Horse Banquet

Hardin County – The ninth annual Hardin County Horse Banquet will be held on Saturday, April 13 at the Kenton Moose Family Center. The doors will open at 5:30 pm for a silent auction to raise funds for the scholarship and food will be served at 6:00 pm. Banquet tickets this year are $18.00 for adults and $15.00 for ages 18 and under. A child’s meal is $7.00 with kid-friendly food.

Reservations need to be made by April 5 by calling the following Hardin County Horse Club Advisors or committee members: Jonda Cole, Wendy Hooker, Ashley Haudenshield, Laura Gossard, Cinda Bame, or Ranee Liedel. The OSU Extension office can also take reservations by calling 419-674-2297 with all tickets paid for at the door at the banquet. The menu for the Horse Banquet will include a Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, green beans, side salad, cookie, and a drink. The kid’s friendly meal will be chicken nuggets, mac and cheese with one sauce, cookie, and a drink.

The purpose of the Hardin County Horse Banquet is to recognize the equine industry, including the youth and adults who work with horses in the county. Scholarship and royalty applications are available online at with applications due March 29th. As in the past, the new 2024 Horse King, Queen, Prince, and Princess will be crowned at this event. There are plans to present a $250 scholarship. Contact Ranee Liedel at 419-679-0110 or Laura Gossard at 567-674-3421 for more information or to donate door prizes for this event.


Goat Banquet

Hardin County – The fifth annual Hardin County Goat Banquet will be held on Saturday, April 6 at the Family Center of the Christian Missionary Alliance Church located at 15436 State Route 309 in Kenton. Registration and seating will open at 5:00 pm with the public invited and the meal will begin at 5:30 pm. There is no cost, as each family is asked to bring a side dish and/or dessert. The main dish, drinks, and table service will be provided. There is no need for tickets, but pre-registration is encouraged by contacting the OSU Extension office at 419-674-2297 by April 1st.

There will be crowning of the 2024 Hardin County Fair Goat Royalty and announcing of the winner of the Hardin County Goat Boosters Scholarship. The evening will conclude with lots of fun door prizes, sponsored by businesses and individuals in the surrounding communities. There will be a silent auction, 50/50 drawing, and other raffles. Come join us for a fun evening! Questions about the Hardin County Goat Banquet can be directed to Jamie Ferguson at or by visiting the Hardin County Goat Banquet Facebook page.

March 8, 2024

Good afternoon,

I hope that you have been enjoying the nice weather lately and have taken the opportunity to get things done outside. Maybe you have been working inside the shop or attending our winter Hardin County Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension meetings, as there have certainly been enough events to keep you busy this winter. Our Hardin County OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers just had their Spring Garden Seminar yesterday in Kenton. The Winter Livestock Banquets are in full swing, with the Lamb Banquet taking place this past weekend in Kenton. We had our Pesticide and Fertilizer Recertification in Mt. Victory earlier this week, but there still is a Make-up/Specialty Pesticide-Fertilizer Recertification training being held at the Extension office in Kenton on March 27 if you missed it and still need to recertify before March 31.

Spring Garden Seminar News Release

Livestock Banquet Season Article

Lamb Banquet News Release

Pesticide Recertification News Release

The Pork Banquet is coming up March 16 at the Upper Scioto Valley School in McGuffey, The Conservation Tillage & Technology Conference is taking place in Ada next week on March 12-13. Find out how keynote speaker Alex Harrell, Soybean Yield Champion from southwest Georgia produced a yield of 206 bushels per acre. Go to to register for this conference ($150 conference registration fee) or on-site at the Ohio Northern University McIntosh Center next Tuesday and Wednesday. The Beef Banquet is taking place March 23 in the Community Building at the fairgrounds in Kenton.

Pork Banquet News Release

Conservation Tillage Conference News Release

2024 CTC brochure

Beef Banquet News Release

There will be a “Battle for the Belt” regional Extension seminar in Kenton March 20 at the Extension office. You can register for this event online at or call 419-674-2297. There is a $10 charge to help cover the cost of the catered lunch. Come hear OSU Extension state and field specialists review the results of the first year of corn vs. soybean planning date research for this statewide project. The Poultry Banquet will take place March 30 at the Christian Missionary Alliance Church in Kenton. See the attached news articles, brochure, and flyer for more information about these events.

Battle for the Belt News Release

Battle for the Belt flyer 2024_Hardin

Poultry Banquet News Release

Our next Hardin County Ag Council breakfast meeting will be held April 5 starting at 7:30 am at the McDonalds in Kenton. Come participate in our monthly roundtable discussion of county agricultural issues and events and get the latest information from OSU Extension. I hope to see you soon at one of the livestock banquets or upcoming Extension events. Until then, I have included some articles from the CORN Newsletter for your reference.




Spring Planting Weather/Climate Outlook – Jim Noel

Spring is quickly approaching. The question is, what is in store for planting season from Mother Nature? We have a strong El Niño ongoing in the eastern Pacific Ocean, but it is weakening quickly and should end during planting season. Often effects in the atmosphere can linger a bit longer. The years where strong El Niño events come to an end in spring include 2016, 1998, 1982, 1973, 1958 and 1878. You can see this in the first graphic above. Read more at


Growers and Retailers Needed: Understanding Yield Response to K Applications in Ohio – John Fulton, Aaron Heilers

Potassium (K) is a key nutrient for growing profitable crops in Ohio. Recently in Ohio, consultants, retailers, and farmers have been concerned that soil K values have been decreasing. One cause for this decrease is higher soybean and corn yields leading to higher K removal rates in grain harvested from Ohio fields. Further, moving to annual applications of P and K for corn-soybean rotations has been the trend over the past decade. In recent years, certain regions in Ohio have noted corn and soybean yield responses to K that seem to fall outside the Tri-State Recommendations. Find out more at


