The new year is upon us and it won’t be long before the Conservation Tillage Club breakfast programs begin. Join us on January 7 – Grain Marketing Outlook – Ben Brown, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in Agricultural Risk Management, Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Developmental Economics at The Ohio State University which will begin the series at the Plaza Inn Restaurant in Mt. Victory starting at 7:30 am. Also coming up soon is the regional Small Grains Management Workshop that I mentioned in the last issue of the Hardin County AgNR Update. See the attached article about this event which will focus on wheat and barley production January 9 in Wapakoneta. The West Ohio Agronomy Day is coming up January 13 in Fort Loramie. See the attached flyer for the full day of topics that are a part of this regional event held in Shelby County. I have also included an article about our OSU Extension Master Gardener state conference awards. This year our group of horticulture volunteers brought back three state awards to Hardin County.
Since harvest is over you might be thinking about next year’s crop budgets. OSU Extension has released the 2020 Corn, Soybean, and Wheat production budgets for the coming year. I have attached these Excel spreadsheets so you can insert your numbers into them as you plan for the 2020 crop season. Other upcoming events being held in our region include a Beef Cattle Care Clinic in Darke County on January 20, a New and Small Farm College in Miami County starting on January 21, and a Plant and Soil Nutrient Management seminar in Auglaize County on January 22. See the attached flyers for more details and how to register. I have also included a fact sheet from Michigan State University “Coping With Grief After Losing The Farm.” Other upcoming local events include a Farm Bureau meeting being held January 7 starting at 6:30 pm at Ag Credit, and an Ag Council breakfast meeting being held January 10 starting at 7:30 am at the Kenton McDonalds where we will take a look at the OSU Corn, Soybean, and Forage Trials. I have included ag crops articles from the CORN Newsletter below for your reading.
Performance data for the Ohio Corn Performance Test (OCPT) site at Upper Sandusky planted June 22 was not presented in the 2019 Ohio Corn Performance Test bulletin because of a late harvest (Nov. 26). However, results for this test are now available online at: http://oardc.osu.edu/corntrials/. Although a June 22 planting date is very atypical, many corn growers in northwest Ohio were planting well into June this year. There was considerable uncertainty as to what to expect from such a late planting, much less whether a grain crop was achievable. Read more about Late Planted Corn Performance Test Results at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2019-41/late-planted-corn-performance-test-results-–-how-did-they-turn.
Confronted with June planting dates, some Ohio corn growers planted hybrids with relative maturity ratings earlier (less than 102 days) than those of our commonly grown maturities. At the Hoytville OCPT test site, we evaluated 27 ultra-early hybrids with maturities ranging from 93-101 days. Yields averaged 190 bu./A and ranged from 163 to 219 bu/A; harvest grain moisture averaged 19.3 and ranged from 18.3-20.3%; and test weight averaged 56.6 and ranged from 53.3-58.5. In contrast, a 107 day commonly grown maturity hybrid included as a check yielded 220 bu/A with a 22.9 % harvest moisture and test weight of 51 lb/A. The Hoytville test site planted June 12 and harvested November 18, benefited from favorable growing conditions with timely rains. Pest injury was negligible. Several hybrids were subject to severe animal damage and not considered in this performance overview.
Join OSU Extension as we present a hands-on, intensive small grains management workshop for Ohio crop producers. This workshop will help you become a more profitable small grain producer and will feature a range of winter wheat and barley management topics including: cultural practices, insect and disease management, and soil fertility.
The workshop will be held in three locations from 9:00 AM-2:30 PM:
- Auglaize County on Thursday, January 9 (https://auglaize.osu.edu/events/small-grains-management-workshop)
- Wood County on Tuesday, January 14 (https://wood.osu.edu/news/small-grain-management-workshop)
- Pickaway County on Wednesday, January 15 (https://pickaway.osu.edu/events/small-grains-management-workshop)
Only $10 per person! And each participant will receive a copy of the Ohio Agronomy Guide, Corn, Soybean, Wheat, and Alfalfa Field Guide, Management of Winter Malting Barley guide, and the Weed Control Guide.
In 2019, 68 corn silage hybrids representing 15 commercial brands were evaluated in a joint trial with Michigan State University (MSU). The 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). Finish reading about the 2019 Northwest Ohio Corn Silage Test at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2019-41/2019-northwest-ohio-corn-silage-test.
The 2020 West Ohio Agronomy Day will be held on Monday, January 13th at St. Michael’s Hall in Fort Loramie. Doors open starting at 7:30 a.m. with a marketing update from Ben Brown and The Anderson’s at 8:00 a.m. At 8:30 a.m. the program including Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification (Core and Categories 1, 2, and 6) and the one-hour Fertilizer Applicator Recertification Training for those who are already certified to apply commercial fertilizers will begin. In addition, Certified Crop Adviser CEUs (NM, SW, IPM, CM, and S) and Commercial Pesticide Applicator Credits (Core, 2A, and 2C) have been approved. The program will conclude at 4 p.m. Find out more details about the 2020 West Ohio Agronomy Day at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2019-41/2020-west-ohio-agronomy-day.
Mark A. Badertscher
Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator
OSU Extension Hardin County
1021 W. Lima Street, Suite 103, Kenton, OH 43326