February 10, 2019

Good evening,

Things are heating up as far as Extension programs go.  If you haven’t started penciling in dates on your calendar, now is the time to do so in order that you don’t miss out on several learning opportunities coming your way.  Our final Conservation Tillage Club breakfast will be Tuesday, February 19 at the Plaza Inn Restaurant in Mt. Victory starting at 7:30 am.  “Ag Technology” will be the topic of an interactive panel presentation delivered by the Ridgemont FFA.  See the attached article for more details.  There will be six OSU Extension state specialists coming to Hardin County on Thursday, February 21 for an “Ohio Intensive Soybean Management Workshop” which will be held at the Extension office in Kenton.  This all-day workshop will begin at 9:00 am and end at 3:30 pm.  The end goal is to make you a more profitable soybean producer.  See the attached article and flyer for more information about how to register online at go.osu.edu/hardinsoybean by the 14th of February.  Because this event has lunch, refreshments, books, and bulletins, there is a fee of $35 that can be paid at the door.

February 19 Conservation Tillage Club Breakfast News Release

Soybean Intensive Management Workshop News Release

Soybean Workshop Flyer

The Hardin County Horse Banquet is coming up Saturday, February 23 at 6:30 pm.  This event will be held at the Kenton Moose Lodge.  Doors will open at 5:30 pm for a silent auction to raise funds for a scholarship.  Banquet tickets this year are $10.00 for adults and $8.00 for youth under 18 years of age.  Children age 6 and under are admitted free.  Tickets are available until February 20 from the following Hardin County Horse Club Advisors or committee members: Jolene Buchenroth, Jonda Cole, Wendy Hooker, Ashley Haudenshield, Alesia Martin, as well as reservations taken at the Extension office.  The Conservation Tillage Conference (CTC) is coming up March 5-6 at Ohio Northern University in Ada.  Check out the attached Ohio No-Till News and the flyer for more information about this annual agronomy conference held here in the county.  Be sure to register for this conference by the early bird deadline of February 21 to get the best rate.

Horse Banquet News Release

Ohio No-Till News

Conservation Tillage Conference Flyer

Other events coming up in the area include eFields meetings for Northwest Ohio February 20 in Wauseon and for Western Ohio February 28 in Piqua.  Both of these meetings will include information about the on-farm research studies conducted in Hardin County.  See the attached flyers for more details if you are interested in making the trip.  I have copies of the eFields books available at the Extension office if you would like a copy to review the statewide results of this OSU Extension research conducted in partnership with local farmers.  Other programs include a Livestock Mortality Composting Clinic in Darke County on February 20 at 7:00 pm and a two-day Soil Health Workshop being held February 27 and March 1 in Auglaize County.  Upcoming local meetings include Cattle Producers tonight (2/11) at Allmax Software in Kenton starting at 7:30 pm; Sheep Improvement Association tomorrow night (2/12) at the Extension office starting at 7:30 pm; Soil and Water Conservation District at the SWCD office February 21 starting at 7:30 am; and the Hardin County Dairy Banquet at the Plaza Inn February 23 starting at noon.  I hope to see you soon at one of these events.  Until then, I have included some ag crops articles for you to read.

Northwest Ohio eFields Flyer

Western Ohio eFields Flyer

Livestock Mortality Composting Flyer

Soil Health Workshop Flyer









Weather Outlook – Jim Noel

The weather and climate pattern has been on a real roller coaster ride and it is expected to continue right into spring. Currently, the climate models are struggling to deal with the ocean conditions in the Pacific Ocean. Most models have been forecasting an El Nino this winter into spring and it just has not happened as of this time. In addition, without an El Nino or La Nina going on, this creates greater uncertainty in our weather and climate. It appears this may at least last into early spring. Go to https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2019-03/weather-outlook to read more about the weather outlook.







The LL-GT27 soybean – what’s legal? – Mark Loux

We are starting to see the availability of soybean varieties with more than two herbicide resistance traits, which can expand the herbicide options, improve control, and allow multiple site of action tank mixes that reduce the rate of selection for resistance.  One of these is the Enlist soybean, with resistance to glyphosate, glufosinate, and 2,4-D.  As of this writing, full approval for the Enlist soybean is still being held up by the Philippines (because they can apparently).  The other is the LL-GT27 soybean, which has resistance to glyphosate, glufosinate, and isoxaflutole (Balance).  Read more about these new types of soybeans at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2019-03/ll-gt27-soybean-%E2%80%93-what%E2%80%99s-legal.






