January 22, 2016


I prepared this edition of the Hardin County Agriculture and Natural Resources Update while at the Auglaize County Pesticide Applicator Training/Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training being held yesterday in Wapakoneta.  One of my duties as the Hardin County AgNR Extension Educator is to help out the other educators conducting programs around our Top of Ohio Extension Education Research Area, which consists of ten counties in West Central Ohio.  On this day, I taught a program on nitrogen as part of the fertilizer training.  I am just thankful after the morning’s weather forecast which spared us from the heavy snow this weekend.  It looks like it will be going south of us for the most part.  However, we are still having to deal with the cold weather.  Cold weather often brings about special challenges for farmers, especially those who who are livestock producers.  I have attached a copy an article written by Ed Lentz, Extension Educator from Hancock County about Winter Farm Safety.

Winter Farm Safety News Release

This past Tuesday we had our second Conservation Tillage Club Breakfast.  Dr. Matt Roberts, Associate Professor of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics at The Ohio State University presented a program to 86 people on the grain marketing outlook, addressing what to expect in the 2016 crop year in regards to the agricultural commodity markets and the risk associated with marketing options for corn, soybeans, and wheat.  This information will provide additional tools for the farmer’s marketing toolbox to use when considering their marketing strategy.  After two years of lower grain prices, Robert’s information should help grain producers develop ideas to plan for this coming year’s crop production.  Our next Tillage Club meeting will be held February 2, staring at 7:30 am with Dr. Laura Lindsey, Assistant Professor with the OSU Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, who will present a program on increasing soybean yields. This program will also be at the Plaza.  See the attached flyer for details about future Tillage Club meetings.

Farmer’s Invite

Conservation Tillage Club

Tuesday evening was first session of the Ohio Beef Cattle School webinars.  Nine cattle producers were present at the Extension office to focus on the markets and marketing including outlook, along with risk management.  Dr. Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist, kicked off the program with his insight into the beef cattle markets . . . where they’ve been, where they may be going, and how they will get there.  Peel discussed the factors that have pressured the market and suggested if and when they will subside, and to what level they might recover.  Sam Roberts of United Producers also joined the broadcast on the 19th and offered suggestions on market risk management and capturing profitable pricing opportunities in the coming year.  Feel free to join us for the next beef school session on February 2, starting at 7:00 pm with the OSU Extension Beef Team discussing Beef Cattle Management including calving windows, genetic choices, breeding management, crossbreeding and economic traits that will be the most meaningful in coming years.  See the attached news release and flyer for more information about the Ohio Beef Cattle School being sponsored locally by Farm Credit Mid America in Bellefontaine.

Ohio Beef School News Release

Beef Cattle School Flyer

Do you have a son or daughter who is looking for ag scholarships?  If so, have them check out http://ohiocornandwheat.org/ohio-corn-wheat-scholarship-application/ for the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Associaton Scholarship.  Do you listen to farm broadcaster Dale Minyo on the radio?  Dale is coming to Hardin County on March 1 to present a program called ‘The World is Run by Those That Show Up.’  This farmers’ breakfast is being sponsored by Liberty National Bank and will begin at 7:30 am at the Plaza Inn Restaurant in Mt. Victory.  RSVP to Heather Cox at 419-634-5015 or HCox@LNBbank.com by February 22 if you would like to attend.  See the attached flyer for more information.  Do you need a Farmers Tax Guide?  We have a few left at the Extension office in Kenton.  Copies were also delivered to local banks and ag lenders for your convenience.  Finally, we also have discounted Power Show Ohio tickets at our office that will save you $2 off per admission to this annual agricultural equipment, construction equipment, and outdoor power equipment show being held January 28, 29 & 30 at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus.  Take a look at the agronomy related articles below if you are looking for a good reason to stay in the warm house.











In January, Dr. Kelley Tilmon joined the faculty of the Department of Entomology as an Associate Professor and State Specialist for field crop entomology. Her extension, research, and teaching programs will focus on the management of insect pests of agronomic crops. She will be based out of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) campus in Wooster.  Kelley has an M.S. in entomology from the University of Delaware, a Ph.D. in entomology from Cornell University, and for the past 10 years has served as the soybean entomologist for South Dakota at South Dakota State University, with extension and research responsibilities.  Her contact information is 330-202-3529 and tilmon.1@osu.edu.









There were 17 different sets of transgenic traits evaluated in 2015 Ohio Corn Performance Test (OCPT) representing 22 technology products that are currently being marketed by seed companies. As the type and number of transgenic traits increases each year, the question arises as to whether these different traits affect hybrid performance. Using data from the 2015 OCPT, we’ve grouped hybrids based on the type and number of insect (Bt) and herbicide resistance they contain. Go to http://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/more-transgenic-traits-and-hybrid-performance to continue reading this article.









The first and most economical approach (a.k.a. save money) to manage many of the pathogens that impact soybean in the state of Ohio is to pick varieties that have the right resistance package.  If the resistance is effective – then there is no need for any further measures during the season.  The soybean plant can take care of itself, especially during years when conditions are favorable for disease development. Go to http://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/host-resistance-soybean-diseases-–-best-return-investment for more information regarding soybean disease resistance.








2015 NORTHWEST OHIO CORN SILAGE TEST – Rich Minyo, Peter Thomison, Bill Widdicombe, Allen Geyer

In 2015, 38 corn silage hybrids representing 13 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 were located in Branch and Lenawee counties, which are on the Ohio/Michigan state line.  To read more about the Northwest Ohio Silage Test and find out how varieties performed, go to http://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2015-northwest-ohio-corn-silage-test.









Producers and agriculture professionals can get an update on the 2016 corn market and learn how to budget for a profitable corn crop at a workshop led by farm management experts from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. The 2016 Corn College is a daylong workshop offered on Feb. 10 that will focus on what farmers need to know to develop a successful corn growing operation, said Sam Custer, an Ohio State University Extension educator who is organizing the program. To find out more about the OSU Corn College Workshop, go to http://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/osu’s-corn-college-workshop-feb-10.




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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