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.
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.
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.
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