February 21, 2020


The Conservation Tillage Conference (CTC) is the largest agriculture meeting in northwestern Ohio.  Historically over 800 individuals will attend each day of this two-day conference.  This year’s event will be March 3 and 4 on the campus of Ohio Northern University in Ada.  Have you taken a look at what it has to offer in our own backyard?  There will be two full days with over 60 speakers and about 30 vendors.  The focus on the program is conservation including no-till, cover crops, and soil health.  However, the latest management practices for each major crop and new developments in precision agriculture are included in the program.   See the attached news release and brochure for information about how you can be one of the attendees to attend this year’s conference.

CTC News Release

CTC Flyer

This past Tuesday was the final Conservation Tillage Club breakfast program at the Plaza Inn.  If you missed the program on “Implementing H2Ohio’, you will want to read the news release to find out what ODA Engineer Mark Seger presented.  After you do that, take a look at the flyer for the H2Ohio meeting that will be held at Ohio Northern University on Friday, February 28 at 9:30 am in the McIntosh Center.  This meeting will be held to explain the application process for H2Ohio funds and answer questions about the program’s conservation practices.  H2Ohio funding is available to farmers in the Maumee River Watershed through Governor DeWine’s H2Ohio Initiative.  A total of $30 million has been allocated to agriculture and these funds are available throughout Hardin County, no matter if your farm drains into the Lake Erie Watershed or not.  The Ohio Department of Agriculture will host this series of meetings through local Soil and Water Conservation Districts.  The Ohio Agriculture Conservation Initiative will outline the new Farmer Certification Program and how it will work with H2Ohio.  These meetings have been well attended all over northwest Ohio.

February 18 Conservation Tillage Club News Release

H2Ohio Farmer Meetings Flyer

Are you interested in attending a livestock banquet but don’t know when they are being held?  See the attached news release about the Winter Livestock Banquets for a summary of dates, times, and locations.  I have also included news releases I wrote about the upcoming Hardin County Beef Banquet being held March 7 and the Hardin County Pork Banquet being held March 14 which contains information about how you can get tickets to attend these events.  Other programs coming up in our region include a 3-Hour Fertilizer Certification Training in Celina on March 11 if you missed the one in Richwood and still need to get certified for the first time.  The West Central Region 2019 eFields Meeting will be held in Piqua on March 16 to find out the results of the on-farm research conducted by OSU Extension in 2019.  Check out the attached flyers for more information.

Livestock Banquet Season News Release

Beef Banquet News Release

Pork Banquet News Release

Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training Flyer

eFields West Central Region Flyer

Other upcoming events going on around the state that you may be interested in include the 2020 Ohio Woodland, Water & Wildlife Conference being held March 4 in Mansfield and the 2020 Overholt Drainage School being held March 9-12 in Lancaster.  See the attached brochures and registration flyer if you are interested.  Other local events being held in Hardin County include the Horse Banquet Saturday, February 22 starting at 6:30 pm at the Kenton Moose Lodge; OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers meeting Monday, February 24 starting at 7:00 pm at the Extension office; Poultry Banquet Saturday, February 29 starting at 6:00 pm at the Kenton Christian Missionary Alliance Church; Farm Bureau meeting Wednesday, March 4 starting at 6:30 pm at Ag Credit; Fairboard meeting Wednesday, March 4 starting at 7:00 pm at the fair office; and Ag Council breakfast meeting Friday, March 6 starting at 7:30 am at the Kenton McDonalds; and the Lamb Banquet, Saturday, March 7 starting at 6:30 pm at St. John’s Evangelical Church in Kenton.  Below are some articles from the CORN Newsletter that you may be interested in reading.  That’s all for now.

Ohio Woodland Water Wildlife Conference Brochure

Overholt Drainage School Brochure

Overholt Drainage School Flyer











2019 eFields Report Available – Elizabeth Hawkins, John Fulton

The 2019 eFields Research Report is now available online or in a hardcopy version.  2019 was a challenging year for many farmers including the eFields team but despite the challenges, the team was able to grow. The 2019 report covers 88 on-farm, field scale trials conducted in 30 Ohio counties. and provides information on a variety of topics including new studies.  Here is a list of some of the 2019 study topics and pages you can read about their results:


Nitrogen 4Rs: pages 48-63

Fungicide and Insecticide: pages 38-39, 104-109

Cover Crops: pages 156-158 and 202

Forages: pages 154-185

Ag Tech: pages 186-197

Crop Production Budgets: pages 26-31

Ohio Planting Progress: page 22

2018 Farm Bill: page 32


Find out more including how to download the eFields book at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2020-02/2019-efields-report-available.









