March 1, 2018

Good evening,

Hardin County has a rich tradition of active livestock commodity group organizations.  Each of these organizations have winter banquets and we are in the middle of these banquet events.  In case you haven’t kept up on all of the winter livestock banquets happening this winter or if you would like to plan ahead to attend, I have attached a news article discussing basic information about each banquet.  The Hardin County Pork Producers will hold their annual Pork Banquet on Saturday, March 17 at St. John’s Evangelical Church, starting at 6:30 pm.  The fun-filled evening will include selection of the Queen and Scholarship Recipients as well as amazing food and door prizes.  Ticket prices are $8, and half price for 2017 Hardin County Junior Fair Swine Exhibitors, as well as Fair Workers from the Food Pavilion, and children under the age of 12.  The banquet is open to all interested persons but advance tickets are required.  Tickets can be purchased through March 9 from the following county Pork Producers Directors: Grant Mizek, Kevin (Dewey) Skidmore, Steve Searson, Doug & Christine Heilman, Tim Holbrook, Mark Watkins, Rob Wilson, Matthew Holbrook, Lavern & Nancy Weaver, Rob Underwood, Nathan Weaver, Tyler & Tiffany Sparks, Rusty Bingham, Wes VanScoy, and Jody Dye. Tickets can also be reserved from the Extension office by calling 419-674-2297.  For more information about the Pork Banquet, see the attached news release.

So what is the relationship between healthy soils and healthy water?  How can you manage inputs and planting date for high economic corn yields?  Which soils should respond to sulfur applications?  What are some opportunities and considerations with subsurface placement of nutrients?  How can you build soil health and organic matter with cover crops and no-till?  How can you use economics in the choice between growing corn and soybeans?  What will the revised P index look like?  How can you get started in honey bees, barley, or hops production?  What are some methods to manage invasive plants around the farm?  These are all questions you might have asked yourself, but have struggled to find an answer.  This year’s Conservation Tillage Conference (CTC) has the answers to these questions and many more. The McIntosh Center at Ohio Northern University will once again be the location where about 60 presenters, several agribusiness exhibitors, and approximately 900 participants will come together March 6th and 7th in Ada.  Make plans now to attend this conference by reading the attached article.

Some farmers have received a notice that informs them that their current pesticide and/or fertilizer applicator licenses will expire at the end of March 2018 and that they must complete their continuing education hours to renew before this date.  Thirty dollars is sent to the Ohio Department of Agriculture in Reynoldsburg to renew the license and $30 to OSU Extension for the pesticide continuing education requirement.  If fertilizer recertification is needed, the cost to OSU Extension is $10 for the fertilizer continuing education requirement.  The Hardin County Pesticide and Fertilizer Recertification program will be offered Tuesday, March 13 at the Plaza Inn Restaurant in Mt. Victory. The pesticide recertification session will begin at 9:00 am and end at 12:00 pm. This session is for private applicators and will consist of Core, Grain and Cereal Crops, Forage Crops and Livestock, and Fumigation.  A lunch option will be made available at the Plaza Inn Restaurant for additional cost.  The fertilizer recertification will start at 1:00 pm and end at 2:00 pm.  Farmers must pre-register online at, call the Extension Office at 419-674-2297, or stop by at 1021 W. Lima Street, Suite 103 in Kenton to register.  Pre-registration is encouraged if not already done so to eliminate long lines at the door.  Further information regarding make-up or specialty recertification in other areas can be obtained by contacting the Extension office before March 30.  For more information, check out the attached article and flyer.

I have included flyers of other events going on that you might be interested, including a Malting Barley Workshop on March 15 in Marysville, OSU Blueberry, Bramble, and Wine Grape Pruning School in Piketon on March 15, a Women in Agriculture event March 22 in Fort Loramie, and an OSU Junior Swine Day in both Columbus and Wooster on March 25.  Have you noticed the maple trees that have been tapped around the county?  Have you ever thought about tapping maple trees and wondered where you can buy maple syrup equipment?  OSU Extension put together a brochure of maple syrup equipment dealers that producers can use that serve Ohio.  I have attached this brochure to this email if you are interested.  Finally, local events coming up soon include Ag Council breakfast tomorrow morning (3/2) at Henry’s Restaurant starting at 7:00.  I plan to share information about land values and cash rent so feel free to join us in the banquet room.  The Lamb Banquet will be Saturday evening (3/3) at St. John’s Evangelical Church in Kenton starting at 6:30 pm.  OSU Dairy Science professor Dr. Maurice Eastridge will be the guest speaker at the Dairy Service Unit annual meeting at the Extension office Monday evening (3/5).  We plan to start with a meal at 6:30 followed by the meeting at 7:00 pm.  Feel free to join us if you are interested in learning more about his topic, ‘Forces Affecting Dairying in the Future.’  The Cattle Producers will also be meeting Monday evening (3/5) at the Allmax Building starting at 7:30 pm.  Farm Bureau will be meeting Tuesday evening (3/6) at Ag Credit starting at 7:00 pm.  The Fairboard will be meeting Wednesday evening (3/7) at the fair office starting at 7:00 pm.  And don’t forget the Ag Society Consignment Sale selling used farm machinery Saturday morning (3/10) at the fairgrounds starting at 9:00 am.  As always, I have included some agronomy articles for you to consider reading.


