Hosted by OSU Extension’s Amanda Douridas and Elizabeth Hawkins
Stay on top of what is happening in the field and the farm office. This podcast takes a bi-monthly dive into specific issues that impact agriculture, such as: weather, land value, policies, commodity outlooks, and more.
New episodes released every other Wednesday
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Episode 53 - Improving Forages
June 24, 2020 23 minutes
We have seen a yield decrease in forages this year due to a number of factors. Christine Gelley, The Ohio State University Extension Educator in Noble County, joins us to discuss practices to improve forage production through time management and fertility. You can learn more on the Forage Focus playlist through the OSU South Centers YouTube channel.
Episode 52 - Summer 2020 Weather Update
June 10, 2020 19 minutes
Dr. Aaron Wilson, Research Scientist with the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, joins us to discuss the weather we experienced across the state this past spring and how that is affecting current conditions. We also take a look at what the models are predicting into July and August and even further out into harvest.
Episode 51 - Farmer Interview: Brian Case
May 27, 2020 20 minutes
Brian Case joins us from Champaign County to talk about his first generation farm. He discusses how he started his first generation farm, the involvement of his family and their future plans and a unique equipment sharing agreement he has with two other farmers in his area. We also discuss raising barley and improving soil quality.
Episode 50 - Farmer Interview: Gene Baumgardner
May 13, 2020 18 minutes
Gene Baumgardner, a farmer in Fayette and Madison Counties, joins us this week. His partnership with their dairy operation allows him to diversify his crop portfolio and reduce fertilizer costs through manure application. He also shares his experiences serving on the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association board which led him to Morocco and Cyprus.
Episode 49 - Farmer Interview: Geoff Mavis
April 29, 2020 18 minutes
We continue our farmer interviews with Geoff Mavis. He and his family farm in Fayette County, Ohio. We discuss a number of topics including: farm transition, farmland preservation, on-farm technology and wildlife rehabilitation.
Episode 48 - Farmer Interview: Aaron Overholser
April 15, 2020 21 minutes
To kick of the 2020 planting season, we interviewed some farmers around Ohio to see what unique and innovative practices they have implemented. Today we introduce you to Aaron Overholser who farms in Darke County. He looks at ever acre as an opportunity to learn something new. Aaron farms with his parents and wife and has been very active in conducting on-farm research with OSU Extension.
Episode 47 - Spring 2020 Weather Outlook
March 31, 2020 19 minutes
Dr. Aaron Wilson, Research Scientist with the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, joins us for a look at where we stand going into the 2020 planting season and what we can expect over the next couple of months. Will it be a repeat of 2019?
Episode 46 - Waterhemp Woes - Part 2
March 18, 2020 20 minutes
Weed specialists Dr. Aaron Hager, University of Illinois, and Dr. Mark Loux, Ohio State University, continue our discussion on waterhemp with chemical and mechanical control recommendations. Illinois farmers have dealt with multi-way resistance in Waterhemp for years.
Episode 45 - Waterhemp Woes - Part 1
March 4, 2020 22 minutes
Weed specialists Dr. Aaron Hager, University of Illinois, and Dr. Mark Loux, Ohio State University, join us to discuss the history of weed resistance across the Midwest and what that means for farmers trying to control weeds with an ever increasing resistance to multiple sites of action.
Episode 44 - Growing Hemp: Regulations, Markets and more
February 18, 2020 19 minutes
We are joined by Lee Beers, Ohio State University Extension Educator in Trumbull County. Lee has researched the rules, regulations, markets, economics and agronomy of growing hemp. He shares a bit of his knowledge with us to give farmers some insight into whether this may be an alternative crop to add to their rotation.
Episode 43 - 2019 On-Farm Research Overview - eFields
February 4, 2020 26 minutes
We are joined by Jason Hartschuh and Chris Zoller, Ohio State University Extension educators who worked with farmers in their counties to conduct on-farm research trials published in the 2019 eFields Report. This is the 3rd year for this program and includes 88 trials in 30 counties across Ohio. Soybean seeding rate and nitrogen application to corn are a couple of trials highlighted in the podcast, along with some forage studies that were added due to prevented plant situations. The 2019 eFields report can be found online at go.osu.edu/efields.