Please Participate! Using Data-Driven Knowledge for Profitable Soybean Management Systems – Laura Lindsey

Help us help you grow more profitable soybeans through the power of data science. Soybean agronomists are developing an app to help you make decisions in real time. The more data we collect, the more accurate the tool will be. (And…the more data we have from Ohio, the more applicable the tool will be to our state!) The app will allow growers to drop a pin in a field, enter input variables, and receive crop management decision help directly and through online scouting tools such as Sporecaster and Tarspotter. Continue reading this article at


EPA’s Existing Stocks Order for Dicamba Use in 2024 – Alyssa Essman, Peggy Hall

On February 6th, 2024, the registration of the three dicamba products labeled for over-the-top applications (OTT) in soybean were vacated by a federal court in Arizona. Read more about this in the previous C.O.R.N. newsletter, “Dicamba registration vacated.” On February 14th, the EPA issued an existing stocks order, which stated that dicamba ordered, packaged, and ready for shipment prior to the registration vacation can be sold and used in the upcoming growing season. An in-depth overview of this order can be found here, “EPA issues “existing stocks” order for over-the-top dicamba use.” In Ohio, the dates for sale and use of existing stocks of XtendiMax, Engenia, or Tavium for use on dicamba-tolerant soybean (ordered or in possession as of February 6th, 2024) are as follows: May 31st, 2024 – last date for sale, distribution, and June 30th, 2024 – last date for use. Click on to read more.


Ohio’s Premier Ag Conference March 12-13 in Ada – Mark Badertscher, Randall Reeder

Sixty outstanding presenters with topics on agronomic crops, soil health, nutrient management, water quality, carbon, and precision agriculture technology will bring approximately 800 participants to Ada, Ohio March 12-13. The Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference will be held for the 32nd year at Ohio Northern University. A great opportunity to listen, learn and network with farmers, Certified Crop Advisers, industry representatives, Natural Resources Conservation Service professionals, university professors and students, and about 25 Exhibitors will gather for this event. Finish reading about the Conservation Tillage & Technology Conference at


Mark A. Badertscher

Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator

OSU Extension Hardin County

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


Poultry Banquet

Hardin County – The 2024 Hardin County Poultry Banquet will be held Saturday, March 30th at the Family Center of the Kenton Christian & Missionary Alliance Church located at 15436 State Route 309 in Kenton, Ohio.

Chicken will be provided as the main course. Each family attending is asked to bring their most requested, best-tasting side dish and dessert to share. There will be no charge for the evening, but reservations are necessary. Doors open at 5:00 pm, dinner will begin at 6:00 pm. Table service will be provided.

The 2024 Hardin County Fair Poultry King and Queen will be crowned and winners from the 2023 Poultry Department will be recognized. Enjoy a wonderful time of fellowship and delicious food along with awesome gift baskets and raffle prizes! Prepare your favorite dishes and come join us for a pleasant and fun-filled evening celebrating all things poultry in Hardin County!

The reservation deadline for this year’s Poultry Banquet is Saturday, March 16th. Please call, text, or email Catherine Scharf at (419) 996-9234 or to make a reservation. Reservations can also be made through the Hardin County OSU Extension office.

Battle for the Belt – Corn vs Soybean

Hardin County – Should I plant corn or soybean first in the spring? What crop has the smallest yield penalty for delayed planting? Can you adjust your management practices to mitigate losses due to late planting? How are diseases affected by planting date? OSU Extension is bringing this “Battle for the Belt” program to the Hardin County OSU Extension office, 1021 W Lima Street, Kenton, on Wednesday, March 20 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.

We will answer these questions and more during our Battle for the Belt Winter meetings. Come hear OSU Extension State Corn Specialist Osler Ortez and State Soybean Specialist Laura Lindsey provide the first year’s results of this statewide research project along with graduate student Taylor Dill’s field observations.

Agronomic Field Specialist Stephanie Karhoff will provide corn disease and planting considerations. State Soybean Disease Specialist Horacio Lopez-Nicora will provide soybean disease and planting considerations. There will be follow-up questions and applications facilitated by research specialist Luke Waltz.

Find out the results of this year’s research and discuss them over a catered lunch made possible by the Ohio Soybean Council and Ohio Corn & Wheat. Registration is $10 per person at or call 419-674-2297.

Beef Banquet

Hardin County – The Hardin County Cattle Producers will hold their annual Beef Banquet on Saturday, March 23 in the Community Building at the fairgrounds, starting at 6:30 pm. Pre-sale tickets are $20 ($25 at the door), kids ages 7-10 are $10, and kids ages 6 and under are free. The 2023 Hardin County Junior Fair Beef Barn Exhibitors are free with a reservation given to any Cattle Producers Director or the Hardin County OSU Extension office.

Tickets can be purchased from the following county Cattle Producers Directors: Madisen Jolliff, Mackenzie Wallace, Dustin Badertscher, Adam Billenstein, Jeff Oestreich, Justin Eibling, Stacia Hall-Boughan, Derek Dunson, Kristie Royer, Brieanne Sullivan, Deana Gibson, and Dick Cronley by March 15.

Scholarship winners will also be announced the night of the banquet. The Hardin County Cattle Producers are offering $500 scholarships to qualified students for the 2024-25 school year. Scholarships will be awarded to applicants who themselves or their parents are current members of the Hardin County Cattle Producers or currently have a beef cattle project in either 4-H or FFA. Applicants for the Cattle Producers scholarships can go to to apply online by the March 15 deadline.

The Cattle Producers Service Award will be presented as well at the annual Beef Banquet. The Service Award is presented to a person or organization that has demonstrated dedication to the mission of the Hardin County Cattle Producers.