February 2, 2024

Good afternoon,

We’ve had a good start to the winter meeting season with Ag Council breakfasts and the January Conservation Tillage Club breakfasts. There are two more Conservation Tillage Club breakfast programs coming up in February and I have attached the flyer for these meetings which will be held at the Plaza Inn Restaurant in Mt. Victory. February 8 we will welcome Aaron Wilson to Hardin County to present on Climate Smart and Farming with Weather Extremes. February 22 we will welcome Alan Leininger to speak on Drone Use in Agriculture. The events start at 7:30 am with breakfast provided by our sponsors followed by the guest speaker.

Conservation Tillage Club Flyer

There will be a New Agricultural Fertilizer Applicator Certification training on February 13 at the Extension office for those who wish to get certified for the first time or let their certification lapse. Since this is a three-hour class, a test is not required for this fertilizer certification but required in Ohio for those who produce 50 or more acres of crops for sale. Beef and dairy cattle producers may be interested to know that there will be a Beef Quality Assurance certification training at the Extension office on February 19. Check out the attached news releases and flyers for more details.

Fertilizer Certification News Release

Fertilizer Certification Flyer

Beef Quality Assurance Training News Release

Beef Quality Assurance Training Flyer

Other OSU Extension information that you may be interested in reviewing includes the Corn Performance Trials for 2023 that I have attached. If you are interested in finding out the organic carbon content of your fields, a special USDA grant has provided an opportunity for a company to test a new prototype probe to measure this soil health indicator. The researchers will also take traditional core samples to compare against this prototype, provide results, and field maps of their study. Read the attached information “Testing the Subterra Green prototype” and let me know if you are interested in participating in this project. If so, I will let the company know so that they can arrange a time to come to your farm this spring to do these tests free of charge.

Corn Performance Trials 2023

Testing the Subterra Green Prototype

Other information I have provided with this edition of the Hardin County Agriculture and Natural Resources Update include a flyer about the Certified Livestock Managers (CLM) webinar series on Manure Safety and Emergency Responses;  Water Quality Wednesdays webinar series for 2024; and an online Backyard Poultry Certification Course. In addition, there are a few articles below that you may find interesting from the CORN Newsletter. Enjoy the nice weather and I hope to see you soon.

Certified Livestock Managers Flyer

Water Quality Wednesdays Series Flyer

Backyard Poultry Certification Course Flyer




Ohio Corn Performance Test (OCPT) 2023 Results – Rich Minyo, Osler Ortez

The Ohio Corn Performance Test (OCPT) was started in Ohio in 1972. To date, it has a history of 50+ years. The purpose of OCPT is to evaluate corn hybrids for grain yield and other important agronomic characteristics. Results of the test assist farmers in selecting hybrids best suited to their farming operations and production environments and complement recommendations made by seed companies and breeding programs. Read more at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2024-03/ohio-corn-performance-test-ocpt-2023-results.


2024 Ohio Weeds University Regional Locations Set – Sarah Noggle, Ken Ford

OSU Extension invites crop producers, CCAs, and agribusinesses to attend a regional 2024 Ohio State Weeds University on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at locations across the state. Locations will include Auglaize County, Clermont County, Crawford County, Fayette County, Jackson County, Madison County, Paulding County, and Wayne County. Find out more at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2024-03/2024-ohio-weeds-university-regional-locations-set.


Crop Response to Phosphorus Fertilizer in Ohio – Manbir Rakkar, Greg LaBarge

Phosphorus (P) is an essential plant nutrient and P fertilizers are added to supplement the soil’s available P. There are economic and environmental benefits to making informed decisions about P fertilizer use. The under-application of P fertilizer can result in reduced yields, while over-application adds to input costs, with economic losses resulting from both scenarios. From an environmental perspective, excessive P going into streams and lakes can result in toxic algal blooms. Learn more at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2024-03/crop-response-phosphorus-fertilizer-ohio.


Battle for the Belt Winter Meetings – Virtual on February 2 & In-Person in March! – Osler Ortez, Laura Lindsey, Taylor Dill, Amanda Douridas, Dean Kreager, Ken Ford, Mike Estadt, Mark Badertscher

Register (https://go.osu.edu/cornsoy) today for our Virtual Corn College & Soybean School held on Friday, February 2, which will include a ‘Battle for the Belt’ discussion in the morning and an afternoon session with Dr. Aaron Wilson (weather outlook), Dr. Manbir Rakkar (soil fertility updates), and Alyssa Essman (weed control update). Registration is only $10 and will include CCA CEUs! Check out the article to find out about how you can attend one of these in-person meetings in Kenton at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2024-03/battle-belt-winter-meetings-virtual-february-2-person-march.


2024 Northwest Ohio Agronomy Crops Day February 7 – Alan Leininger

Henry County will be hosting the 2024 Northwest Ohio Agronomy Crops Day on February 7th, 2024. This year’s featured speakers are Bruce Clevenger Field Specialist, Farm Management Ohio State University Extension presenting on the topic of Economics of Farm Drainage and Dr. Vinayak Shedekar, Assistant Professor Department of Food, Agriculture, & Biological Engineering Ohio State University. He will be presenting the topic of Drainage Water Recycling. Click on the link for more information: https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2024-03/2024-northwest-ohio-agronomy-crops-day-february-7.


Mark A. Badertscher

Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator

OSU Extension Hardin County

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



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