December 19, 2017

Good afternoon,

Harvest has drawn to a close and the Christmas holiday is rapidly approaching.  Did you choose a live Christmas tree this year?  If so, you might be interested in reading about how to care for them in the attached article written by Hancock County OSU Extension Educator Ed Lentz.  Once the new year arrives, there will be a host of opportunities to attend OSU Extension meetings and programs.  The month of December not only brings the onset of the holiday season, but also this year it brings the 2017 Census of Agriculture.  Conducted once every five years, the ag census aims to get a complete and accurate picture of American agriculture.  The resulting data is used by farmers, ranchers, trade associations, researchers, policymakers, and many others to help make decisions in community planning, farm assistance programs, technology development, farm advocacy, agribusiness setup, rural development, and more.  If you have received the census in the mail, make sure you take the time to complete it and send it back as the law requires.  If you are interested in completing it online instead, you can click on the picture below my signature to access the website.  For more information on the 2017 Census of Agriculture, read the attached news article.

One of the programs coming up after the new year will be a Farm Management School in Darke County.  This series will begin January 4 and continue on January 18 and February 1.  The all-day schools will teach Record Keeping, Developing Your Balance Sheet, What Is the Mission of Your Farming Operation, Developing Your Business Plan, Basics of Finance, Budgeting and Cost of Production, Enterprise and Business Analysis, Crop Insurance, Taking Your Business a New Direction, Farm Transition Planning, and Ag Law.  See the attached flyer for more information about registering for this school by December 27.

Another program coming up in our region is the West Ohio Agronomy Day on January 8 in Shelby County.  Purdue’s Dr. Fred Whitford will be there, this time to talk about “Simple Application Techniques and Tactics that Work to Protect Crops and the Environment.”  Also presenting will be Dr. Mark Loux (“What you Need to Know about Problem Weeds: Marestail, Waterhemp, Palmer Amaranth, etc.” and “An Update on Dicamba Products”); Peggy Hall, JD (“When Pesticides Drift: Who’s Liable?” and “Five Property Laws Farmers Need to Know”); and Dr. Elizabeth Hawkins and Sam Custer (OSUE Darke County) will be handling the Fertilizer Applicator Recertification training. Personnel from Precision AgriServices and Farm Credit – Mid America will address other topics  There is also an evening portion for those who cannot make it during the day which will be held on January 16.  For more information about these two events, see the attached news release.

Did you register yet for the Precision University program at Beck’s Hybrids in London?  This program will be held on January 11 and will feature information on Nutrient Technology.  Experts will share info on the latest equipment and technologies to ensure efficient utilization of your nutrient applications.  Registration is due January 5 for this day-long program and details are available on the attached flyer if you are interested.  Finally, I have attached a copy of a flyer for an Ag Outlook meeting being held in Auglaize County on January 12.  This 3 ½ hour program will discuss the Ag Economy and Budgets, Grain Prices, and the Basics of Marketing Grain in addition to lunch.  I have also attached the flyer for this upcoming program but you will need to register by January 5 if you would like to participate.

Locally, the Conservation Tillage Club Breakfast Series will start up January 9 at the Plaza Inn in Mt. Victory with the first program topic CAUV Changes.  More information will be coming later about this series.  Other local events coming up soon include a Soil and Water Conservation District meeting Thursday, December 21 starting at 7:30 am in the SWCD office.  Hardin County Jr. Fair Market Steer, Dairy Steer, and Market Heifer weigh-in and tagging will be Saturday, December 30 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at the fairgrounds.  These animals must be registered by December 27.  Go to or contact the Extension office if you have questions.  Have a Merry Christmas and enjoy the festivities as well as the agronomy articles below.


Selecting Corn Hybrids for 2018: Some Considerations – Peter Thomison

Hybrid selection is one of the most important management decisions a corn grower makes each year. It’s a decision that warrants a careful comparison of performance data. It should not be made in haste or based on limited data. Planting a marginal hybrid, or one not suitable for a particular production environment, imposes a ceiling on the yield potential of a field before it has been planted.  In the Ohio Corn Performance Test (OCPT) ( it is not unusual for hybrid entries of similar maturity to differ in yield by 50 bu/A or more, depending on test site. Another consideration in hybrid selection which has received more attention recently as commodity prices have dropped are seed costs which increased an average of 11% per year from 2006 and 2014, much higher than the rates for fertilizers and pesticides ( Since 2014, per acre seed costs have decreased slightly (USDA Economic Research Service), from $102 per acre in 2015 to $99 per acre in 2016, a decrease of $3 per acre.  To read more, go to

Update on required dicamba training for 2018 – Mark Loux

Following a summer of many instances of off-target movement of dicamba across the country from use in Xtend soybeans, the labels for Engenia, XtendiMax, and FeXapan were modified in an attempt to reduce future problems. These products became restricted use pesticides, and an additional requirement is that anyone applying these products must attend annual dicamba or group 4 herbicide-specific training, and have proof that they did so. Details are still being worked out on this training for Ohio, but it will not be conducted by OSU Extension, or accomplished through OSU winter agronomy or pesticide recertification meetings. At this point, as far as we know it appears that it will be conducted by Monsanto, BASF, and DuPont at meetings held specifically by them for this purpose, and also possibly through an online training module. Final details and meeting schedules are not likely to be in place until after the first of the year. We will pass on information as we get it from ODA and companies, and applicators will undoubtedly receive this information from multiple other sources as well.  Go to to finish reading this article.