Episode 42 - Grain Storage Management
January 22, 2020 28 minutes
In our last podcast we discussed how 2019 has led to a lot of high moisture corn going into grain bins across the country and the safety concerns that has caused. It also has caused a lot of concern with grain quality as farmers hold grain in the bin waiting to fill contracts. Dr. Kenneth Hellevang, Extension Engineer and Professor with North Dakota State University discusses good management practices and technology available to reduce grain spoilage. The webinar mentioned in the podcast with Dr. Hellevang can be viewed at go.osu.edu/storedgrain. Dr. Hellevang’s website can be found at: https://www.ndsu.edu/aben/fs/faculty/hellevang/.
Episode 41 - Grain Bin Safety
December 11, 2019 29 minutes
2019 has led to a lot of high moisture corn going into grain bins across the country. Bin entrapment is always a serious concern, but is heightened this year due to excess moisture. Lisa Pfeifer with the Ohio State University's Agriculture Safety team, discusses why there is more cause for concern and how farmers can avoid entrapments scenarios.
Episode 40- 2018 Farm Bill Strategies
November 27, 2019 28 minutes
There were not a lot of changes to the commodity programs in the 2018 Farm Bill but the farm economy is certainly different than in 2014 making for some potentially different decision at the FSA office this year. Ben Brown, Assistant Professor with the OSU Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics Department, and Mary Griffith, OSU Extension Educator in Madison County, join us to talk about considerations for farmers when deciding in which program to enroll.
Episode 39- Winter and Spring Weather Outlook
November 13, 2019 24 minutes
Dr. Aaron Wilson joins us again to provide a forecast on winter and spring based on current weather patterns. We discuss the end of the growing season, what temperatures and precipitation look like for this winter and what we can expect going into next spring’s planting season.
Episode 38- Tax Advice for PP, MFP Payments and more
October 30, 2019 21 minutes
This may be an unusual year for taxes with prevented plant, market facilitation and cost-share payments. Barry Ward, Director of the Income Tax Schools at Ohio State, shares some strategies on these topics along with how farmers can defer income and use the qualified business income deduction. Visit farmoffice.osu.edu for more information and find the details on the Income Tax Schools and webinars.
Episode 37- Take Action Against Compaction
October 16, 2019 25 minutes
Compaction can greatly reduce yield and soil quality and is difficult to reverse. During this wettest decade in history, it has been difficult to avoid wet soil conditions. Dr. Scott Shearer, Chair of the Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department at The Ohio State University explains what compaction is, different types of compaction, and how the evolution of equipment has and continues to play a role in compaction.
Episode 36- Harvest Considerations in an Unusual Year
October 2, 2019 23 minutes
Extension Educators Jason Hartschuh and Will Hammond discuss ways to maximize combine performance for corn and soybean harvest in an especially difficult year. We also talk about crop quality considerations and ensure quality yield data is collected.
Episode 35- 37th Annual Farm Science Review
September 16, 2019 16 minutes
We talk to Farm Science Review Manager, Nick Zachrich, and the Farm Manager, Nate Douridas, about what you can see at the 37th Annual Farm Science Review. We also share all there is to see and learn from the OSU Extension Areas across the show grounds. Stop by and see us!
Episode 34- The Nitrogen Decision
September 4, 2019 23 minutes
The Ohio State University Extension Educator Jason Hartschuh has been conducting on-farm research trials to fine tune nitrogen application. He compares different nitrogen rates and application timing to determine what is the most economical approach to growing corn. We ask him about current technology and equipment that helps implement the split application approach.
Episode 33- Manure Tales
August 20, 2019 28 minutes
The Ohio State University Extension’s Field Specialist Glen Arnold and Extension Educator Sam Custer talk about the progress they have made from topdressing wheat in the spring with manure to sidedressing standing corn with a drag hose. Their goal is to expand the manure application window and apply nutrients to growing crops. There may be some entertaining stories shared at the end! Follow their work on Facebook at facebook.com/OSUnutrients/ or in the CORN Newsletter.
Episode 32- How Did We Get Here?
