This week we completed Pesticide and Fertilizer Recertification make-up trainings for 2021. If you have not yet completed your recertification for either 2020 or 2021, the deadline has been moved back to July 1, 2021 because of the pandemic. Online options still exist to get this done if needed at pested.osu.edu or I can still do video recertifications by appointment if needed at the Extension office. Join us for our monthly Virtual Ag Coffee Hour to discuss county agriculture and issues in Hardin County tomorrow morning at 8:00 am. We look forward to you joining the discussion this month to find out what is happening on the farms in your area. I also plan to share information about our online rainfall collection effort through CoCoRaHS, the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network. Currently, Hardin County has 26 stations with 9 being active so far this spring. See the attached flyer and register for this meeting at go.osu.edu/hardinagnr to join us on Zoom or by telephone.
Recent articles submitted to local media include information about vomitoxin in corn grain bins, frost seeding red clover, topdressing wheat, projected crop returns for 2021, National Ag Week, and planting forages. These articles have been included with this edition of the Hardin County Agriculture and Natural Resources Update. If you are knowledgeable about cropland values and cash rents, OSU Extension is encouraging you to complete our annual survey at OhioCroplandValuesCashRents202021 which will be used to gather data for the next Western Ohio Cropland Values and Cash Rental Rates document. Also included is a Quick Guide to the Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations Changes brought about by the recent update of this document by research conducted in Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan.
Speaking of research, currently we are planning on-farm research studies for the 2021 crop year. These trials will be included in the next eFields book. If you are interested in conducting fertilizer, seeding rate, fungicide, soil health, cover crop, or other research, give me a call and we can discuss your ideas. If you would like to see what other producers have already done with on-farm research, we have eFields books at the Extension office. I have also included a flyer for Soil Health for Dairy Feed Suppliers to this e-newsletter. These are programs for supporting dairy feed suppliers in Mercer, Paulding, Van Wert, Allen, Auglaize, Logan, and Hardin Counties. If you are a beef cattle producer and still need Beef Quality Assurance Training, I have included a flyer from Crawford County which includes several opportunities to get certified.
Finally, I am currently looking for fields to put out armyworm, black cutworm, and eventually western bean cutworm traps. Throughout the spring and summer I will check these traps to monitor these insect pests around the county and report results to OSU researchers. Recommendations then will be provided if there are issues with these pests. So let me know if you are interested as this is also a good way to scout crops throughout the growing season. As usual, I am providing articles from the CORN Newsletter that you may be interested in reading.
Should you expect any freeze damage to winter wheat? Most likely, no. – Laura Lindsey, Alexander Lindsey
The incoming cold temperatures are not likely to impact winter wheat. The magnitude of freeze damage depends on: 1) temperature, 2) duration of temperature, and 3) wheat growth stage. Prior to the Feekes 6 growth stage, the growing point of wheat is below the soil surface, protected from freezing temperatures. Most of the wheat in Ohio is at the Feekes 4 (beginning of erect growth) or Feekes 5 (leaf sheaths strongly erect) growth stage and should be unaffected by the incoming cold temperatures, predicted to be mid- to low 20s on Wednesday and Thursday. Read more at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2021-07/should-you-expect-any-freeze-damage-winter-wheat-most-likely-no
Time is now to purchase the right nozzles for your spraying needs – Erdal Ozkan
This is the time of the year you must complete shopping for nozzles because the spraying season is just around the corner. Each part of the application equipment plays a critical role in achieving maximum performance from the sprayer. Therefore, each component must be selected carefully and must perform successfully the tasks associated with it. Although nozzles are some of the least expensive components of a sprayer, they hold a high value in their ability to influence sprayer performance. Continue reading this article at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2021-06/time-now-purchase-right-nozzles-your-spraying-needs
Spring control of winter weeds in hay and pasture – Mark Loux
Now is the time to scout hay and pasture fields for the presence of winter annual and biennial weeds, especially those that are poisonous to livestock such as cressleaf groundsel. These weeds are resuming growth that started last fall and they are most effectively controlled with herbicides while still small. In addition to cressleaf groundsel, weeds of concern that should be treated soon include the following: poison hemlock, birdsrape mustard (aka wild turnip), wild carrot. Finish reading this article at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2021-07/spring-control-winter-weeds-hay-and-pasture
Wheat Growth Stages and Associated Management– Feekes 6.0 through 9.0 – Laura Lindsey, Pierce Paul, Ed Lentz
It is important to correctly identify winter wheat growth stages to enhance management decisions, avoiding damage to the crop and unwarranted or ineffective applications. Remember, exact growth stage cannot be determined by just looking at the height of the crop or based on calendar dates. Remember to stage several plants from several areas within your field. Read more about wheat growth stages and associated management at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2021-06/wheat-growth-stages-and-associated-management-feekes-60-through
Topdressing Wheat with Liquid Swine Manure – Glen Arnold
Wheat fields are firming up across Ohio and topdressing with nitrogen fertilizer has started. We have had less precipitation than usual, and more livestock producers may be considering applying liquid swine manure as a topdress for wheat. 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 before mid-June. Finish reading this article at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2021-06/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