2017 Ohio Soybean Performance Trials – Sortable Tables Online Now – Laura Lindsey

Results of the 2017 Ohio Soybean Performance Trials are now available online as sortable tables: New for 2017- A link was added to the top of each table to download the data to a spreadsheet.


Soil Health Workshop – Beth Scheckelhoff

The two-day Soil Health Workshop provides farmers and landowners with an in-depth look at factors that contribute to long-term soil health. Topics discussed in the workshop include an overview of soil biology and ecology, how to select and manage cover crops for your farm, nutrient recycling and water quality, and more. The workshop combines experience and information from USDA-NRCS, the Putnam Soil and Water Conservation District, and OSU Extension. All materials, including the Cover Crops Field Guide, and lunch are included in the registration fee of $10. Please contact Beth Scheckelhoff at or by phone at 419-523-6294 for additional information. Registration form can be obtained at

Workshop dates: January 4 and 5 at Putnam County Extension Office – 1206 East Second St., Ottawa, OH with $10 registration fee.

Soybean Inputs – Focus on Payback – Alan Sundermeier

The public is invited to attend an educational meeting on tips for better soybean profits in 2018.  The same program will be conducted on two dates.  January 9, from 8:30 -10:30 am at the Wood County Extension, 639 Dunbridge Road, Bowling Green.  And January 11, 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the Hancock County Extension, 7868 County Road 140, Findlay.  No cost, but registration is needed for handout materials by contacting either:  Alan Sundermeier (419) 354-9050, or Ed Lentz (419) 422-3851,  Program includes University research results and recommendations on soybean seeding rate, seed treatment, fungicide, variety selection, fertility and weed management.



Mark A. Badertscher

Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator

OSU Extension Hardin County

1021 W. Lima Street, Suite 103, Kenton, OH 43326

419-674-2297 Office


February 9, 2018

Good evening,

Winter time is a good time to sit back and look at how you are managing the farm.  One of the best tools to do this with are budgets.  This week I have attached the latest 2018 OSU Extension corn, soybean, and wheat budgets for you to use.  It’s time to sharpen the pencil so to speak, or if you are up to it, use the attached Excel spreadsheets to work with your numbers to see where you are at with production costs and income.  These budgets provide a column to do just that and I hope they are helpful to you.  Another good thing to do in the winter is attend educational meetings and conferences to brush up on topics.  I have attached a copy of the mid-January Ohio No-till News to this email.  It highlights the Ohio No-Till Conference, which was held at Der Dutchman in Plain City with Hardin County farmer Jan Layman serving as president.  It also includes some information about the upcoming Conservation Tillage Conference being held in Ada on March 6-7.

Once again Hardin County is teaming up with Allen County to offer a new Master Gardener Volunteer training course.  This course will begin on March 6 and will meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings at OSU Lima campus from 6:00-9:00 pm.  If you know of someone interested in becoming a Master Gardener Volunteer, share the attached news release and flyer with them.  Registration deadline for the course is February 27.  Don’t forget that Ag Credit is sponsoring a Farm Succession evening program with dinner on February 27 in the Masters Building at the Wyandot County Fairgrounds.  I have attached a flyer to this email along with another flyer promoting a Farm Succession and Transition program with lunch being offered in Greenville on the same date, but during the day.  Handing down the farm operation to the younger generation takes careful planning, so take advantage of these opportunities and register today to get a plan in place if this is your situation.

Organic production is an option for some considering alternative agriculture.  There will be a panel discussion in Urbana discussing this topic over dinner on February 21.  See the attached flyer for more information if you are interested.  This panel will be discussing organic row crops, hay, pasture, and beef cattle.  Do you know a young woman interested in an agricultural career?  If so, see the attached flyer about FarmHer.  This program is scheduled to take place on February 23 at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus.  That’s about all for now, with the exception of upcoming local meetings here in Hardin County.  The Pork Producers met last night at Ag Credit to plan their upcoming banquet, Farm Bureau is having their Comedy Night at the Kenton Elks Lodge tomorrow (2/10) evening starting at 6:30 pm and the Hardin County Men’s Garden Club is getting started back up again for the season Monday (2/12) at the home of Steve Phillips.  For additional reading material, see the attached agronomy articles.


2017 Northwest Ohio Corn Silage Test – Rich Minyo, Allen Geyer, Peter Thomison, Bill Widdicombe

In 2017, 50 corn silage hybrids representing 15 commercial brands were evaluated in a joint trial with Michigan State University (MSU). One Ohio location is combined with Michigan’s two southern (Zone 1) silage locations. The trials were divided into two maturity groups designated early and late on the basis of the relative maturity (RM) submitted by the companies with results listed in separate tables. The Ohio test site was located in our Northwest Region at Hoytville (Wood County).  To read more about the 2017 Northwest Ohio Corn Silage Test, go to

The Effects of Soil Conservation Practices on Selected Soil Health Indicators – Alan Sundermeier

