It has been said that things in moderation are good. It also has been said that you should be careful of what you wish for, because you just might get it. Get it, we did, and in large amounts-fast. After about a month without much rain, we made up for lost time and then some. Early reports around the county are anywhere from 2 inches to 5 inches of rain last night. The problem is that it came all at once and not in moderation. I’m not complaining, but am thankful we finally received rain as the corn was really starting to look sick. Hopefully this goose drowner will not cause too much loss of nitrogen that was recently sidedressed on the corn. We’ll need to keep an eye on this crop and do some checks in our plots with the Greenseeker remote nitrogen sensor to help monitor this situation throughout the growing season.
If you are a gardener or know someone who is, make sure you read the attached news release and flyer about OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers and Hardin County Men’s Garden Club program coming up Monday evening, June 27. It is called ‘An Evening Garden Affair’ and will take place at the Friendship Gardens of Hardin County, located at 960 Kohler Street in Kenton. The program is from 6 to 9 pm and will feature Charles and Cynthia Lucius of Amity Abloom with a program entitled “Landscaping with Daylilies: Creating Stunning, Carefree Summer Gardens.” The program will start at 7:00 pm will take place indoors with air conditioning and seating. Refreshments will be served and Hardin County Master Gardener Volunteers will be present to help answer your gardening questions at this free program that is open to the public.
June 20-26 is Buy Local week in Hardin County. I hope you are able to support local businesses and local producers. Often times people have questions about the rules for selling eggs, poultry, and red meat in Ohio. Can I sell them these products at my farm without a permit? Does my farm need to be inspected? What must be done to sell these products at a farmers market? See the attached article written by Darke County Extension Educator Sam Custer to find the answers to these questions and more. Since I brought up red meat, if you are a beef producer, you might be interested in reading this week’s Ohio Beef Cattle Newsletter. Four new articles have been posted in this week’s 992nd issue of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter: http://u.osu.edu/beef/
After a wet early spring in many parts of Ohio, most of us are suddenly looking for some showers. In fact, in some parts of the state pastures have already gone dormant and cattlemen are beginning to feed hay. This week, grazing management is the focus of our lead article.
Articles this week include:
• Practice Good Grazing Management During the Summer
• Future of North America’s Beef Industry . . .
• Choice Select Spread Hits Record
• Kentucky Beef Cattle Market Update
If you are not interested in beef cattle, but would like to read ag crops articles, below are some that might be of interest to you.
Announcement of Summer Field Day Dates – Greg LaBarge
Currently 24 field days on a variety of topics are being planned by Agriculture and Natural Resource staff starting June 1 through the fall with locations throughout the state. A complete calendar of dates can be found at http://agcrops.osu.edu/events. Full agendas are still being developed and you will want to check back for registration information along with other details about a month prior to the date. To read more about upcoming field days being sponsored by OSU Extension, go to http://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/announcement-springsummer-field-day-dates.
Asiatic Garden Beetles in Northwest Ohio – Eric Richer, Andy Michel, Kelley Tilmon
We have been monitoring Asiatic garden beetle grubs (AGB, Maladera castanea) in Northwest Ohio since 2012. Typically known as a turf pest, the grub has caused varied economic damage to corn in Northwest Ohio since then. While 2014 remains the worst year for their damage to date, there were isolated outbreaks—including in soybeans–of the grub in 2015 but generally they had limited impact, perhaps due to weather related conditions. Go to http://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/asiatic-garden-beetles-northwest-ohio to learn more about the Asiatic Garden Beetle.
Wheat Diseases: Updated Facts and Pictures – Pierce Paul, Jorge David Salgado
Septoria, powdery mildew, and leaf rust are all capable of substantially reducing wheat yield and test weight, especially if your cultivar is susceptible and the flag leaf is damaged between Feekes 8 and Feekes 10.5, before grain fill is complete. Scout fields and look for these diseases and use this information to help you make your fungicide application decision. As you are waiting to harvest this year’s wheat crop, here is a look at some of the more common wheat diseases that you should be aware. Check them out at http://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2015-10/wheat-diseases-updated-facts-and-picturespart-1.
Disclosure, Use and Sale Limitations — The Big Data Confusion: Part 10 – John Fulton, Kaylee Port
Have you ever wondered why your recent web searches for items or information show up on other websites you visit? Frequently, these recent searches appear in the form of advertisements along an edge of another webpage you are viewing. These advertisements are typically provided by third party data aggregators. These third party data aggregators play a crucial role in target advertising if a “data” company does not already have in-house capabilities to capture this type of data. Read more at http://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/disclosure-use-and-sale-limitations-big-data-confusion-part-9.
Time to Evaluate Soybean Stands – Laura Lindsey
The soybean agronomy team is busy travelling across the state conducting stand counts on our field trials. Target stand and actual stand can vary considerably depending on planter calibration (or lack there-of), environmental conditions (i.e., soil moisture, crusting, etc), and disease/insects. To quickly estimate soybean stand, count the number of plants in 1/1000th of an acre in several areas of the field. Roughly, this corresponds to the number of plants in 70 foot of row for 7.5 inch row spacing, 35 foot of row for 15 inch row spacing, and 17.5 foot of row for 30 inch row spacing. Need to know more? Go to http://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/time-evaluate-soybean-stands.
Mark A. Badertscher
Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator
OSU Extension Hardin County
1021 W. Lima Street, Suite 103, Kenton, OH 43326