Winter has seen wild swings in the weather – Jim Noel

The winter has seen wild swings in the weather and climate from cold to warm to cold. The outlook for February calls for this wild swing pattern to continue with periods of cold and mild along with periods of wet, snow and dry. The end result should be temperatures slightly colder than normal for February and precipitation at or above normal. Over the next two weeks precipitation liquid equivalent should average 1.5-2.5 inches over Ohio. Normal is about 1 inch in this period. See attached graphic for details. La Nina continues in the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean with cooler than normal waters. This tends to lead to more challenging years in the Ohio Valley for agriculture.  To read more about the weather, go to

Soil Aggregate Stability – a soil health physical indicator – Alan Sundermeier, Vinayak Shedekar

A suite of soil health measurements are becoming available which are not part of the traditional soil chemical tests. Soil aggregate stability is an important physical indicator of soil health, which protects organic matter accumulation, improves soil porosity, drainage and water availability for plants, decreases soil compaction, supports biological activity, and nutrient cycling in the soil. Aggregates are primary soil particles (sand, silt, clay) held together in a single mass or cluster, such as a crumb, block, prism or clod using organic matter, calcium and metals as cementing materials. Soil aggregates are formed by natural forces (such as alternate wetting-drying) and organic substances derived from root exudates, roots, soil animals and microbial by-products which cement primary particles into smaller aggregates (micro-aggregates) or smaller aggregates into larger particles, such as macro-aggregates. To read more, go to

Ohio Farm Business Analysis Program – Dianne Shoemaker, Haley Shoemaker

The message is clear: farms must know their costs of production for corn, soybeans, hay, milk, meat, and any other commodities they produce. Why? To make informed marketing, production, and financial management decisions that contribute to the overall profitability of the whole farm business. To help Ohio’s farm families achieve financial success in today’s challenging marketplace, the Ohio Farm Business Analysis Program is expanding our capacity to serve farmers across Ohio. Thanks to a USDA/NIFA grant, four additional Farm Business Analysis Technicians are ready to help farmers complete analysis of their 2017 business year. Farm business analysis is a tool that can be applied to any farm, regardless of size, crop, or livestock enterprise. Financial management is critical to the success of every farm business, and with analysis, farms are able to better understand the numbers behind their profits or losses.  To find out more about the Ohio Farm Business Analysis Program, click on

CORN Newsletter Reader Survey – Amanda Douridas, Amanda Bennett, Mike Gastier, Greg LaBarge

We want to thank all our readers for their interest in the CORN newsletter over the years. It has been several years since we have conducted a reader survey. We are asking readers to complete this survey to provide important information about the future content of the newsletter. Our goal is to provide farmers and consultants with accurate, researched based information that helps improve farm efficiency, profitability and sustainability. Completion is voluntary. All survey responses are anonymous and cannot be linked to respondents. Only summary data will be reported. If you receive the newsletter through an email subscription then you should have received an email about the survey with a personalized link. Please use this email to complete the survey. If you do not receive the CORN newsletter through email, we ask that you complete the survey by going to: . Thank you for your time and feedback as we strive to meet the needs of our readers.

Nutrient Management and Cover Crops Meeting – Jeff Stachler

Applying crop nutrients when they are not needed is costly, especially in the current farm economy and harmful to the environment. Conversely, not applying enough fertilizer will cause a reduction in crop yield causing a decrease in profitability. Cover crops are important to soil health, but how do you make them work? There are many options, what is the best option for your operation? Is soil health important? These questions along with nutrient management will be addressed at the upcoming meeting entitled: “Improving Your Bottom Line With Nutrients and Cover Crops”. The meeting will be held March 13, 2018 from 9:15 AM to 3:40 PM at the Eagles in Wapakoneta (25 E. Auglaize St.). To find out more about this meeting, go to




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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