Comments from the Assistant Director
I hope you all have seen the email sent by Roger Rennekamp last Friday concerning the pending re-organization of OSUE. All too often a reorganization is being conducted in response to funding issues. I want to reiterate what Roger said that this re-organization isn’t due to finances. Rather, we (admin cabinet) are looking to maintaining our county presence (which is one of the strengths of our system) while enhancing services and support for the counties. I don’t see the re-organization having much of an effect on the academic departments or the state specialists.
Please be on the lookout for future notices from both Roger and myself concerning the re-organization.
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- Dr. Cathann Kress has started as the Dean of CFAES on May 1. Welcome to OSU Dr. Kress!
- Garth Ruff starts as Henry County ANR county ANR educator on May 15. Garth comes to us from the Animal Science Dept where his graduate work focused on Swine Production. Welcome to OSUE Garth!
- John Schoenhals, former Lorain Co. ANR Educator, is expected to start as the new Williams Co. ANR educator on May 30.
- Greene and Lorain County ANR posting dates are TBD.
- Barb Brahm, Interim RD for the SE Region has announced her retirement effective May 31 of 2017. Mark Light and Melinda Morrison have agreed to share the duties of Southwest Regional Director on an interim basis as we pause to evaluate our field operations structure. Mark will work primarily with the Top of Ohio EERA and Melinda will serve the Miami Valley EERA. Some regional functions will be performed jointly. We anticipate this arrangement to be in place through December (per email from Roger Rennekamp dated Friday, April 28).
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The following have received regional or national recognition from the NACAA Communications Awards Program:
- Personal Column-National Winner – Tony Nye
- Bound Book-National Winner – Gary Gao and his team of writers
- Audio Recording-National Finalist – Ed Lentz
- Audio Recording-National Finalist – Dan Lima and Karen Cox (WVU).
- Published Photo and Caption-Regional Winner – Beth Scheckelhoff
- Program Promotion Piece-Regional Winner – Ashley Kulhanek
- Web Site/Online Content-Regional Winner – Beth Scheckelhoff, Emily Adams, Gigi Neal, Heather Neikirk
Congratulations to all our national and regional award winners!
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ANR Summer Retreat Information
The 2017 ANR Summer Retreat is just a few weeks away and your planning committee is working diligently to put together a great 3 days of learning & fun for you!
Click on the ANR Summer Retreat link above for a few “tidbits” of what is in store for you June 7 – 9 in beautiful Ashtabula County, based out of The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake, 4888 N. Broadway, Geneva-on-the-Lake, OH 44041.
The room block has expired, but you still may be able to make reservations. The lodge can be contacted at 1-800-801-9982. Our group ID and name are 4GB319 and Ohio State-College of Food and Agriculture respectively (just in case you need them).
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ANROP Study Tour is May 24
The Ohio Association of Natural Resource Outreach Professionals (ANROP) is offering a unique study tour opportunity on May 24 in Southeastern Ohio. The day will begin at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp and head to Speyside Bourbon Cooperage in Jackson. This is the former Merillat Cabinat production plant that now manufactures new bourbon barrels using Appalachian white oak. Speyside rarely opens to the public and we are excited to have this stop on our tour.
Following lunch, the afternoon visit to the Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest will include a wagon tour of research and demonstration areas where you will:
- Visit the Iron Furnace and learn about the historic land use that led to the oak-dominated forests in southern Ohio.
- Tour study sites focused on oak management including prescribed fire and harvesting studies.
- Learn about vernal pool/amphibian, bobcat, eastern timber rattlesnake and other wildlife research that is being conducted at the forest.
A light breakfast and lunch are included in the $25 registration fee. We will meet at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp in Jackson between 8:30 – 9:30 and then carpool to the first tour.
There is a lodging option that includes a hike of Canter’s Cave the night before the tour (March 23). For an additional $25 (double occupancy) you can stay at the Leadership Center at Canter’s Cave. They have nine rooms available each with separate shower and restroom facilities.
5:00 to 7:00 PM Hike Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp
- Experience sandstone cliffs and giant hemlock trees at Canter’s Cave
- Learn about hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) in Ohio
- See a large standing dead American chestnut tree a relic from the past
- Observe bigleaf magnolia with its massive leaves (nearly 3 ft. long) and flowers (12 inch diameter). In Ohio this rare tree only occurs in the Rock Run area of Jackson County.
Registration is open at http://aglaw.osu.edu/anreptour and limited to the first 50 paid attendees. All payments for OSU personnel will be done via funds transfers so your org and fund numbers will be needed when you register. This tour would make a great staff retreat as well.
