Scholarship Available

 

The Beta Chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity is offering two $1,000 Better Men Scholarships to outstanding freshman males entering the Ohio State University, Columbus campus next year.  Our aim is to recognize and reward men who excel in leadership, extracurricular activity, and scholastic achievement, and share a common interest in agriculture.  If one or more of your students share these common interests in agriculture, including one or more of the following sectors: professional agriculture, being from a family farm, having participated in 4-H or FFA, or being merely interested in the vast food and fiber industries, we encourage them to apply for the “Better Men Scholarships.”

 

To qualify, applicants must be attending the Ohio State University, Columbus in the fall of 2018 and complete and return the enclosed application, along with a copy of their official high school transcript by April 9, 2018 (Postmark date) to:    

 https://greene.osu.edu/sites/greene/files/imce/Program_Pages/4H/Livestock/Better_Men_Scholarship_Application%202018.pdf

Kurt Middleton

Better Men Scholarship Chairman

1979 Iuka Avenue

Columbus, Ohio 43201 

Questions concerning the Better Men Scholarship should be directed to Better Men Scholarship Chairman Kurt Middleton at (937) 604-5772 or email middleton.169@osu.edu.

 

Students applying for the better Men Scholarship are in no way obligated to join Alpha Gamma Rho to be eligible for the scholarships.  Thank you for your time and consideration.

 

 

Sample Your Soil Today

When was the last time you had your soil tested? OSU Extension Greene County now offers assistance with getting your soil tested. Simply collect a soil sample of your field, lawn, or area of interest and visit the OSU Extension office in Greene County. Agronomic soil samples cost $15 and turf/ornamental/lawn samples cost $18. Contact the office on how to collect your sample. The Extension Office accepts soil samples anytime during office hours (Monday – Friday, 8:30a.m. to 4:30p.m.). The Extension Office is located at 100 Fairground Road, Xenia 45385. Office staff/ Greeneline Diagnostic Team will assist with sample paperwork and send your sample to be analyzed. Please bring sample to the office in a disposable container (ziploc bag, plastic container, etc.). If you have any questions, please contact Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator, Trevor Corboy at corboy.3@osu.edu or 937-372-9971.

Greene County Master Gardener Volunteer Continuing Education Opportunities

Several opportunities are available to the public for topics that may be particularly of interest to Master Gardener Volunteers. View a compiled list specifically for Greene County residents and Greene County Master Gardener Volunteers.

LOOK to Greene Youth Leadership Program – Enrollment Now Open

Do you know a motivated and mature high school student that is academically strong who would like to explore topics such as leadership? If yes or even maybe, LOOK: Leadership Opportunities for Organizational Knowledge may be for them.  View the program brochure and interest form.  Enrollment is now open!

C.O.R.N. Newsletter Highlights

  • Author(s)Mark LouxSoybean herbicide systems have evolved back to a fairly high level of complexity to deal with the herbicide resistance we have in various broadleaf weeds. By the time we use a comprehensive mix of burndown and residual herbicides, we tend to be coming back with postemergence herbicides primarily for marestail, ragweeds, and waterhemp (and grasses). Postemergence tools available for control of these broadleaf weeds vary with the type of soybean trait being used, but can include glyphosate, PPO inhibitors (fomesafen, Cobra), glufosinate, dicamba, and soon 2,4-D choline.

 

Author(s)Anne DorranceWith lower prices and higher input costs in todays soybean farming operations, some farmers are looking where to shave a few dollars off their costs of farming. Based on the calls directly from farmers on which seed treatments to use – it is not too hard to figure out where some of those savings might be coming from. This used to be general practice but there are ways to do this to be sure it really is saving farmer’s money.

 

Author(s)Dianne ShoemakerHaley ShoemakerWhich number is closest to your total direct and overhead cost of production per bushel of corn: $3.08, $4.17, or $6.21? Do you know? Forty-two farms completed their 2016 farm business and crop enterprise analysis in 2017. The four lowest cost producers averaged $3.08 per bushel, the median COP was $4.17, and the four highest cost producers averaged $6.21 per bushel.

 

Author(s)Glen Arnold, CCADespite the rainfall expected across Ohio this week, wheat fields will eventually firm up and the topdressing of nitrogen fertilizer will commence. There is usually a window of time, typically around the last week of March or the first week of April, when wheat fields are firm enough to support manure application equipment. By this date, wheat fields have broken dormancy and are actively pulling moisture and nutrients from the soil.

 

Author(s)Mark BadertscherSo what is the relationship between healthy soils and healthy water? How can you manage inputs and planting date for high economic corn yields? Which soils should respond to sulfur applications? What are some opportunities and considerations with subsurface placement of nutrients? How can you build soil health and organic matter with cover crops and no-till? How can you use economics in the choice between growing corn and soybeans? What will the revised P index look like? How can you get started in honey bees, barley, or hops production?

 

Author(s)Jeff StachlerApplying crop nutrients when they are not needed is costly, especially in the current farm economy and harmful to the environment. Conversely, not applying enough fertilizer will cause a reduction in crop yield causing a decrease in profitability.

Cover crops are important to soil health, but how do you make them work? There are many options, what is the best option for your operation? Is soil health important? These questions along with nutrient management will be addressed at the upcoming meeting entitled: “Improving Your Bottom Line With Nutrients and Cover Crops”.

