February 10, 2019

Good evening,

Things are heating up as far as Extension programs go.  If you haven’t started penciling in dates on your calendar, now is the time to do so in order that you don’t miss out on several learning opportunities coming your way.  Our final Conservation Tillage Club breakfast will be Tuesday, February 19 at the Plaza Inn Restaurant in Mt. Victory starting at 7:30 am.  “Ag Technology” will be the topic of an interactive panel presentation delivered by the Ridgemont FFA.  See the attached article for more details.  There will be six OSU Extension state specialists coming to Hardin County on Thursday, February 21 for an “Ohio Intensive Soybean Management Workshop” which will be held at the Extension office in Kenton.  This all-day workshop will begin at 9:00 am and end at 3:30 pm.  The end goal is to make you a more profitable soybean producer.  See the attached article and flyer for more information about how to register online at go.osu.edu/hardinsoybean by the 14th of February.  Because this event has lunch, refreshments, books, and bulletins, there is a fee of $35 that can be paid at the door.

February 19 Conservation Tillage Club Breakfast News Release

Soybean Intensive Management Workshop News Release

Soybean Workshop Flyer

The Hardin County Horse Banquet is coming up Saturday, February 23 at 6:30 pm.  This event will be held at the Kenton Moose Lodge.  Doors will open at 5:30 pm for a silent auction to raise funds for a scholarship.  Banquet tickets this year are $10.00 for adults and $8.00 for youth under 18 years of age.  Children age 6 and under are admitted free.  Tickets are available until February 20 from the following Hardin County Horse Club Advisors or committee members: Jolene Buchenroth, Jonda Cole, Wendy Hooker, Ashley Haudenshield, Alesia Martin, as well as reservations taken at the Extension office.  The Conservation Tillage Conference (CTC) is coming up March 5-6 at Ohio Northern University in Ada.  Check out the attached Ohio No-Till News and the flyer for more information about this annual agronomy conference held here in the county.  Be sure to register for this conference by the early bird deadline of February 21 to get the best rate.

Horse Banquet News Release

Ohio No-Till News

Conservation Tillage Conference Flyer

Other events coming up in the area include eFields meetings for Northwest Ohio February 20 in Wauseon and for Western Ohio February 28 in Piqua.  Both of these meetings will include information about the on-farm research studies conducted in Hardin County.  See the attached flyers for more details if you are interested in making the trip.  I have copies of the eFields books available at the Extension office if you would like a copy to review the statewide results of this OSU Extension research conducted in partnership with local farmers.  Other programs include a Livestock Mortality Composting Clinic in Darke County on February 20 at 7:00 pm and a two-day Soil Health Workshop being held February 27 and March 1 in Auglaize County.  Upcoming local meetings include Cattle Producers tonight (2/11) at Allmax Software in Kenton starting at 7:30 pm; Sheep Improvement Association tomorrow night (2/12) at the Extension office starting at 7:30 pm; Soil and Water Conservation District at the SWCD office February 21 starting at 7:30 am; and the Hardin County Dairy Banquet at the Plaza Inn February 23 starting at noon.  I hope to see you soon at one of these events.  Until then, I have included some ag crops articles for you to read.

Northwest Ohio eFields Flyer

Western Ohio eFields Flyer

Livestock Mortality Composting Flyer

Soil Health Workshop Flyer









Weather Outlook – Jim Noel

The weather and climate pattern has been on a real roller coaster ride and it is expected to continue right into spring. Currently, the climate models are struggling to deal with the ocean conditions in the Pacific Ocean. Most models have been forecasting an El Nino this winter into spring and it just has not happened as of this time. In addition, without an El Nino or La Nina going on, this creates greater uncertainty in our weather and climate. It appears this may at least last into early spring. Go to https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2019-03/weather-outlook to read more about the weather outlook.







The LL-GT27 soybean – what’s legal? – Mark Loux

We are starting to see the availability of soybean varieties with more than two herbicide resistance traits, which can expand the herbicide options, improve control, and allow multiple site of action tank mixes that reduce the rate of selection for resistance.  One of these is the Enlist soybean, with resistance to glyphosate, glufosinate, and 2,4-D.  As of this writing, full approval for the Enlist soybean is still being held up by the Philippines (because they can apparently).  The other is the LL-GT27 soybean, which has resistance to glyphosate, glufosinate, and isoxaflutole (Balance).  Read more about these new types of soybeans at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2019-03/ll-gt27-soybean-%E2%80%93-what%E2%80%99s-legal.






Learn More about eFields at Regional Meetings – Elizabeth Hawkins

The Ohio State Digital Ag team is hosting four regional eFields meetings this month. Join us to learn more about the eFields program and results we are seeing across the state. Each meeting will feature presentations highlighting local trials including seeding rate, nutrient management, and crop management. There will be a panel discussion featuring cooperating farmers who are conducting on-farm research with Ohio State Extension. We would also like to hear from you about what topics you are interested in seeing in eFields in the future. Find out more about these upcoming eFields meetings at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2019-03/learn-more-about-efields-regional-meetings.






Cover Crop Resources from Purdue – Alan Sundermeier

Purdue has recently published cover crop recipes intended to provide a starting point for farmers who are new to growing cover crops.  With experience, farmers may fine-tune the use of cover crops for their systems.  Additional Purdue resources are also listed: Post Soybean, Going to Corn: Use Oats/Radish (Indiana Cover Crop Recipe series, MCCC-101/AY-357-W) — available from www.mccc.msu.edu select states/provinces, then Indiana.  For more cover crops resources, click on https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2019-03/cover-crop-resources-purdue.






Ohio Intensive Soybean Management Workshop – Hardin County – Mark Badertscher

This past crop season was a good year for soybean production across the state.  The weather cooperated and yields were high.  However with the lower soybean prices, intensive management practices become more important to produce a successful crop.  Several OSU Extension state specialists will be spending the day on Thursday, February 21 in Hardin County to share information with farmers in a small group hands-on workshop being held at the OSU Extension office, 1021 W Lima Street in Kenton.  The workshop will begin at 9:00 am and conclude by 3:30 pm.  This soybean workshop is open to soybean producers from across Ohio.  Go to https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2019-03/ohio-intensive-soybean-management-workshop-hardin-county for more details.




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 1, 2019

Good evening,

Hopefully we will soon be over this cold spell.  Along with the snow this morning, it affected our Ag Council breakfast attendance so I have extra copies of the OSU eFields books.  For those of you who were unable to attend the past Conservation Tillage Club breakfast meeting, we had a good program for our Grain Marketing Outlook and I have included an article about it.  Our next breakfast meeting is coming up February 5 at the Plaza Inn Restaurant in Mt. Victory starting at 7:30 am.  You won’t want to miss OSU Extension state specialist Dr. Pierce Paul discussing Corn Diseases and how to manage them.  If you are still on the fence about whether to attend, I have also included an article and flyer promoting this upcoming event.  I have attached a copy of our Northwest Region Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Newsletter that was supposed to arrive in mailboxes in early January.  It has Extension programs for this winter for Hardin, as well as counties northwest of us.  It turned out to be a nice publication so make sure you check it out.

