We are approaching the end of the winter meeting season, and I wanted to keep you informed of the remaining programs that we have planned in the area. We will begin our two session Computerized Record Keeping with Quicken workshops tomorrow afternoon at the Extension office. We still have additional room for up to six farms (2 people per farm) if you are interested. See the attached flyer for more information about this 12:30-3:30 pm workshop. Another program that began last week and will continue next Tuesday is the Grain Marketing Webinar at the Extension office. It is also during the day from 11:00 am-1:00 pm. Feel free to join us for the 2nd session of this program if you would like to learn more about this topic. Our Master Gardener Volunteers are hosting a Spring Garden Seminar on Thursday, March 21 at Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative in Kenton. I have attached a copy of the news release and brochure from this all day program if you are interested in filling any remaining spots. Make sure you call Kim Thomas at 419-674-8012 as they have to finalize meals and materials soon.
The livestock banquets are in full swing as well. After this Saturday’s (3/16) Poultry Banquet, starting at 6:00 pm at the Kenton Christian Missionary Alliance Church, there will be the Beef Banquet on Saturday, March 23 starting at 6:00 pm at the Community Building at the fairgrounds. I have included a news release for the Cattle Producers Beef Banquet, and also for the Goat Banquet which will be held March 30, starting at 5:30 pm at the Kenton Christian Missionary Alliance Church. There is also a flyer announcing details of this upcoming event. Do you still need to obtain your fertilizer applicator certificate or know of someone who would like to get theirs? OSU Extension is having a Regional 3-Hour Fertilizer Certification Training in Botkins on March 25 for this purpose. You can choose from either an afternoon or evening time with dinner included. Fertilizer certification is required for anyone in Ohio applying fertilizer on 50 or more acres of crops for sale. The other option to become certified in fertilizer is to study the fertilizer manual and pass a test with the Ohio Department of Agriculture. By attending the 3-Hour OSU Extension training, you can bypass the test. Check out the attached flyer for details.
Are you interested in raising poultry on your farm? We are having a Backyard Poultry Seminar at the Hardin County Extension office Tuesday, March 26 from 6:30-8:30 pm. See the attached news release and flyer for details if you are interested in this class and register at http://go.osu.edu/hardinbackyardpoultry if you plan to attend. Other upcoming local events include a Soil and Water Conservation District meeting Thursday, March 21 starting at 7:30 am at the SWCD office. There is a Master Gardener Volunteers meeting Monday, March 25, starting at 7:00 pm at Harco Industries. Friday, March 29 is a Make-up/Specialty Pesticide and Fertilizer Recertification starting at 11:00 am for fertilizer and 12:00 pm for pesticide at the Extension office. If you would like to attend, make sure you register at pested.osu.edu or contact our office at 419-674-2297. I am still looking for a Goshen Township Rainfall Reporter, so let me know if you live in that township and can help by keeping track of daily rainfall from April 15-October 15. Other than that, enjoy the longer days and check out the agronomy articles that I have included below.
Wetter Pattern than Normal will Continue into March…and Possibly April – Jim Noel
Not a lot of great news in the short-term. The wet pattern so far this year is likely to persist into March as an active weather pattern from the Pacific Ocean moves across the U.S. In addition, the temperature gradient is amplified more than normal this late winter into early spring meaning colder north and warmer south. This will help fuel the storms and keep things active. The outlook for March calls for temperatures near or slightly below normal with precipitation above normal. The outlook through May calls for near normal temperatures and near to above normal rainfall. Read more about the weather at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2019-05/wetter-pattern-normal-will-continue-marchand-possibly-april.
What’s Legal to Apply to the LL-GT27 Soybean – The (maybe almost) Final Story – Mark Loux
Having to issue a retraction to previous C.O.R.N. article where we thought we had it right is always fun. About a month ago we ran an article that covered the legality of POST glyphosate and glufosinate applications to the LL-GT27 soybean, which is resistant to both herbicides. The issue at that time was the legality of applying a mix of both herbicides, based on questions we had received. Cutting to the quick, our conclusion was that because it was legal to apply the mixture since both herbicides could legally be applied and labels did not prohibit mixing. We were naïve apparently, because that article caused the issue over whether it was actually legal to apply glyphosate to the LL-GT27 soybean to be raised. Since then, ODA, USEPA, and the companies who are the involved registrants have been working to come to a solution that clarifies this issue and keeps us all moving forward toward a resolution. Finish reading this article at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2019-05/what%E2%80%99s-legal-apply-ll-gt27-soybean-%E2%80%93-maybe-almost-final-story.
Nitrogen Application Timing for Weak Wheat Stands – Ed Lentz
Late-planted wheat fields had little opportunity for growth before cold and wet conditions moved into the area last November. Fall tiller production was limited because of early cold weather soon after planting. In addition, some wheat stands have been damaged this winter from lack of snow cover, standing water, saturated soils, ice sheets, and days of very cold temperatures. In these situations, producers have asked whether they should apply nitrogen earlier to increase the number of spring tillers. Keep in mind, it is fall tillers that provide most of the yield in a wheat field. Heads developing from spring tillers generally are much smaller than heads from fall tillers. Find out more information about nitrogen timing for weak wheat stands at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2019-05/nitrogen-application-timing-weak-wheat-stands.
Prepare to Evaluate Forage Stands for Winter Injury – Mark Sulc, Rory Lewandowski
Forage stands will begin spring green-up in the next few weeks, especially in southern Ohio. While winter injury in forages is very hard to predict, this winter has presented some very tough conditions for forage stands. This is especially true of legumes like alfalfa and red clover. Producers and crop consultants should be prepared to walk forage stands early this spring to assess their condition in time to make decisions and adjustments for the 2019 growing season. We had some days with very cold air temperatures, but the soil temperatures have been much more moderate than you might expect. The soil temperature at the 2-inch depth is associated with the temperature of plant crowns. You can read more about this topic at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2019-05/prepare-evaluate-forage-stands-winter-injury.
Topdressing Wheat with Liquid Swine Manure – Glen Arnold
Wheat fields will begin to firm up in Ohio and the topdressing with nitrogen fertilizer will soon start. There is usually a window of time, typically around the last week of March or the first week of April, when wheat fields are firm enough to support manure application equipment. By this date, wheat fields have broken dormancy and are actively pulling moisture and nutrients from the soil. With the limited fall and winter opportunities to apply manure to fields, many livestock farms have more manure than usual for this time of year. The key to applying the correct amount of manure to fertilize wheat is to know the manure’s nitrogen content. Most manure tests reveal total nitrogen, ammonia nitrogen and organic nitrogen amounts. The ammonia nitrogen portion is readily available for plant growth. The organic nitrogen portion takes considerably longer to mineralize and generally will not be available when wheat uptakes the majority of its nitrogen in the months of April and May. Read more at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2019-05/topdressing-wheat-liquid-swine-manure.
Mark A. Badertscher
Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator
OSU Extension Hardin County
1021 W. Lima Street, Suite 103, Kenton, OH 43326