Your help is needed … Ohio Cropland Values and Cash Rents 2022-2023

Agricultural professionals with a knowledge of Ohio’s cropland values and rental rates are invited to complete the 2022-2023 Ohio Cropland Values and Cash Rent Survey by April 30, 2023. This may include rural appraisers, agricultural lenders, professional farm managers, ag business professionals, farmers, landowners, and Farm Service Agency personnel. Your thoughts and responses are greatly appreciated and will help build a platform for our southern portion of the state. The more responses, no names asked, the better the data set to provide information to clientele.

Complete the survey in one of these formats.

  1. Online at
  2. You can also access the online survey through this QR code:
  3. Paper format – Long version Ohio Cropland Values and Cash Rents Long Survey 2023
  4. Paper format – Short version Ohio Cropland Values and Cash Rents Short Survey 2023




2023 Ohio Woodland Water and Wildlife Conference

Registration is open for the 2023 Ohio Woodland Water and Wildlife Conference

Join us March 1st for a diverse set of talks that will offer continuing education credits for ISA, SAF and pesticide where applicable.  The program flyer is attached.  You can register here

Information Flyer

Ag Day Breakfast Nutrient Management Workshop

Saturday, March 18, 2023

Breakfast 8:00 AM | Program 8:30 AM

Please RSVP by March 10th to Butler SWCD (513) 887-3720


Topics & Speakers:

  • Current Manure and Nutrient Research in Ohio

Glen Arnold, Assoc. Professor, Field Specialist; Manure/Nutrient Management, OSU Extension

  • Manure Application Regulations & Requirements

Frances Springer, GLSM Nutrient Management Specialist, Ohio Department of Agriculture

  • Field Demonstrations, Livestock Facility & Cattle Finishing Facility Tours

Gerber Family Farm



The Historic Governor James M. Cox Farm

4445 Oxford Middletown Road, Trenton, Ohio 45067

2023 Nutrient Management Workshop Flyer

Agricultural Fertilizer Training  3 Hour Initial Certification Class

Tuesday, March 28, 2023, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

  • Cost: $35 (Class Only), Checks payable to OSU Extension.
  • Location: OSU Extension, Butler County, 1802 Princeton Rd., Hamilton, Ohio 45011
  • Details: This training is to fulfill the three-hour requirement for all new Fertilizer Applicators (Private &
  • Commercial) who need the Agricultural Fertilizer Applicator Certification.
  • RSVP by March 21, 2023 to: J.T. Benitez, ANR Educator @ (513) 887-3722 or


OSU Extension to Hold “Planning for the Future of Your Farm” Webinar Series in 2023

OSU Extension will be hosting a four part “Planning for the Future of Your Farm” webinar series on January 23 and 30 and February 6 and 13, 2023 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. This workshop is designed to help farm families learn strategies and tools to successfully create a succession and estate plan that helps you transfer your farm’s ownership, management, and assets to the next generation.

Topics discussed during this series include: Developing Goals for Estate and Succession; Planning for the Transition of Management; Planning for the Unexpected; Communication and Conflict Management during Farm Transfer; Legal Tools and Strategies; Developing Your Team; Getting Your Affairs in Order; and Selecting an Attorney.

The instructors for this series will be:

Robert Moore, Attorney with the OSU Agricultural & Resource Law Program. Prior to joining OSU, Robert was in private practice for 18 years where he provided legal counsel to farmers and landowners.

David Marrison, OSU Extension Field Specialist, Farm Management. David has worked for OSU Extension for 25 year and is nationally known for his teaching in farm succession. He has a unique ability to intertwine humor into speaking about the difficulties of passing the farm on to the next generation.

Because of its virtual nature, you can invite your parents, children, and/or grandchildren (regardless of where they live in Ohio or across the United States) to join you as you develop a plan for the future of your family farm. Pre-registration is required so that a packet of program materials can be mailed in advance to participating families. The registration fee is $75 per farm family.  Electronic copies of the course materials will also be available to all participants. The registration deadline is January 16, 2023.

OSU Extension appreciates the support of the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association in sponsoring the mailing of these materials.

More information and on-line registration can be obtained at

Informational brochure

More information about this program can be obtained by contacting David Marrison at or 740-722-6073.