ANROP is Ohio’s chapter of the National Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals. For more information on the chapter or study tour details, visit our website at http://agnr.osu.edu/teams/anrop or feel free to contact David Apsley.
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Publicizing Statewide or Regional Agriculture & Natural Resources Events with CFAES Marketing and Communication (MarCom)
Many of the outlets that would carry information about CFAES events are monthly or weekly publications. To help publicize upcoming events within the publication deadlines for your event, use the following steps.
Contact a Marketing and Communications (MarComm) reporter* at least 4-6 weeks in advance. Provide your flyer or background information. Include urls where the audience can find additional information. If MarComm is able to assist you, they will set up an interview or ask additional questions via email.
Once written, the news article will be sent to you for approval. Read the article carefully to make sure everything is accurate and complete. Pay special attention to dates, fees and urls. Expect two weeks for this step, although it may not take that long. It depends on writer workload.
Respond to the draft as soon as possible. The sooner you respond, the sooner your event will be publicized.
Once MarComm receives your changes and makes them, the article will go through two reviews by editors, who will edit for clarity and for adherence to AP Style. All news releases follow AP Style, with some adjustments in the university and/or the college style guidelines.
Stories will then be posted, emailed, and tweeted. These last two steps can be done quickly, but anticipate that vacations, work meetings, illness and other events may take writers out of the office unexpectedly. The writer will also want to post your article on a day when it won’t be overwhelmed by other news releases and events.
* Contact Cindy Folck at email@example.com to help direct you to a MarComm reporter.
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OUTSTANDING U! Staff Recognition Program
The OUTSTANDING U! Staff Recognition Program is a special program that acknowledges the tremendous efforts and contributions staff make to The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. OUTSTANDING U! provides individual recognition for outstanding service and actions for more casual day-to-day performance.
Any CFAES staff member may be recognized as an OUTSTANDING U! recipient by anyone (supervisor, peer, student or clientele). Click here to complete the form.
Forms are reviewed and recipients are notified. Awardees receive a certificate and letter of acknowledgement from CFAES Vice President and Dean.
For specific questions about this program, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Agriculture Across Ohio
The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) produces a monthly newsletter looking at different facets of Agriculture in Ohio. The March 2017 issue can be found at:
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New Factsheets and other publications
Chlorinated Water Sanitation of Leafy Green Vegetables for Fresh Produce Processors
By Ryan A. Gehringer and Gönül Kaletunç
Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) for 4-H Youth Livestock Producers and Families
By Lucinda R. Miller, Nancy Snook, and Travis West
Storing Corn Stover for Biobased Industries
By Ajay Shah and Mary Wicks
Interpreting Manure Sample Test Results
By Amanda Douridas
Powdery Mildew of Greenhouse-Grown Lettuce
By Beth Scheckelhoff
Ohio Farm Custom Rates 2016
By Barry Ward and John Barker
Cool-Season Turfgrasses for Sports Fields and Recreational Areas
By Pamela J. Sherratt, John R. Street, and David Gardner
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Vegetable In-Service Dates and Details (from Jim Jasinski)
There are two vegetable in-service training scheduled for this coming summer. We expect to have Doug Doohan, Sally Miller, and Celeste Welty available for these training sessions, which means these are opportunities you should not miss!
The first date will be June 20th at the Waterman Farm in Columbus across from main campus (2501 Carmack Road). We will meet at the Waterman Laboratory conference room at 9am and have 1-2 hours of instruction, and then move out and see some of the crops and pests (weeds, diseases, and insects) around the farm, including those for sweet corn, tomato, and pickles/pumpkin, as indicated by your preferences. There will be other vegetables to look at too, so we’ll work with whatever crops and pests are out there. We should be finished with the training by about 2pm. We can have lunch delivered at cost, ca. $10 or so which we will take care of later on.
The second in-service date will be August 1 at the North Central Ag Research Station in Fremont (1165 Gonawein, ca. corner of CR 43 and SR 53). We will start at 9am and finish by 2pm. If there is anything to cover in the classroom, we will use the facilities at the station, otherwise we will be out in the field looking at various plots of sweet corn, tomato, cucurbits, and other crops of interest. Again, insects, weeds, and diseases will be covered. We will work something out for lunch, no one will go hungry or thirsty, I promise!
We’ll send out a reminder about a week before these two in-services to get a head count of how many to expect. We look forward to seeing all of you at both of these events, this will be an outstanding training opportunity. If you have any questions, contact Jim Jaskinski.4.