Soil health is defined as the continued capacity of soil to function as a vital living ecosystem that sustains plants, animals, and humans. Soil health indicators are measurements of the physical, chemical, and biological properties of the soil. As more tools become available to measure soil health factors, it is critical that we evaluate the efficacy of these tools. This 2-year project in Northwest Ohio measured the impact that soil conservation practices have on selected soil health indicators and the subsequent corn yield in cover cropped hay, wheat and corn cropping systems.  To read more, go to
Fertilizer Recertification Begins in 2018
– Mark Badertscher, Ed Lentz

Ohio is now seeing full implementation of Ohio’s Agricultural Fertilizer Applicator Certification regulation. The regulation was result of Senate Bill 150, which can be found at and The 2014 regulation required farmers to complete a fertilizer certification program if they applied fertilizer to more than 50 acres of land in agricultural production primarily for sale. Exemptions included fertilizer applied through a planter, individuals whose crops remained on the farm for their livestock and not sold, or fertilizer applied by a commercial applicator.  Click on to read more about fertilizer recertification.

Customizing your Weed Management Program – Jason Hartschuh

Two similar advanced weed management program are planned for February 13th  in Marion and 14th in Willard. They will both feature Mark Loux and Bruce Ackley with hands on weed identification. They will also be covering weed biology and making a cost effective weed control program that fits your farm. These will be hands on programs working with green house grown weeds, for weed identification at various growth stages. The Willard Program will have an hour after lunch focusing on sprayer clean out and effects of spray nozzles. The Willard program will also offer pesticide recertification credits and CCA credits. Please call the respective program sponsors on the fliers below for more information and to register.  Go to to read more about these programs being offered in Marion and Willard.

Input Wanted- Ohio Farm Custom Rate Survey – 2018 – Barry Ward

We need your assistance in securing up-to-date information about farm custom work rates and machinery rental rates in Ohio. This information is updated every-other year and published by OSU Extension. It is widely used across the state, so we need the best information available. Enclosed is a copy of the Ohio Farm Custom Rate Survey for 2018. Please provide rates that are current including the latest price increases or planned increases. An online option for this survey is available at We would ask you to please respond even if you know only have a few operations with data. We want information on actual rates, either what you paid to hire work or what you charged to perform custom work. To read more about this survey, go to



Mark A. Badertscher

Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator

OSU Extension Hardin County

1021 W. Lima Street, Suite 103, Kenton, OH 43326

419-674-2297 Office

January 2, 2018

Good evening,

2018 has officially arrived!  With the start of the new year, there are several programs coming up hosted by OSU Extension that may interest you.  The Conservation Tillage Club breakfast program series will begin on Tuesday, January 9 at the Plaza Inn Restaurant in Mt. Victory.  Each session will start at 7:30 am with complimentary buffet breakfast followed by the program at 8:00 am.  Other sessions will be held on January 23, February 6 and 20 as indicated on the attached flyer and news article.

On January 9, the program will feature Mike Bacon, Andrea Weaver, and Mike Yoder, CAUV Property Tax Changes.  Bacon is the Hardin County Auditor, Weaver serves as the Union County Auditor, and Yoder is the Logan County Auditor.  They will be joined by a panel of other property tax and conservation experts.  As county auditors, they have sent out notices of changes and held meetings with landowners, local schools, and farm groups to help explain how changes brought about by the Ohio Department of Taxation will affect them.  The presentation at the Conservation Tillage Club breakfast will focus on the most recent changes in the CAUV formula in regards to conservation lands and what landowners must do in order to see possible reductions in their property taxes for coming years.

Does your fertilizer certification expire in 2018?  In three years, 17,493 Ohioans completed the Fertilizer Certification program.  Of this total, 63 fertilizer applicators from Hardin County will require recertification by March 31, 2018.  The three-year window to complete the initial certification program ended September 30, 2017.  Those renewing their fertilizer certificate, which must be done every three years, must either pass a fertilizer exam or take a one-hour class.  Hardin County Extension will be offering recertification classes in Mt. Victory on March 13 and in Kenton on March 30.  For more information about renewing your fertilizer certificate or becoming certified for the first time, see the attached article.

Other upcoming programs and events include Soybean Inputs-Focus on Payback on January 9 in Wood County and January 11 in Hancock County; Farmland Succession Workshop on January 18 in Union County; and West Central Ohio Weed Science Day on January 19 in Shelby County.  See the attached flyers for details about these upcoming events.  Locally, there will be an Ag Council breakfast starting at 7:00 am on Friday, January 5 at Henry’s Restaurant in Kenton.  Join us to get a copy of the newly released OSU Corn, Soybean, Wheat, and Forage Trials information.  There will be a Farm Bureau meeting on Tuesday, January 9 starting at 6:30 pm at Kenton Alliance Church, and Sheep Improvement Association meeting on the same evening starting at 7:30 pm at the Extension office.  Keep warm and take time to read the agronomy articles below.


2017 OHIO CORN PERFORMANCE TEST: REGIONAL OVERVIEWS – Rich Minyo, Allen Geyer, David Lohnes, Peter Thomison

In 2017, 205 corn hybrids representing 25 commercial brands were evaluated in the Ohio Corn Performance Test (OCPT). Four tests were established in the Southwestern/West Central/Central (SW/WC/C) region and three tests were established in the Northwestern (NW) and North Central/Northeastern (NC/NE) regions (for a total of ten test sites statewide). Hybrid entries in the regional tests were planted in either an early or a full season maturity trial. These test sites provided a range of growing conditions and production environments. Go to to finish reading this article.