Learn More about eFields at Regional Meetings – Elizabeth Hawkins

The Ohio State Digital Ag team is hosting four regional eFields meetings this month. Join us to learn more about the eFields program and results we are seeing across the state. Each meeting will feature presentations highlighting local trials including seeding rate, nutrient management, and crop management. There will be a panel discussion featuring cooperating farmers who are conducting on-farm research with Ohio State Extension. We would also like to hear from you about what topics you are interested in seeing in eFields in the future. Find out more about these upcoming eFields meetings at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2019-03/learn-more-about-efields-regional-meetings.






Cover Crop Resources from Purdue – Alan Sundermeier

Purdue has recently published cover crop recipes intended to provide a starting point for farmers who are new to growing cover crops.  With experience, farmers may fine-tune the use of cover crops for their systems.  Additional Purdue resources are also listed: Post Soybean, Going to Corn: Use Oats/Radish (Indiana Cover Crop Recipe series, MCCC-101/AY-357-W) — available from www.mccc.msu.edu select states/provinces, then Indiana.  For more cover crops resources, click on https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2019-03/cover-crop-resources-purdue.






Ohio Intensive Soybean Management Workshop – Hardin County – Mark Badertscher

This past crop season was a good year for soybean production across the state.  The weather cooperated and yields were high.  However with the lower soybean prices, intensive management practices become more important to produce a successful crop.  Several OSU Extension state specialists will be spending the day on Thursday, February 21 in Hardin County to share information with farmers in a small group hands-on workshop being held at the OSU Extension office, 1021 W Lima Street in Kenton.  The workshop will begin at 9:00 am and conclude by 3:30 pm.  This soybean workshop is open to soybean producers from across Ohio.  Go to https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2019-03/ohio-intensive-soybean-management-workshop-hardin-county for more details.




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



February 1, 2019

Good evening,

Hopefully we will soon be over this cold spell.  Along with the snow this morning, it affected our Ag Council breakfast attendance so I have extra copies of the OSU eFields books.  For those of you who were unable to attend the past Conservation Tillage Club breakfast meeting, we had a good program for our Grain Marketing Outlook and I have included an article about it.  Our next breakfast meeting is coming up February 5 at the Plaza Inn Restaurant in Mt. Victory starting at 7:30 am.  You won’t want to miss OSU Extension state specialist Dr. Pierce Paul discussing Corn Diseases and how to manage them.  If you are still on the fence about whether to attend, I have also included an article and flyer promoting this upcoming event.  I have attached a copy of our Northwest Region Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Newsletter that was supposed to arrive in mailboxes in early January.  It has Extension programs for this winter for Hardin, as well as counties northwest of us.  It turned out to be a nice publication so make sure you check it out.

January 22 Conservation Tillage Club News Release

February 5 Conservation Tillage Club News Release

Conservation Tillage Club Flyer

Northwest Region Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Newsletter

There is a “Lunch and Learn” Women for the Land program on February 27 at the Extension office focusing on Nutrient Management.  See the attached flyer and contact the Soil and Water Conservation District office at 419-673-7238, extension 3 if you know someone who would like to attend.  The Hardin County Dairy Banquet will be the first of seven winter livestock banquets scheduled for this year.  It will be held Saturday, February 23 at the Plaza Inn Restaurant beginning at noon.  This year the Dairy Service Unit is also encouraging Dairy Beef Feeder project families to attend with Jr. Fair exhibitor discounted tickets and eligibility for scholarships.  See the attached news releases for information about how to get a ticket and read about the other winter livestock banquets coming up so you can put them on your calendar.  Are you a budding or experienced gardener?  If so, you may be interested in our upcoming Regional Master Gardener Volunteer Training Course coming up in March and April at the OSU Lima Campus.  See the attached article and flyer for more details and help spread the word as we need more horticulture volunteers in the county.