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The Ohio Valley EERA ANR Programming remains strong, even with 4 full time ANR Educators and 2 half time ANR Educators to cover a 10 county area. ANR Educators and Specialists meet at least quarterly, with most meetings held at the OARDC Jackson Agricultural Research Station or at the Piketon Research and Extension Center. Jeff McCutcheon meets with our group when he is available and provides administrative updates to the group.
Below are some of our recent programming and educational highlights:
Pesticide Recertification has been held in each county. Several Area producers attended these events and completed training on pesticide use and safety. Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training was also offered with many producers receiving certification and training on proper use of commercial fertilizers to prevent pollution.
Educators in the EERA meet with County Cattlemen’s Associations, Kiwanis, Garden Clubs, Home Makers ect. with educational programs being offered. Several monthly meetings are held to assist producers on marketing and production issues.
Youth Quality Assurance Training has been completed for 4-H and FFA Members who will exhibit Market livestock this year at county fairs.
Chris Bruynis has taught a 5 part Grain Marketing Course in Ross and Gallia Counties. Producers learned about marketing, Insurance, and had the opportunity to see how their marketing decisions would play out in a simulated program. Chris also taught several classes in other areas: Estate Planning – Madison County, Outlook Meeting (Tax Outlook) – Pickaway County, Farm Management Program – Vinton, Small Farm College – Farm Finance – Morrow/Knox, Small Farm College – Farm Finance – Clermont,
Estate Planning – Miami County, Small Farm College – Farm Finance – Auglaize/Hardin, and OEFFA Farm transition workshop.
Educators have spent considerable time working with producers on soil testing needs and helping them interpret results.
Chris Bruynis has been busy with Individual consultations and planning (significant time requirements)
- AEDE/OSUE meeting to improve relations
- Application to NACAA for posters and search for excellence awards
- Securing research cooperators to work with summer ACRE PA
- Farm transition discussion with three generations (result of speaking at OEFFA mtg)
- Designed and collected data on Ryzup plot at OARDC Jackson
- Participated in the SNAP-ED interviews for Ross County
- Led monthly staff conference meetings
- Participated in Southwest CED Meetings
- Conducted interview for summer ACRE student
- Organized EAC Meeting
- Review monthly financial statements; approve expenditures, timesheets, etc.
- Organize and host Gary Scherer, Ohio House of Representatives on OSUE budget
- Presented at JCEP Leadership Conference, Orlando FL
- Presented at PILD, Crystal City VA
Service and National Leadership
- OJCEP Public Issues Committee
- Serve on the PILD planning committee with responsibility to first timers’ tour and technology committee.
- Participated in NACAA Spring Board Meeting, baton Rouge LA
- Presented to the Kansas and Wisconsin Extension Agents Association on behalf of NACAA as the NC Regional Director
Jeff Moore worked with Tracy Winters, Triva Williams, and Lisa Barlidge to provide a Home Fruit and Vegetable Preservation workshop where participants not only learned about what is safe but also had the opportunity for hands on experience making salsa.
**Ohio Valley ANR Educators make several media appearances including: weekly radio and television programs. These Educators also develop a number of regular newsletters. Educators contribute monthly news column “Ag News” for Farm World Publication and submit regular columns for local and area press columns and radio programs.
**Monthly year around pesticide testing is being offered at two locations in the EERA, one in Highland County and one at the Piketon Research and Extension Center in Piketon. Testing is offered in Gallia County as needed. Each location normally has 20 plus new applicators being tested monthly.
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Team and Program Updates
Extension Veterinary Medicine
- Dr. da Costa as well as Dr. Schuenemann continue to work with various groups and individuals in providing educational information regarding the Veterinary Feed Directive. Please let us know if you would like any information regarding the VFD, or would be interested in hosting a program for your clientele.
- Dr. da Costa will be speaking on June 29th at an Organic Field Day coordinated through the OFFER Program. Various topics will be covered such as “Mastitis Prevention in Organic Systems”, balancing rations, and controlling weeds in row crops and forages. More details will be forthcoming. This program will provide information of interest to County Educators.
- Dr. Schuenemann will complete his sabbatical and return fulltime after June 1st. Module 10 of the Ohio Dairy Health and Management Certificate Program was recently completed. Module 11 will be the final module for the current cohort of veterinarians, and will be held August 10-11 with the topic as “Dairy Cattle Welfare Assessments”. The International Certificate Program will take place July 31st thru August 4th.
- Dr. Schuenemann serves as the Secretary, and Jeff Workman serves as the Executive Administrator for the Dairy Cattle Welfare Council (DCWC). The 2nd Dairy Cattle Welfare Symposium will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 1st thru June 3rd. This program is targeted for those working in the dairy community including Extension personal, dairy producers, consultants, veterinarians, and industry.
