December 28, 2013

Good Evening,
Actually it is quite late, but I am determined to get this Hardin County Agriculture and Natural Resources Update out before the next bowl game.  Soon 2013 will be history and we will be looking forward with optimism to the new year.  With the new year comes Ag Council on January 3 at 7:00 am at Henry’s Restaurant in Kenton.  The next morning, January 4 will be Hardin County Fair steer weigh-ins starting at 10:00 am at the fairgrounds.  Later that evening is the monthly meeting of the Hardin County Fairboard, starting at 7:30 pm in the fair office.A series of webinars have been announced by the OSU Extension Agronomic Crops Team.  This series of programs called the Corn, Soybean, and Wheat Connection will be held statewide January 14, February 11 and 25.  The first one will focus on corn production, the second one will focus on soybean production, and the third one will focus on weed control.  These programs will be interactive and be hosted at local Extension offices.  i will be hosting the series at the Hardin County Extension Office, with the first two being at 7:00 pm in the evening and the final one being at 10:00 am.  See the attached news release for specific topics of the webinars and call the Extension office at 419-674-2297 or email me at if you are interested in attending.  By letting us know how many to expect, we will be better able to set up for those who wish to participate.
Below are some articles that you may be interested in reading.


Agronomy Programming-January, 2014 – Greg LaBarge
A wide range of agronomy programing will be offered across the state in the January through March time period. We hope you take advantage of several of these programs in 2014. For a complete list and any new additions see our calendar page at:  To see events happening in January 2014, go to
Herbicide Resistance and Weed Management Resources –  Mark Loux
We have currently started the second year of a three-year partnership of ag industry, USB, and a number of land grant universities to provide education and resources for managing herbicide site of action and mitigating herbicide resistance.  This is resulting in some additional free publications for use by agronomists, growers, CCA’s, etc.  A list of what we have available – or will soon – follows.  Examples of the first four can be found on, either in the “News of Interest” or the “Herbicide Resistance Information” sections – let us know if you would like a supply of any of these.  Go to to continue reading this article.
Getting your Farm & Family Affairs in Order Webinar – David Marrison
Farm accidents, cancer, disability, heart attacks, failing health, and death are all words farmers do not like to hear. Farming is the nation’s second most dangerous occupation in the United States. This combined with the aging farm population, could mean that your farm business might lose one of its key managers un-expectantly. Is your farm ready for the unexpected? Have you prepared the next generation to run your farm business after you are gone? To help address the “ah-crap” moments caused by the unexpected, OSU Extension is pleased to be offering a webinar titled “Getting your Farm & Family Affairs in Order.” This webinar is open to farmers across the country and will be held on: Thursday, January 9, 2014 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Go to continue reading about this webinar.
Ohio Farm Custom Rate Survey – 2014 – Barry Ward
We need your assistance in securing up-to-date information about farm custom work rates, machinery and building rental rates and hired labor costs in Ohio.  This information is updated frequently and published by OSU Extension.  It is widely used across the state, so we need the best information available. Please respond even if you know only a few rates.  We want information on actual rates, either what you paid to hire work or what you charged if you perform custom work. Custom Rates should include all ownership costs of implement & tractor (if needed), operator labor, fuel and lube.  If you are able to help out with this survey, it is attached as both a Microsoft Word and pdf file.

Custom Rate Survey Instrument 2014 Survey.doc     Custom Rate Survey Instrument 2014 Survey.pdf
Ohio Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Henry County Drainage Dispute – Peggy Hall
Litigation that arose from a drainage improvement project completed in 2002 has finally ended with a decision by the Ohio Supreme Court.  The court announced today that it will not accept the case for review, which allows the ruling by the Third District Court of Appeals in favor of the Henry County Engineer to remain in place.  To read more about this Ohio Ag Law case, go to dispute/utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+OhioAgriculturalLawBlog+%28Ohio+Agricultural+Law+Blog%29

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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