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.
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.
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.
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.
Mark A. Badertscher
Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator
OSU Extension Hardin County
1021 W. Lima Street, Suite 103, Kenton, OH 43326