As farmers wrap up harvest and begin thinking about the 2018 cropping season, data organization and archiving may be a topic of interest. There are many data repositories provided by the private sector and we know that farmers are beginning to reap the benefits of historical agricultural data. As the industry moves towards adoption of AgTech, many are beginning to see evidence of how historical data may inform the creation of prescriptions to guide and optimize crop production inputs. We know that many farmers have bought into AgTech, and have few concerns with sharing their data, while others remain somewhat reluctant to upload their data to cloud service providers.  Read more at


Nutrient Management Plan Writers are still working for the 2018 year in the Western Lake Erie Basin to write free plans for non-CAFO farmers. Our goal is to complete 65,000 acres for NMP’s in 2018. These plans are written free of charge to farmers and require a small amount of your time and effort. As the plan writer we gather information that is pertinent to your farm such as your crop rotations, tillage practices, current (within three years) soil test results, yield goals, conservation goals, where water is and more. Then we take that information and work it into several computer programs to complete a NMP or CNMP for your farm. These plans may be required for many financial institutions when building new livestock structures. They may also help with your plan to apply for EQIP funding through NRCS and serve as affirmative defense through SWCD. The NMP may help you reduce your fertilizer cost and provide 4R recommendations for nutrient stewardship practices for your farm.To find out more, click on

2018 WEST OHIO AGRONOMY DAY – Debbie Brown

The 2018 West Ohio Agronomy Day will be held on Monday, January 8th at St. Michael’s Hall in Fort Loramie. A light breakfast will be available starting at 8 a.m. with a market update at 8:30 a.m. At 9 a.m. the one-hour Fertilizer Applicator Recertification Training will begin. The Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification (Core and Categories 1, 2, and 6) and Commercial Pesticide Applicator Credits (Core and 2C) along with other topics will fill the day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Certified Crop Adviser CEUs are also available. The evening portion of the 2018 West Ohio Agronomy Day will be held on Tuesday, January 16th at the VFW Post 4239, north side of Sidney at the intersection of I-75 and CR 25A. (Look for the tank!) This program will begin at 5:00 p.m. with a light supper and a market update.  For more details, go to

CCA PRE-EXAM TRAINING JANUARY 10 & 11 – Harold D. Watters

The Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) Exam Training program, sponsored by the OSU Agronomic Crops Team, will be offered at the Shelby County Extension Office, 810 Fair Rd, Sidney, Ohio 45365 on January 10 & 11, 2018 beginning at 9:00 a.m. on the 10th and adjourn by 5:00 p.m. on the 11th. The price for the Pre-Exam preparation class is $250. Secure on-line registration via credit card, debit card or check is available at: This is an intensive two-day program somewhat directed toward the local exam.  To find out more about the CCA Pre-exam Training, go to



Mark A. Badertscher

Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator

OSU Extension Hardin County

1021 W. Lima Street, Suite 103, Kenton, OH 43326

419-674-2297 Office

January 31, 2018


As we enter the winter banquet season, there are starting to be livestock commodity banquets popping up on the calendar.  The first one of the year is the Hardin County Dairy Banquet, which is scheduled for Saturday, February 24 at 12:00 noon at the Plaza Inn Restaurant, Mt. Victory.  Tickets this year are $15.00 for adults and $7.00 for children 12 and under.  Junior Fair Dairy Exhibitors from the 2017 Hardin County Fair are eligible for a complimentary ticket by contacting the Extension office.  Tickets are available until February 16 from the following county Dairy Service Unit Directors: Philip Bauer, Nate Cromer, Keith and Jean Dirkson, Corey Ledley, Chad Hazelton, Bret Rager, Larry and Janice Rall, Parry Rall, Vaughn Rall, Clair and Sue Sanders, Dan and Molly Wagner, or from the Extension Office.  For more information about this upcoming banquet as well as the dairy scholarship and dairy princess application procedure, see the attached news release.

Last week I mentioned the upcoming BASF dicamba trainings for those using the new herbicides on dicamba tolerant soybeans.  Monsanto has now listed a series of meetings as well, with the closest one being on February 27, 2018 9-10:30 am OR 2-3:30 pm, at the Howard Johnsons, 1920 Roschman Ave., Lima, Ohio 45804.  See the attached Monsanto Dicamba Training document for a list of these meetings as well as those already announced by BASF.  I have also attached an Ohio Department of Agriculture document explaining Dicamba label modifications for 2018 that are required if you plan to use either Engenia, XtendiMax, or FeXapan this crop year.  These new requirements are for all applicators applying any of these products this year.  For more information, go to  Ag Credit is sponsoring a series of Farm Succession workshops this spring at the Masters Building on the Wyandot County Fairgrounds.  The first session is going to be on February 27, starting at 6:00 pm and will feature Dr. Ron Hanson, retired professor from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln who will outline the steps necessary to implement as well as achieve an effective succession plan that will avoid potential misunderstandings and family conflicts.  Register for the free dinner and program by contacting the Kenton Ag Credit at 419-675-2303.  The event is open to anyone in the agricultural community interested in farm succession planning.