Keep Stored Grain Cool During Spring and Summer

(Source: North Dakota State University Extension – Agricultural Engineer, Ken Hellevang)

Keeping stored grain cool is important as outdoor temperatures fluctuate and eventually start to warm this spring, a North Dakota State University Extension Service grain storage expert advises.

“Not only will daytime temperatures be increasing, but the bin works as a solar collector,” Extension agricultural engineer Ken Hellevang says.

More heating occurs on the south wall of a grain bin on March 1 than during the middle of the summer.

“This heats the grain next to the bin wall to temperatures exceeding average outside temperatures,” Hellevang says. “This is of more concern if the grain exceeds recommended storage moisture contents.”

He recommends producers run the aeration fans periodically during the spring to keep the grain temperature cool, preferably near 30 F in the northern part of the country during March and April, and below 40 F in southern regions. Nighttime temperatures typically are near or below 30 F in March and below 40 F in April across the north-central region of the U.S.

“Temperature sensors are an excellent tool, but remember that they only measure the temperature of the grain next to the sensor,” Hellevang says. “Because grain is an excellent insulator, the grain temperature may be much different just a few feet from the sensor and not affect the measured temperature.”

He encourages placing a temperature cable a few feet from the south wall of a bin.

Aeration fans or ducts should be covered when not operating. The wind and a natural chimney effect will push warm, moist spring air through the grain. If the wind blows primarily during the daytime, the grain will be warmed to the daily maximum temperature. Typical maximum temperatures, even in northern states in late March, are in the mid-40s and increase in late April to around 60 F. Also, grain moisture will increase as the grain is warmed.

“The goal for summer storage should be to keep the grain as cool as possible to limit insect activity,” Hellevang says. “Insect reproduction is reduced at temperatures below about 60 F.”

Provide an air inlet near the bin roof eave and an outlet near the peak to reduce the hot air in the top of the bin. Similar to venting an attic, the heated air rises and is exhausted at the peak. A ventilation fan to exhaust the hot air is another option. Hot air under the bin roof will heat several feet of grain at the top of the bin to temperatures conducive for insect infestations.

Running the aeration fan for a few hours to push air up through the cool stored grain will cool grain near the top. Pick a cool morning every two to three weeks during the summer to run the aeration fan, and only run the fan a few hours to minimize heating grain at the bottom of the bin. Cover the fan when it is not operating to prevent additional heating of the grain.

Having grain at an appropriate warm-season storage moisture content is very important to store grain safely during the summer, according to Hellevang. The maximum moisture content for warm-season storage is 13 to 14 percent for corn, 11 percent for soybeans, 13.5 percent for wheat, 12 percent for barley and 8 percent for oil sunflowers.

Mold growth will occur at summer temperatures if the grain exceeds the recommended moisture content. The allowable storage time for 15 percent moisture corn is only about four months at 70 degrees and two months at 80 degrees.

Checking the grain moisture content is important because moisture measurements at harvest may have been in error due to moisture gradients in the kernel, grain temperature and other factors. In addition, the moisture may have changed while the grain was in storage due to moisture migration or moisture entering the bin.

When checking the moisture content, follow the moisture meter manufacturer’s procedure for obtaining an accurate moisture measurement. Temperature adjustments, cold grain, inaccurate sample quantity and moisture variations across the kernel frequently cause substantial measurement errors.

Verify the accuracy of the measurement by warming the grain sample to room temperature in a sealed plastic bag before measuring the moisture content. A period of six to 12 hours in a sealed container also permits grain moisture to reach equilibrium across the kernels. Also, compare the on-farm measured value to that of the sample using a meter at the elevator or other market location.

Hellevang suggests checking the stored grain at least every two weeks. While checking on the grain, measure and record the grain temperature and moisture content. Rising grain temperature may indicate insect or mold problems. Insect infestations can increase from being barely noticeable to major infestations in three to four weeks when the grain is warm.

“Grain temperature cables are a wonderful tool, but do not rely on them to replace inspecting for insects or crusting and detecting odors or other indicators of storage problems,” he says.

Visit NDSU’s grain drying and storage website for more information.

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NDSU Agriculture Communication

Source: Ken Hellevang, 701-231-7243, kenneth.hellevang@ndsu.edu

Editor: Ellen Crawford, 701-231-5391, ellen.crawford@ndsu.edu

Upcoming Deadlines

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Staff Training

We spent the morning in a staff training.  We really enjoyed the time together and look at the great paintings we made!  Thanks to Shari Little who came in and helped us paint these awesome OSU paintings!  Check them out when you are in the office next.  We have a great office and are lucky to work with such a fun team.

Ohio Beef Cattle Newsletter – 1076th Edition

Six new articles have been posted in this week’s 1076th issue of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter: http://u.osu.edu/beef/

It’s that time of year when cattlemen focus their attention on replacing up to half the genetics in their herd . . . bull buying season. That’s the focus of this week’s articles.

Articles this week include:

  • Demand More When Buying a Herd Sire
  • Changes to National Cattle Evaluation Benefits Bulls Buyers in 2018
  • Improving Cow Herd Reproduction Via Genetics
  • Crawford County Cattlemen Plan Beef Finishing Tour, You’re Invited
  • Beef Herd Continues to Grow
  • Rumors Roil Some Cattle Markets

Check out this week’s news and more at u.osu.edu/beef.