can make a huge environmental difference. Try using washable cloths instead!


Submitted by:

Leisa Zeigler, Realtor

ERA Geyer Noakes Realty Group

Source: era.com

Photo Gallery and Track Results

NB at Van Buren….

HS Track Results – Doug Mowery Invite @ Van Buren – 4/5/2019, by Suzanne Bucher

Kiley Brooker breaks Discus school record

On Friday April 5th the NBHS Boys & Girls track teams competed at the Doug Mowery Invitational at Van Buren High School. Eight teams competed. Both the NB Boys and Girls  finished in 6th place.

Senior Kiley Brooker, finishing 2nd in the girls’ discus throwing 112’10”, broke the school record previously set in 2018 by Hailey Powell (110’8”).

Girls Top 8

Discus – 2nd K Brooker 112’10”

Shot – 1st K Brooker 35’5.25”, 3rd L Long 31’9.5”

PV – 4th J Bucher 8’0”

TJ – 5th K Mason 25’3.75”

LJ – 6th M McCartney 13’2.75”, 8th C Lanning 12’11”

4×800 – 6th K Dewulf, R Powell, R Crouse, K Powell 13:38.12

4×200 – 6th J Bucher, C Lanning, K Mason, S Smith 2:00.10

1600 – 6th L Hartman 6:13.72, 7th C Schwartz 6:14.80

400 – 5th S Smith 1:07.23

800 – 8th L Hartman 2:56.21

3200 – 4th C Schwartz 13:51.37, 5th R Crouse 14:54.07

4×400 – 5th L Hartman, K Mason, C Lanning, S Smith 4:45.11

Girls - Team Rankings
1.     Carey – 163
2.     Van Buren – 121
3.     Arlington – 120
4.     Elmwood – 76
5.     Vanlue – 73
6.     N Baltimore – 68
7.     Arcadia – 54
8.     McComb – 19
Boys Top 8

TJ – 4th D Zitzelberger 32’5”

HJ – 3rd J Kimmel 5’4”

4×800 – 6th Z Cook, D Zitzelberger, C Mowery, I Sexton 10:54.22

4×200 – 7th H Vogelsong, G Gazarek, J Kimmel, B Holloway 1:50.31

1600 – 1st L Trout 4:58.07

4×100 – 8th I Sexton, T Schwartz, B Holloway, H Vogelsong 57.25

3200 – 1st L Trout 11:25.13

4×400 – 6th G Gazarek, Z Cook, L Trout, J Kimmel 4:05.43

Boys - Team Rankings
1.     Van Buren – 151.50
2.     McComb – 133
3.     Elmwood – 120.50
4.     Arlington – 120
5.     Carey – 73
6.     N Baltimore – 40
6.     Arcadia – 40
8.     Vanlue – 15

For complete results: http://www.baumspage.com/track/vanburen/2019/2019%20results.pdf

Upcoming NBHS Track Schedule
Tue April 16th @ Hardin Northern Quad, 4:30
Thur April 18th @ Gibsonburg Invite, 4:30

Here are some awesome photos to enjoy from the recent NBHS at Van Buren HS Track Meet. Enjoy.

Fotos by Ferg

NB High School Baseball & Softball Schedules 2018

Spring is just around the corner in Northwest Ohio, that means that North Baltimore High School Baseball and Softball will be getting underway. Here are the schedules for the 2018 Spring seasons.


Spring is just around the corner in Northwest Ohio, that means that North Baltimore High School Baseball and Softball will be getting underway. Here are the schedules for the 2018 Spring seasons.

Schedules are subject to change without notice. Information is also available on www.nbls.org!

Track schedules have not been posted.

NBHS Baseball

NBHS Softball

BRANDON LANNING COMPETES AT STATE TRACK MEET

by Suzanne Bucher

North Baltimore High School’s Brandon Lanning (Senior) competed in the OHSAA Track & Field Meet on June 2nd & 3rd at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at The Ohio State University.


by Suzanne Bucher

North Baltimore High School’s Brandon Lanning (Senior) competed in the OHSAA Track & Field Meet on June 2nd & 3rd at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at The Ohio State University.

Brandon competed in the seated shot put, 100m, 400m and 800m, and came home with 3 medals.  Brandon’s results are as follows:  Shot Put – 7’2” (7th place), 100m – 24.38 (9th place), 400m – 1:34.46 (8th place), 800m – 4:32.40 (8th place).

Great job Brandon!

Brandon finished in 7th position

Coach Cyndi Hotaling has Brandon set to put the shot

Congrats to Brandon Lanning!

Photo Gallery: BVC Track Meet

Held May 12th at Liberty Benton…………….