August 6, 2019 20 minutes
Dr. Aaron Wilson, research scientist with the OSU Byrd Polar and Climate Center, pulls together a summary of each season starting back to spring of 2018. We discuss weather patterns and records set through this time and how it all has led up to what farmers are experiencing during the growing season of 2019. To review presentations from Climate Smart 2019, please visit u.osu.edu/climatesmart.
Episode 31- Cover Crop Opportunities
July 24, 2019 20 minutes
Rory Lewandowski, OSU Extension Educator in Wayne County, discusses three species of cover crops that provide the opportunity to increase forage production, particularly on prevented plant acres. Cover crops also offer nutrient and soil retention benefits compared with leaving the soil bare. View Rory’s recorded presentation on this subject at go.osu.edu/AgCrisis. Check out the Cover Crop Selector Tool at mccc.msu.edu/selector-tool/.
Episode 30- Prevented Plant Tips
July 10, 2019 19 minutes
Podcast hosts Elizabeth Hawkins and Amanda Douridas touch on various aspects of prevented plant fields from forage options for livestock to agronomic considerations for fields left bare. As of recording, all information was accurate but it changes daily so make sure to check with your insurance agent and the FAQ page at go.osu.edu/AgCrisis.
Episode 29- Solar Leasing and Round-Up Cases
June 26, 2019 32 minutes
The Ohio State University Ag Law Team made up of Peggy Kirk Hall, Ellen Essman and Evin Bachelor join us for an update on some hot topics hitting agriculture right now. In the second of a 2 part series, we discuss the rise in solar leases being sought across Ohio. The team provides some tips and advice on what to consider and look for in these leases before signing. In addition, the California courts have ruled on two more Round-Up/glyphosate cases. We talk about the results of these cases, new cases in the future and what it could mean for the future use of the product. Follow the Ag Law Team on their blog and access law resources at farmoffice.osu.edu
Episode 28- Hemp Production, LEBOR, and the Weather Update
June 12, 2019 22 minutes
The Ohio State University Ag Law Team made up of Peggy Kirk Hall, Ellen Essman and Evin Bachelor. Listen as they join us for an update on some hot topics hitting agriculture right now. In the first of a 2 part series, we discuss the expectancy of legalizing hemp production for Ohio farmers. Where is congress at in the process and when might it happen? We also go into what has happened with the Lake Erie Bill of Rights since it was passed back in February. Follow the Ag Law Team on their blog and access law resources at farmoffice.osu.edu.
Episode 27- Seedling Disease Control in Soybeans
May 29, 2019 28 minutes
Dr. Anne Dorrance, Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology with The Ohio State University, discusses concerns with soybean seedling disease as wet weather continues across Ohio and creates difficult growing conditions. We talk about telling the difference between disease and flooding damage and touch on some other diseases including what might come up later in the season and the increasing presence of Soybean Cyst Nematode.
For more information, visit: u.osu.edu/osusoybeandisease.
Episode 26- Wheat Tips and the Small Grains Initiative
May 15, 2019 21 minutes
Dr. Laura Lindsey, Assistant Professor in the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science with The Ohio State University, provides agronomic advice on growing wheat in Ohio. You can visit her webpage at stepupsoy.osu.edu. The new Small Grains Initiative provides incentives for farmers in the Lake Erie watershed to plant more small grains. Kirk Hines, Chief of the Division of Soil and Water Conservation, discusses details on the initiative along with a couple of other programs. The article by Glen Arnold on topdressing wheat can be found at: agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2019-05/topdressing-wheat-liquid-swine-manure.
Episode 25- Nitrogen Applications after Flooded Corn
May 1, 2019 28 minutes
Dr. Alex Lindsey, Assistant Professor in the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science with The Ohio State University, has been studying the effects of different weather conditions on corn. With recent weather conditions, one major concern addresses is corn survival after flooded conditions. Alex shares results from two years and multiple sites where nitrogen was applied to corn after it was flooded for different lengths of time and how it recovered. He also talks about studies simulating hail and lodging damage. Look for more information in coming articles in the CORN Newsletter.