Wetter Conditions Remain Favored into Spring – Jim Noel

The outlook for February calls for near normal temperatures after the warm start with normal to above normal rainfall. That was the only change in the outlook. February looks wetter than a few weeks ago. Rainfall the next two weeks will average 1-4 inches across the state. Normal for two weeks is about 1.5 inches. You can see the consensus 16-day rainfall outlook at: https://www.weather.gov/images/ohrfc/dynamic/NAEFS16.apcp.mean.total.png The spring outlook is for a chilly start but a warmer than normal finish. Above normal rainfall is in the outlook until at least May.  However, it does not look as wet as 2019 at this time. The trends in the climate models indicate a switch to hotter and drier weather as we go through summer. You can keep up-to-date on all the NOAA climate outlooks at: https://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/









Yield Survey Results Released – Elizabeth Hawkins, Aaron Wilson, Alexander Lindsey, Laura Lindsey, John Fulton

2019 was a growing season that will stick in our memories for years to come. Near record spring rains across west central and northwest Ohio (seventh and third wettest on record respectively), fell on already saturated ground, contributing to unprecedented delays in planting progress. Planting for both corn and soybean crops was the slowest on record and we pushed the boundaries with planting dates extending later into the season. These conditions also led to a record 1,564,611 unplanted acres at the end of the season.  Find out what information was reported about the 2019 crop year at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2020-03/yield-survey-results-released.









Farm Bill Decision Deadline Fast Approaching – Chris Zoller, Mary Griffith, Ben Brown

Enrollment in the 2018 Farm Bill programs (PLC, ARC-CO, and ARC-IC) ends on March 16th. If you do not enroll by this date you will default to the election you made in the previous Farm Bill and receive NO PAYMENTS for the 2019 program year. This same election holds true for 2020. As a reminder, PLC is a price protection/income loss option that covers declines in crop prices and the ARC-CO program is an income support option based on county-level benchmark revenues and guarantees compared to actual revenues.  For those with prevent planted acres, the ARC-IC program may be worth consideration.  ARC-IC issues payments when individual crop revenue is less than the guarantee and uses individual yields, rather than the county yields.  Read more at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2020-04/farm-bill-decision-deadline-fast-approaching.






Take Action – Mark Loux

The USB Take Action initiative and university weed scientists have developed a free webinar series covering various weed and herbicide management issues. The webinar occurs every Thursday at 11 am EST through March 26.  Each webinar will have two weed scientists giving presentations about 15 minutes long, and there is opportunity for viewers to ask questions via the web portal. Click on https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2020-04/take-action to find out the weekly weed control webinar series that can either be watched live or as a recording when you are available to view.




Mark A. Badertscher

Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator

OSU Extension Hardin County

1021 W. Lima Street, Suite 103, Kenton, OH 43326



February 6, 2020


Have you been working on your Farm Bill ARC/PLC decisions?  OSU’s Farm Bill Decision Central webpage can be found at https://aede.osu.edu/research/osu-farm-management/2018-farm-bill and contains a wealth of information with ARC/PLC Decision Aid Tools, Commodity Program Resources, County Meetings, Frequently Asked Questions, and other helpful resources.  I have been taking appointments to meet with farmers one-on-one to help them with entering FSA Farm information and Crop Insurance Information into the decision tools to help them make a choice between ARC-CO, ARC-IC, and PLC.  Tomorrow morning (2/7) at our Ag Council breakfast, I plan to have Farm Bill information to share at the Kenton McDonalds starting at 7:30 am so feel free to join us.  I have been asked to share the following message from the Hardin County Farm Service Agency: “The Hardin County Farm Service Agency would like to remind all producers who have not yet made an appointment to enroll their farms in ARC/PLC to do so immediately.   The application deadline is March 16 2020, if you fail to enroll by the deadline then you will not eligible to receive payment for 2019 ARC/PLC and your program election defaults to the previous farm bill election on the farm.  Appointment times are becoming very limited, so please contact the Hardin County FSA Office at 419-673-7238 now to secure a date and time.”

If you missed this week’s Conservation Tillage Club breakfast, you missed a good presentation on Soil Health from Hans Kok, sponsored by the American Farmland Trust.  See the attached news article for more information about his message.  The final Conservation Tillage Club breakfast will feature ODA Engineer Mark Seger speaking about the new H2Ohio program.  Join us Tuesday, February 18 starting at 7:30 am at the Plaza Inn Restaurant in Mt. Victory to find out more about the conservation and nutrient management phosphorus reduction cost share programs that are being made available to farmers this spring.  If you or someone you know is in need of fertilizer certification for the first time, Hardin and Union County Extension are holding a 3-hour fertilizer certification training at Richwood Marketing on Wednesday, February 12.  I have attached both a news article and flyer with more details about this training for both private and commercial applicators who apply fertilizer to crops for sale on 50 or more acres in Ohio.

February 4 Conservation Tillage Club News Release

Fertilizer Certification News Release

3 Hour Fertilizer Training Richwood Flyer

More upcoming livestock banquets have been announced in the county.  Be sure to attend the 4th annual Hardin County Poultry Banquet on February 29 starting at 6:00 pm at the Kenton Christian Missionary Alliance Church Family Center.  The following week, the Hardin County Sheep Improvement Association is holding their annual Lamb Banquet on March 7 starting at 6:30 pm at St. John’s Evangelical Church in Kenton.  Check out the flyer and news articles for these upcoming banquets to find out how you can get tickets for your family to attend.  Other area events that I’ve attached flyers for include Ohio Forage and Grasslands Council 2020 Annual Meeting “Foraging For Profit” being held February 21 in Reynoldsburg, Solar Panel Workshop for information and resources on solar leases February 26 in Urbana, and a Women in Ag Event featuring a choice between six guest speakers with different topics being held March 26 in Sidney.