January 22 Conservation Tillage Club News Release

February 5 Conservation Tillage Club News Release

Conservation Tillage Club Flyer

Northwest Region Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Newsletter

There is a “Lunch and Learn” Women for the Land program on February 27 at the Extension office focusing on Nutrient Management.  See the attached flyer and contact the Soil and Water Conservation District office at 419-673-7238, extension 3 if you know someone who would like to attend.  The Hardin County Dairy Banquet will be the first of seven winter livestock banquets scheduled for this year.  It will be held Saturday, February 23 at the Plaza Inn Restaurant beginning at noon.  This year the Dairy Service Unit is also encouraging Dairy Beef Feeder project families to attend with Jr. Fair exhibitor discounted tickets and eligibility for scholarships.  See the attached news releases for information about how to get a ticket and read about the other winter livestock banquets coming up so you can put them on your calendar.  Are you a budding or experienced gardener?  If so, you may be interested in our upcoming Regional Master Gardener Volunteer Training Course coming up in March and April at the OSU Lima Campus.  See the attached article and flyer for more details and help spread the word as we need more horticulture volunteers in the county.

Lunch and Learn Women for the Land Flyer

Dairy Banquet News Release

Livestock Banquet Season News Release

New Master Gardener Volunteer Course News Release

Allen-Hardin MGV Class Flyer

Other upcoming events that you might be interested in include the Allen County Ag Outlook on February 7 in Lima.  The program includes a speaker on the grain market forecast, phosphorus and run-off data from farm fields, and a farm bill update.  See the attached news release for registration information.  A Dicamba-Specific Training is being provided by Monsanto on February 20 from 9:00-11:00 am at the Plaza Inn Restaurant.  This training is required each year for anyone applying dicamba to Xtend soybeans.  Go to https://pested.osu.edu/DicambaTraining to register for either this training or the other area ones including one coming up the same week in Findlay.  A request I have is that the Goshen Township Extension Rainfall Reporter has decided to retire from collecting rainfall amounts this coming year.  I will need to find a new person to take this over from April 15-October 15.  It involves writing down daily rainfall amounts throughout the growing season and then sending this data sheet to the Extension office at the end of the month.  I will provide this person with a special rain gage for this purpose.  Let me know if you live in Goshen Township or have a neighbor who might be interested.  Other than that, enjoy the warming trend and take a look at the ag crops articles below.

2019 Allen County Ag Outlook News Release 



Winter Application of Manure – Glen Arnold

This past fall was particularly tough on livestock producers and commercial manure applicators trying to land apply livestock manure. Weather conditions were warmer and wetter than normal with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) station at South Charleston recording 32 days with measurable rainfall totaling 9.91 inches in November and December. In these same two months, the OARDC station at Hoytville recorded 24 days with measurable rainfall totaling 6.04 inches. The wet weather prevented many acres of cover crops being planted and has severely limited the number of days that field conditions were dry enough or frozen enough for manure application equipment to operate.  To read about the rules and regulations with winter application of manure, go to https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2019-01/winter-application-manure.


2018 Northwest Ohio Corn Silage Test – Rich Minyo, Bill Widdicombe, Allen Geyer, Peter Thomison

In 2018, 63 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 trials were divided into two maturity groups designated early and full season 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).  Read about the corn silage test results at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2019-01/2018-northwest-ohio-corn-silage-test.


2019 Outlook Meetings to be held Across Ohio – Amanda Douridas

Ohio State University Extension is pleased to announce the 2019 Agricultural Outlook Meetings! In 2019, there will be seven locations in Ohio. Each location will have a presentation on Commodity Prices- Today’s YoYo. Additional topics vary by location and include U.S. Trade Policy: Where is it Headed, Examining the 2019 Ohio Farm Economy, Weather Outlook, Dairy Production Economics Update, Beef and Dairy Outlook, Consumer Trends, and Farm Tax Update. Join the faculty from Ohio State University Extension and Ohio State Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Developmental Economics as they discuss the issues and trends affecting agriculture in Ohio. For more information, click on https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2019-02/2019-outlook-meetings-be-held-across-ohio.


Changes to labeling for Engenia (BASF), XtendiMax (Monsanto) and FeXapan (DuPont) for 2019 – Greg LaBarge

Both commercial and private applicators should note changes to labeling for Engenia (BASF), XtendiMax (Monsanto) and FeXapan (DuPont) for 2019. If these products will be part of your 2019 herbicide program, please review the revised labels and requirements. Of special note is the change that only license applicators can purchase, mix, load, apply or clean application equipment removing the “supervision by a certified applicator” option for these products.  Find out more information about the changes to the dicamba label for soybeans at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2019-02/changes-labeling-engenia-basf-xtendimax-monsanto-and-fexapan.


Northern Ohio Crops Day – Allen Gahler

Northern Ohio Crops Day, held annually on the first Thursday in February at Ole Zim’s Wagon Shed near Gibsonburg, Ohio in Sandusky County is all set for another outstanding program that the progressive grain crop producer will not want to miss. Thursday, February 7, 2019, the program will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a look at fungicide use in alfalfa led by Jason Hartschuh, Ag Educator in Crawford County.  Alan Sundermeier, Ag Educator in Wood County will then provide an update on the status of palmer amaranth and waterhemp in the area along with management strategies.  A discussion on temperature inversions and their impact on our spray practices will be led by OSU Extension climatologist Aaron Wilson. To read more about this event, go to https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2019-02/northern-ohio-crops-day.


The Ohio State University

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 11, 2019

Good evening,

Welcome to a new year of meetings and programs. I hope you were able to attend our first Conservation Tillage Club breakfast meeting held this past Tuesday on controlling pigweeds. If you were unable to attend, there is a West Central Ohio Weed Science Day coming up next week on January 17 in Mercer County. There will also be an industry required dicamba training provided by BASF that you can use to meet this yearly requirement if you plan to apply Xtendimax, Engenia, or FeXapan on soybeans. Lunch will be included in this day-long program, so if you are interested in attending, make sure you read the attached news release and flyer for details. You will need to contact Denny Reithman at the Mercer County Extension office (419-586-2179) to register so he can have a lunch count. All attendees also receive a free 2019 Weed Control Guide. I have also attached information about the revised label for these dicamba products effective starting in 2019.

West Central Ohio Weed Science Day News Release

2019 West Central Weed Science Day Flyer

Dicamba-Precautions for 2019

One of the new requirements for using dicamba on soybean in 2019 is that the person doing the mixing and spraying must be a licensed pesticide applicator and not just someone working under the person who holds the license. Because of this new requirement, there may be new people on the farm who need an Ohio Pesticide Applicator License. I have scheduled a new pesticide applicator class on January 29 at the Hardin County Extension office from 12:30-4:30 pm. See the attached news release and flyer for details about how to register for this class. The next Conservation Tillage Club breakfast is January 22 at the Plaza Inn featuring a Grain Marketing Outlook by Bailey Elchinger of INTL FC Stone. See the attached flyer for more information about this breakfast meeting. If you are looking for a listing of upcoming OSU Extension programs in the region, be sure to read the attached Top of Ohio Agriculture and Natural Resources Newsletter. You may want to save it for future reference.

New Pesticide Applicator Class News Release

New Pesticide Applicator Class Flyer

Conservation Tillage Club Flyer

2019 Top of Ohio ANR Winter Newsletter

Other programs in the region that are coming up include a few grain marketing classes in Fayette, Champaign, Miami, and Darke counties starting this month. See the two attached grain marketing flyers for more information about these educational opportunities. If you are involved with specialty crop production, you won’t want to miss the Southern Ohio Specialty Crop Conference on February 5. See the attached brochure and register as soon as possible because this event sells out most years. Upcoming local events in Hardin County include County Fair Livestock and Sale Committee meetings on Wednesday, January 16 starting at 6:30 pm at the fair office, Soil and Water Conservation District meeting Thursday, January 17 starting at 7:30 am at the SWCD office, and a Pork Producers meeting Tuesday, January 22 starting at 6:30 pm at the Ag Credit office. Stay warm and take a look at the ag crops articles that I have included for you to read below.

