I hope you had a good holiday season and are looking forward to the upcoming winter meeting season. Our annual Conservation Tillage Club breakfast series begins this Thursday, January 12 at 7:30 am at the Plaza Inn Restaurant in Mt. Victory. This years line up of topics includes Using Precision Ag Data, Grain Marketing Outlook/Soybean Crush Plant, Corn Diseases, and Farm Bill Programs. See the attached news release and flyer for more details. We hope to see you there starting this Thursday and then every other week in January and February for a total of four events. This year’s Western Ohio Dairy Luncheon series is off to a good start with the next meeting January 18 featuring “Milking a Dairy Farm Analysis for All It’s Worth” in New Bremen. See the attached flyer for more information.
Once again this year were are having a New Pesticide Applicator class in Kenton on January 19. This class is for those farmers or farm employees who want to get their private pesticide applicator license for the first time. We will be following up the class with Ohio Department of Agriculture testing sessions at the Extension office in January, February, and March. If you or someone you know is interested in signing up for the class, contact me to register. I have included both a copy of the news release and flyer with this email. The West Ohio Agronomy Day is being held in Fort Loramie on January 23. This year we have a good line-up of speakers so see the attached flyer for more details about this special day of field crop agronomic speakers.
We plan to train a new group of Master Gardener Volunteers for Hardin County this winter. If you are interested or know of someone who has an interest in gardening and is willing to share their knowledge doing horticulture programing with county residents as part of the OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers, have them check out the new release about our upcoming Master Gardener Volunteer Training and the attached flyer. Deadline for registration for this combined self-paced online and in-person training is January 30. The orientation will be held on February 13 with other classes to follow. If your family is interested in farm succession planning, there is an online “Planning for the Future of Your Farm Webinar Series” starting on January 23. See the attached flyer for more information about how to register your family for this series.
Other links that you may be interested in include AGNR News Articles at https://hardin.osu.edu/program-areas/agriculture-and-natural-resources/agnr-news-articles, Farm Management Budgets at https://farmoffice.osu.edu/farm-management/enterprise-budgets, and Western Ohio Cropland Values and Cash Rents at https://farmoffice.osu.edu/farm-management-tools/farm-management-publications/cash-rents. I have included some articles about upcoming webinars and other programs below that you may be interested in reading.
Don’t Miss Out on 2023 Soil Health Webinar Series – Stephanie Karhoff, Tony Nye, Taylor Dill, Jamie Hampton
Join the OSU Extension Agronomic Crops Team 2023 Soil Health Webinar series for a Thursday morning series about soil health. You won’t want to miss out on this year’s line-up of farmers and academic experts covering a wide range of soil health topics as they dig below the surface to investigate new developments in soil health and soil management. Read more at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2023-01/dont-miss-out-2023-soil-health-webinar-series.
Join Us for the 2023 Precision U Webinars – Elizabeth Hawkins, John Fulton, Amanda Douridas, Ken Ford, Amanda Bennett
A different approach to farming is on the horizon as automated technologies are becoming available. The 2023 Precision U event will focus on “Automating Agriculture: The Future of Farming.” The event will be online with three Zoom webinars. Topics include regulation of autonomous equipment in Ohio, adoption on the farm, and the Ohio Rural Broadband Initiative. CEUs for Certified Crop Advisors will be offered. For more information, visit go.osu.edu/PrecisionU. Please plan to join us for one or all of these events! More information can be found at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2023-01/join-us-2023-precision-u-webinars.
2023 “Climate &…” Webinar Series – Aaron Wilson
As we know, weather and climate impact agriculture in significant ways. Please join us for our first in a series of three webinars on January 19, 2023 from 8-9 a.m. as we explore the impacts of extreme weather and climate on diseases with Drs. Pierce Paul and Aaron Wilson. This includes a short presentation on tools available from the Midwestern Regional Climate Center to help with in-season decision making and/or post-seasonal analysis. Additional webinars are available in February and March. Finish reading this article at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2023-01/2023-climate-webinar-series.
2023 Water Quality Wednesdays – Amber Emmons, Courtney Krieger, Rachel Cochran, Paige Garrabrant, Matthew Romanko
Join OSU’s Water Quality Extension Associates for their annual winter webinar series focusing on the interaction between agriculture and water quality. These webinars will take place monthly from January to March 2023 on the last Wednesday of each month. Each webinar will have knowledgeable speakers and will offer continuing education credits (CEUs) for Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs). Topics in 2023 will be cover crops and wetlands. There is no cost to attend these webinars, but registration is required to receive the connection link. All webinars will be recorded and posted to the OSU Agronomy Team YouTube channel for later viewing. CEUs will not be available from the recordings. Go to https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2022-42/2023-water-quality-wednesdays for more details.
Conservation Tillage Club Breakfast Series – Mark Badertscher
The 2023 Conservation Tillage Club breakfast program series will begin on Thursday, January 12 at the Plaza Inn Restaurant in Mt. Victory. Each session will start at 7:30 am with a complimentary buffet breakfast followed by the program at 8:00 am. Other sessions will be held on January 26, February 9 and 23. The Conservation Tillage Club breakfast program series is jointly sponsored by OSU Extension and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Hardin, Logan, and Union Counties, and in cooperation with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Find out more about the Conservation Tillage Club breakfast series at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2023-01/conservation-tillage-club-breakfast-series.
Mark A. Badertscher
Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator
OSU Extension Hardin County
1021 W. Lima Street, Suite 103, Kenton, OH 43326