December 20, 2013

Good afternoon,

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

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

Online Grain Marketing Series     Grain Marketing Flyer

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

Conservation Tillage Club News Release

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








Manure Valuator app calculates manure value – University of Arkansas

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







What’s Enogen Corn?  –  Peter Thomison

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








Herbicide Update for 2014 Crops  – Mark Loux

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








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

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








West Ohio Agronomy Day for January 13  –  Debbie Brown

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







Mark A. Badertscher

Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator

OSU Extension Hardin County

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

419-674-2297 Office


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