The weather was great for the Farm Science Review. We had sunny weather with cool temperatures which provided for very comfortable days to attend this annual event. One of the exhibits in the OSU Firebaugh Building was the Women in Agriculture display. Hardin County’s Molly Shick Manns was honored as part of this display which featured women from each of Ohio’s 88 counties. See the attached file for Molly’s bio and contribution to agriculture.
With the onset of fall will be our new Master Gardener Volunteer class. We are still looking for additional members to join our class so if you know of anyone who may be interested, have them contact me as soon as possible. See the attached news release about the class, which is a final effort to build our class numbers for this year. I have also attached a copy of the news release, score sheet, and photo from the carcass show which was held last week at Mt. Victory Meats. Thanks to Ed and Craig Powell at Mt. Victory Meats, Hardin County Cattle Producers, Pork Producers, Sheep Improvement Association, and the Hardin County Agricultural Society for sponsoring this event.
There have been some questions about plans for fertilizer certification in the county. We are currently planning two fertilizer certification programs for Hardin County. One is a stand alone program which will be held March 5 at Ohio Northern University after the Conservation Tillage Conference. The other will be a smaller program that will happen on the same day of the annual pesticide applicator training. Fertilizer certification will be required by September 30, 2017 for those who apply fertilizer to 50 or more acres.
Finally, there will be and Ohio Simmental Field Day on October 3 at Bob and Nancy Hoover’s farm near Belle Center. I have attached a flier about that event as beef cattle producers and others interested in this industry are encouraged to attend this event. There will be an educational program about beef cattle nutrition, a meal, and remarks from the president of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association. Also, see the the articles below for timely information that you may be interested in reading.
Fall Weather Forecast – Jim Noel
Overall, a fairly quiet weather pattern will impact Ohio to end September with the only real threat for rain this coming weekend. Temperatures will be below normal for the rest of September with a burst of warmer weather this weekend. Risk for the rest of September Temperature – below normal Rainfall – below normal generally <0.75 inches – normal is about an inch Runoff – low threat Frost – low to moderate threat for patchy frost north and northeast Ohio late this week and again middle of next week Freeze – low threat October outlook is fairly close to normal temperatures, rainfall and frost and freeze timing. You can see the latest National Weather Service Ohio River Forecast Center 16-day rainfall graphic at: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/ohrfc/HAS/images/NAEFS16day.pdf
Corn drydown: What to expect? – Peter Thomison
Corn growers may encounter slower than normal dry down this fall due to relatively cool weather conditions and late crop development. Corn will normally dry approximately 3/4 to 1% per day during favorable drying weather (sunny and breezy) during the early warmer part of the harvest season from mid‑September through late September. By early to mid‑October, dry-down rates will usually drop to ½ to 3/4% per day. 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. Go to http://corn.osu.edu/newsletters/2014/2014-31/corn-drydown-what-to-expect to continue reading this article.
USDA Report Summary: More Corn, Less Meat – John D. Anderson, Deputy Chief Economist, American Farm Bureau Federation
Last Thursday, USDA released the September Crop Production report along with the monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report. The market was closely watching to see what USDA thinks about what is shaping up to be a corn crop for the record books. USDA’s national average corn yield estimate came in at 171.7 bushels per acre. This was right at a bushel higher than the average pre-report estimate. It will be, if realized, a record national average yield. A number of key states are expecting phenomenal yields this year. Most notable is Illinois, for which the state average yield estimate was pegged at 194 bushels per acre. Among major producing states, record yields are currently projected for Indiana (184 bushels/acre), Iowa (185 bushels/acre), and Nebraska (179 bushels/acre). Go to http://beef.osu.edu/beef/beefSep1714.html to continue reading this article as well as other beef articles.
INJURY PREVENTION – On the Road – Kathy Mann
As we approach the fall season, there will be an increase of farm equipment traveling on the roads. This is a good time to refresh both the motoring public and the farm equipment operators of safe practices for traveling on public roads. Vehicle collisions are often the result of the speed differential between slower-moving farm equipment and passenger cars and trucks. Many times the vehicle driver simply doesn’t have enough time to react if they do not recognize the farm equipment soon enough. It is critical for SMV operators to do their part to be seen. Go to http://agsafety.osu.edu/sites/agsafety/files/imce/Vol7No8%28Sept%29.pdf to continue reading this article.
Leasing Your Land for Hunting: Legal Considerations – Caty Daniels
With fall quickly approaching, now is a good time to consider whether you should lease your land for hunting. Leasing your land for hunting can be beneficial by giving you an extra source of income as well as managing wildlife populations and decreasing crop damage. However, there are some considerations to make before granting that lease to someone. Your first concern should be whether or not you would be liable for hunting accidents on your property. Go to http://aglaw.osu.edu/blog/mon-09082014-1007am/leasing-your-land-hunting-legal-considerations to continue reading this article.
Mark A. Badertscher
Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator
OSU Extension Hardin County
1021 W. Lima Street, Suite 103, Kenton, OH 43326