Poultry Banquet Flyer

Poultry Banquet News Release

Lamb Banquet News Release

2020 OFGC Annual Meeting Brochure

Solar Panel Workshop Flyer

Women in Ag Brochure Front

Women in Ag Brochure Back

Other upcoming local events include Cattle Producers meeting Monday (2/10) starting at 6:30 pm at the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance; Farm Bureau meeting Thursday (2/13) starting at 5:30 pm at the Christian Missionary Alliance Church; Hardin County Dairy Banquet Saturday (2/15) starting at 12:00 noon at the Plaza Inn Restaurant; Farm Bureau Membership Kickoff with “Family Feud” Saturday (2/15) starting at 6:30 pm with a BBQ dinner, meal, and games.  RSVP by calling the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance at 419-673-4131.  Cost is $15 for a single and $25 for a couple.  There is also a Soil and Water Conservation District meeting scheduled for Thursday (2/20) starting at 7:30 am at the SWCD office. The Hardin County Horse Banquet is Saturday (2/22) starting at 6:30 pm at the Kenton Moose Lodge.  I have included ag crops articles below from the CORN Newsletter that you may be interested in reading.






Early Indications Point to a Wetter Spring – Jim Noel

It is that time of the year where winter is here but spring is just around the corner. The weather, climate and hydrology patterns still remain wet across the region. This makes Ohio vulnerable to wet conditions. The outlook for February calls for normal to slightly below normal temperatures with not too far from normal rainfall. There is a chance February could be drier than normal but the chances are not high. The jet stream remains active from Japan across the North Pacific Ocean into North America but not as active as last year. Therefore, the spring outlook is for a chilly start but a warmer than normal finish. At the same time, above normal rainfall is forecast so we are likely to see spring planting challenges again into 2020 like many of the last 10+ years. However, it does not look as bad as 2019 at this time. Many of the climate models show trends toward normal or below normal rainfall and hotter weather for summer which if it comes to happen will create challenges. You can keep up-to-date on all the NOAA climate outlooks at: https://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/









Managing Stored Grain Through Winter – Jason Hartschuh

Managing stored grain throughout the winter is an important part of your grain marketing plan for farm profitability. This winter we are already receiving reports of stored grain going out of condition, which can lower the value and be a hazard to those working around the grain facility. At a minimum, stored grain that has gone out of condition can cause health hazards, especially when grain dust contains mold and bacteria. Out of condition grain can also form a crust or stick to the bin walls and if someone enters the bin for any reason an entrapment could occur. Read more at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2020-02/managing-stored-grain-through-winter.









OSU Extension Farm Business Analysis Program – Dianne Shoemaker

Additional author: Haley Shoemaker

How well do you know your farm?  Sure, you could probably drive your fields blindfolded and you could name without a doubt the cow that will always come in the parlor last; but what about your farm as a business?  If this question made you stop and think, then it’s time to become more familiar with your cost of production and other financial measures that make the rest of your farming operation possible. The Ohio Farm Business Analysis Program is focused on working with farmers across Ohio to better understand the numbers behind their farm business in order to make more informed production, marketing and financial management decisions that will impact the farm’s overall profitability. Find out more at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2020-02/osu-extension-farm-business-analysis-program.









OSU Extension and Ohio Soybean Council Energy Study: Understanding the Impact of Demand Charges & Power Factor in Agriculture – Eric Romich

Farmers have long explored options to provide energy savings associated with their agricultural operations.  Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Soybean Council have partnered to provide research-based data driven tools to help Ohio farmers assess and navigate various energy infrastructure investment options for their farm.  Specifically, the project team is interested in learning more about your experience and interest in implementing energy management strategies such as peak demand reduction, power factor correction, and/or the integration of solar generation systems to reduce electricity costs on your farm. Continue reading this article at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2020-02/osu-extension-and-ohio-soybean-council-energy-study-understanding.









Ohio Farm Custom Rate Survey 2020 – Barry Ward

A large number of Ohio farmers hire machinery operations and other farm related work to be completed by others. This is often due to lack of proper equipment, lack of time or lack of expertise for a particular operation.  Many farm business owners do not own equipment for every possible job that they may encounter in the course of operating a farm and may, instead of purchasing the equipment needed, seek out someone with the proper tools necessary to complete the job. This farm work completed by others is often referred to as “custom farm work” or more simply “custom work”. A “custom rate” is the amount agreed upon by both parties to be paid by the custom work customer to the custom work provider. Finish reading about the Ohio Farm Custom Rate Survey at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2020-02/ohio-farm-custom-rate-survey-2020.




Mark A. Badertscher

Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator

OSU Extension Hardin County

1021 W. Lima Street, Suite 103, Kenton, OH 43326