November 17, 2023

Good evening,

I hope harvest has been gone well for you since the previous edition of the Hardin County Agriculture and Natural Resources Update. Locally, most of the corn is now off, with about 20% still in the fields. I have heard moisture ranging from 19-21 a week ago, with yields approaching 200 bushels per acre. Some corn is coming off even drier with the favorable November weather. Soybean harvest is now completed for the most part with most yields being reported around 60 bushels per acre. Cover crops are still being seeded, manure being spread, fertilizer is being applied, and fall tillage is taking place in several area fields. See the latest Ohio Crop Weather report from November 13 to compare with rest of Ohio. Feel free to share your harvest information with me if you would like.

Ohio Crop Weather

The big news in county agriculture is that the Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame has announced the 2023 honorees to be inducted at the twentieth annual Agriculture Hall of Fame recognition banquet. The 2023 inductees include: Robert Allen Barrett, Samuel and Marilyn Dalton, Wheeler McMillen, Harold Oberlitner, and Daniel J. Wagner. The banquet will be held on Tuesday, December 5th, beginning at 6:30 pm at St. John’s Evangelical Church on East Carrol Street in Kenton. Tickets for the Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame Banquet must be purchased in advance through November 21. Tickets are $15 and can be reserved by calling the Hardin County Extension office (419-674-2297) or purchased from the committee members: Mark Badertscher, Doug Griffith, Gary Harpster, Genny Haun, John Knedler, Bob McBride, Zac McCullough, Kerry Oberlitner, and Bob Wood. See the attached news release for more information.

Ag Hall of Fame News Release

The 2023 Soil Health Tour goes live! This year’s tour is fully virtual, showcasing seven tour stops across Northwest Ohio with practices that promote soil health. We invite you to view the interactive StoryMap at, and attend the wrap-up event on November 30th at the Paulding County Extension Office. A meal will be provided free of charge at the wrap-up event, but registration is required. Dr. Manbir Rakkar, statewide soil health and fertility specialist, will be the guest speaker for this event. Check out the attached flyer for more details.

Soil Health Tour Flyer

A research team from The Ohio State University is looking for farmers based in the Maumee River Watershed who are interested in participating in a USDA-funded project designed to help better understand benefits and tradeoffs associated with integrating cover crops into corn-soybean rotations. A total of 16 fields will be needed for this project which meet the criteria of one of the following four treatment categories:

The project involves cover crops and their benefits/penalties in the Maumee River Watershed in NW Ohio. Volunteer fields should fit the criteria of one of the four treatment types:

  • Fields in a corn-soybean rotation, with no history of winter wheat or cover crop integration (within the past 5 years).
  • Fields in a corn-soybean rotation, with a recent history of winter wheat, but no history of cover crop integration.
  • Fields in a corn-soybean rotation, and with less than 3 years of cover crop (specifically cereal rye) integration.
  • Fields in a corn-soybean rotation, and with more than 5 years of cover crop (specifically cereal rye) integration.

Participants will not need to alter their management, and we will work to keep them informed regarding our in-field activities. Monthly data collection (for 2024-2025) will include soil, gas emissions, and minimal tissue/biomass sampling as well drone imagery. The only farmer input requirements will be calibrated yield/harvest data (but could also include any other information they would be willing to offer). We would be happy to talk to any interested parties and to provide any more information. We will be reaching out to those individuals whose fields might fit into the above categories. Let me know if you are interested in this project and I will put you in contact with the proper people. Read more about this project in the attached OSU-USDA Cover Crop Project Recruitment flyer.

OSU – USDA Cover Crop Project Recruitment Flyer

I hope that you have an enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday with your family and for those of you who are done with harvest and would like some additional reading, I have attached a few articles that may be of interest to you.