Episode 24- Farm Bill Update
April 17, 2019 39 minutes
Sam Custer, OSU Extension Educator in Darke County, and Ben Brown, Program Manager in the OSU Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics talk about the Tri-State Farm Bill Summit held April 11, 2019. Custer and Brown also discuss the details and changes made from the 2014 Farm Bill. You can view a recording of the summit online at: https://www.ocj.com/2019/04/live-farm-bill-summit-from-versailles-april-11-2019
Episode 23- 2019 Weather Outlook
April 3, 2019 23 minutes
Weather has a huge impact on farming each year. Changing weather patterns have become a challenge to manage. Aaron Wilson, Researcher at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center and OSU Extension, weighs in on what we saw this winter and how the weather is expected to play out during the growing season. We also discuss long term weather patterns and what it means for the future of agriculture in Ohio. Check out the weekly climate assessment and the Field Application Resource Monitor.
Episode 22- Farm Business Analysis
March 20, 2019 37 minutes
Dianne Shoemaker and Clint Schroeder discuss the Farm Business Analysis program. With the program, they analyze every aspect of your farm. The benchmarking component allows farms to see how they stack up against similar farms across Ohio. Learn more or reach out at farmprofitability.osu.edu
Episode 21- Are your crops nutrient deficient?
March 6, 2019 33 minutes
Dr. Robert Mullen with Nutrien discusses the ins and outs of sulfur use in crops and where we are starting to see a need for supplementation. There are also a surprising number of fields deficient in phosphorus around Ohio. Listen in to see where you might be losing crop yield and how to correct deficiencies.
Episode 20- Can a Lake Have Rights?
February 20, 2019 38 minutes
Attorneys Peggy Kirk Hall and Evin Bachelor with the OSU Extension Agricultural and Resource Law Program discuss the Lake Erie Bill of Rights, the lawsuit on Lake Erie’s impaired water status along with the noxious weeds law and drainage laws. For access to their law bulletins and blog, visit farmoffice.osu.edu.
Episode 19- Getting Rid of Farm Stress
February 6, 2019 19 minutes
Farming is one of the most stressful occupations. There is a lot of pressure with fluctuating prices, working with family and managing a business. This topic has gained a lot of attention over the past year and rightly so. In this recording from the Ask an Expert session at Farm Science Review David Marrison and Kathy Goins, OSU Extension Educators, discuss how to recognize the signs of stress and provide tips on how to reduce stress.
Episode 18- Crop Sensors for Nitrogen Management
January 23, 2019 31 minutes
We caught up with Dr. Joe Luck from the University of Nebraska as he was visiting Ohio for Precision University. He talks about Project SENSE in-which his team worked with farmers around Nebraska evaluating crop canopy sensors for in-season nitrogen management. He explains different vegetative indices used, how applications are made in real-time and the economics of the equipment. You can view is Precision University presentation at digitalag.osu.edu/precision-ag/research-focuses/precision-crop-management and visit the Project SENSE webpage here: cropwatch.unl.edu/projectsense.
Episode 17- 2018 eFields Release
January 9, 2019 31 minutes
The 2018 eFields Research Report was release today and includes 95 on-farm trials from around the state. Amanda and Elizabeth talk about the new additions to the report this year and interview Chris Zoller, Extension Educator in Tuscarawas County, Eric Richer, Extension Educator in Fulton County and Scott Conrad with Conrad Farms in Fulton County. They share why they participated in on-farm trials and what interesting results were uncovered. The report can be found at http://go.osu.edu/efields. You can register for the regional meetings at his link as well. The economic calculator is linked at http://go.osu.edu/econcalculator.
Episode 16- Developing Good Leases
December 26, 2018 23 minutes
This recording from Ask the Expert during Farm Science Reviews features a conversation between Dr. Michael Langemeier from Purdue University and David Marrison, OSU Extension Educator. They focus on creating a good farmland lease. Building a good relationship with landowners is very important and communication is the key. Leasing information and example leases can be found at farmoffice.osu.edu and aglease101.org
Episode 15- Grain Storage Tips
December 12, 2018 21 minutes
Kevin Berger from Centerra Co-op joins us as we talk about harvest progress in NE Ohio. We focus in on how to successfully store grain, especially in a year like 2018 where soybean moisture is higher than usual. We also share some upcoming events. Find out more at http://go.osu.edu/grainplan and http://go.osu.edu/precisionu. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter at @AFMPodcast.