Other upcoming programs that I have included flyers for are Fruit Tree Pruning in Greenville on February 21 and 24, Livestock Predator Workshop in Piketon on February 17, Balance Sheets and Record Keeping in Wapakoneta on February 21, Ohio Agritourism Ready Conference in Piketon on March 10, and the Ohio Swine Health Symposium in Plain City on March 21.  If you know of an ATI student near the Wooster area that would be interested in doing Integrated Pest Management Scouting for a summer internship, I have attached a flyer for this opportunity with OSU Extension-Wayne County.  Local events this week include Ag Council breakfast on Friday, February 2 with information about 2018 OSUE crop budgets for corn, soybean, and wheat.  There will be a Fairboard meeting on Saturday, February 3 starting at 7:30 pm in the fair office.  The Cattle Producers are meeting on Monday, February 5 starting at 7:30 pm in the Allmax Building.  As usual, I have attached some ag crops articles that you may be interested in reading.


Conservation Tillage Club Breakfast Series Planned – Mark Badertscher

On February 6 Dr. Aaron Wilson will speak to the Conservation Tillage Club.  He will be presenting Climate and Weather information and how it has affected crops over recent years.  Wilson is an Atmospheric Scientist at The Ohio State University, holding a joint appointment as a Senior Research Associate at the Byrd Polar & Climate Research Center.  He is also a contributing member to the State Climate Office of Ohio.   He helps coordinate the state’s weekly contribution to the U.S. Drought Monitor activities at the National Drought Mitigation Center, and helps Ohioans understand how changing weather extremes are impacting their lives.  His outreach activities include presentations at county events, field days, and the Farm Science Review.  To read more, go to

What accounts for variability in grain protein levels in corn? – Alexander Lindsey, Stan Smith, Peter Thomison

We’ve recently heard comments and questions concerning the varying levels of grain protein levels being found in shelled corn. Some feed companies have reported seeing many samples in the upper 6% and lower 7% protein range this year but there are reports of levels that are nearly 9%. Some feed mill operations are using 7% as the default value based on this year and last year’s levels. However, in the past, higher grain protein levels (% +2) have been cited for corn. Are the reports of low levels in 2016 and 2017 an anomaly? What could be accounting for these varying protein levels in corn?  Read more about this topic at

Agronomic Crops and YouTube – Harold D. Watters

We know not everyone can attend our meetings so for many topics we produce videos or publish bulletins. Some are short and on the concerns of the day, others are for background on broader topics. The OSU Agronomic Crops Team has a Youtube channel where we place the videos: One recent addition is from Ryan Haden and Jon Witter on setting up grid soil sampling and then developing a variable rate application map. It can be viewed at: This is nicely done, short at 15 minutes, and involves ATI students on our Wooster campus.  Go to for more online videos and resources.

Northern Ohio Crops Day – Allen Gahler

The annual Northern Ohio Crops Day, held annually in February at Ole Zim’s Wagon Shed near Gibsonburg, Ohio in Sandusky County is returning to its roots in 2018 with an in-depth agronomy program. Progressive producers will want to mark February 8, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. on their calendar for a program packed full of speakers and topics on the latest issues in agronomy, including a budgeting and cropland values update by Barry Ward, pigweed ID and control strategies by Dr. Mark Loux, and a discussion on weather trends and their impact by OSU Extension climatologist Aaron Wilson. Additional topics will include soybean disease management by Anne Dorrance, soil fertility, nitrogen use in on-farm research trials, and getting the most out of Precision Ag technology. For more information, go to

2018 Central Ohio Agronomy School “The Nuts & Bolts About Corn & Soybean Production” – John Barker

The 2018 Central Ohio Agronomy School will be held on Monday evenings, beginning on Monday February 5 through Monday March 5, from 6:30 –9:00 p.m. in the conference room of the Ag Services Building, 1025 Harcourt Rd. Mt. Vernon, Ohio 43050. This five-week program will provide the attendees with the most comprehensive, up-to-date crop production and agricultural technology information available today. This school is designed with everyone in mind; part-time or full-time producer, beginner or CCA agronomist. Within each subject area we will teach the basic concepts and progress to the most advanced agronomic principles.  To finish reading this article, go to






January 12, 2018

January 22, 2018

January 4, 2014

Good afternoon,

Today we weighed-in and tagged 64 beef and dairy steers for the Hardin County Fair.  Some of these cattle were also nose printed for the Ohio State Fair.  I was thankful that the weather was not too cold and that the snow had yet to start falling.  Thanks to all the members of the Hardin County Cattle Producers and other volunteers who made the event run smoothly.

Next week I am spending three days in Columbus at OSU for training.  Two days for pesticide updates and one day for agronomy team in-service.  It is during this training that we will be given the information for pesticide recertification and also other information for conducting winter programs.  I have attached to this email a copy of the Pesticide Recertification Training news release that was sent out this week.  If you received a letter from the Ohio Department of Agriculture saying the your private applicator license is due to expire March 31, 2014, you will want to read this article.  It also has information for commercial applicators as well.

Pesticide Recertification

Last call for the Online Grain Marketing Course.  Anyone who still wants to register can do so online by noon on Monday, January 6.  See the attached flyer for more information for this course that begins January 7 and includes a grain marketing simulation.  Finally, someone has asked about small square bales of hay that might be available.  If you have some or know where some can be located, please let me know.  As always, I have included some additional articles that you may be interested in reading.