Grain Marketing Classes Fayette-Champaign Flyer

Grain Marketing Classes Miami-Darke Flyer

Southern Ohio Specialty Crop Conference Brochure








Results of the Ohio Crop Performance Trials Available Online – Laura Lindsey, Mark Sulc, Peter Thomison
The purpose of the Ohio Crop Performance Trials is to evaluate cultivars, hybrids, and blends for yield, and other characteristics. The results are published to provide a source of objective information from various locations in Ohio on the relative performance of seed currently available to Ohio farmers on several crops. Results of the 2018 corn, forage, soybean and wheat performance trials conducted by The Ohio State University Horticulture and Crop Department are available online at https://u.osu.edu/perf/. This web page also provides a link to archives of corn, forage, silage, soybean, and wheat trials. When results of the 2018 Corn Silage Test are finalized, those results will be added to this web page.






2018 eFields Research Report Available January 9th – Elizabeth Hawkins, John Fulton, Jenna Lee
High quality, relevant information is key to making the right management decisions for your farm. The eFields program at The Ohio State University was created to provide local information about critical issues for Ohio agriculture. The 2018 eFields Research Report highlighting 95 on-farm, field scale trials conducted in 25 Ohio counties will be released on January 9th. Research topics include nutrient management, precision seeding, crop management, soil compaction management, remote sensing, and data analysis and management. To help identify trial locations that are similar to your operation, each study includes information about weather, soil types, and management practices. Additionally, economic analysis was added to select trials this year. QR codes that link to videos featuring the researchers and partner farmers are available in the report. To find out how to download your copy of this research that includes three Hardin County trials, click on https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2019-01/2018-efields-research-report-available-january-9th.






Conservation Tillage Club Breakfast Series – Mark Badertscher
The 2019 Conservation Tillage Club breakfast program series will begin on Tuesday, January 8 at the Plaza Inn Restaurant in Mt. Victory. Each session will start at 7:30 am with a complimentary buffet breakfast followed by the program at 8:00 am. Other sessions will be held on January 22, February 5 and 19. On January 8, the program will feature Dr. Mark Loux, OSU Extension State Specialist in Weed Science speaking on No Pigweed Left Behind. The January 22 program will feature Bailey Elchinger, an INTL FC Stone, Risk Management Consultant with Grains. Her presentation will focus on the 2019 Grain Marketing Outlook. February 5 Dr. Pierce Paul, OSU Extension State Specialist in Corn and Small Grain Diseases will speak to the Conservation Tillage Club about Corn Diseases. The February 19 program will feature an interactive panel discussion of “Agriculture in 2030: A Look at Innovation through the Next Generation’s Eyes” presented by the Ridgemont FFA chapter. For more details about these upcoming breakfast programs, go to https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2019-01/conservation-tillage-club-breakfast-series.






West Ohio Agronomy Day – Debbie Brown
The 2019 West Ohio Agronomy Day will be held on Monday, January 14th at St. Michael’s Hall in Fort Loramie. A light breakfast will be available starting at 8 a.m. with a marketing update from Cargill and Sunrise Cooperative at 8:30 a.m. Once again, Purdue’s Dr. Fred Whitford will be there, this time to talk about “Mixing Chemicals: Is there a right order?” Also presenting will be Dr. Pierce Paul, OSU Plant Pathology on “Plant Diseases,” Dr. Kelley Tilmon, OSU Entomology with a “Field Crop Insect Update,” and Dr. Jeff Stachler, OSU Extension Educator addressing “Management of Key Weeds” and “Principles of Weed Management.” In addition, Dr. Elizabeth (Libby) Dayton, OSU Research Scientist will be updating us on the “On-Field Ohio: Use Case for the Revised Ohio Phosphorus Risk Index” and Alan Sundermeier, OSU Extension Educator will be talking about “Using Cover Crops to Manage No-Till Soil Fertility” and “Is Your Soil Alive?” Read more at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2018-41/west-ohio-agronomy-day.






West Central Ohio Weed Science Day – Dennis Riethman
Mercer County OSU Extension will host the 2019 West Central Ohio Weed Science Day. The program will be held on January 17, 2019, at the Knights of St. John Hall, 8608 St. Rt. 119, Maria Stein, Ohio, beginning at 9:00 a.m. The program will address the current weed situation in area fields along with weed identification and understanding herbicide site of action. Dr. Jeff Stachler, Auglaize County OSU Extension educator, and Harold Watters, OSU Extension Agronomic Crop Specialist, will be discussing Weed ID, Herbicide Site of Action and Weed Management Stategies. Peggy Hall, Director, OSU Agricultural & Resource Law Program, will also give an explanation of the Noxious Weed Law. Finish reading about this article at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2019-01/west-central-ohio-weed-science-day.




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 21, 2018

Good evening,

It’s been a month since I last sent out the Hardin County Agriculture and Natural Resources Update.  Since then I have been the editor for the C.O.R.N. Newsletter in November and December.  Harvest in the county is mostly done with the exception of a few corn and soybean fields.  How well did this year’s crops do?  I have included both an OSU soybean performance trials and an OSU corn performance trials news release that compares the various varieties on test.  Did you hear about Hardin County sheep producer Dave Burkhart receiving the Ohio Master Shepherd Award?  He received this honor from the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association in Wooster on December 1.  I have attached a copy of the news release that you can read to find out more about this special honor.

OSU Soybean Performance Trials

OSU Corn Performance Trials

Ohio Master Shepherd Award News Release

With the onset of the holiday season, we will soon be in winter meetings.  We’ve been working to plan this year’s Conservation Tillage Club breakfast series which will be held at the Plaza Inn Restaurant in Mt. Victory.  The dates of the breakfast meetings are January 8 (Weed Control), January 22 (Grain Marketing Outlook), February 5 (Corn Diseases), and February 19 (Ag Technology).  Breakfast will begin at 7:30 am with the program at 8:00 am.  See the attached news release and flyer for more details about the presentations and speakers.  The meals are provided courtesy of area agribusinesses and ag lenders.  These Conservation Tillage Club meetings are a joint effort of OSU Extension, SWCD, NRCS, and the Ridgemont FFA.  I hope to see you there.

Conservation Tillage Club News Release

Conservation Tillage Club Flyer

Other events coming up around the region include a Farm Management School held in Darke County starting January 3, a Farmer and Farmland Owner Income Tax Webinar held January 7, and the Precision University focusing on In-season decisions held January 9 in Madison County.  See the attached flyers for details about these educational opportunities as well as registration procedures.  Local events coming up in the next couple of weeks include Hardin County Jr. Fair Beef Weigh-ins December 29 from 8:00 am-10:00 am at the fairgrounds. More information about this event can be found at https://hardin.osu.edu/news/jr-fair-steer-registration-and-weigh-0.  With the closing of Henry’s Restaurant in Kenton, the next Ag Council will be held Friday, January 4 at the Extension office starting at 7:30 am.  I plan to have information about farm taxes and breakfast for those who attend.  Until the next time, enjoy the holidays and take time to read the ag crops articles below.

Farm Management School Flyer

Farmer and Farmland Owner Income Tax Webinar

Precision University Flyer










2018 Ohio Corn Performance Test: Regional Overviews – Rich Minyo, Allen Geyer, David Lohnes, Peter Thomison

In 2018, 192 corn hybrids representing 24 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. To finish reading this article, go to https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2018-40/2018-ohio-corn-performance-test-regional-overviews.






