Barry Ward

Barry Ward
Barry Ward
Assistant Extension Professor, Leader Production Business Management
Contact Information

334 Agricultural Administration Building
2120 Fyffe Road
Columbus, Ohio 43210
ward.8@osu.edu
Telephone: 614-688-3959
Fax: 614-292-4749

Degree information

M.S., Ag Econ, Ohio State (1991)
B.S., Ag Econ, Ohio State (1989)

As Leader, Production Business Management, Barry Ward provides leadership for Departmental and OSU Extension programs that provide managers of agricultural production businesses with tools, information, and analysis to manage their firms. He leads the department’s development of production business management programs and enterprise budgets, delivers educational programs for Extension educators and industry clientele, and conducts applied research and trains extension staff related to his programs. Ward joined the department in 2005 after 13 years as a county agent and educator with OSU Extension. Much of his educational program at the county level involved Farm Management and Marketing with emphasis on grain marketing; computerized farm record keeping; farm financial analysis; and grain production, management, and marketing.

Ohio State University Extension Bulletin. Forthcoming.
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October 1, 2014
The custom rates reported in this publication are based on a statewide survey of 256 farmers, custom operators, farm managers and landowners conducted in 2014. These rates, except where noted, include the implement and tractor if required, all variable machinery costs such as fuel, oil, lube, twine...
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June 16, 2014
Ohio cropland values and cash rental rates are projected to decrease in 2014. According to the Ohio Cropland Values and Cash Rents Survey bare cropland values in western Ohio are expected to decrease from 4.0% to 5.4% in 2014 depending on the region and land class. Cash rents are expected to...
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May 30, 2014
Presented at The Ohio State University's 2013-2014 Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference Series Dean's Preview Meeting on November 25, 2013.
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November 25, 2013
Ohio cropland values and cash rental rates are projected to increase in 2013. According to the Ohio Cropland Values and Cash Rents Survey bare cropland values in western Ohio are expected to increase from 6.8% to 15.4% in 2013 depending on the region and land class. Cash rents are expected to...
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May 16, 2013
Presented at The Ohio State University's 2012-2013 Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference Series Dean's Preview Meeting on December 3, 2012
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December 3, 2012
Presentation by AEDE's Barry Ward at the Ohio Chapter ASFMRA Annual Meeting 2012
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February 2, 2012
2012 Ohio Farm Custom Rate Survey. We need your assistance in securing up-to-date information about farm custom work rates, machinery and building rental rates and hired labor costs in Ohio. This information is updated frequently and published by OSU Extension. It is widely used across the state,...
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January 1, 2012
Ohio cropland values and cash rental rates are projected to increase in 2012. According to the Ohio Cropland Values and Cash Rents Survey bare cropland values in western Ohio are expected to increase from 7.3% to 9.1% in 2012 depending on the region and land class. Cash rents are expected to...
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January 1, 2012
A large number of Ohio farmers hire machinery operations and other farm related work to be completed by others. This farm work completed by others is often referred to as “custom farm work” or more simply “custom work”. A “custom rate” is the amount agreed upon by both parties to be paid from the...
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January 1, 2012

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Presented at The Ohio State University's 2013-2014 Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference Series Dean's Preview Meeting on November 25, 2013.
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November 25, 2013
Presented at The Ohio State University's 2012-2013 Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference Series Dean's Preview Meeting on December 3, 2012
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December 3, 2012
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June 16, 2014
Corn Production Budget 2013
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March 22, 2013
Soybean Production Budget 2013
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March 22, 2013
Wheat Production Budget 2013
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March 22, 2013
Swine - Wean to Finish - 2013
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March 22, 2013
Swine - Farrow to Wean - 2013
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March 22, 2013
Alfalfa Hay Production Budget 2013
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March 14, 2013
Alfalfa Haylage Budget 2013
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March 14, 2013
Grass Hay Budget 2013
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March 14, 2013
Stocker Cattle Budget-2012
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July 11, 2012

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Course number Course title Semesters offered
AED ECON 3104 Farm Business Management Spring
As growers consider their options under the new provisions of the 2014 farm bill, several AEDE economists will discuss what the changes mean for farmers during this year’s Farm Science Review at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London, Ohio. Matthew Roberts, Carl Zulauf and Barry Ward will participate in the discussion with Jim Mintert from Purdue University.
While cropland values in Ohio increased in the past two years, they have remained flat, and in some cases declined depending on the land class, in 2014, Barry Ward, an AEDE economist and production business management leader for Ohio State University Extension recently said.
In a recent statewide survey of Ohio farmers, farm managers, landowners and farm equipment operators, Barry Ward found that, on average, custom farm work rates in the state of Ohio are rising. The survey findings are used by agriculture professionals to understand current market rates for farm services.
The Ohio State Agribusiness Club honored Professor Ian Sheldon and Club members Lauren Prettyman, Lindsay Hope, Derek Snider and Megan Harris at its year-end banquet held on April 14th. The event also featured a keynote address from guest speaker Dale Minyo, AEDE alum and co-founder and farm broadcaster for Ohio Ag Net.
AEDE is again surveying Ohio growers to learn how often they hire farm workers and machinery operators and at what pay rates. The Ohio Farm Custom Rate Survey is conducted biannually as a means of gauging farm work completed by others. The deadline to complete the online survey is March 7th.
Attend one of the dozen agricultural policy and outlook county meetings to be held throughout Ohio in December 2013. The meetings will feature presentations from AEDE experts on policy changes, key issues and market behavior with respect to farm, food and energy resources, and the environment.
While cropland values in Ohio increased in 2012 and 2013, they are expected to remain flat or even decline in 2014, Barry Ward recently said at the opening of the 2013-2014 Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference Series.
AEDE’s Brent Sohngen, Elena Irwin, and Barry Ward will headline a panel discussion at this year’s Farm Science Review: “Water Quality: State and National Concerns and Consequences”. The discussion will focus on the impact of agricultural production practices on Ohio’s water resources. The panel will be moderated by Matthew Roberts.
The 2013 Farm Science Review will be held from September 17-19, 2013 at Ohio State’s 2,100 acre Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London, Ohio. AEDE faculty, staff and students will have active roles at this year's event.
Cropland values in Ohio increased significantly in 2012 and are expected to continue an upward trend in 2013. Barry Ward, AEDE faculty member and Ohio State University Extension production business management leader, will field questions about farmland cash rent and values during this year’s Farm Science Review Sept. 17-19.