Grain Marketing Flyer


image008Farm Building Rental Survey – Each year Extension Educators in Ohio receive questions about cash rental rates for buildings used for livestock production and storage of crops and machinery.  Landowners and tenants would benefit from knowing what typical rental rates are for various structures and facilities when developing farm lease agreements.  We would like your help with a new survey being carried out by Extension farm management specialists in the north central region of the U.S.  See the attached Farm Building Rental Survey document to complete the survey.

Farm Building Rental Survey

image009Conservation Tillage Club – Breakfast meetings for the Conservation Tillage Club will begin January 14 at the Plaza Inn in Mt. Victory.  This year, Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) credits are being offered for all four meetings.  Thanks to the generous sponsors, these breakfast meetings and programs are offered at no charge.  They begin with breakfast at 7:30 am and then a speaker to follow.  These meetings are jointly planned by the Soil and Water Conservation District and OSU Extension in Hardin, Logan, and Union Counties.  See the attached flier for more information.

Conservation Tillage Club


image010Corn, Soybeans and Wheat Connection – These free webinars are set to begin January 14 at the Extension office, 1021 W. Lima Street in Kenton.  The first one starts at 7:00 pm and focuses on Corn Production.  ‘Optimizing Corn Yields-­‐Assessing the Contribution of Key Agronomic Management Factors’ will be the topic of the presentation.  It will be taught by Dr. Peter Thomison, State Specialist Corn Production, Ohio State University Extension. ‘Seed Treatments in Corn: Impacts on Pests and Pollinators’ will also be presented by Dr. Andy Michel, State Specialist Field Crops Entomology, Ohio State University Extension and Dr. Reed Johnson, Entomologist Apiculture, The Ohio State University.  Call the Extension office at 419-674-2297 to register and see the attached flier for more information.



image012Conservation Tillage & Technology Conference – The Conservation Tillage Conference will have a line-up of about 60 speakers for the annual program at Ohio Northern University, Ada, Ohio March 4-5.   The full program and registration information are on the website: In addition, flyers are in county Extension offices. Information has been emailed to previous attendees (or mailed to those without an email address). Crop consultants in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan will receive an email later this month listing available CEU credits. Registration is the same as last year: $65 for one day; $85 for both.



Legal Concerns of Farmers – Farmers and non-farm individuals have challenges they face each year. Last fall at the Farm Science Review, the Ohio State University’s Agricultural & Resource Law booth took an informal survey on what farmers considered their biggest legal concern.  See the attached article written by Ed Lentz, OSU Extension Educator from Hancock County for the top legal concerns of farmers.




Mark A. Badertscher

Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator

OSU Extension Hardin County

1021 W. Lima Street, Suite 103, Kenton, OH 43326

419-674-2297 Office


December 28, 2013

Good Evening,
Actually it is quite late, but I am determined to get this Hardin County Agriculture and Natural Resources Update out before the next bowl game.  Soon 2013 will be history and we will be looking forward with optimism to the new year.  With the new year comes Ag Council on January 3 at 7:00 am at Henry’s Restaurant in Kenton.  The next morning, January 4 will be Hardin County Fair steer weigh-ins starting at 10:00 am at the fairgrounds.  Later that evening is the monthly meeting of the Hardin County Fairboard, starting at 7:30 pm in the fair office.A series of webinars have been announced by the OSU Extension Agronomic Crops Team.  This series of programs called the Corn, Soybean, and Wheat Connection will be held statewide January 14, February 11 and 25.  The first one will focus on corn production, the second one will focus on soybean production, and the third one will focus on weed control.  These programs will be interactive and be hosted at local Extension offices.  i will be hosting the series at the Hardin County Extension Office, with the first two being at 7:00 pm in the evening and the final one being at 10:00 am.  See the attached news release for specific topics of the webinars and call the Extension office at 419-674-2297 or email me at if you are interested in attending.  By letting us know how many to expect, we will be better able to set up for those who wish to participate.
Below are some articles that you may be interested in reading.


Agronomy Programming-January, 2014 – Greg LaBarge
A wide range of agronomy programing will be offered across the state in the January through March time period. We hope you take advantage of several of these programs in 2014. For a complete list and any new additions see our calendar page at:  To see events happening in January 2014, go to
Herbicide Resistance and Weed Management Resources –  Mark Loux
We have currently started the second year of a three-year partnership of ag industry, USB, and a number of land grant universities to provide education and resources for managing herbicide site of action and mitigating herbicide resistance.  This is resulting in some additional free publications for use by agronomists, growers, CCA’s, etc.  A list of what we have available – or will soon – follows.  Examples of the first four can be found on, either in the “News of Interest” or the “Herbicide Resistance Information” sections – let us know if you would like a supply of any of these.  Go to to continue reading this article.
Getting your Farm & Family Affairs in Order Webinar – David Marrison
Farm accidents, cancer, disability, heart attacks, failing health, and death are all words farmers do not like to hear. Farming is the nation’s second most dangerous occupation in the United States. This combined with the aging farm population, could mean that your farm business might lose one of its key managers un-expectantly. Is your farm ready for the unexpected? Have you prepared the next generation to run your farm business after you are gone? To help address the “ah-crap” moments caused by the unexpected, OSU Extension is pleased to be offering a webinar titled “Getting your Farm & Family Affairs in Order.” This webinar is open to farmers across the country and will be held on: Thursday, January 9, 2014 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Go to continue reading about this webinar.
Ohio Farm Custom Rate Survey – 2014 – Barry Ward
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, so we need the best information available. Please respond even if you know only a few rates.  We want information on actual rates, either what you paid to hire work or what you charged if you perform custom work. Custom Rates should include all ownership costs of implement & tractor (if needed), operator labor, fuel and lube.  If you are able to help out with this survey, it is attached as both a Microsoft Word and pdf file.