- As always, please let us know if you would like to host hands-on workshops in your county regarding: calving and colostrum management, health protocols and antimicrobial use, or milking routine and parlor management.
- Dr. El-Gazzar continues to work on preparedness for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza. He is also working on developing a database of veterinary practices across the state that can be used for referrals for poultry cases. This is important for backyard producers and smaller scale, non-commercial flocks. In addition, work continues to develop a system for tracking disease and health issues throughout the State of Ohio.
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- February 2, 2017 – PorkBridge distance education program on VFD Compliance in the Barn, speaker Chris Rademacher, DVM, Iowa State University
- February 3, 2017 – Ag Outlook meeting, Greenville, Swine Industry Outlook presented by Dale Ricker
- February 4, 2017 – Ohio Farm Bureau Young Ag Professionals Conference, Columbus, presentation by Dale Ricker on Contract Livestock Feeding: Is it for me?
- February 15, 2017 – Ohio Pork Congress Symposium, 300+ attended. (Moeller, Nye, Barnes and Ricker)
- February 21, 2017 – Pork Quality Assurance certification, Archbold, certified 15 (Ricker)
- February 22, 2017 – Pork Quality Assurance certification, Ottawa, certified 12 (Ricker)
- March 7, 2017 – SowBridge distance education program on New Management Guides for Sow Gestation Housing, speaker, Dr. Lee Johnston, University of Minnesota
- March 15, 2017 – Ohio Swine Health Symposium, Plain City. Record attendance of 171. (Ricker, Moeller, Bowman, Garth Ruff and Monique Pairis Garcia)
- March 25, 2017 – OSU Junior Swine Day, Columbus and Wooster, Ohio. 342 youth and adults from 38 Ohio counties attended the two locations. All youth received Youth Pork Quality Assurance certification and all youth in attendance fulfilled their requirement for county quality assurance. Nutrition, swine health, selection, carcass evaluation and showmanship topics were covered. OSU Personnel participating: Dr. Lyda Garcia and the OSU meat lab staff, Andrea Rees, Dr. Steve Moeller, Dr. Mike Amstutz, Tim Barnes, Becky Barker, Tara McCoy, Andy Bowman, DVM and Dale Ricker.
- April 5, 2017 – SowBridge distance education program on Identifying Scours, speaker Corrine Bromfield, University of Missouri
- April 6, 2017 – PorkBridge distance education program on Seneca Valley Virus – Early Recognition, speaker Laura Bruner DVM, Swine Vet Center
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The Agronomic Crops Team operates as an open group of Extension Educators, Field Specialist and State Specialist working toward the goal of providing quality educational outreach efforts to meet the needs of agronomic crop production clientele. If you are new to extension or see a need in your county that you would like to fill in agronomy programming, consider joining our group so we can get you on the mailing list for future face to face meetings and other team activities. Our next Face to Face Meeting is scheduled for August 29, 9:30-3:30, location TBD.
The Crop Observation and Recommendation Network Newsletter (C.O.R.N.) is one of the team’s most visible activities. The newsletter has a far reach with 4,459 email subscribers and open access on the web at http://agcrops.osu.edu with 18,000 unique addresses accessing the site each month. The Monday, 9 am conference call provides content questions for the newsletter and serves as an in-service each 42 weeks of the year. If you cannot join the call, send an email with questions you are receiving that would make a newsletter article to Harold Watters. We are looking for someone with a specialty in program evaluation we could use your help in evaluating the CORN newsletter clientele.
A survey related to agronomic programming including on-farm research, agronomic programming and other input that will help the team be better at meeting your needs into the future will be sent to you soon. One specific programming topic covered is input on the Corn, Soybean, Wheat Connection webinars. The survey effort is being led by Elizabeth Hawkins. Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey when you receive it.
Farm Science Review is a summer activity of the team with over 100,000 participants. The Team has a prime spot on the east side of the grounds as clientele are entering FSR grounds. A major reorganization of this area with interactive displays is being planned for the 2017 review. Four topics that will be emphasized are Crop Protection, Precision Management, Soil Quality and Nutrient Management areas, with the committee chairs for each area leading the changes of Mary Griffith, Elizabeth Hawkins, Alan Sundermeier and Amanda Douridas respectively. Even if you are not in Central Ohio there are opportunities to participate in this effort. We will are working toward adding PestEd recertification to available Certified Crop Adviser credits, talks throughout the day, hands on demonstrations and equipment in place showing new crop production principles.