2018 Forage Performance Trials Available – Mark Sulc, John McCormick

The 2018 Ohio Forage Performance Trials Report is available online at https://u.osu.edu/perf/. The report summarizes forage yield data collected from forage variety trials in Ohio during 2018, including commercial varieties of alfalfa planted from 2015 to 2017 (3 trials), annual ryegrass planted in September 2017 (1 trial) and cover crops planted in September 2017 (1 trial). The trials summarize yield performance of 34 alfalfa varieties and 11 annual ryegrass varieties. The cover crop trial summarizes stand establishment and ground cover development in the fall after a mid-September seeding in 2017 and winter injury, ground cover and spring biomass production in the spring 2018 of 22 cover crop varieties including rape, turnip, annual ryegrass, radish, Balansa clover, winter pea, and hairy vetch.






Transitional No-Till – Alan Sundermeier

Transitional no-till represents the years from the beginning of no-till until the soil is truly transformed to have no-till characteristics. The number of years required to complete the transition can be shortened by practices such as cover cropping, adding manure or compost, utilizing diverse crop rotations, and maintaining crop residue on the soil surface. In research, the results during the transition are important and critical to understand the soil dynamics; however, the results should not be referred to as “no-till” until the soil has reached the biological, physical, and chemical status of true no-till. Go to https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2018-41/transitional-no-till to read more about transitional no-till.






Register Now! Precision U: In-Season Decisions – Elizabeth Hawkins, John Barker, Trey Colley, Amanda Douridas, Ken Ford, John Fulton, Mary Griffith, Jenna Lee

Digital agriculture, combining multiple data sources with advanced crop and environmental analyses to provide support for on-farm decision making, continues to change and advance our industry. Data and digital technologies can provide insights and opportunities to improve crop management by responding to each season’s unique conditions. Next month, The Ohio State University Extension and the Digital Ag team at OSU are hosting “Precision University: In-Season Decisions” to help you understand the opportunities and challenges of using data and tools to help make crop management decisions throughout the season. Go to https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2018-40/register-now-precision-u-season-decisions to read more about Precision U,






Central Ohio Precision Ag Symposium – John Barker

The Central Ohio Precision Ag Symposium will be held on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at All Occasions Catering, 6986 Waldo-Delaware Road, Waldo, Ohio from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s program will feature the most current technologies available in precision agriculture. These topics will be shared by some of the leading university and industry Precision Ag experts. This year’s program opens with a discussion regarding where we are in Precision Ag today – “The Adoption of Precision Ag Technologies” – Jack Zemlicka, Ag Division Content Director Lessiter Media and ends with a look into the crystal ball – “The Future of Precision Ag” – Dr. Scott Shearer, The Ohio State University. Data management is a “hot topic” in today precision agriculture.  Dr. John Fulton will share his insights on “Data Considerations in Today’s Crop Production.”  Go to https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2018-40/central-ohio-precision-ag-symposium to read more about this event.



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




November 21, 2018

Good evening,

It’s almost time to gather for Thanksgiving dinner but before that happens, I wanted to get this issue of the Hardin County Agriculture and Natural Resources Update out.  As harvest winds down, the meeting season will soon be upon us.  The American Farmland Trust, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service of Ohio, and Hardin Soil Water Conservation District have joined together to announce three women-dedicated learning circle sessions in northern Ohio.  These workshops will focus on soil health, water quality, and specialty cropping systems for women farmers and land owners.  Learning Circles provide women the opportunity to meet other land owners, share their farm successes and challenges, discuss their goals for their land and access advice and technical assistance.  The first session is coming up November 29 at Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative in Kenton so see the attached news release for details about how to register by November 27 if you or someone you know is interested in attending.

WFL AFT Press Release WLEB Three Sessions

The Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame has announced that Jan Layman, Sanford and Paul McCurdy, Gary and Carol Oates, and Gary Shick will be inducted at the 2018 Ag Hall of Fame Banquet being held Tuesday, December 4 at St. John’s Evangelical Church in Kenton.  I have attached a news release that outlines these outstanding individuals’ contributions to agriculture.  Call the Extension office by November 26 at 419-674-2297 to reserve your tickets to this event.  Tickets cost $12 and can be paid for at the door or purchased from committee members: Dustin McCullough, Robert McBride, Ruth Oates, Kerry Oberlitner, Gary Harpster, Steve Poling, Luke Underwood, Robert Wood, and Mark Badertscher.  We hope you will attend to honor these new members of the Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame.

2018 Ag Hall of Fame News Release

Starting in 2019, beef producers will need to have Beef Quality Assurance training to have full market access.  There are several trainings coming up for producers to become certified for a 3-year period.  BQA trainings are scheduled for Hardin and Putnam Counties on December 6 at 7:00 pm, and both Auglaize and Darke Counties on December 10 at other times during the day.  See the attached news release and flyers for more information on the times and locations for these trainings.  The Ohio No-Till Conference will be taking place on December 11 at Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City.  I have attached a copy of the conference agenda and registration information if you are able to attend this event.  According to the Ohio Crop Weather reports from USDA, 82% of the corn and 88% of the soybeans have now been harvested in Ohio.  I have attached the reports for November 13 and 19 for your viewing as I estimate that both of these numbers are close to what has been completed in Hardin County.  Fields continue to be soft, so farmers are most likely waiting for the ground to freeze before finishing if it does not become fit before then.  As usual, I have included some ag crops articles for your reading.  Have a nice holiday.

Beef Quality Assurance News Release

Beef Quality Assurance Flyer – Auglaize

Beef Quality Assurance Flyer – Hardin and Putnam

Beef Quality Assurance Flyer – Darke

No Till Conf December 11 2018

November 13 Ohio Crop Weather Report

November 19 Ohio Crop Weather Report




 Inversion and Drift Mitigation – Workshop on December 14 – Cindy Folck

Recognizing weather conditions that could cause inversions is important when using certain herbicides in corn and soybeans. On December 14, join a discussion about recognizing inversions as well as ways to improve communication between farmers growing sensitive crops and pesticide applicators. Inversion and Drift Management Workshop, presented by the Ohio State University Extension IPM program will be conducted on December 14 from 10 a.m. to noon. Farmers and pesticide applicators can attend the workshop in-person at the Ohio Department of Agriculture, 8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 or attend virtually through the online webinar link. Read more at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2018-39/inversion-and-drift-mitigation-workshop-december-14.


 CCA Exam Registration Open thru December 14th! – Harold Watters

Exam registration for the February 1, 2019 exam date is open now through December 14th. Interested in becoming a Certified Crop Adviser or becoming certified in one of the specialty certifications (4R Nutrient Management Specialty, Resistance Management Specialist, Sustainability Specialty, and new in 2019 is the Precision Agriculture Specialty)? Find Performance Objectives, registration, and other materials for all exams on the CCA Exam website: https://www.certifiedcropadviser.org/exams. The OSU Agronomic Crops Team offers a basic CCA exam preparation workshop on January 9 and 10 in Sidney Ohio. We provide presentations and guidance on how and what to study for the exam – our goal is to help you pass, but at the same time show you where you may be deficient and need a little more study. The price for the exam preparation class is $250. Secure on-line registration via credit card, debit card or check is available at: http://go.osu.edu/Reg2019class. We are almost full, so reserve your spot soon. Want more information? Contact Harold Watters at watters.35@osu.eduor by phone 937-604-2415.


 2018 Ohio NoTIll Conference December 11 – Alan Sundermeier

The annual Ohio NoTill Conference will be held on December 11, 2018 at the Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City, Ohio.  The program starts at 9 am – 4 pm.  Cost is $40.  To register and prepay go to https://ohionotillcouncil.com/. Topics include: Nutrient Application in NoTill; Carbon, Nitrogen, Phosphorus Cycle; Deep Placement of Fertilizer with Strip-till; Cover Crops- It’s All About Timing; Conservation Benefits for Landowners; Digital Ag Apps; and more.


