I hope you are looking forward to the upcoming holidays and the anticipation that the new year brings. There are certainly several Extension programs planned for this coming new year and I wanted to let you know about them so that you can take advantage of what is available. Before I do, I want to remind you that with the new year, the Veterinary Feed Directive will take effect. If you are a livestock producer and use medication in feed or water, chances are this will affect you. It will also affect youth producers as well, so make sure you take a look at the VFD brochure that I have attached to this email.
As mentioned in the previous edition of the Hardin County Agriculture and Natural Resources Update, January 2 is the registration deadline for our New and Small Farm College that Hardin County is hosting with Auglaize County Extension on Thursday evenings in January, February and March at the OSU Lima campus. I have also attached a copy of this brochure that explains this 8 week short course for anyone who is looking to begin farming or lives on small acreage and is considering options for use of their land. The Conservation Tillage Club breakfast meetings are also set to begin on January 10, starting at 7:30 am at the Plaza Inn Restaurant in Mt. Victory. Topics this year include Precision Agriculture & the 4Rs, New Weed Control Options, Grain Marketing Outlook, and Soil Health. Other dates for this popular breakfast program series are January 24, February 7 and 21. See the attached news release for more information.
Other area events include the West Ohio Agronomy Day being held in Fort Loramie on January 9 & Sidney (evening portion) on January 17 (see article below), Welcome to the Jungle: Weed Management 101 being held in Celina on January 11 (see attached flyer), and the Marion County Lambing Clinic being held in New Bloomington on January 21 (see attached flyer). Upcoming local events include Fairboard on Wednesday, December 28 starting at 6:00 pm at the Plaza Inn Restaurant, Hardin County Jr. Fair Steer Tagging/Weigh-in on Saturday, December 31 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon at the fairgrounds, and Farm Bureau on Tuesday, January 3 starting at 7:00 pm at Ag Credit. I have also attached some agronomy related articles for you to look at over the holidays. Enjoy!
2016 Ohio Corn Performance Test: Regional Overviews – Rich Minyo, Allen Geyer, Peter Thomison, David Lohnes
In 2016, 212 corn hybrids representing 26 commercial brands were evaluated in the Ohio Corn Performance Test (OCPT). Four tests were established in the Southwestern/West Central/Central (SW/WC/C) region and three tests were established in the Northwestern (NW) and North Central/Northeastern (NC/NE) regions (for a total of ten test sites statewide). Hybrid entries in the regional tests were planted in either an early or a full season maturity trial. These test sites provided a range of growing conditions and production environments. For more information, go to http://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2016-39/2016-ohio-corn-performance-test-regional-overviews.
West Ohio Agronomy Day Set – Debbie Brown
The 2017 West Ohio Agronomy Day will be held on Monday, January 9th at St. Michael’s Hall in Fort Loramie. A light breakfast will be available starting at 8 a.m. with a marketing update from Sunrise Cooperative at 8:30 a.m. At 9 a.m. the Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification (Core and Categories 1, 2, and 6) and the two-hour Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training for those who already hold a Pesticide Applicator’s License (commercial or private) will begin. In addition, Certified Crop Adviser CEUs have been approved and Commercial Pesticide Applicator Credits are available in 2A and 2C. Go to http://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2016-40/west-ohio-agronomy-day-set to read more about the topics and speakers for both January 9 in Fort Loramie and January 17 in Sidney.
Central Ohio Precision Ag Symposium – John Barker
The Central Ohio Precision Ag Symposium will be held on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at All Occasions Catering, 6986 Waldo-Delaware Rd., Waldo Ohio from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This symposium will feature the most current technologies available in precision agriculture. These topics will be shared by some of the leading University precision ag experts such as 2013 Precision Ag Educator of the Year Winner – Dr. John Fulton from The Ohio State University. Dr. Fulton has also been recognized as one of Precision Ag Magazine’s 2016 Top 10 (#4) People in Precision Agriculture. Dr. Scott Shearer, Chair, Department of Food and Biological Engineering at the Ohio State University, and Dr. Erdal Ozkan, Department of Food and Biological Engineering at the Ohio State University will also be presenting. To continue reading this article, go to http://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2016-39/central-ohio-precision-ag-symposium.
Taking a second look at “food grade” corn: Q & A – Peter Thomison, Allen Geyer, Bruce Clevenger
What is “food grade” corn? Food grade corn, also referred to as hard endosperm corn, is yellow or white dent corn with specific endosperm (starch) characteristics. Hard endosperm corn contains high amounts of hard or (horny) endosperm relative to the amount of floury endosperm. Hard endosperm is a characteristic that is important to dry milling and alkaline cookers. The goal of the dry mill process is to keep the horny endosperm in large pieces and to remove the germ and pericarp to yield a low-fat low-fiber product. If the kernels are significantly soft or broken, there is less opportunity for millers to produce large grits. Product composition and color, as well as process stability, can also be affected by hardness and breakage. Other “food” corns directly consumed or widely used in food products include sweet corn and popcorn. However, these are not dent corns. Go to http://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2016-40/taking-second-look-%E2%80%9Cfood-grade%E2%80%9D-corn-q to learn more about food grade corn.
All-Ohio Chapter Soil & Water Conservation Society Annual Conference – Alan Sundermeier
“Important Issues in Soil Health” will be the theme of the SWCS conference on Friday, January 20, 2017 from 9 am – 3 pm at the Der Dutchmen Restaurant in Plain City, Ohio. Topics include: Soil Infiltration Research, Management Systems Impact on Reactive Phosphorus, Soil Conservation Programs Overview, Evaluating Glyphosate & Reactive Phosphorus, Soil Health Profitability, Soil Health website. The public is invited. Register by January 12 at http://fabe.osu.edu/OhioSWCS
Mark A. Badertscher
Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator
OSU Extension Hardin County
1021 W. Lima Street, Suite 103, Kenton, OH 43326