October 11, 2013


The weather has cleared and the machines are in the fields again.  Today I had my first experience doing a yield and quality check for the Ohio Soybean Association.  A farmer west of Kenton was running a field of food grade soybeans for the test.  The beans did well with a yield of 62.7 bushels per acre, 13% moisture, 0.2% foreign material, and a test weight of 57.1.  The soil type was Milford, and these were non-GMO beans grown in a no-till field.  Early reports had soybean yields in the mid 50 bushel per acre area, so maybe the later beans will do better.

There has also been some corn harvested, but I haven’t heard much on yields yet.  We are expecting the county average to be higher this year, so hopefully that will prove true.  Wheat is coming good as the recent rains have given this crop a head start.  Cover crops stands appear to have good stands as well, including those aerial seeded into standing corn and soybeans.

Rainfall totals for September averaged 3.23 inches for the county.  This is much less than the 6.81 inches that fell last year during September, but about a half inch less than the ten year average for the month.  See the attached news release for full details about the September rainfall in the 15 townships in Hardin County.  Some producers will switch to corn when waiting for soybeans to be ready after a rain.  See the article below on corn drydown rates.  In addition to the articles below, I have attached an a news article written by Ed Lentz about Ohio open burning laws that you might find useful.

September 2013 summary     openburningCourier100813







Corn Drydown – What to Expect?  – Peter Thomison

Recent wet, cool weather slowed drydown.  By early to mid‑October, dry-down rates will usually drop to ½ to 3/4% per day (from rates of up to 1% per day in September when drying conditions are usually more favorable). By late October to early November, field dry‑down rates will usually drop to 1/4 to 1/2% per day and by mid-November, probably 0 to 1/4% per day. By late November, drying rates will be negligible.  To continue reading this article, go to http://corn.osu.edu/newsletters/2013/2013-34/corn-drydown-2013-what-to-expect.







Cereal Rye – A Cover Crop with Feed Value? – Eric Richer

In recent years, rye (Secale cereale L.), also known as cereal rye or winter rye, has been planted by producers as an entry level or “user friendly” cover crop.  As a cover crop, it is a great nutrient recycler, soil builder, topsoil loosener, and erosion preventer.  For dairy and beef producers, rye can also be considered for additional grazing or forage value.  Based on surveys from several Northwest Ohio producers who have used rye as a spring feed source, it can provide additional feed tonnage on idle acres in a corn-soybeans rotation and with minimal effort or expense.    For more information about Cereal Rye as a feed crop, go tohttp://corn.osu.edu/newsletters/2013/2013-34/cereal-rye-2013-a-cover-crop-with-feed-value.







Livestock Mortality Composting Certification – Putnam County Extension Office – November 20 from 6:30-8:30 pm

There is a livestock mortality composting certification meeting for November 20th at the Putnam County Extension office in Ottawa from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.   A $10 registration fee can be paid at the door, but advance registration required  by email to ricker.37@osu.edu or phone: 419-523-6294.  The Ohio Pork Producers will have it advertised in their e-news and Porkline magazine.







OSU to Offer Series of Tax Schools Statewide – November and December

Experienced tax preparers wanting to learn about federal tax law changes and updates for this year as well as learn more about issues they may encounter when filing individual and small business 2013 tax returns can take advantage of a series of two-day income tax schools offered by Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.  For more information about the dates, times, locations, and topics offered in these tax schools, go to http://cfaes.osu.edu/news/articles/ohio-state-university-offer-series-tax-schools-statewide-november-and-december.







Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) Producer Meetings – October and November

Many Ohio livestock producers are subject to requirements under the new Animal Disease Traceability rule that has been implemented by USDA. The goal of the animal disease traceability system is to improve the response to a livestock disease outbreak in the United States. USDA issued final rules on the program in December 2012.  Under the rule, unless specifically exempted, livestock moved interstate have to be officially identified and accompanied by an interstate certificate of veterinary inspection or other documentation. The final rule accepts brands, tattoos and brand registration if that documentation is accepted by the shipping and receiving states or tribes. Backtags will be accepted as an alternative to official eartags for cattle and bison moved directly to slaughter.  ODA announced they, along with USDA, are holding producer education meetings to discuss and explain the requirements this new animal disease traceability system and how it relates to moving animals from one state to another. Anyone that transports livestock across state lines, or has their own livestock should attend. It’s also targeted at veterinarians and their staff, OSU extension personnel, licensed livestock dealers, haulers or others interested in learning about the requirements of the rule. All meetings are open to the public.  Representatives from the Ohio Department of Agriculture and the United States Department of Agriculture will be available to respond to questions.


This is a list of the presently scheduled meetings:

October 22, 2013 (Tuesday) – 6:00 dinner; 7:00 meeting – Union Stockyards (7510 SR 138, Hillsboro, OH 45133)

October 29, 2013 (Tuesday) – Sugarcreek Livestock – * Time to be determined (102 Buckeye St, Sugarcreek OH 44681)

October 30, 2013 (Wednesday) – Stark County Cattleman/Farm Bureau * time and location to be determined

November 1 (Friday) – 6:30 pm at UPI Hillsboro (976 W Main St., Hillsboro OH 45133)







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


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