Here are some photos of the the NBHS Track team in action at the BVC League meet. Enjoy:

Fotos by Ferg

Tiger track at the BVC League meet

Tiger track at the BVC League meet-Kiley Brooker

Tiger track at the BVC League meet

Tiger track at the BVC League meet-Jordan Bucher

Tiger track at the BVC League meet

Tiger track at the BVC League meet

Tiger track at the BVC League meet

Tiger track at the BVC League meet-Brandon Lanning

Tiger track at the BVC League meet

Tiger track at the BVC League meet

Tiger track at the BVC League meet

Tiger track at the BVC League meet

Tiger track at the BVC League meet

Tiger track at the BVC League meet

Tiger track at the BVC League meet

 

NBHS – MS Spring Sports Schedule thru April 3

Here are the North Baltimore High School Sports activities for next week, March 25 through April 3. Varsity Track opens at the Seneca East Invitational and Tiger Baseball opens with the Elmwood Royals at Elmwood!


Here are the North Baltimore High School Sports activities for next week, March 25 through April 3. Varsity Track opens at the Seneca East Invitational and Tiger Baseball opens with the Elmwood Royals at Elmwood!

A Grand Opening of the NEW Softball and Baseball Fields AT North Baltimore High School is being planned for Tuesday, March 28. Come on out to Tiger Drive and check out the new diamonds!

 

CLICK to ENLARGE for improved viewing – RIGHT CLICK for PRINTING

 

NBHS Boys & Girls Track Team 2016

The North Baltimore High School Girls and Boys Track team photo and roster.


The North Baltimore High School Girls and Boys Track team photo and roster.

NBHS Girls Track Team 2016

Girls Varsity Track

Top Row – Throwing Coach Kevin Hopple, Hailey Powell, Kiah Powell, Hanna Rose, Cassidy Hiser, Head Coach Cyndi Hotaling
Middle Row – Kenzie Carles, Megan Ernsberger, Jordan Bucher, Kiley Brooker, Marina Kimmel
Bottom Row – Leah Hetrick, Katie Leady, Lanie McCartney, Cristina Morales, Rachel Crouse
NBHS Boys Track Team 2016
Boys Varsity Track
Top Row – Throwing Coach Kevin Hopple, Isaiah Reinhart, Noah Brian, Zach Meggitt, Jimmy Smith, Hunter Wymer, Head Coach Cyndi Hotaling
Middle Row – Cody Gerdeman, Eli Smith, Noah Pelton, Dalton Teaford, Kyle Gerdeman, Blayne Keller, Brandon Lanning
Bottom Row – Clayton Bowen, Josh Rockhill, Hank Matthes, Tyler Stimmel, Danny Crouse
Not Pictured – Aaron Fisher
Thanks to Suzanne Bucher for submitting!

Tiger JH Track Results – April 4

North Baltimore Jr. Hi Track Results – Home vs. Van Buren, McComb and Bowling Green Christian Academy.


North Baltimore Jr. Hi Track Results – Home vs. Van Buren, McComb and Bowling Green Christian Academy.

VB 118
NB 44
McC 18.5
BGCA 9.5

Clayton Heineman 1st 100 12.5

Levi Trout 2nd 1 1600

Seth Johnson 2nd 400

Jaden Bucher 4th 200 H

Levi Trout 3rd 800

Heineman 2nd Shot 36’ 6 ½”

Seth Cole 4th Shot

Mason Byrd 5th Shot

Cade Carter 5th Disc

Bucher 4th XJ

Carter 5th XJ

Wyatt Mowery 1st HJ 4” 2”

4×4 Relay 3rd

GIRLS

1st NB
McC
VB
BGCA

Kristen Mason 1st  100H 19.6

Sydnee Smith 1st 100 M

Lydia Hartman 3rd 1600

Smith 1st 400

Lanning and Hartman tied for 3rd 200H

Abi North 4th 800

Sydnee Smith 1st 200

Lexi Long 1st Shot 29’8

Mali Combs 3rd 4th Shot

Long 2nd Disc

Combs 3rd Disc

Kealeigh Leady 4th Disc

Mia McCartney LJ 12’6”

Allie McPhearson 2nd HJ

Jordan Baker 3rd HJ

4×1 and 4×4 2nd

4×2 1st

 

 

NBHS Tiger Baseball 2016 Schedules

The North Baltimore High School Boys Baseball Team opened the season last Saturday with the traditional double header with the Rossford Bull Dogys, in NB (no results submitted). Here is the schedule for the 2016 season.


The North Baltimore High School Boys Baseball Team opened the season last Saturday with the traditional double header with the Rossford Bull Dogys, in NB (no results submitted). Here is the schedule for the 2016 season.

Baseball 2016 Schedule