2019 West Ohio Agronomy Day – Monday, January 14 Debbie Brown

The 2019 West Ohio Agronomy Day will be held on Monday, January 14th at St. Michael’s Hall in Fort Loramie.  A light breakfast will be available starting at 8 a.m. with a marketing update from Cargill and Sunrise Cooperative at 8:30 a.m.  At 9 a.m. the program including Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification credits (Core and Categories 1, 2, and 6) and the one-hour Fertilizer Applicator Recertification Training for those who are already certified to apply commercial fertilizers will begin.  In addition, Certified Crop Advisor CEUs (NM, SW, IPM, CM, and S) have been approved and Commercial Pesticide Applicator Credits in Core, 2A, and 2C have been applied for.  Continue reading about the West Ohio Agronomy Day at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2018-39/2019-west-ohio-agronomy-day-monday-january-14.


Living Soil Film Released – Alan Sundermeier

The Soil Health Institute released Living Soil, a 60-minute documentary about soil health featuring innovative farmers and soil health experts from throughout the U.S. The film is freely available to download and stream at www.livingsoilfilm.com. Living Soil captures the background of the current soil health movement and its momentum, beginning with painful images of the Dust Bowl, and then transitions to personal experiences of innovative women and men who are managing their land to enhance soil health. The film features rural and urban farmers from Maryland to California, selling everything from corn to bouquets, united by their care for the soil. The Soil Health Institute (www.soilhealthinstitute.org) is a non-profit whose mission is to safeguard and enhance the vitality and productivity of soil through scientific research and advancement.



The Ohio State University

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





November 9, 2018

Good afternoon,

The weather has continued to keep combines out of the field for the most part.  I have seen a few fields of corn being shelled this week, but with the wet field conditions most have held back.  Statewide, USDA estimates that 70 percent of the corn is harvested and 82% of the soybeans are harvested in Ohio.  Rainfall was reported 1.96 inches in Findlay and 2.15 inches in Lima according to attached November 5 Ohio Crop and Weather Report.  Storage has been an issue for some farmers, as grain bins that haven’t been used in a while have been repurposed or rented to others for use.  I have attached a copy of an article written by Auglaize County Extension Educator Jeff Stachler providing tips for storing corn to prevent loss from molds and insects.

Crop Weather Report

Corn Storage News Release

As deer gun season approaches this fall, keep an eye out for deer crossing the roads.  More will be moving with the corn fields being harvested and as we move into the rut period in Ohio.  Champaign County Extension is holding a Deer Processing Workshop on December 4 in St. Paris.  Auglaize County Extension is planning a New Pesticide Applicator training for December 10 in Wapakoneta.  See the attached flyers for more information if you are interested.  The Ohio No-Till Conference will be December 11 at Der Dutchman in Plain City.  See the attached Oho No-Till News for an article about this year’s event.

2018 Deer Processing Flyer

New PAT Flyer

Ohio No-Till News

Upcoming events in Hardin County include a Men’s Garden Club meeting Monday, November 12 starting at 6:30 pm at Dave McPheron’s home near Kenton.  There is a Sheep Improvement Association meeting Tuesday, November 13 starting at 7:30 pm in the Extension office.  The Soil and Water Conservation District is meeting Thursday, November 15 starting at 7:30 am in the SWCD office.  The Ag Hall of Fame committee is also meeting Thursday, November 15 starting at 6:30 pm in the Extension office.  The 2018 Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame Banquet will be held December 4 starting at 6:30 pm in St. John’s Evangelical Church in Kenton.  More information about that event is coming soon so make sure you put the date on your calendar.  See below for ag crops articles for you to read as we hope to finish harvest soon as conditions permit.




 Sampling for Soybean Cyst Nematode – Fall is the time! – Anne Dorrance

As we wait another week for the fields to dry out, this provides some time to sample soil for the SCN populations. The SCN Coalition theme for the next few years is What’s your number? Do you know where SCN is in your fields and what the current population is sitting at? If its high, then there is a second number – what is the SCN type? Which addresses the bigger question can it reproduce on the SCN resistance source PI 88788 or Peking. All of these numbers can impact management of this root pathogen and future losses. To read more about testing for SCN, go to https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2018-38/sampling-soybean-cyst-nematode-%E2%80%93-fall-time.


2018 Ohio Corn Performance Test Preliminary Results Now Available On-Line – Rich Minyo, Peter Thomison, Allen Geyer

Results from the 2018 Ohio Corn Performance Test are now available on line at: http://oardc.osu.edu/corntrials. Single and multi-year agronomic data is currently available for the Southwest / West Central and North Central / Northeast regions. Upper Sandusky will be harvested when field conditions allow. Results for Upper Sandusky and the Northwest region summary will be updated immediately after harvest. The results can be accessed by following the links on the left side of the page.  Information regarding the growing season, evaluation procedures and traits will be available soon.  Additional hybrids will be added as soon as marketing information becomes available, as will the combined regional tables (which are especially helpful in assessing hybrid performance across locations).



Variable Rate Corn Seeding Considerations – Alexander Lindsey, Peter Thomison, Emerson Nafziger

As producers are planning their seed needs for next year, it is important to think about acreage, hybrids, and seeding rates. Finding the best corn seeding rate is important for efficient production, but the “optimum” corn seeding rate – the one that maximizes profitability – can vary within and among fields with small differences in soils and weather. While adoption of variable rate technology is increasing, there are still questions related to how this technology will impact seeding rates, profitability, and be impacted by yield level compared to using a uniform (or fixed) seeding rate with modern hybrids. In order to help estimate the profitability of variable rate corn seeding in the US Corn Belt, we used results of 93 seeding rate trials in Ohio (2012-2016) to see how variable the response to seeding rates was, and to see if factors like yield level might help us do a better job of setting plant populations.  Finish reading this article at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2018-38/variable-rate-corn-seeding-considerations.


Communicating With Your Landowner Meeting November 15 – Alan Sundermeier

Farmers are invited to attend a public meeting on landowner communication.  November 15 from 9 am – noon at Luckey Farmers, Inc., Woodville, Ohio.  RSVP to Wood SWCD at 419-354-5517.  No cost to attend. Click on https://agcrops.osu.edu/sites/agcrops/files/imce/GLPF%20Flyer%20farmerworkshop%2010%2031%2018%20final.pdf for more information.


FARM: Field Application Resource Monitor – Aaron Wilson

One of the missions of the State Climate Office of Ohio (SCOO; https://climate.osu.edu) is to serve as data stewards to connect Ohioans with the weather and climate information necessary to improve lives. In an effort to provide farmers across the state with sufficient weather guidance, specifically to aid in decisions regarding the application of fertilizer and manure, SCOO has developed FARM, the Field Application Resource Monitor (https://farm.bpcrc.osu.edu/). FARM is a web-based, mobile friendly tool that provides: Real-time high resolution precipitation forecasts to field(s) of interest (up to five locations), Historical precipitation forecasts (back to July 2017), and Daily email notifications if desired (text alerts coming soon). Find out more about this new app at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2018-37/farm-field-application-resource-monitor.


The Ohio State University

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





November 1, 2018


The rainy weather has put the dampers on the grain harvest this week.  According the October 29 Ohio Crop and Weather Report, 75% of the soybeans and 64% of the corn has been harvested in Ohio.  Seventy-nine percent of the winter wheat is in good to excellent condition, with only 16% not  planted at of this late date. For more information about crop status, see the attached USDA report.  Hardin County is mostly done with soybeans except for double crop fields and a few others that were held off on after switching to corn for better harvest conditions.  There remains several corn fields in the county to be shelled, and storage has been an issue in some locations.  Because rainfall is a current issue, I have also attached an article that includes information about a new weather app that OSU has developed to help farmers know when it is okay to spread fertilizer and manure.

