June 5, 2017

Good afternoon,

Were you able to get your first cutting of alfalfa or other hay made?  This year has been a challenging year to get the first cutting made with the wet weather that has hit the county.  Several producers have been busy replanting or even planting for the first time is some areas.  See the attached article written by OSU Extension Forage Specialist Mark Sulc about the issues getting that first cutting of hay made given the weather and soft field conditions.  Armyworm and Black Cutworm adult moth counts in the three sets of traps around the southern half of the county were up slightly to an average of 5 armyworm moths and 13 black cutworm moths when I checked them on May 27, and then dropped down to 4 armyworm moths and 2 black cutworm moths on June 3.  These traps are near cornfields in the Alger, Ridgeway, and LaRue areas.  So far I have not seen economic larvae damage so if you know where there is damage to corn, let me know.

Hay Making News Release

This past weekend we tagged and weighed in about 135 dairy beef feeder calves for the Hardin County Fair.  If you know someone interested in becoming the Dairy Beef Feeder Queen, please find the attached news release and application to share with them.  Livestock Quality Assurance is this Thursday evening, June 8 in the Community Building at the fairgrounds, starting at 6:00 pm.  Lamb tagging and weigh-in is coming up this Saturday, June 10 from 8:00-10:00 am at the fairgrounds.

Dairy Beef Feeder Queen News Release

Dairy Beef Queen Application

Each year OSU Extension partners with OARDC, the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association and others to host ‘The Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series.’  I have attached a copy of this tour booklet as it is held around the state, with the closest location this summer near Belle Center in Logan County on Friday, August 11 with a tour of an organic grain seed breeding farm.  See booklet for more information about this and other tours.  We also have printed copies of this tour booklet available in our office.

OSU Farm Tour 2017 Flyer

Have you ever thought of collecting Black Walnuts?  A representative from national distributor of black walnuts is looking for someone in the county who would be interested in serving as a collection point for these nuts.  Contact me if you are interesting in finding out more information about this opportunity.  Maybe you are more into strawberries.  I was told that two weeks ago the strawberries were plentiful from local produce growers early this year.  There is a demand for these berries, but the supply was low this past week at the local produce auction.  If you are interested in reading some agronomy articles, I have included some below.


Recommendations for Late Planted Soybeans – Laura Lindsey

Persistent wet weather prevented soybean planting in many areas of the state. Late planting reduces the cultural practice options for row spacing, seeding rate, and relative maturity. The row spacing for June planting should be no greater than 7.5-inch if possible. Row width should be narrow enough for the soybean canopy to completely cover the inter-row space by the time the soybeans begin to flower. The later in the growing season soybeans are planted, the greater the yield increase due to narrow rows.  For more information about seeding rate and relative maturity, go to https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2017-15/recommendations-late-planted-soybeans.

Weather Ups and Downs to Continue – Jim Noel

The outlook for June is looking more and more like “average” when all is said and done. It appears we will be having ups and downs in June. Normal highs are 75-80 currently and normal lows are near 55. Rainfall averages 0.80 to 1.20 inches per week now. The next significant weather system moved through the region June 2-4. Widespread 0.50 to 2.00 inches was expected with that system. The outlook for July and August continues to indicate above normal temperatures and a turn to normal or below normal rainfall. You can see a chart of expected June temperatures and rainfall at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2017-15/weather-ups-and-downs-continue.

Delayed planting effects on corn yield: A “historical” perspective – Peter Thomison, Allen Geyer

According to the USDA/NASS (https://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/Ohio/Publications/Crop_Progress_&_Condition/2017/cw2117oh.pdf), for the week ending May 21, corn was 73 percent planted, which was 24 percent ahead of last year and the same as the five-year average.  However, at this time, it is unknown what percent of the earlier planted corn has been or will be replanted due to excessive soil moisture, freezing temperatures and frosts, fungal seed decay and seedling rots, and soil crusting. Some field agronomists estimate that as much as 40% or more of the corn planted in late April has been or will be replanted in parts of Ohio.  To read more about historical delayed planting effects of corn, go to https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2017-14/delayed-planting-effects-corn-yield-%E2%80%9Chistorical%E2%80%9D-perspective.

More on killing corn in a replant situation – Mark Loux

An article in last week’s C.O.R.N. covered in brief the options for killing a first corn stand to make room for a replant, and referenced an article from the University of Illinois.  We received a number of questions and comments after that relative to the use of Gramoxone + metribuzin to kill corn, some to the effect that we were too hard on it.  Our comment last week was that Gramoxone or Gramoxone + metribuzin was not as consistently effective as Select Max, which is accurate.  We also stated that the Gramoxone treatments could be variable in effectiveness, and we lumped it in with glufosinate (Liberty) in this regard, which is somewhat unfair to Gramoxone based on a review of data from our past studies.  And Liberty will not have any activity on corn with the LibertyLink trait of course. To finish reading this article, go to https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2017-14/more-killing-corn-replant-situation.

Slugs can’t spring, but late spring is the time to watch for them – Kelley Tilmon, Andy Michel

As planting wraps up, a reminder is in order about possible slug problems in no-till crops, especially in fields with a history of slug damage.  Although we do not know how numerous slugs are in fields, we do know that most crops are being planted later than normal.  If you have read our recommendations for slug management, you know that one way a grower can get a head start is to plant early, and get their crop out of the soil and growing before slugs begin their heaviest feeding.  However, with the weather conditions over the past month, many fields are just now being planted.  Slugs have been hatching and beginning to grow; this will result in many fields just germinating or emerging when slugs start to feed.  Go to https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2017-14/slugs-can%E2%80%99t-spring-late-spring-time-watch-them to finish reading this article.

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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