March 16, 2018


This past week we recertified 57 pesticide and 79 fertilizer applicators in Hardin County.  If you were not there, I have attached a couple of important handouts that I thought you should have.  One is on the Dicamba Label Modificaitons for 2018 for use of the Engenia, Xtendimax, and FeXapan products.  Another handout is regarding the changes coming for the Ohio Sensitive Crop Registry (OSCR) that will be happening soon to help protect sensitive crops and bees in Ohio.  The Hardin County Cattle Producers will hold their annual Beef Banquet on Saturday, March 24 in the Community Building at the fairgrounds, starting at 6:00 pm.  Pre-sale adult tickets are $15 ($20 at the door), youth ages 6-12 are $7.50 ($10 at the door), kids under 6 years old are free, and 2017 Hardin County Junior Fair Beef Barn Exhibitors are free with a reservation given to any Cattle Producers Director.  Tickets can be purchased from the following county Cattle Producers Directors: Marcia Hoovler, Adam Billenstein, Jeff Oestreich, Holli Underwood, Stacia Hall-Boughan, Derek Dunson, Dane Jeffers, Traci Deckling, Deana Gibson, Dick Cronley, and Mark Badertscher.  Reservations can also be made by calling the Extension office at 419-674-2297 ahead of the banquet and pay at the door.  See the attached news release for more information about this banquet.

There will be a follow-up ‘Tools for the Transition’ farm succession workshop being hosted by Ag Credit that will be March 27 in the Masters Building on the Wyandot County Fairgrounds in Upper Sandusky starting at 6:00 pm with a dinner.  See the attached flyer and contact Kenton Ag Credit at 419-675-2303 if you plan to attend but have not yet registered.  Poultry, dairy, swine, beef cattle and other livestock producers wanting to learn economically and environmentally beneficial ways to handle the death of their animals can earn livestock mortality composting certification through a course offered by experts and hosted by OSU Extension and the local Soil and Water Conservation District.  The workshop begins at 1:00 p.m. and will end by 4:00 p.m. March 28 at the Hardin County OSU Extension office, 1021 W Lima Street, Suite 103, in Kenton.  Registration is $10, which includes a workbook and certificate, and can be paid at the door.  Please pre-register by calling Hardin County OSU Extension or going to to register online.  See the attached news release and flyer for more details.

Other area events that you might be interested in attending are a Turkey Hunting Workshop being held on March 21 and a Controlling Woodland Invasive Plants Workshop being held on March 22.  Both of these events are taking place in Urbana and I have attached flyers to this email.  OSU Extension is also hosting a Swine Management Day in Celina on April 4, so check out the attached flyer for more details on this upcoming program.  Individuals interested in selling their locally produced food through various market channels who want to explore ways to improve their sales skills and business relationships, and those who are considering or are just developing a new food business may be interested in the Market Ready Producer Training program flyer that I have included with this newsletter.  Upcoming local events coming up soon include the Hardin County Poultry Banquet Saturday (3/17) starting at 6:00 pm at the Christian Missionary Alliance Church in Kenton, Hardin County Pork Banquet Saturday (3/17) starting at 6:30 pm at St. John’s Evangelical Church in Kenton,  and the ‘Go Native’ plants seminar being held by the OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers Thursday (3/22) starting at 9:00 am at Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative Community Room in Kenton.  Other than that, I have included some agronomy articles below from the CORN newsletter.



Crop Production Costs – Do you know yours? A quick look at the 2016 Ohio Farm Business Analysis – Dianne Shoemaker, Haley Shoemaker

Which number is closest to your total direct and overhead cost of production per bushel of corn: $3.08, $4.17, or $6.21? Do you know? Forty-two farms completed their 2016 farm business and crop enterprise analysis in 2017. The four lowest cost producers averaged $3.08 per bushel, the median COP was $4.17, and the four highest cost producers averaged $6.21 per bushel. Only the high 20% of these corn enterprises generated a positive net return for corn. For the other 80%, the personalized benchmark reports they receive helped them identify strengths and areas of opportunity in each crop enterprise.  To read more, go to


Spring Planting and Summer Growing Outlook – Jim Noel

La Nina, cooling of the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean waters, remains in place and is classified as a weak La Nina. This means many other things will ultimately impact our weather and climate since it is weak but it will contribute to our pattern. Indications are this could linger into spring and possibly summer before ending. Regardless of when it ends, it tends to impact weather patterns in the atmosphere longer, sometimes up to three to six months later. So there will be a contribution to our climate pattern into at least the planting season if not growing season.  Go to to continue reading this article.


Get Your Fertilizer Certification…Before Planting Begins – Eric Richer

Ohio is now seeing full implementation of Ohio’s Agricultural Fertilizer Applicator Certification regulation. The regulation was result of Senate Bill 150, which can be found at and The 2014 regulation required farmers to complete a fertilizer certification program if they applied fertilizer to more than 50 acres of land in agricultural production primarily for sale. Exemptions included fertilizer applied through a planter, individuals whose crops remained on the farm for their livestock and not sold, or fertilizer applied by a commercial applicator. Click on find out remaining fertilizer certification options.


Soybean Planting…How Early Is Too Early? – Laura Lindsey

Soybean planting date is absolutely critical to maximize yield (in most years and environments). Over the past few years, we’ve participated in a North Central Soybean Research Program (NCSRP) funded project with the goal of identifying causes of the “soybean yield gap.” (What factors are reducing soybean yield?) Across the Midwest, planting date was the most consistent management factor that influenced soybean yield. Finish reading this article at


Soil Health Workshop – Archbold – Garth Ruff

Are you interested in learning about cover crops and soil health? If so, consider attending a Soil Health Workshop on March 28th with OSU Extension, NRCS, and Henry SWCD. Jim Hoorman and Alan Sundermier will be presenting a variety of topics including: Biology of Soil Compaction, Economics of Cover Crops, Keeping Nutrients out of Surface Water, Managing Grasses and Brassica Cover Crops, Managing Pests: Voles & Slugs, Maximizing Mycorrhizae in Your Cropping System, and Open Discussion: Using & Managing Cover Crops. The workshop will take place at Northwest State Community College Room C200, 22600 St. Rt. 34 Archbold, Ohio 43502. There is no cost to attend the program and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to the Henry County Extension office at 419-592-0806, by March 21st.




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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