Soilis a Key Component to Gardening Success

In the winter, not a lot is growing outside, but this is the right time of the year to think about how to improve garden and lawn soil before new seeds are planted or new plants emerge. Join us Thursday, January 12th at 6:30 pm to hear Ed Brown, OSU Extension Athens County, talk about ways to improve your spring for a more successful spring. Ed Brown is the OSU Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator in Athens County. He also heads up the Home Vegetable Trials throughout Ohio by engaging homeowners as citizen scientists to grow and report on vegetable seeds you purchase through the Athens County Extension office.

Registration is required for this program and will close at 4:00 pm on January 12th to insure all registered participate receive the zoom link. The link will be sent at 4:15 pm. Check your spam/junk mail if you do not see it in your inbox. Email Kim Hupman at or Trevor Corboy at if you have not received the link by 5:30 pm.

Date: January 12, 2023

Time: 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Location: zoom

Cost: $5.00

Registration: Registration will close at 4:00 pm on January 12th to insure all registered participates receive the zoom link.

Livestock News

Beef Cattle

Seven new articles have been posted in this week’s issue number 1325 of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter:

Despite the inherent optimism that comes with the beginning of each new year, it’s hard not to be concerned about all the mud . . . both figuratively and literally . . . that we’ve dealt with in recent years. This week Christine Gelley cautions us not to allow ourselves to get bogged down in all the ‘mud.’

Articles this week include:

    • Finding Clarity in Muddy Situations
    • Three things I am watching in 2023
    • Some simple truths about life in the country and on the farm
    • Virtual Ohio Beef School begins on January 11
    • Planning for the Future of Your Farm Webinar Series set for 2023
    • Cattle Markets in 2023 and Cattle on Feed Update
    • Strong Counter-Seasonal Market

Small Ruminant

Potager Dream-Soil Health

A few years ago, I would never have imagined myself reading, studying, and taking lots of notes over the subject of soil health.  I started looking through the seed catalogs that have begun to arrive at my home.  I have a list started of what I think I want to grow in my potager garden.  Some”new to me” plants, some plants that I want to add, plants that I want to experiment succession planting with, and some seeds for the fall and winter seasons.  As I was creating this list, I realized that I missed something very important.  I plan to have my potager garden be as close to what it would have been like when they were a common household staple.  I want to use organic practices or what I remember as “old time” methods as much as possible.   I want to use nature itself to fertilize, add back nutrients, attract pollinators and provide spaces that encourage life at all levels.  The benefit that I and my family will receive is with healthy food, a lot of diversity, and spaces that feed us both physically and mentally.

Taking a moment to step back and learn how I can do this is oddly enough, the first step.  The foundation of any garden is its soil.  If my soil isn’t healthy, then my food, the living insects, animals, and space won’t be healthy.  I may even be damaging my soil by guessing what it needs and randomly adding in nutrients without understanding what’s already there.  Understanding what I have to start with tells me what I need to do next.    I took random samples of my soil from the areas that I am going to be building garden beds.  I gave the samples to my extension office and for a small fee they sent it off to a lab for testing.  The results that I received back were fantastic.  The results confirmed that I have clay soil and if I want to grow flowers, I have advice on what I need to add into my soil to be successful with that.  I have a different set of advice for vegetables and for fruits as well.

From the test results I found that I’m not too far off of where I want to be.  For vegetables, out of 5 main elements, two are a bit high, two are right about in the middle of where I want to be and one is on the lower side of good.  For flowers, out of the five, three are a bit high, one is on the high side of good and one is on the low side of good.  For example, if I want to grow vegetables in this space my pH levels are good, but for flowers, it’s a bit too high.  For both types of growing I will need to work on the magnesium levels because it’s a bit high and I will want to bring that one down.  The calcium levels are good for both, but on the low side of good so I want to bring it up just a little.  With this information in hand, I have decided that by using a crop rotation plan, cover crops and composting I think I should be able to get the levels where I want them to be.  It will take time, soil health isn’t something that you can put an additive in immediately and have an instant fix.  I will have to give my garden time and then I will test my soil again in a couple of years to give my efforts time to show a difference.

My question however is, is there something that I can do right now, in the middle of winter, to start helping my soil?  And as I have discovered, there is… I can start on the composting.  I have built a compost bin and next time, I will delve into the world of the natural process of compost.


A series of articles presented by Candy Horton, OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer

Like-Kind Exchange Basics

Many people are familiar with a Like-Kind Exchange (LKE) as a strategy to potentially save taxes on the sale of real estate.  While it is true LKEs can be used to defer significant taxes, the process required to implement LKEs it often not well understood.  The following are answers to a few of the more common questions about LKEs.  A better understanding of LKEs may help you determine if a LKE may be an option for your next real estate transaction.

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