Episode 14- Farm Bill, Acreage and Market Predictions
November 28, 2018 43 minutes
Ben Brown joins us again for a policy and market update. We talk a little bit about how likely it is for congress to pass a farm bill by the end of the year and how the mid-terms will affect the progress and content. The majority of the episode is focused on predicted planted acres of corn and soybeans for 2019, current corn use and effects it will have on markets and what role South America may play in the markets. 2019 Outlook meeting dates can be found at u.osu.edu/ohioagmanager and Precision University registration is available at: go.osu.edu/precisionu.
Episode 13- Preventing Data Horror Stories
October 31, 2018 28 minutes
Data gathered in the field has great value and is often irreplaceable if lost or damaged. Dr. John Fulton, Precision Ag Specialist with Ohio State, joins us to provide advice on how to handle data to prevent loss. We also talk about data ownership, what data is actually being collected, how to create usable data and where to start for those not currently collecting a lot of information. You can follow the Precision Ag Team on Twitter and Facebook by searching @OhioStatePA. Visit the team’s website at www.ohiostateprecisionag.com. For more information on Ag Data Transparency, visit: www.agdatatransparent.com.
Episode 12 Bonus- Trade Deficits
October 23, 2018 9 minutes
During our interview with Dr. Ian Sheldon, he went into a great description of why the trade war won’t fix the trade deficit. We did not have time for it in our regular podcast but wanted to share it with you none the less so here is a short bonus episode on trade deficits.
Episode 12- Trade Deals and Tariffs
October 17, 2018 38 minutes
Trade and tariffs continue to be a big topic of interest in agriculture. We have a new trade deal to replace NAFTA, but the trade war with China continues. In Episode 12, we talk with Dr. Ian Sheldon from the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics about the impacts of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement to agriculture. We also discuss how the trade war with China is influencing our markets and ultimately, farm income. Dr. Sheldon explains what he sees as the potential long term impacts if a resolution drags out. To keep up to date on trade and tariff news go to aede.osu.edu/research/osu-farm-management. You can also check out: www.farmdoc.illinois.edu or ageconomists.com.
Episode 11- Harvest 18 is Underway in Ohio
October 3, 2018 28 minutes
Harvest kicked off a few weeks ago in Ohio, listen to Episode 11 of the Agronomy and Farm Management Podcast to learn how it’s going so far. We talk with two farmers from Clinton County, Ohio, Neal Bond and Michael Beam. They share their harvest progress and crop conditions, as well as what they are learning from their on-farm research trials. Elizabeth shares the harvest progress report from the USDA and Amanda provides some reminders as you plan your fall fertilizer applications. Aaron Wilson gives us the weather outlook for the harvest season. To follow along with harvest activities on social media, check out #harvest18 and #eFields. A list of requirements for fertilizer records can be found at https://nutrienteducation.osu.edu/recordkeeping and the FARM website is at https://farm.bpcrc.osu.edu/.
Episode 10- Visiting Farm Science Review
September 16, 2018 32 minutes
If you will be joining us at Farm Science Review this week, tune into Episode 10 of the Agronomy and Farm Management Podcast. We talked to different members of the Extension Farm Science Review planning committee about what is going on this year. Nick Zachrich addresses the expansion of the exhibit area, some new features and exhibits and even some tricks on how to make the commute a little easier. Nate Douridas talks about the crops and field demonstrations. Trey Colley goes into a little more detail on one field demonstration specifically, the Ag Innovations Demonstration which focuses on precision agriculture technology. Mary Griffith shares what attendees can see and learn at the Gwynne Conservation Area and Harold Watters discusses what is featured in the Agronomic Crops Demonstration Plots area. We also discuss a few more educational exhibits, demonstrations and talks where a wealth of information related to all aspects of farming and farm life can be gained. Farm Science Review is unique in the farm show circuit because it is part of a University and able to provide an abundance of educational opportunities for visitors. Download the Farm Science Review app from the App Store or Google Play or visit http://fsr.osu.edu to learn more.