Crop and Weather Report

Weather App News Release

With the help of fifteen volunteer rainfall reporters, the Hardin County Extension office has collected unofficial township rainfall data for the past twenty-six consecutive years. The 2018 growing season began with an April rainfall that allowed a good start to the planting season. Rains were spread out through the month which set the tone for the growing season.  See the attached Season Rainfall Summary for more information about monthly rainfall totals and their effect on the crops.  Has the cooler weather brought stink bugs into your home?  If so, I have attached an article about dealing with these pests in the home after they have spent the late summer feeding on soybean pods and other crops.

Season Rainfall 2018 Summary

Stink Bugs

This coming Tuesday, November 6 is election day.  One of the issues on the Hardin County ballot will be the OSU Extension Levy.  This renewal levy provides the local funding for the Hardin County OSU Extension office which is then added to with state and federal funds to provide the services of Agriculture and Natural Resources, 4-H and Youth Development, and Family and Consumer Sciences (including SNAP education) program areas.  For more details, see the Levy Fact Sheet before you head to the polls.  We hope you exercise your right to vote on Tuesday.

Levy Fact Sheet

Upcoming events include a West Central Ohio Dairy Luncheon Series starting November 21 in New Bremen.  See the attached flyer as the November topic will be Parturition Management by Mark Hardesty.  Beef Quality Assurance Training will be held at the Hancock County Agriculture Service Center, November 29, 7:00 – 8:30 pm.  Garth Ruff, Henry County ANR Agent and certified trainer, will be the instructor for the evening.  Any individual attending this class will complete the certification process to sell to local markets such as Producers.  Ag Council breakfast will be held tomorrow morning, Friday, November 2 at Henry’s Restaurant in Kenton starting at 7:00 am.  The Hardin County Ag Society will be holding their reorganization and annual meetings on Saturday, November 3 at the fairgrounds Arts & Crafts Building starting at 7:30 pm.  Farm Bureau will be meeting Tuesday, November 6 at the Christian Missionary Alliance Church in Kenton starting at 6:30 pm.  The Fairboard will also be meeting Wednesday, November 7 at the fair office starting at 7:00 pm.  See below for ag crops articles that you may be interested in reading.

2018-2019 Dairy Luncheon




Wet Weather Ahead – Jim Noel

The weather pattern will support wet weather into the middle of November with a series of storms now every several days. With clay type soils and reduced evaporation this could lead to standing water in fields in the next few weeks. We expect a wet weather system for the middle of this week followed by another next week. November will be marked with above normal rainfall and temperatures trending from near normal to above or much above normal for the second half of the month. Read more at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2018-37/wet-weather-ahead.


Premature Sprouting of Corn Kernels – Pierce Paul, Peter Thomison

We have received several reports of premature corn kernel sprouting across Ohio. The ear in the picture exhibiting premature sprouting was sampled from one of the Ohio Corn Performance Test plots at the NW Research Station and was associated Trichoderma ear rot. In this particular case, the fungus that causes the ear rot produces compounds that stimulates early germination. However, not all ear rots are commonly associated with premature sprouting. In fact, under the right set of conditions, this phenomenon may occur in perfectly healthy ears, without visual disease symptoms. In addition to ear rots, a combination of other factors, including erect ears, bird damage, and wet weather, may contribute to premature sprouting. Finish reading this article at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2018-33/premature-sprouting-corn-kernels.


All Yield Results Available – Laura Lindsey

Yield results from all three regions (north, central, and south) are now available online as a pdf at: https://stepupsoy.osu.edu/soybean-production/variety-selection/ohio-soybean-performance-trial Grain quality results and sortable tables will be available in November. Average yield for the Ohio Soybean Performance Trials by location and trial (early and late) for 2017 and 2018 is shown in the tables. Soybean yield in the north region (Henry and Sandusky County) was much greater in 2018 compared to 2017. (Yield from Henry County was not reported in 2017 due to extremely wet weather causing yield to be variable.) In the central region, soybeans in the early trial yielded greater in 2018 compared to 2018. However, in the late trial, soybean yield slightly decreased in 2018 compared to 2017. Yield in the south region was variable with Preble County yielding less in 2018 compared to 2017 while Clinton County yielded greater in 2018.


Properly Winterizing Sprayers Can Help Mitigate Costly Problems Next Spring – Erdal Ozkan

This is a busy time of year for many farmers, but taking time to winterize your sprayer now can payoff in avoiding problems next spring.  Without proper winterizing before the temperature falls below freezing, you could end up with a pump that is cracked and/or not working at its full capacity.  Here are some important things you need to do with your sprayer this time of the year. Continue reading this article at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2018-36/properly-winterizing-sprayers-can-help-mitigate-costly-problems.


Check Beans for Stink Bug Damage and Plan for Next Year – Kelley Tilmon, Andy Michel

As farmers progress with soybean harvest we encourage you to take a quick look at your grain quality, especially Stink bug damage in soybean at field edges.  We have been receiving reports of the deformed and discolored beans typical of stink bug damage.  If your beans show signs of stink bug damage (or even if they don’t!) consider incorporating stink bug scouting into your management next year, beginning around pod set or early fill.  Stink bugs are scoutable and treatable before damage occurs, and we will provide timely information next season in the CORN newsletter on when and how to monitor for this insect in soybeans.  A quick guide to Ohio stink bugs and their management can be found at https://aginsects.osu.edu/sites/aginsects/files/imce/Stink%20bug%20ID%20card%20ID%209_21_18.pdf.


The Ohio State University

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





October 22, 2018

Good afternoon,

Harvest is progressing as field conditions permit.  There have been many corn acres shelled when soybeans are temporarily put on hold due to weather.  Yield reports are coming in with both soybeans and corn yielding higher than normal.  This past week we were able to harvest both of our corn trials and I also was able to supervise a National Corn Growers Association Yield Contest entry.  See the attached USDA Crop and Weather Reports for October 9, 15 and 22 for more information.  Although crop yields are very good, crop prices continue to be low.  This combined with high input prices has caused cash rents for 2018 to be lower.  I have attached a copy of the Western Ohio Cropland Values and Cash Rents 2017-18.  Make sure you look at Northwest Ohio average cropland numbers for 2018 when you read this OSU fact sheet.  It is put together after surveying individuals so the rates may vary compared to what actually is being paid in your area.

October 9 Crop and Weather Report

October 15 Crop and Weather Report

October 22 Crop and Weather Report

Western Ohio Cropland Values and Cash Rents 2017-18

During the month of September, Extension volunteer rainfall reporters received an average of 3.71 inches of rain.  The most rain for this month, 4.71 inches, fell in McDonald Township, as measured by Jerry Stout.  The least rain reported during the month, 2.10 inches, was reported in Blanchard Township by Nutrien Ag Solutions.  During the same month last year, an average of 1.77 inches of rain fell.  The rainfall recorded in September over the past ten years averaged 3.28 inches.  Read more about how the rainfall affected area crops in the attached September 2018 Rainfall Summary.  I have also included an article about our Hardin County OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers who won a couple state awards at this year’s Ohio Master Gardener Volunteers Conference held in Cincinnati.

September 2018 Rainfall Summary

State Master Gardener Awards News Release

OSU Extension has planned its 55th Annual Income Tax School for Tax Professionals with the closest location being Lima on November 15-16.  December 17 there is an Ag Issues webinar planned that can be watched online or at locations as close as Auglaize and Wyandot counties.  See the attached brochure for registration details for both the schools and webinar if you are interested.  In closing, I would like to remind you of the ag crops articles below that I have included from the CORN Newsletter.