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September 19, 2014
Carl Zulauf and Barry Ward in Farm Futures
September 16, 2014
Carl Zulauf, Matt Roberts and Barry Ward in Farm and Dairy
September 16, 2014
Carl Zulauf, Matt Roberts and Barry Ward in OCJ & Ohio Ag Net
September 12, 2014
Barry Ward in Farm and Dairy
September 10, 2014
Barry Ward in Farm and Dairy
September 6, 2014
Barry Ward in Pal-Item
August 24, 2014
Barry Ward in The Blade
August 22, 2014
Carl Zulauf and Barry Ward in Civitas Media
August 5, 2014
Research by Barry Ward in The Daily Advocate
June 9, 2014
Barry Ward in Brownfield Ag News

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Barry Ward , Assistant Extension Professor and Leader, Production Business Management, presents a summary of his presentation at the 2013-2014 Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference Series , " Farmland Value, Cash Rent and Crop Input Outlook 2014 ".
Barry Ward, Assistant Extension Professor and Leader Production Business Management in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics at The Ohio State University, presenting "Examining Potential Profitability in 2013: Land Values, Cash Rents & Crop Inputs" at Ohio...
Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 7:00pm
On December 4th at 7pm The Ohio State University Agribusiness Club , which overseen by Barry Ward, AEDE Assistant Extension Professor and Leader, Production Business Management, will meet in the Agricultural Administration Building (2120 Fyffe Road), Room 103. The Agribusiness Club consists of...
Nov 20 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
On November 20th at 7pm The Ohio State University Agribusiness Club , which overseen by Barry Ward, AEDE Assistant Extension Professor and Leader, Production Business Management, will meet in the Agricultural Administration Building (2120 Fyffe Road), Room 103. The Agribusiness Club consists of...
Nov 6 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
On November 6th at 7pm The Ohio State University Agribusiness Club , which overseen by Barry Ward, AEDE Assistant Extension Professor and Leader, Production Business Management, will meet in the Agricultural Administration Building (2120 Fyffe Road), Room 103. The Agribusiness Club consists of...
Oct 23 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
On October 23rd at 7pm The Ohio State University Agribusiness Club , which overseen by Barry Ward, AEDE Assistant Extension Professor and Leader, Production Business Management, will meet in the Agricultural Administration Building (2120 Fyffe Road), Room 103. The Agribusiness Club consists of...
Oct 9 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
On October 9th at 7pm The Ohio State University Agribusiness Club , which overseen by Barry Ward, AEDE Assistant Extension Professor and Leader, Production Business Management, will meet in the Agricultural Administration Building (2120 Fyffe Road), Room 103. The Agribusiness Club consists of...
Sep 25 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
On September 25th at 7pm The Ohio State University Agribusiness Club , which overseen by Barry Ward, AEDE Assistant Extension Professor and Leader, Production Business Management, will meet in the Agricultural Administration Building (2120 Fyffe Road), Room 103. The Agribusiness Club consists of...
Sep 11 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
On September 11th at 7pm The Ohio State University Agribusiness Club , which overseen by Barry Ward, AEDE Assistant Extension Professor and Leader, Production Business Management, will meet in the Agricultural Administration Building (2120 Fyffe Road), Room 103. The Agribusiness Club consists of...
Sep 4 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
On September 4th at 7pm The Ohio State University Agribusiness Club , which overseen by Barry Ward, AEDE Assistant Extension Professor and Leader, Production Business Management, will meet in the Agricultural Administration Building (2120 Fyffe Road), Room 103. The Agribusiness Club consists of...
Dec 20 2013 - 8:00am to 11:00am
Fairfield County Ag Center, 831 College Avenue, Lancaster, OH 8:00am – 11:00am No fee but advance registration required by Dec 16 Call: 740-653-5419 x 23 For more info email: hogan.1@osu.edu Speakers: Matt Roberts , Barry Ward , Carl Zulauf The Ohio State University Agricultural Outlook and Policy...
Dec 19 2013 - 5:30pm to 9:00pm
Jewell Community Center, Defiance County, Jewell, OH 5:30pm – 9:00pm, $15/person RSVP by Dec 12 Registration form at: http://defiance.osu.edu Speakers: Matt Roberts , Barry Ward , Carl Zulauf The Ohio State University Agricultural Outlook and Policy Conference Series is organized yearly by AEDE...
Dec 19 2013 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Wood County Fairgrounds, Junior Fair Building, 13800 West Poe Road, Bowling Green, OH 10:00am – 2:00pm, $15 per person, Lunch included Reserve by calling Wood County Extension at 419-354-9050 by December 16 Contact: Alan Sundermeier at sundermeier.5@osu.edu Speakers: Matt Roberts , Barry Ward ,...

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