Episode 9- Multi-hybrid Planting
September 5, 2018 29 minutes
Have you seen an Ohio State logo in a corn field in years past? Andrew Klopfenstein with the department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering at The Ohio State University joins us to discuss multi-hybrid planting and how he makes it happen. He talks about why it can be beneficial, what equipment is needed, the management level, bottom line economics and more. Look for the 2018 logo field on Facebook or Twitter @OhioStatePA.
Episode 8- Winter Malting Barley in Ohio
August 22, 2018 22 minutes
Winter Malting Barley is gaining interest among Ohio crop producers as local brewers are looking for locally grown barley. Dr. Laura Lindsey, OSU Extension Soybean and Small Grain Specialist, shares results of her 2018 winter malting barley nitrogen and seeding rate trials. We talk about the possibility and potential profitability of incorporating malting barley into cropping systems in Ohio. For more information visit http://stepupsoy.osu.edu and subscribe to the C.O.R.N. newsletter.
Episode 7- 2018 On-farm Research Update
August 8, 2018 20 minutes
Elizabeth Hawkins, Sam Custer and Amanda Douridas with Ohio State University Extension discuss what field trials they are working on with farmers around Ohio and describe eFields, the new way Extension is disseminating on-farm research results to share them in a timelier manner. They share results from past studies and what farmers can expect to see in the 2018 report. To view the 2017 eFields report, visit go.osu.edu/eFields. Interested in participating in on-farm research? Contact your nearest OSU Extension Educator. You can also use the Ohio State Plots PLOTS app to set up replicated research trials.
Episode 6- Late Season Soybean Insects
July 25, 2018 33 minutes
We asked Dr. Kelley Tilmon, Field Crop Entomologist and State Extension Specialist, what insects we should look for later in the growing season and when spray applications are warranted. She addresses leaf and pod feeders, how to scout for them, what the thresholds are and some effective control measures. You can find more information on the Agronomic Crops Insects webpage: aginsects.osu.edu/.
Episode 5- Tariff Implications
July 11, 2018 33 minutes
Listen in as we interview Ben Brown, Program Manager for Farm Management in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Developments Economics at The Ohio State University. Brown offers insight into the effects the tariffs imposed by China are having on grain markets. We talk about the options congress has to aid farmers during this difficult time and what the upside and downside is to each. He also discusses what he believes the WASDE report will reveal.
Episode 4- Disease Update and Management for Corn and Soybeans
June 27, 2018 33 minutes
To manage diseases in corn and soybeans, disease type, severity and timing within the season must be taken into consideration to make an economic decision on applying fungicides. We talk with Dr. Pierce Paul, Corn and Small Grains Pathologist and Extension Specialist, and Dr. Anne Dorrance, Soybean Pathologist and Extension Specialist about what they are seeing so far in fields around Ohio. They share management strategies based on years of experience and research to help farmers best control the common diseases found in Ohio. For more information beyond this podcast, find weekly updates in the CORN Newsletter at corn.osu.edu or email them concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Episode 3- Weed Control and Technology
June 13, 2018 32 minutes
Weeds are the number one pest for most farmers, and as they develop resistance to herbicides, control becomes more of a challenge. Dr. Mark Loux, OSU Weeds Specialist, talks to us about what he is seeing across Ohio this year. He has some helpful strategies for controlling two of the relatively new problematic weeds, Palmer Amaranth and Waterhemp. We also discuss the new herbicide resistant weed technologies coming to the market. For more resources, visit u.osu.edu/osuweeds.
Episode 2- The 2018 Farm Bill
May 30, 2018 44 minutes
Listen in as we interview Ben Brown, Program Manager for Farm Management in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Developments Economics at The Ohio State University. He has been following congress closely as they discuss the 2018 Farm Bill. Brown offers insight into when we might expect to see the Farm Bill pass and what it may include. He also dives a little into the current trade situation for agriculture worldwide.
Episode 1- An Interview with Aaron Wilson
December 16, 2018 19 minutes
Aaron Wilson discusses the weather outlook for the 2018 growing season. He uses what happened this past winter and spring to make predications on how the summer weather might play out.
Episode 0- Welcome to Agronomy and Farm Management
May 16, 2018 46 seconds
This podcast takes a bi-monthly dive into specific issues that impact agriculture, such as: weather, land value, policies, commodity outlooks, and more.