Did you get a chance to go to the Farm Science Review this week? There was a reported total of 125,790 people attend this year’s event on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of this week. There were plenty of exhibitors, demonstrations, and speakers to learn from in the hot weather during this annual event held at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London. The Hardin County Carcass Show of Champions was held September 15 at Mt. Victory Meats. If you didn’t get a chance to attend this event, see the attached news release for results and the attached document which contains the carcass data of the champion and reserve champion market livestock carcasses from the Hardin County Fair. Also, I came across a link to an article and video about the Hardin Field Day that you’ll want to see at https://ofbf.org/2016/09/01/hardin-county-field-day-features-ways-reduce-nutrient-runoff/.
Looking forward, the first Tuesday in December is the Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame Banquet. Currently, the nominations committee is seeking your input to identify individuals for this honor. Surely you know of someone who has made an impact either in farming or an agricultural related field who should be recognized. If so, see the attached nomination form which is due October 14 to the Extension office. There is also an attached news article which was sent out to area media this week. We hope to identify and recognize men and women who have made their major contribution to agriculture primarily as a result of being born, growing up, living in, or working in Hardin County. Please share this nomination form with families of those who qualify.
Are you interested in joining members of the Hardin County Sheep Improvement Association on their annual Hardin County Sheep Tour? This year the group is traveling to southwest Ohio to visit farms and sheep industry related businesses in Logan, Darke, and Miami Counties. See the attached letter that was sent out this past week announcing this year’s tour, which will take place on the weekend of October 22-23. Contact Madelyn Lowery at 419-673-3291 if you are interested in joining us for this educational and fun-filled weekend event. Who knows, you might learn something new to improve your livestock production and management skills.
There are other local events coming up this week in the county. Events include the Farm Bureau ATV Tour of Southeast Hardin County on Saturday (9/24), starting at 8:00 am from Althauser Honey Farm, Master Gardener Volunteers meeting on Monday (9/26), starting at 7:00 pm at Harco Industries, Ohio Cattle Producers Beef Industry Update meeting on Wednesday (9/28), starting at 6:00 pm at Rolling Hills Farms Show and Sale Facility, and a Hardin County Fairboard meeting Saturday (10/1), starting at 7:30 pm. Below are some agronomy articles that you may be interested in reading.
Late season purple corn – Alexander Lindsey, Peter Thomison
Growers are reporting reddish-purple plants in their corn fields and sometimes observing that the degree of purpling varies among hybrids. Several factors can cause purpling of corn plant tissues late in the season. As a defense mechanism to protect photosynthesis, a corn will form pigments to help absorb excess light and divert it away from their photosynthetic centers as a form of sunblock. Go to http://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/late-season-purple-corn to read more.
Buying LibertyLink soybean seed for next year?…Things to know – Mark Loux
Continued problems with marestail and ragweeds this year have a number of growers considering the switch to LibertyLink soybeans for 2017. The LibertyLink system can certainly be a good choice for management of glyphosate-resistant populations of these weeds, along with waterhemp and Palmer amaranth. It’s essential to use the appropriate approach to LibertyLink soybeans to get the most out of it and avoid potential problems. Some things to consider as you make seed-buying decisions and think about your herbicide costs for next year can be found at http://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/buying-libertylink-soybean-seed-next-yearthings-know.
Western Bean Cutworm Infestation and Disease Issues – Andy Michel, Pierce Paul
Reports of ear feeding by western bean cutworm (WBC) have come in at a steady pace over the last few weeks. This is the 3rd consecutive year that we have seen a fair amount of feeding, some of it likely has led to an economic loss. The heaviest feeding has occurred in the Northwest and Northeast corners of Ohio. While it is too late to spray or control at this point (since most larvae are protected in the ear and are getting ready to pupate anyway), growers may need to watch for the development of ear rots. Go to http://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/western-bean-cutworm-infestation-and-disease-issues to read more about this type of insect damage to corn.
Important Wheat Management Decisions – Pierce Paul, Ed Lentz, Laura Lindsey, Clay Sneller
Among the questions that we have had to answer thus far this season as we get ready to plant wheat are: What are the real dangers of planting wheat after wheat? Now that we have an excellent group of fungicides, can we get away with planting wheat after wheat? Response: We never recommend planting wheat after wheat or ever wheat after corn simply because these are very bad disease management practices. To read more about wheat management decisions, go to http://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/important-wheat-management-decisions.
Prepping Your Yield Monitor for the 2016 Harvest Season – John Fulton, Kaylee Port, Elizabeth Hawkins
As the use of precision agriculture continues to increase across the US, it is more and more important to ensure that all equipment is prepped, calibrated, and ready for a successful harvest. One of the more common uses of precision agriculture comes in the form of yield mapping. Yield maps not only help growers understand end-of-year performance within fields, but also can be used to characterize in-field variation. Information about this variation is often used by service providers to deliver prescriptions, recommendations, or other information back to the farmer. Because yield maps continue to be an important data layer to learn from and help drive changes or decisions at a field level, proper management of the yield monitor in 2016 is key in order to generate accurate and reliable yield data. To finish reading this article, go to http://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/prepping-your-yield-monitor-2016-harvest-season.
Mark A. Badertscher
Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator
OSU Extension Hardin County
1021 W. Lima Street, Suite 103, Kenton, OH 43326