Lunch and Learn Women for the Land Flyer

Dairy Banquet News Release

Livestock Banquet Season News Release

New Master Gardener Volunteer Course News Release

Allen-Hardin MGV Class Flyer

Other upcoming events that you might be interested in include the Allen County Ag Outlook on February 7 in Lima.  The program includes a speaker on the grain market forecast, phosphorus and run-off data from farm fields, and a farm bill update.  See the attached news release for registration information.  A Dicamba-Specific Training is being provided by Monsanto on February 20 from 9:00-11:00 am at the Plaza Inn Restaurant.  This training is required each year for anyone applying dicamba to Xtend soybeans.  Go to https://pested.osu.edu/DicambaTraining to register for either this training or the other area ones including one coming up the same week in Findlay.  A request I have is that the Goshen Township Extension Rainfall Reporter has decided to retire from collecting rainfall amounts this coming year.  I will need to find a new person to take this over from April 15-October 15.  It involves writing down daily rainfall amounts throughout the growing season and then sending this data sheet to the Extension office at the end of the month.  I will provide this person with a special rain gage for this purpose.  Let me know if you live in Goshen Township or have a neighbor who might be interested.  Other than that, enjoy the warming trend and take a look at the ag crops articles below.

2019 Allen County Ag Outlook News Release 



Winter Application of Manure – Glen Arnold

This past fall was particularly tough on livestock producers and commercial manure applicators trying to land apply livestock manure. Weather conditions were warmer and wetter than normal with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) station at South Charleston recording 32 days with measurable rainfall totaling 9.91 inches in November and December. In these same two months, the OARDC station at Hoytville recorded 24 days with measurable rainfall totaling 6.04 inches. The wet weather prevented many acres of cover crops being planted and has severely limited the number of days that field conditions were dry enough or frozen enough for manure application equipment to operate.  To read about the rules and regulations with winter application of manure, go to https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2019-01/winter-application-manure.


2018 Northwest Ohio Corn Silage Test – Rich Minyo, Bill Widdicombe, Allen Geyer, Peter Thomison

In 2018, 63 corn silage hybrids representing 16 commercial brands were evaluated in a joint trial with Michigan State University (MSU). One Ohio location is combined with Michigan’s two southern (Zone 1) silage locations. The trials were divided into two maturity groups designated early and full season on the basis of the relative maturity (RM) submitted by the companies with results listed in separate tables.  The Ohio test site was located in our Northwest Region at Hoytville (Wood County).  Read about the corn silage test results at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2019-01/2018-northwest-ohio-corn-silage-test.


2019 Outlook Meetings to be held Across Ohio – Amanda Douridas

Ohio State University Extension is pleased to announce the 2019 Agricultural Outlook Meetings! In 2019, there will be seven locations in Ohio. Each location will have a presentation on Commodity Prices- Today’s YoYo. Additional topics vary by location and include U.S. Trade Policy: Where is it Headed, Examining the 2019 Ohio Farm Economy, Weather Outlook, Dairy Production Economics Update, Beef and Dairy Outlook, Consumer Trends, and Farm Tax Update. Join the faculty from Ohio State University Extension and Ohio State Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Developmental Economics as they discuss the issues and trends affecting agriculture in Ohio. For more information, click on https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2019-02/2019-outlook-meetings-be-held-across-ohio.


Changes to labeling for Engenia (BASF), XtendiMax (Monsanto) and FeXapan (DuPont) for 2019 – Greg LaBarge

Both commercial and private applicators should note changes to labeling for Engenia (BASF), XtendiMax (Monsanto) and FeXapan (DuPont) for 2019. If these products will be part of your 2019 herbicide program, please review the revised labels and requirements. Of special note is the change that only license applicators can purchase, mix, load, apply or clean application equipment removing the “supervision by a certified applicator” option for these products.  Find out more information about the changes to the dicamba label for soybeans at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2019-02/changes-labeling-engenia-basf-xtendimax-monsanto-and-fexapan.


Northern Ohio Crops Day – Allen Gahler

Northern Ohio Crops Day, held annually on the first Thursday in February at Ole Zim’s Wagon Shed near Gibsonburg, Ohio in Sandusky County is all set for another outstanding program that the progressive grain crop producer will not want to miss. Thursday, February 7, 2019, the program will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a look at fungicide use in alfalfa led by Jason Hartschuh, Ag Educator in Crawford County.  Alan Sundermeier, Ag Educator in Wood County will then provide an update on the status of palmer amaranth and waterhemp in the area along with management strategies.  A discussion on temperature inversions and their impact on our spray practices will be led by OSU Extension climatologist Aaron Wilson. To read more about this event, go to https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2019-02/northern-ohio-crops-day.


The Ohio State University

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