Harvest Delays – Light vs. Temperature – Alexander Lindsey, Aaron Wilson, Osler Ortez

There has been a lot of discussion about the crop yields from 2023 in Ohio, from early reports of crop stress in May and June to greater than anticipated yield values for many producers this fall. Yield reports of >110 bu/ac wheat harvested in July were reported in parts of Ohio, and better than anticipated yields in some corn and soybean fields while others have experienced lower than anticipated yield. Many questions have been raised on the role that haze from Canadian wildfires may have played on seasonal crop growth this year. Ohio experienced three major episodes of wildfire impacts on June 6-7, June 27-29, and July 16-17, with several more days throughout the two-month period of less intense smoke-filled skies. Get the full story at



Harvest Complete? It’s Time To Assess SCN Levels In Your Fields! – Horacio Lopez-Nicora

Soybean cyst nematode poses a significant threat to soybean production, with potential yield reductions occurring without visible symptoms. To effectively manage SCN, it is crucial to know the presence and population levels of this destructive pathogen in your fields. Fall presents an ideal opportunity for sampling soil and testing for SCN, allowing growers to plan ahead and implement effective management strategies. In this article, we highlight the importance of fall sampling for SCN and provide valuable resources available to Ohio growers. Read more about SCN fall sampling at



2023 Ohio Soybean Performance Trials: Results for All Trial Locations – Laura Lindsey, Allen Geyer

Results for the 2023 Ohio Soybean Performance Trials are available for all locations: We will update the report with seed protein, oil, and size as we finish analyzing samples. Sortable yield data will be available in the upcoming days on the Ohio Crop Performance Trials website: The purpose of the Ohio Soybean Performance Trials is to evaluate soybean varieties for yield and other agronomic characteristics. This evaluation gives soybean producers comparative information for selecting the best varieties for their unique production system.



Mark A. Badertscher

Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator

OSU Extension Hardin County

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


November 6, 2023

Good afternoon,

This past week I just returned to work from participating in a two-week Sheep and Agriculture Study Tour of New Zealand. As I write this edition of the Hardin County Agriculture and Natural Resources Update, soybean harvest is nearly done in the county and 89% complete statewide. Corn harvest is about halfway completed, with progress being slowed down by high moisture corn that needs to be dried. Statewide corn harvest is at 45%, and 76% of wheat has emerged. Wheat emergence in Hardin County is looking good, with decent stands. As of the end of September, rainfall for the growing season since April 15 average precipitation in the townships was 15.94 inches, ranging from 13.07 inches in Liberty Township, to 19.50 inches in Pleasant Township. After falling behind in seasonal rainfall this growing season, the average rainfall is 6.35 inches under the ten-year average for Hardin County without adding additional rain in the first half of October. See the attached Ohio Crop Weather report and September 2023 Rainfall Summary for more information. Soybean yields have been reported as above average this fall around the county.

Ohio Crop Weather

September 2023 Rainfall Summary

Upcoming events that you may be interested in attending include the Climate Smart: Farming with Weather Extremes program coming up November 30 at Der Dutchman in Plain City and upcoming “Planning for the Future of Your Farm” workshops which will be taking place in nearby Celina on December 7 and Urbana on January 26. See the attached flyers for more information about these events and how to register. This program is also available through a Zoom webinar if you would rather participate in that manner. Recent attached articles that you may be interested in reading include Statewide Sheep Tour to Michigan, State Master Gardener Awards, Carcass Show Results, Children’s Program at the Friendship Gardens, Latest Innovations at the Farm Science Review, and Finish Line in Sight for Grain Farmers.

Climate Smart Flyer

Planning Future of Your Farm Workshop – Celina

Farm Succession Workshops – Urbana

Statewide Sheep Tour

State Master Gardener Awards

Carcass Show Results

Children’s MGV Program

Farm Science Review

Crop Development

Make sure you save the date for the Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame Banquet, which is scheduled for Tuesday, December 5. Don’t forget that this coming Tuesday, November 7 the Hardin County OSU Extension Levy is on the ballot. This is a renewal levy for .35 mills that raises $209,000 per year for 5 years to support Agriculture and Natural Resources, 4-H Youth Development, and Family and Consumer Sciences Extension programs locally. I hope you exercise your right to vote. As has been the case in the past, I have included some recent CORN Newsletter articles that you may be interested in reading. Good luck with the rest of the harvest season and I look forward to hearing about your crop yields and other harvest information.