 2018 Tax School Brochure




Harvest Delays Impact Corn Performance – Peter Thomison, Allen Geyer, Rich Minyo

Leaving corn to dry in the field exposes a crop to unfavorable weather conditions, as well as wildlife damage. A crop with weak plant integrity is more vulnerable to yield losses from stalk lodging and ear drop when weathering conditions occur. Additional losses may occur when ear rots reduce grain quality and can lead to significant dockage when the grain is marketed. Some ear rots produce mycotoxins, which may cause major health problems if fed to livestock.  Go to https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2018-35/harvest-delays-impact-corn-performance to read more.


Seed Quality Issues in Soybean – Anne Dorrance

Let’s face it – we’ve had historic rains in parts of Ohio during 2018 and we are now observing many late season issues that come with this.  Seed quality is one of them and the symptoms or warning signs that there could be issues are on the stems.  The stems in some fields are heavily colonized with a mix of disease pathogens that cause Anthracnose, Cercospora, and pod and stem blight.  The bottom line is that all of these diseases can be better managed with higher levels of resistance but ultimately during 2018 – we had a perfect storm, lower levels of resistance combined with higher than normal rainfall conditions and add in the presence of a new insect pest, stink bugs.  Finish reading about seed quality issues in soybean at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2018-34/seed-quality-issues-soybean.


Delayed Wheat Planting – Laura Lindsey, Pierce Paul

Wet weather has delayed wheat planting in many areas of the state. Generally, the best time to plant wheat is the 10-day period starting the day after the fly-free-safe date. When wheat is planted more than 10-days after the fly-free-safe date, there is an increased chance of reduced fall growth and reduced winter hardiness. The effect of planting date on wheat yield is shown in Figure 6-2 of the Ohio Agronomy Guide. (A free pdf of the guide is available here: https://stepupsoy.osu.edu/wheat-production/ohio-agronomy-guide-15th-edition)  You can finish reading this article at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2018-35/delayed-wheat-planting.


Avoid Forage Toxicities After Frosts – Mark Sulc

As cold weather approaches this week, livestock owners need to keep in mind the few forage species that can be extremely toxic soon after a frost. Several species contain compounds called cyanogenic glucosides that are converted quickly to prussic acid (i.e. hydrogen cyanide) in freeze-damaged plant tissues. A few legumes species have an increased risk of causing bloat when grazed after a frost. Each of these risks is discussed in this article along with precautions to avoid them.  Click on https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2018-35/avoid-forage-toxicities-after-frosts to find out more information.


Are Cover Crops for You? Podcast Available – Alan Sundermeier

This podcast is a series of short interviews with farmers and specialists and solving problems on the farm and how cover crops can be a part of the solutions. Episodes include discussion on issues including managing herbicide resistant weeds, improving soil health by reducing compaction and erosion, improving soil organic matter and water holding capacity, and cover crops as a forage. This is a podcast for farmers who may be considering using cover crops and are looking to solve problems on the farm. Episodes focus on practical on-farm solutions and include a variety of different farmers across the Midwest as guest speakers. See an overview of episodes, and listen to the podcast for free online at: http://mccc.msu.edu/podcast-cover-crops/.



The Ohio State University

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





October 9, 2018


It’s been awhile since I sent out a Hardin County Agriculture and Natural Resources Update so I have a lot of information to share.  I will try to keep this edition brief as I am sure many of you are busy with harvest.  The Hardin County Carcass Show of Champions was held on September 12 at Mt. Victory Meats.  I have attached an article and score sheet if you are interested in knowing how the results of the carcass show came out.  Thanks to all the sponsors who made this event possible.  The Dairy Service Unit is currently collecting orders for their fall cheese sale.  See the attached article and order form if you are interested in ordering cheese from this commodity group’s annual fundraiser by October 17 to support dairy youth in the county.

Carcass Show Results News Release

Hardin County Carcass Show 2018

Fall Cheese Sale News Release

Cheese Sale Flyer Fall 2018

I completed the county weed survey on September 14 in the southern part of the county and September 17 in the northern part of the county.  Read the attached article for information about which weeds were found in 175 soybean fields surveyed.  The good news is that 26% of the fields were weed free.  The bad news is that several weeds are becoming resistant and spreading.  Did you nominate anyone for the Agriculture Hall of Fame yet?  Nominations are due October 15 to the Extension office.  Please share the attached application with a family member of someone you think is deserving.  It’s that time of year for our annual Hardin County Sheep Management Tour.  This year our group is visiting sheep farms in the northwestern corner of the state.  I have included the letter sent out with more information about this event coming up the weekend of October 20-21.

County Weed Survey News Release

Ag Hall of Fame Purpose and Nomination Form

Sheep Tour Invitation Letter

We were able to harvest the soybean population test plot this past Monday.  Harvest across the county has progressed in between rains and as field conditions permitted.  See the attached Ohio Crop Weather Reports for September 17, 24, and October 1 for more details.  There are Ag Lender Seminars coming up this month in Urbana, Ottawa, and Wooster.  See that attached brochure for registration information for opportunities to participate.  Finally, the USDA has introduced the Market Facilitation Program in response to tariff retaliation for agricultural commodities.  Check out this brochure to get a summary of these programs that have a sign-up deadline of January 15 at the local FSA office.

Crop Weather 9/17

Crop Weather 9/24

Crop Weather 10/1

Ag Lender Trifold 2018

MFP Brochure

Upcoming events include a Fairboard meeting at the fair office Thursday (10/11) starting at 7:00 pm; and a Soil and Water Conservation District meeting at the SWCD office Thursday (10/18) starting at 7:30 am.  As usual, I have provided some ag crops articles below that you may interested in reading.





Syngenta Corn Seed Settlement Claims Due Oct.12th – Peggy Hall

Those post cards advising producers of a $1.51 billion settlement in the Syngenta corn seed lawsuits are legitimate, and corn producers seeking compensation from the settlement must file claims by 11:59 p.m. on October 12, 2018.  The settlement is the result of class action and individual lawsuits alleging that Syngenta failed to receive import approval from China before selling its genetically modified Viptera and Duracade seeds in the United States, which led to the rejection of U.S. corn shipments and a lowering of corn prices from 2013 to 2018.  To read more, go to https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2018-34/syngenta-corn-seed-settlement-claims-due-oct12th.


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Sprouting Soybeans – Laura Lindsey

We’ve received a few pictures from around the state of green soybean pods splitting and also seed sprouting out of pods. While it is not uncommon to see pre-harvest pod shatter just prior to harvest due to re-wetting of dry pods, the pictures we’ve received have been of soybeans at the R6 growth stage.  Splitting of green pods may be related to the recent warm, wet (high intensity rainfall), and humid weather. (The Western Agricultural Research Station in Clark County had a high temperature of ≥93°F over a three day period in September followed by 3.5 inches of rain in a four day period.) Wet conditions at the R6 growth stage results in a large seed size that may split pods. Go to https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2018-31/sprouting-soybeans to read more of this article.



Stalk Quality Concerns – Peter Thomison, Pierce Paul

Poor stalk quality is being observed and reported in Ohio corn fields. One of the primary causes of this problem is stalk rot. Corn stalk rot, and consequently, lodging, are the results of several different but interrelated factors. The actual disease, stalk rot, is caused by one or more of several fungi capable of colonizing and disintegrating of the inner tissues of the stalk. The most common members of the stalk rot complex are Gibberella zeae, Colletotrichum graminicola, Stenocarpella maydis and members of the genus Fusarium. Read more about stalk quality at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2018-33/stalk-quality-concerns.



