I’m sending this week’s Hardin County Agriculture and Natural Resources Update from the Hardin County Fair. If you haven’t yet visited our fair, make sure you get out here today as it is the final day of the event. I am currently helping out with the Master Gardener Volunteer booth located in the Arts & Crafts Building. Stop by to see the awards won at this year’s State Master Gardener Conference. I have attached an article about the Hardin County OSU Extension MGV’s success, including three state winners to this email. In addition, I have attached a flyer about an upcoming pollinator program in Auglaize County. If you were at the fair and attended any of the livestock shows, you might be interested to see how the champion and reserve champion steers, barrows, gilts, lambs, and goats do on the rail. The Hardin County Carcass Show of Champions will be held September 15 at Mt. Victory Meats starting at 6:00 pm. See the attached flyer for more information about this event.
Have you called the Soil and Water Conservation District office yet to register for the Hardin County Field Day? Make sure you call the Hardin SWCD at 419-673-0456 extension 3 as soon as possible to attend this free event. They need to know how many people plan to attend so we can have enough lunches for everyone. ‘Agricultural Conservation, Protecting Water: Keeping Soil and Nutrients in the Field’ will be the theme of the Hardin County Field Day on September 18. The event will start out at the Jerry McBride Farm, 11312 County Road 60, Dola, Ohio at 8:30 am and will end at 1:30. We have been planning this field day since May so make sure you attend to see the different presentations and field demonstrations. Two Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) and two Certified Livestock Manager (CLM) credits will be available. For more information, see the attached flyer and article below.
The Farm Science Review will be held September 22-24 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London. Our Extension office has pre-sale tickets available for this event at the cost $7.00 per person. I have also made tickets available for sale around the county at Crop Production Services in Dunkirk, The Plaza Inn in Mt. Victory, and Heritage Grain in Ada. Make sure you stop by and get your pre-sale tickets before the event and save $3.00 per person over the gate admission of $10.00. Check out http://fsr.osu.edu/sites/fsr/files/imce/OSU%20Schedule.pdf for this year’s Farm Science Review Schedule of Events. This year’s theme is ‘Sharp Ideas, Sharp Equipment and Sharp Results.’
Upcoming local events this week include Tuesday’s (9/15) Carcass Show of Champions, starting at 6:00 pm at Mt. Victory Meats, a combined Allen County/Hardin County Master Gardener meeting at the Friendship Gardens on Wednesday (9/16) starting at 6:30 pm, a Soil and Water Conservation District board meeting Thursday (9/17) starting at 7:30 am at the SWCD office, a Conservation Tillage Conference planning meeting the same day (9/17) starting at 10:00 am at the Extension office, and the Hardin County Field Day at Jerry McBride’s farm Friday (9/18) starting at 8:30 am. The Ada Harvest and Herb Festival is Saturday, September 19. See the agronomy articles below if you would like some more reading.
Agricultural Conservation, Protecting Water: Keeping Soil and Nutrients in the Field – Mark Badertscher
Agricultural Conservation, Protecting Water: Keeping Soil and Nutrients in the Field will be the theme of the Hardin County Field Day on September 18. The event will start out at the Jerry McBride Farm, 11312 County Road 60, Dola, Ohio at 8:30 am and will end at 1:30 pm with complimentary lunch. The field day is being presented by the Hardin SWCD, USDA-NRCS, The Nature Conservancy, Findlay Implement Company, John Deere, and OSU Extension. Go to http://corn.osu.edu/newsletters/2015/2015-28/agricultural-conservation-protecting-water-keeping-soil-and-nutrients-in-the-field to finish reading this article.
Planting Scabby Wheat Q and A – Pierce Paul
Q: What if I plant scabby wheat for grain or use it as a cover crop? A: You can certainly plant scabby wheat, but doing so will more than likely result in poor stand establishment because affected seeds may not germinate or germinate producing seedlings of poor quality. Before planting, make sure you clean the seed to remove the scabby, light weight kernels, and used a seed treatment fungicide. Click here for more information: http://agcrops.osu.edu/corn/newsletters/2015/2015-21/#4
Q: Will planting scabby seed lead to vomitoxin problems in wheat next year? A: No. After the seeds germinate, the emerging seedling and heads will not automatically become contaminated with vomitoxin. Whether or not next year’s crop becomes contaminated will depend on the weather conditions between heading and harvest.
Q: Will spreading scabby wheat across a field affect scab and ear rot development next year?
A: If scabby wheat is only broadcasted and not incorporated into the soil, it could contribute to increasing the level of Fusarium inoculum next year, particularly if the seeds are too damaged to germinate. So while broadcasting is a recommended practice for handling scabby wheat, it would help to incorporate in; broadcast it uniformly and then work it into the upper few inches of the soil. Unlike wheat straw, scabby wheat grains tend to breakdown much faster, and plowing or disking can speed-up the process of decomposition. This will help to reduce inoculum build-up.
Yield Monitor Tips for 2015 Harvest – John Fulton, Andrew Klopfenstein, Kaylee Port, Scott Shearer
Wet spring and persistent rain in many areas of Ohio have generated highly variable harvesting conditions for 2015 in both soybeans and corn. There are maturity, height, and expected yield differences within many fields that will bring about the importance of combine adjustments but also yield monitoring management, in particular calibration. The image presented was captured late August and illustrates the variability of both soybeans and corn going into dry down and harvest. Drowned out areas exist along with high yield potential areas but also everything in between. To continue reading Yield Monitor Tips for 2015 Harvest, go to http://corn.osu.edu/newsletters/2015/2015-29/sample-article-with-rory.
Troubleshooting Corn Ear Abnormalities – Peter Thomison, Allen Geyer
When checking corn fields prior to and during harvest, it’s not uncommon to encounter abnormal corn ears such as those shown above, especially when the crop has experienced stress conditions. Some of these abnormalities affect yield and grain quality adversely. We recently updated “Troubleshooting Abnormal Corn Ears” (available online at http://u.osu.edu/mastercorn/) to help corn growers and agricultural professionals diagnose and manage various ear and kernel anomalies and disorders. Also available is a poster revised in 2015 highlighting fourteen abnormal corn ears with distinct symptoms and causes. The purpose of the poster is to help troubleshoot various ear disorders.
Free Pigweed Herbicide Resistance Screening – Mark Loux
OSU weed scientists will again screen populations of any pigweed species this coming winter for their herbicide resistance characteristics, at no charge. This includes populations of redroot pigweed, waterhemp, and Palmer amaranth, among others. Samples should generally be collected from fields where resistance to one or more types of herbicide is suspected. The sample submission form with directions for collecting seed can be found at the “Herbicide resistance screening” link on the right side of our website, u.osu.edu/osuweeds/. Guidelines for collections are as follows: 1. Samples should be collected when seed is mature. Fully developed seed will be hard not soft. 2. Collect entire seedheads. Depending on species 10 to 30 seedheads are needed to have enough seed for a proper screening. 3. Sample should be fresh. Mail immediately or let air dry under cool dry conditions in an open PAPER bag for 2 to 4 weeks. Do NOT collect or store in PLASTIC 5. Samples should be carefully packaged and shipped early in the week to avoid weekend layovers during which the sample will deteriorate. 6. Be sure to include sample documentation and background information.
Mark A. Badertscher
Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator
OSU Extension Hardin County
1021 W. Lima Street, Suite 103, Kenton, OH 43326