Considerations for Drying High Moisture Corn – Elizabeth Hawkins, Jason Hartschuh

Corn harvest progress in Ohio has been behind pace as field drying has been slower than expected. Currently only 29% of the corn crop has been harvested compared to a 5-year average of 49%. With the recent rainfall and colder temperatures in the forecast, it will become much more difficult to field dry corn creating a need to send high moisture corn to the dryer. As the weather turns cooler, it can become much more difficult to manage wet grain. It also becomes more difficult to determine moisture since most moisture meters are not accurate when grain temperature falls below 40 F. Read more at



The EPA’s Proposed Herbicide Strategy and What it Means for Herbicide Use – Alyssa Essman

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1973 was passed by Congress in an effort to protect endangered species and their habitats. In recent years the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been under fire for not meeting the obligations outlined within the ESA, which ultimately left them vulnerable to legal ramifications. In early 2022 the EPA released the ESA workplan to address this issue. The herbicide strategy is one part of this larger workplan to protect the 900 plant and animal species classified as endangered. The proposed herbicide strategy was released in July 2023 and outlined the EPA’s plan for meeting ESA obligations with respect to herbicide drift, runoff, and/or erosion. Continue reading this article at



Battle for the Belt: Episode 33- Wrap Up – Taylor Dill, Laura Lindsey, Osler Ortez

Episode 33 of Battle for the Belt is now available: In episode 33, we talk with our Soybean and Small Grain Specialist Laura Lindsey, and Corn Specialist, Osler Ortez about the season and upcoming winter extension programs. The season started out cold and wet at all three locations with emergence starting three weeks after planting the first planting date. This caused stand issues at the Wooster location in soybeans specifically. Early season disease presence at the Wooster location in soybeans was observed and sampled. The early season disease data will be shared in the near future. After this wet and cool period, all locations experienced very dry weather. Finish reading this article at



Fall-applied Herbicide Considerations – Alyssa Essman

Harvest is progressing in much of Ohio, though recent rains have slowed field activities in some areas. As crops continue to come off it’s a good time for a reminder about the value of fall-applied herbicides. Rains this past week may stimulate winter annual weed emergence to some extent. This is the best time of year to control winter annuals and some of the more difficult to manage overwintering weed species. Biennial and perennial plants are now sending nutrients down to the root systems in preparation for winter. Systemic herbicides like glyphosate and 2,4-D applied at this time will be translocated down into the roots more effectively than if applied in spring when nutrients are moving upward. This results in better control. In addition, the increasingly unpredictable spring weather patterns we have experienced in recent years can influence the timing and efficacy of spring burndown applications. Fall-applied herbicides can lead to weed free situations going into spring until early emerging annuals begin to appear in April and are an essential component in the control of marestail and other overwintering species. Click on for more.



Register Now for the January 4-5 Ohio State Organic Grains Conference – Eric Richer

Registration is open for the 2nd annual Ohio State Organic Grains Conference, January 4-5, 2024 at the Maumee Bay Lodge and Conference Center near Toledo, Ohio. The 2024 conference offers programming for experienced organic growers, growers transitioning to or considering organic, and consultants or educators who support these growers. Featured speakers will include Klaas Martens from Lakeview Organic Grain in New York; Léa Vereecke from Rodale Institute; former Ohio State soil fertility specialist Steve Culman; and Eugene Law, currently of USDA-ARS, but soon to be an Ohio State assistant professor in weed ecology. Read more about this conference at



Mark A. Badertscher

Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator

OSU Extension Hardin County

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