I would like to thank everyone who came to the Agriculture Hall of Fame Banquet this week to honor the new inductees. It was a great evening and our guest speaker, Shannon (Wilcox) Donnelly gave a very inspiring speech entitled ‘Parallel Agriculture’ which discussed the importance of passing down our agricultural heritage and skills to the younger generation so that they could continue the family farm operation. I have attached a post banquet press release and photo from the evening to this email if you would like to look at them.
The Conservation Tillage Club meetings have been set for 2014 at the Plaza Inn. Each meeting will begin at 7:30 am with a breakfast and then a program. Topics and dates for this year include: January 14 – Plant Diseases & Fungicides; January 28 – Weed Control Strategies; February 11 – Grain Marketing Outlook; and February 25 – Ag Law & CDL for Agriculture. These meetings are a joint effort between OSU Extension, NRCS, and SWCD personnel from Hardin, Logan, and Union counties but are provided for anyone interested in the surrounding counties. More information about speakers and other details will come later.
With the snow comes several Extension programs for you to consider. Here is a listing of some programs along with a couple articles that may be of interest to you.
Ag Outlook Meeting – December 17 at 11:30 am – 201 Robert M Davis Parkway, Piqua – Farm Bill Outlook, Examining Potential Crop Profitability in 2014, Land Values, Cash Rent and Crop inputs, Grain Markets and Grain Marketing in an Era of Lower Prices. Speakers include Carl Zulauf, Barry Ward, and Matt Roberts from OSU. PRE-REGISTRATION AND PRE-PAYMENT ARE REQUIRED. $20 per person. Registration deadline is December 10, 2013. Includes dinner and materials. For more information see the attached flier or contact Debbie Brown at email@example.com or 937-498-7239.
Grain Outlook Dinner – December 18 at 6:00 pm – Union County Services Building at 940 London Ave, Marysville – Dr. Matt Roberts will provide the grain outlook for 2014 and what farmers can expect in the coming years. The evening will also feature a unique presentation from Dr. Ian Sheldon on how China’s population change affects United States agriculture. Both speakers are from The Ohio State University’s Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Developmental Economics and have several years of experience and research on these topics. There is no cost to attend if reservations are made by December 11th. To RSVP, please contact the Extension office at 937-644-8117 or Amanda Douridas atDouridas.firstname.lastname@example.org. See the attached flier for more information.
Ag Issues Tax Workshop – December 19 – Elks Lodge, 320 E. Wyandot Ave. Upper Sandusky & Online – This workshop will be in a webinar format presented by Professor Phil Harris from University of Wisconsin. If you represent farmers, this full-day webinar will give you the information you need concerning the special issues with farm tax returns. You can choose to attend a host location or listen at home or office. Host locations will provide a knowledgeable facilitation, refreshments, lunch and Ag Issues Tax Manual. You are encouraged to bring your computer as there will be real-time Q&A. If you chose not to attend a host location, a web address will be e-mailed to you the week before Dec. 19. Make sure that you have web connectivity. We cannot guarantee delivery of the Ag Issues Tax Manual unless you register by the deadline of December 5, 2013. Go to http://agnr.osu.edu/anr-programs/income-tax-schools/2013-ag-issues-workshop for more information and other locations.
2013 Ohio Corn Performance Test: Regional Overviews – Allen Geyer, Rich Minyo, Peter Thomison and David Lohnes
In 2013, 240 corn hybrids representing 28 companies and 33 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 read the complete article and find a link to the complete results, go to http://corn.osu.edu/newsletters/2013/2013-40/2013-ohio-corn-performance-test-regional-overviews.
Updated Marestail Control Information – Mark Loux, OSU and Bill Johnson, Purdue
Ohio State University Extension and Purdue have partnered to publish a new fact sheet aimed at helping farmers battle herbicide-resistant marestail and its yield-reducing affects on soybeans. Marestail, also referred to as horseweed, primarily emerges in late summer into fall and again from late-March through June in both Indiana and Ohio. The weed competes with soybean plants for soil nutrients, space and water. Mature marestail also can hinder soybean harvest, and it doesn’t respond to treatment from one of the most commonly used herbicides. For more information, go to http://corn.osu.edu/newsletters/2013/2013-40/updated-marestail-control-information.
Mark A. Badertscher
Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator
OSU Extension Hardin County
1021 W. Lima Street, Suite 103, Kenton, OH 43326