The signature program “Nutrient Stewardship for Cleaner Water” which has had leadership from Sam Custer, Darke County has been a major programming emphasis over the past three years of the Team. Objectives of this effort have included Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training, on-farm research plots supporting the update of the Tri-State and work on manure application timing/rates. Results from a recent report of the program are below:
Fertilizer Recommendations Fertilizer Applicator Certifications Training (FACT) has been provided 17,255 (from ODA as of 4/27/17) Ohio applicators at over 300 meetings since September 2014.
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A total of 4336 FACT participants have completed a program survey replied (agreed or strongly agreed) the following:
- 91% I have improved my nutrient management knowledge with this training.
- 76% Farm field phosphorous is a significant problem to our water resources (streams, rivers, lakes).
- 71% will utilize the recommended economic nitrogen rate tool to set corn N rates.
- 81% are using recommended soil testing methods for determining P needs.
The Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations, which is the basis for farmer recommendation provide by Ohio State University Extension, is undergoing extensive field evaluations. Since 2014, data has been collected from 151 replicated trials at on-farm and research station sites across Ohio. The 2017 growing season is the last prior to analysis leading to revised recommendations scheduled for 2018 release.
Extensive research, demonstration and education work has been done with farmers on Best Management Practices utilizing manure for in crop application to corn and wheat. The application timing improves crop utilization of nitrogen reducing N losses and balances phosphorus for a two year crop rotation. The system increases profitability. More than 50 field trials have been conducted to support this conversion. The practice has been adopted on over 2000 acres. An equipment lease program is being implemented in 2017 to increase adoption. Leadership of this effort is provided by Glen Arnold.
Attention Facebook users from Mark Loux. The State Specialists have a new Facebook page named “OSU agronomy and pest management specialists”. If you are on Facebook and use it to reach clientele, I would appreciate it if you could go to that page and “like” it. We want to make the page known to the rest of the world. Thanks.
Updated reference publications. The Ohio Agronomy Guide was revised in 2016 and the printed copies are now available for purchase at $15.75, http://estore.osu-extension.org/Ohio-Agronomy-Guide-15th-Edition-P475.aspx. Thanks to Laura Lindsey who provide leadership and all our state specialist for sharing their expertise on this document.
A second must have publication is the 2017 Ohio, Indiana and Illinois Weed Control Guide which is also available for purchase at $14.75, http://estore.osu-extension.org/2017-Ohio-Indiana-and-Illinois-Weed-Control-Guide-P464.aspx. Thanks to Mark Loux for his efforts on this comprehensive guide updated annually. While printed copies of the Corn, Soybean, Wheat, and Alfalfa Field Guide are hard to come by digital copies are available at http://estore.osu-extension.org/Corn-Soybean-Wheat-and-Alfalfa-Field-Guide-PDF-P378.aspx. A revision of this guide is being planned.
Two grant opportunities are available from The Ohio Soybean Council, one of our strong supporters. The Council provides funding through the Agronomic Crops Team for two soybean county level outreach efforts. The funding opportunities relate to on-farm research and educational programs (winter and summer field days) with a soybean related component. A description is below. Information was shared in a May 1 email via all-agnr. If you do not find the email, contact Greg LaBarge email@example.com.
On Farm Research supports the educator conducting the research and the local cooperator. Funding of $500 for 1 plot with an additional $350 for additional plots will be provided to the county education to fund local travel and plot administration. Funding of $500 per cooperator is provided. Up to 3 projects can potential be supported per educator.
Summer educational programs can be supported at $250 per event with a limit of 2 events per educator.
Deadlines for application for:
- On farm research is 5/31/2017
- An educational program is 45 days prior to the event.
Having an EERA planning meeting? Field Specialists would love to visit your meeting to find out some of your regional needs from both a clientele perspective as well educator subject matter needs. Contact any of us, Harold, Greg, Glen and Elizabeth to attend to listen and do some idea sharing.
Agronomy In-service with the dates of November 8 & 9 being held is being planning. One agenda item will be programming for FACT recertification which begins with the 2017-2018 programming year. A planning committee is being formed and will determine topics and final format as a one or two day in-service. Look for more details in early September.
If you have any input or suggests for the Agronomic Crops Team whether a member or someone who uses the material produced by the Team, please let us know if there are unmet needs. Contact co-leaders, Harold Watters firstname.lastname@example.org or Greg LaBarge Labarge.email@example.com on any topic or interest you have related to Agronomic Crops Team activities.
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Interesting news and other stories
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