Harvest is mostly complete with a few corn fields that still need to be shelled. According to the attached November 30 Ohio Crop Weather Report, corn is 92% harvested in Ohio and 69% of the wheat is either rated good or excellent. Soybean harvest is wrapped up in Hardin County. During the growing season, from April 15 through October 15, average rainfall was 20.35 inches, which made 2020 a dry year. This is 4.57 inches below the ten-year average growing season precipitation, and 5.76 less inches of rain than last year’s growing season. See the attached Extension Rainfall Report for Growing Season for more details about how the rain or lack of rain affected this year’s crops.
On December 1, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. program directors from the Ohio Farm Service Agency and Ohio State University Extension will host a free informational webinar about ARC/PLC enrollment and election for the 2021 crop year. Producers must enroll in ARC/PLC for the 2021 crop year through their local Farm Service Agency office. Producers can amend the program elections they made for the 2019 and 2020 crop years for the 2021 crop year. The signup period for the 2021 crop year is open now, and the deadline to enroll and make amendments to program elections is March 15, 2021. Other webinars will be made available later if you are unable to view this webinar live. This webinar is free to watch and you can register or join in at: go.osu.edu/arc_plc and read more about it in the attached news release and flyer.
Hardin County Auditor Mike Bacon asked me to share the new CAUV rates for 2020 that I have attached to this email. Landowners should be pleased with the reduction in rates for this cycle. CFAP 1 participants are encouraged to apply for additional assistance. Signup for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2) began on September 21, 2020 and will continue through December 11, 2020. CFAP 2 provides eligible producers with direct financial assistance due to market disruptions and associated costs because of the COVID-19 pandemic. CFAP 2 is a separate program from the first round of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, now referred to as CFAP 1. Farmers and ranchers who participated in CFAP 1 will not be automatically enrolled and must complete a new application for CFAP 2. Details on how to apply can be found on farmers.gov/cfap/apply or check out the attached news release for more information.
The pandemic has taken its toll on in-person programming, and the Ohio No-Till Conference has gone virtual only. You can choose to watch live online at no cost. The program will be on Facebook.com/OhioNotillCouncil and if you don’t have Facebook, go to their website to watch at OhioNoTillCouncil.com to join in on this virtual program. See the attached Ohio No-Till News for more information about this now virtual only program. Locally, The annual Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame Banquet previously scheduled for December 1, 2020 was cancelled due to the inability to safely gather large groups as a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about this annual event cancellation in the attached news release.
I hope you are able to join us for our next Virtual Ag Coffee Hour meeting Friday, December 4 starting at 8:00 am to discuss the local harvest and other agriculture issues and county information. You can join us on your computer by clicking on the link https://osu.zoom.us/j/91979160672?pwd=Wjd0OVhwUmVxRWJEM0ZUUit4eTc4Zz09 or calling in with your phone at (312) 626-6799 and providing the Meeting ID: 919 7916 0672 and Password: 4369727 when asked.
Another news release that I have attached to this email is about the Hardin County OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer awards which were presented at the virtual state MGV conference held October 22. Stewart Coats was nominated locally as the Outstanding MGV, the Outstanding MGV Project local nomination was the “3rd Saturday in the Friendship Gardens,” and the Hardin County Men’s Garden Club was nominated locally as the Friend of MGV. If you are a sheep producer you won’t want to miss this year’s Buckeye Shepherds Symposium being held virtually on Friday, December 4. See the attached flyer if you are interested in participating in this free event. Other than that, I have included some articles below that you may be interested in reading.
Farmer and Farmland Owner Income Tax Webinar – Barry Ward
Do you know how the COVID legislation may affect your tax return? Do you know how equipment trade-ins may affect your federal and state tax returns? Farmers and farmland owners who wish to increase their tax knowledge should consider attending this webinar that will address tax issues specific to this industry. Content focuses on important tax issues and will offer insight into new COVID related legislation. Mark your calendars for December 3rd, 2020 to participate in this live webinar from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Read more about it at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2020-37/farmer-and-farmland-owner-income-tax-webinar
Ohio Certified Crop Adviser Pre-Exam Training – Harold Watters
The Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) Exam Training program, delivered by members of the OSU Agronomic Crops Team, will be held virtually for 2021 on January 5, 6, 7 & 8. This is normally an intensive two-day workshop but will be spread across four days this year, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and adjourn by 1:00 p.m. each day. Provided as a great basic agronomy course, it will be used as a reminder on what is best to study in preparation for the local CCA exam. Find out more information about this virtual class at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2020-37/ohio-certified-crop-adviser-pre-exam-training
Engenia, XtendiMax Labels Reapproved – Mark Loux
The USEPA recently reapproved use of Engenia and XtendiMax on Xtend and XtendiFlex soybeans, with modifications to address concerns about off-target movement. Summary of current situation follows. While the previous labels for these products listed all of the typical uses of dicamba that are found on most dicamba labels aside from soybeans, these two products are now approved for use only on dicamba-resistant soybeans – Xtend and XtendiFlex. Continue reading at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2020-38/engenia-xtendimax-labels-reapproved
Harvesting and Handling Moldy Corn – Pierce Paul
This year, slow grain dry-down, delayed harvest, and late-season rainfall have led to fairly high levels of one or more ear rots (Gibberella, Fusarium, Diplodia and Trichoderma) in some corn fields. Of these, Gibberella ear rot (GER) has been the most frequently reported and is the ear rot of greatest concerns since grain harvested from GER-affected fields will be contaminated with vomitoxin and other mycotoxins. Find out more at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2020-38/harvesting-and-handling-moldy-corn
Certified Livestock Manager Webinars in December – Glen Arnold
The Ohio Pork Council, The Ohio State University Extension and The Ohio Department of Agriculture are hosting two Certified Livestock Manager Webinars in December. Individuals can obtain 2.0 CLM CE Credits for attending each webinar. The first webinar is Wednesday, December 2nd from 10:00am to 12:00noon. Topics and speakers are Biosecurity Breaches by Andreia Arruda DVM, OSU Department of Veterinary Preventative Medicine; Livestock Mortality Composting Update by Dr Steven Moeller, OSU Swine Extension Specialist; and Worker Safety by Dr Dee Jepsen OSU Ag Safety and Health Leader. Go to https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2020-39/certified-livestock-manager-webinars-december for additional webinar information.
Mark A. Badertscher
Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator
OSU Extension Hardin County
1021 W. Lima Street, Suite 103, Kenton, OH 43326