Preparation of Grain Bins for Storage of Corn and Soybeans – Curtis Young

(Empty Bin Treatments for Grain Bins for Storage of Corn, Popcorn and Soybeans) First – before using any product to treat grain bins, always read the most current label for the product to assure that the product is used correctly.  This is for the protection of the grain to be stored in the bin as well as for the protection of the applicator of the product.  Labels for products are subject to change from one year to the next, product registrations can be changed and/or canceled and rates may be changed.  Errors made because of not reading the most current label could result in injury to the applicator or contamination of the grain with a non-labeled product making it unsalable.  Go to https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2018-31/preparation-grain-bins-storage-corn-and-soybeans to finish reading about grain bin preparation. 



It’s almost that time of year … Don’t forget to calibrate your yield monitor! – John Barker

Remember the old adage … Garbage in = Garbage out.  Many of us use our yield data to make additional management decisions on our farms such as hybrid or variety selection, fertilizer applications, marketing, etc.  Data from an uncalibrated yield monitor can haunt us for many years by leading us into improper decisions with lasting financial affects.  In today’s Ag economy we can ill afford any decision with adverse financial implications. To read more about calibrating yield monitors, go to https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2018-31/it%E2%80%99s-almost-time-year-%E2%80%A6-don%E2%80%99t-forget-calibrate-your-yield-monitor.



The Ohio State University

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





September 13, 2018


I hope that you had the opportunity to get out to the Hardin County Fair this past week.  Now that the fair is over for this year, the next big event on the calendar is the Farm Science Review.  We still have tickets for sale at the Extension office through Monday for $7 per person.  $1 of that total stays in the county and if you wait until the day of the Farm Science Review on September 18-20, you will have to pay $10 at the gate.  The Farm Science Review has increased its size this year, enclosing the Ag Crops Team plots and surrounding area for the ride and drive part of the show.  If you are planning to attend this year’s FSR Tuesday-Thursday of next week, make sure you stop by this new section of the exhibit area.  I will be doing a presentation on Nitrogen Management in Corn in the Small Farm Center Building on Thursday at 10:30 so see the attached poster for details if you are interested.

Farm Science Review Nitrogen in Corn

According to the USDA, corn is rated 79% good to excellent and soybeans are rated up to 80% good to excellent according to the latest Ohio Crop Weather Reports.  I have attached both the September 4th and September 10 reports for you to read more about Ohio’s crop progress.  I noticed one soybean field partially harvested here locally and they have begun to open up the fields at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London in preparation for this year’s Farm Science Review.  Rain continues to fall here in Hardin County with 4.78 inches recorded in August and 19.60 inches for the growing season as of April 15.  See the attached August 2018 Rainfall Summary for more information about how the rainfall has affected crops.

Ohio Crop Weather Report September 4

Ohio Crop Weather Report September 10

August 2018 Rainfall Summary News Release

Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame nominations are being collected for 2018.  This year’s Ag Hall of Fame Banquet is scheduled for Tuesday, December 4 with nominations due to the Extension office by October 15.  Nominees must have made their major contribution to agriculture primarily as a result of being born, growing up, living in, or working in Hardin County, Ohio. Outstanding agriculturalists may be nominated by individuals or organizations.  Please take a look at the attached news release and nomination form and encourage someone you know to nominate a family member or individual you believe is worthy of this honor.  Often times people are too humble to nominate themselves, so all it takes is a little encouragement to get the person properly recognized.

Ag Hall of Fame Nominations News Release

Ag Hall of Fame Purpose and Nomination Form

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced a new sign-up deadline for its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).  The local NRCS office is currently planning for the next crop year, and this October 19, 2018 deadline applies to the 2019 crop year.  EQIP is a very popular and important program for Hardin County farmers and landowners.  In 2018, Hardin County NRCS obligated 22 contracts for more than $1.7M.  Currently Hardin County has 50 active EQIP contracts for almost $6M.  Stop by the Hardin Ag Service Center and see Megan Burgess for more details.  I have attached a copy of the news release which will provide more information about the procedure.

Environmental Quality Incentives Program News Release

Upcoming events include a Pumpkin Disease Diagnosis Field Night October 3 in Piketon.  See the attached flyer for more information.  Locally, Ag Council will be meeting for breakfast tomorrow morning (9/14) starting at 7:00 am in Henry’s Restaurant to discuss waterhemp and Palmer amaranth along with other topics; Ada Harvest and Herb Festival is Saturday (9/15); Hardin Soil and Water Conservation District is meeting Thursday (9/20) starting at 7:30 am in the SWCD office; and the Farm Bureau ATV Tour is being held in combination with Van Scoy Farms ‘Feast on the Farm’ Sunday (9/23).  I have included some Ag Crops articles for you to read as we wait for the crops to be ready for harvest.

Pumpkin Disease Diagnosis Field Night Flyer


Tropical Moisture Invades Ohio – Aaron Wilson

It was quite the wet week across the state of Ohio! Scattered thunderstorms throughout the week brought isolated 1-2” rainfall amounts. The big story began on Friday night, as a stalled out front provided a path for the remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon to move through the region, bringing steady to moderate rain and gusty winds from Friday night through Monday morning. While rainfall was certainly heaviest across the southern counties of Ohio this weekend, almost the entire state picked up appreciable amounts of rain. Go to https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2018-30/tropical-moisture-invades-ohio to read more about the weather.

Farm Science Review is September 18, 19 & 20 – Harold Watters

The Farm Science Review this year is September 18, 19 and 20 at the London, Ohio location. The parking lots have been reworked, seeded and improved over the past year with more gravel areas added. Drainage has also been improved in the exhibit area to fasten water removal – all to give you a better experience. Tickets can be purchased from your local Extension office and from many ag retailers, or go on-line to the FSR website: https://fsr.osu.edu/onlineticketform. A repeat this year, the Farm Science Review app will help you find and locate what it is you are looking for – look for “Farm Science Review 2018” on Google Play or the Apple App stores. Finish reading this article at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2018-30/farm-science-review-september-18-19-20.

Wheat Management for Fall 2018 – Laura Lindsey, Pierce Paul, Ed Lentz

Wheat helps reduce problems associated with the continuous planting of soybean and corn and provides an ideal time to apply fertilizer in July/August after harvest. With soybean harvest around the corner, we would like to remind farmers of a few management decisions that are important for a successful crop. For additional information on winter wheat management, download a free pdf of the Ohio Agronomy Guide available here:https://stepupsoy.osu.edu/wheat-production/ohio-agronomy-guide-15th-edition. To read the rest of this article, go to https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2018-29/wheat-management-fall-2018.

Early Yellowing Soybeans – Anne Dorrance

Soybeans across the state range from ready to harvest to still flowering.  But in some fields, the yellowing was limited to pockets – some was sudden death syndrome or brown stem rot, charcoal rot, Phytophthora stem rot, and soybean cyst nematode.  There are some other early yellowing situations that we are still working on an accurate diagnosis, but yellowing in these cases may be linked to fertility issues and/or related to late flooding injury. To read more, click on https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2018-29/early-yellowing-soybeans.

Mexican Bean Beetles Make an Appearance – Kelley Tilmon, Andy Michel, Clifton Martin

Though less common than it once was, the Mexican bean beetle still maintains a presence in Ohio, and we have been getting a few reports of economic populations in soybean this month, largely in the east-central part of the state.  The Mexican bean beetle adult is a small, copper-colored beetle with numerous black spots, while the larva (immature) is yellow with black spines. The adult beetle resembles a ladybeetle because they are members of the same insect family, Coccinellidae. Mexican bean beetles are one of the few members of this family that are plant pests. Go to https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2018-28/mexican-bean-beetles-make-appearance to finish reading this article.


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