Save the Date: Agronomy School January 31, 2018

Registration Information

The 2018 Agronomy School for Coshocton and Muskingum Counties will be on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at Dresden United Methodist Church, 1014 Main St, Dresden, OH 43821. Topics will include disease and pest management, managing harvest data, nutrient management and water quality, and industry outlooks. Light refreshments will be served at 9:00 am and lunch is provided. The program will begin promptly at 9:30 am.

Certified Crop Advisor continuing education credits are available and participants will be provided with a copy of the new Ohio Agronomy Guide, 15th edition.

The registration flier is available at

Cost: $30 per person.

Payment may be received by check through the mail and should be sent to the Muskingum County Extension Office, 225 Underwood Street, Zanesville, OH 43701. Make checks payable to Ohio State University Muskingum County.

Additionally, payment and registration may be completed online with a credit card at

The 2018 Coshocton Muskingum Agronomy School is sponsored by the OSU Extension Offices of Coshocton and Muskingum Counties with additional support from the Ohio Soybean Council. Please contact Clifton Martin, ANR Extension Educator Muskingum County, at 740-454-0144 or with any questions.

Ohio BEEF Cattle Letter

Six new articles have been posted in this week’s 1064th issue of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter:

Late in the day last Wednesday the EPA announced they were delaying the requirement to implement the reporting of hazardous substance releases as defined by CERCLA. Find more detail in this week’s BEEF Cattle letter.

Articles this week include:

  • EPA Delays Hazardous Substance Release Notification Deadline
  • The Start of the Third Trimester, the Most Underappreciated Day of the Year
  • She’s Been A Good ‘Un
  • A Final Sale Reminder
  • Kentucky Beef Cattle Market Update
  • Exports and Domestic Beef Disappearance

Tools for Identifying Nutrient Management Best Practices

A new website has been published from OSU that features information to help address critical nutrient management issues.  Water management, erosion, nutrients, and buffer zones are just some of the topics that are featured.  This can be a great place to start if you are looking to understand more about the nutrient management issues we frequently discuss.

Weather Notes November 2017

It is old news now, but the current trend is wet! The weekend of November 18-19 was a washout and it drove the river and stream levels up.  Saturday as I watched the radar I noticed the storm data was tracking mostly north of the county, and when I woke up Sunday morning the height of the streams and rivers certainly confirmed that more rain fell north of us than on top of us.

I see less than one inch of rain recorded at the Zanesville Airport (USW00093824) between Nov. 16 and Nov 21. See the graphics below for the rest of the story across the region.

Two to three inches of rain fell north of us on soils that may have already been saturated.  Here is how the Muskingum River responded at Dresden:

And, this chart adds some perspective to how wet we really think it is this month:

What do we expect in the near future?  Rumblings of “La Nina” conditions suggest more rain…

Production Notes: Muskingum Cattle Inventory

What is the impact of the cattle industry in Muskingum County?  We can consider many angles to answer the question, but we can also start here: there are 2.6 people for every livestock cattle animal (assuming a human population of 86,000).  The cattle population in 2017  is estimated at 32,000 in Muskingum County which is the first time it has been that high since 1989.  Muskingum County ranks 7 among all Ohio counties in cattle inventory in 2017.  The charts below show the data.  (Source:

2017 Farmer’s Tax Guides

One of the few certainties in life is, of course, taxes.

The link to the IRS website that provides the 2017 Farmer’s Tax Guide (Publication 225) is here:  You may directly access the document at this link:

Recently, the number of hard copies available at the Muskingum Extension office has been limited.  If or when I have any available I will provide an update.

Keep up with Marestail in Soybeans (or elsewhere on the farm)

Marestail is most easily controlled when in the seedling or rosette stage!

Doug Doohan, Ohio State University OARDC,

Smooth and green cotyledon. Leaf often hairy, numerous, linear, crowded together around stem, later alternate.

Doug Doohan, Ohio State University OARDC,

Marestail plants overwinter in the rosette stage, and remain in this low-growing stage through late April, followed by stem elongation (bolting) and growth to an eventual height of 3 to 6 feet. Plants that emerge the previous fall will start stem elongation earlier than springemerging plants


A great source for information (and the source of the above picture captions) is the OSU/Purdue Factsheet “Control of Marestail in No-till Soybeans“.

What Will Dicamba Changes Mean for Ohio Farmers?

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017
Peggy Kirk Hall, Asst. Professor, Agricultural & Resource Law

“Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced an agreement with Monsanto, BASF and DuPont to change dicamba registration and labeling beginning with the 2018 growing season. EPA reports that the agreement was a voluntary measure taken by the manufacturers to minimize the potential of dicamba drift from “over the top” applications on genetically engineered soybeans and cotton, a recurring problem that has led to a host of regulatory and litigation issues across the Midwest and South. The upcoming changes might alleviate dicamba drift issues, but they also raise new concerns for farmers who will have more responsibility for dicamba applications…continue reading…”


From the Ag Law Blog (

Forage Tests: Getting Started with Interpretation

During this fall season I have seen several articles and columns come across my desk that discuss the value of testing forage before entering the winter feeding season.  I can easily recommend you collect forage tests, but what should you do once you have the tests in hand?  Consider the following resources as a starting point.  These resources can help you understand if the forage you have available is adequate to meet energy needs.  Are the values on your forage test high or low?  Nutrients values for beef cattle are summarized by the National Research Council in a report titled “Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle”, which is currently in its eighth edition.  An online search will show several examples of these tables and one concise source is available here:


What is the Nutrient Value of Your Hay?

Hay Quality Determines Supplementation Needs