Custom Rate Survey Instrument 2014 Survey.doc     Custom Rate Survey Instrument 2014 Survey.pdf
Ohio Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Henry County Drainage Dispute – Peggy Hall
Litigation that arose from a drainage improvement project completed in 2002 has finally ended with a decision by the Ohio Supreme Court.  The court announced today that it will not accept the case for review, which allows the ruling by the Third District Court of Appeals in favor of the Henry County Engineer to remain in place.  To read more about this Ohio Ag Law case, go to dispute/utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+OhioAgriculturalLawBlog+%28Ohio+Agricultural+Law+Blog%29

Mark A. Badertscher
Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator
OSU Extension Hardin County
1021 W. Lima Street, Suite 103, Kenton, OH 43326
419-674-2297 Office

December 20, 2013

Good afternoon,

Well the holidays are drawing near.  The office today smelled of cinnamon rolls, as gifts magically appeared on desks and Christmas music was playing in the background.  The warner temperatures seems to have brought more people into the office lately, and for good reason.  The 2014 Hardin County Plat Books are in, we have a supply of Ohio’s Country Journal featuring The Ohio State University 2013 Corn, Soybean, and Forage Performance Trials, there are plenty of Power Show Ohio discount coupons, and we just received forms for registering for upcoming private applicator pesticide recertification meetings which will be starting with the new year.

Steer weigh-ins for 4-H and FFA members exhibiting in the 2014 Hardin County Fair are coming up Saturday, January 4 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the fairgrounds.  January 7 is the start of the OSU online grain marketing course and marketing simulation.  I have attached a news article and a flier with more information about this series of webinars in case you are interested in learning more about cash, futures, and options trading.  Go to soon to pre-register if you wish to participate.  The location is in the comfort of your own home or farm office.

Online Grain Marketing Series     Grain Marketing Flyer

January 14 is the start of the Conservation Tillage Club breakfast meetings at the Plaza Inn in Mt. Victory.  See the attached news release for more information about this series of meetings which are jointly hosted by OSU Extension, Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) with cooperation from USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) of Hardin, Logan, and Union counties.  The complimentary breakfasts start at 7:30 am with the programs beginning at 8:00 am.  Thank you to all of the agricultural lenders and other agricultural businesses for sponsoring these events.  Topics this year include Crop Diseases and Fungicides, Weed Control Strategies, Grain Marketing Outlook, and Agricultural Law/CDL for Ag.

Conservation Tillage Club News Release

Below are some articles you may interested in reading as you enjoy the holiday.








Manure Valuator app calculates manure value – University of Arkansas

The need to be able to estimate the value of manure as crop nutrient source is the result of increased use of manure to replace crop nutrients that had been long supplied by commercial inorganic fertilizers.“ As with inorganic fertilizers, the goal is to meet the crop nutrient needs while avoiding the expense and potential environmental concerns of over application of nutrients,” said Dharmendra Saraswat, associate professor and extension engineer for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. To answer this need, the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture has released the Manure Valuator app to help producers calculate the dollar and nutritive value of manure applied to a specific field and then share the results via email. The app is now available for use on both iOS (iPhone and iPad) and Android devices.







What’s Enogen Corn?  –  Peter Thomison

I’ve received several questions recently concerning “Enogen corn”.  This is a special type of corn developed by Syngenta for ethanol production. It contains a transgene from a bacteria that produces alpha amylase, an enzyme that breaks down corn starch into sugar. Presently alpha amylase enzyme is added to corn in a liquid form during the ethanol production process.  Corn hybrids with the Enogen trait technology (i.e. Enogen corn) express alpha amylase enzyme directly in the corn kernel, eliminating the need for liquid alpha amylase in dry grind ethanol production. Various trade publications indicate that only 10-20% of an ethanol plant’s total corn supply would need to be Enogen grain to produce the alpha amylase required for breaking down corn starch to sugar.  Go to to continue reading this article.








Herbicide Update for 2014 Crops  – Mark Loux

Brief descriptions of herbicides introduced over the past year or so are provided at  As readers are undoubtedly aware, there is currently almost no development of new active ingredients.  Most of the products mentioned in this article are premixes of existing herbicides.  Some of these seem to have a fit for Ohio situations while others do not in our opinion.  We have also posted a brief Powerpoint video that covers this on our website –  Go to these web addresses to get the latest information regarding herbicides and their use for 2014.








