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