2013 Northwest Ohio Corn Silage Test –  Rich Minyo, Allen Geyer, Peter Thomison

In 2013, 52 corn silage hybrids representing 16 commercial brands were evaluated in a joint trial with Michigan State University (MSU). One Ohio location is combined with Michigan’s two southern (Zone 1) silage locations. The Ohio test site was located in our Northwest Region at Hoytville (Wood County). The two MSU sites are located in Branch and Lenawee counties, which are on the Ohio/Michigan state line.  The test results from the three 2013 locations are treated as one region.  Go to to find out more about these corn silage tests along with a link to complete results of these tests in cooperation with Michigan State University.








West Ohio Agronomy Day for January 13  –  Debbie Brown

West Ohio Agronomy Day will be held on Monday, January 13th at St. Michael’s Hall, 33 Elm Street, Fort Loramie.  Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m.; breakfast sandwiches, donuts, OJ, and coffee will be available.  A Grain Market update from Jerry Meyer (Cargill) and John Leighty (Trupointe) will be held at 8:30 a.m.  The programs dealing with Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification Credits for farmers and Continuing Education Units for Certified Crop Advisors then begin at 9:00 a.m.  Go to for the complete details of this day you won’t want to miss.







Mark A. Badertscher

Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator

OSU Extension Hardin County

1021 W. Lima Street, Suite 103, Kenton, OH 43326

419-674-2297 Office


December 13, 2013

Good afternoon,

I’ve spent considerable time this week program planning.  There will be paper newsletter going out in regular mail to all Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension clientele in Northwest Ohio.  This Northwest Ohio Newsletter includes dates, times, and locations of upcoming educational programs that will be happening in our part of the state from January through March.  Although most people can be contacted by email, we don’t have everyone’s email address and there are other people who participate in Extension programs who do not use a computer.  Also, this will give people a document that they can hold in their hand and keep track of upcoming events.  Once the final version is done, I will also send it out electronically for those who prefer that format.

Also, the OSU Extension Agronomic Crops Team has updated their calendar and it can be found at  This calendar contains most of the ag crop related programs that will be happening around the state from January through March.  I will continue to highlight events of local interest in this weekly email, but if you are interested in seeing what is being offered statewide and are willing to travel, there are some excellent programs listed.

Now that harvest is complete, you may be interested in working with your budgets. The latest corn, soybean, wheat budgets along with forage and livestock budgets can be found at  These budgets can be downloaded into Microsoft Excel and allow you to input your own numbers for planning purposes.  You can ‘pencil’ in different numbers to help make your own farm management decisions, using your own operation to answer ‘What if?’ questions.  This might be a good thing to work with in case we get all that snow they are predicting for this weekend.  I have also included some other articles for you to read that might be of interest to you.




Online Grain Marketing Series – January 7 & 21; February 4 & 18 March 4

Growers, who want to experience grain marketing using real-world strategies without any of the real-world risks, can take advantage of a series of courses taught by Dr. Matt Roberts from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Participants will learn how to use futures and options; make a marketing plan to fit their farm business; use crop insurance as a grain marketing tool; and how to understand financial statement analysis in relationship to their grain marketing plan. To find out more about this course and its companion marketing simulation, see the attached pdf file.

Online Grain Marketing Series







Seed Treatments for 2014 Soybeans  –  Anne Dorrance, Ron Hammond, Andy Michel

If we could predict or know that the planting season during 2014 would be like it was in 2012 (the dry spring), then we would say don’t treat your seed at all.  But if the season is like this past year, wet, the combinations of seed treatments did a much better job and at the higher rates.  There have been lots of questions over the past few days on what fungicides to apply; what rates to use; and are insecticides always necessary.  Here we try to parse it all out for you. To read more about soybean seed treatments, go to







Farmland Value Projected to be Flat, or Decrease in 2014 – Barry Ward

While cropland values in Ohio increased in 2012 and 2013, they are expected to remain flat or even decline in 2014, an economist from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) said. Ohio cropland value rose 12 percent this year, with bare cropland averaging $5,600 an acre, said Barry Ward, production business management leader for Ohio State University Extension. Rents at the low end of the market may have some upside potential yet as they catch up. Rents at the high end of the market will be sticky as operators may be reluctant to ask for relief after one year of low prices for fear of losing part of their land base.” “Projected budgets for Ohio’s primary crops for 2014 show the potential for little to no profits,” Ward said. “Cash rental rates will move based on where they are in relation to the current market.”  To read more, go to







Farm Management Course for Women- Annie’s Project – (6 sessions starting January 15) – Union County Extension office

Women in agriculture who are interested in taking a more active role in farm operations may sign up for Annie’s Project, a multi-part risk-management course offered by Ohio State University Extension. The workshop is being sponsored by OSU Extension offices in Champaign, Delaware and Union counties. The six-week workshop will be held at the Union County Extension Office beginning January 15, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and running consecutive Wednesdays through February 19th.  For more information, go to







Properly Applying Manure on Frozen Ground – Amanda Douridas

As a result of the frequent rains, harvest has lasted longer this year. The late harvest and wet weather may have put a halt to a lot of the planned manure applications this fall. Now, many may be considering waiting until a solid freeze to reduce compaction in the field. This is still an option for Union and Champaign county residents because we are not in a designated distressed watershed. For permitted facilities, approval must be obtained from the Ohio Department of Agriculture before applying to frozen ground. To continue reading this article, go to







Mark A. Badertscher

Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator

OSU Extension Hardin County

1021 W. Lima Street, Suite 103, Kenton, OH 43326

419-674-2297 Office