Ohio New and Small Farm Colleges Set for 2021

Bringing small farms in Ohio to life is the theme of the New and Small Farm College program that has been offered to farm families since 2005. The program focuses on the increasing number of new and small farm landowners that have a need for comprehensive farm ownership and management programming.

The mission of the college is to provide a greater understanding of production practices, economics of land use choices, assessment of personal and natural resources, marketing alternatives, and the identification of sources of assistance.

The New and Small Farm College has three educational objectives:

  1. To improve the economic development of small farm family-owned farms in
  2. To help small farm landowners and families diversify their opportunities into successful new enterprises and new
  3. To improve agricultural literacy among small farm landowners not actively involved in agricultural


Since the program began, the New and Small Farm College has now reached over 1175 participants from 57 Ohio Counties representing almost 900 farms.


If you are a small farm landowner wondering what to do with your acreage, ask yourself these questions:


Are you interested in exploring options for land uses but not sure where to turn or how to begin?


Have you considered adding an agricultural or horticultural enterprise, but you just aren’t sure of what is required, from an equipment, labor, and/or a management perspective?


Are you looking for someplace to get some basic farm information?


If you or someone you know answered yes to any of these questions, then the Ohio State University New and Small Farm College program may be just what you are looking for.


The Ohio State University New and Small Farm College is a 7-session short course that will be held one night a week.  The 2021 Ohio New and Small Farm College program will be held in three locations across the state including:


Pike County area, to be held at the OSU South Centers facility, 1864 Shyville Road, Piketon, Ohio 45661, (Located off US 32 – Appalachian Hwy). Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings beginning August 18 and concluding September 29, 2021. For more information contact Pike County Extension Office at 740-289-4837.


Fayette county area, Fayette County Extension Office, 1415 US Route 22 SW, Washington Court House, Ohio 43160. Classes will be held on Thursday evenings beginning August 19 and concluding on September 30, 2021. For more information contact the Fayette County Extension Office at 740-335-1150.


Wayne County area, to be held at the OSU Wooster Campus, The Shisler Conference Center, 1680 Madison Avenue, Wooster, Ohio 44961. Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings beginning August 31 and concluding October 12, 2021. For more information, contact Wayne County Extension at 330-264-8722.


All colleges will start each evening at 6:00 pm with a light dinner with the nightly presentations beginning at 6:30 pm and concluding at 9:00 pm.


Topics that will be covered in the Small Farm College course include:

  • Getting Started (goal setting, family matters, resource inventory, business planning)
  • Appropriate Land Use -Walking the Farm
  • Where to Get Assistance, (identifying various agencies, organizations, and groups)
  • Financial and Business Mgmt.: Strategies for decision makers
  • Farm Insurance
  • Soils
  • Legal Issues
  • Marketing Alternatives


In addition to the classroom instruction, participants will receive tickets to attend the 2021 Farm Science Review ( ), September 21, 22, & 23 Located at the Molly Caren Farm, London, Ohio. A soil sample analysis will also be provided to each participating farm.


The cost of the course is $125 per person, $100 for an additional family member.  Each participating family will receive a small farm college notebook full of the information presented in each class session plus additional materials.


Registrations are now being accepted. For more details about the course and/or a registration form, contact Tony Nye, Small Farm Program Coordinator 937-382-0901 or email at

Tomatoes: What’s Eating Them Besides You?

We tend to think of tomatoes as easy-to-grow garden vegetables, but that isn’t always the case.  There are many different issues that can make an easy-to-grow plant into a nightmare! Learn to identify, avoid, and treat most common tomato issues from Garry Abfalter, OSU Extension Greene County Master Gardener Volunteer.

One of the most exciting parts of growing your own tomatoes is finally getting to taste the fruits of your labor. Laura Hallaway, OSU Extension Greene County Family and Consumer Science Educator will give some tips and recipes to make best summer favor from your garden-fresh tomatoes.

Date: July 29, 2021

Time: 12:00 Noon

Location: Virtually via Zoom


Cost: $7.00

Contact: Kim Hupman at or 937-736-7209

Drug Use Notification Form

As with 2020, we will continue to use an Online Drug Use Notification Form (DUNF). This form will need to be completed by Friday, July 30, 2021 at noon if you already have your animals tagged. As a reminder, this form is REQUIRED for each MARKET/LACTATING animal. In addition, a few other species require it. If your animal will be tagged at weigh-in (poultry), please complete this after you receive your tag numbers.

Please review this document to help you complete this.


•Large Market Beef (steer/heifer)
•Veal Calf (not a feeder)
•Dairy Steer
•Lactating Dairy Cattle (cow not a heifer)

•Market Hog (barrow/gilt)

•Dairy Market (wether/doe) Must use scrapie ID#
•Meat Market (wether/doe) Must use scrapie ID#
•Lactating Dairy Goats (even if currently dry)

•Market Chicken pen
•Each Market Turkey
•Each Market Duck

•Market Lamb Must use scrapie ID#

•Meat pen

Assistance Needed: Pictures Please

We need some help.

We will be making a calendar for all families for 2022.  We want to include pictures of a variety of 4-H events.  Please upload pictures below.  We would like pictures of camp, fair, pre-fair judging, weigh-ins/tag-ins, clinics, club meetings, community service events, recreation events, club group pictures, etc.  We will try to use as many as we can in this calendar.

We have space for 5 uploads of pictures.  If you have more to share, please complete this survey as many times as needed.

This will be completed until early fall so feel free to upload some pictures of the fair after it is completed.

Thank you for your help and assistance!

4-H Style Revue & Open Modeling

Be sure to check out the 4-H style revue and the open modeling during the fair.  This year, this will take place on Saturday, August 7, 2021, starting at 1:00 p.m.  

All 4-H clothing exhibitors are strongly encouraged to model the outfits they made for their project this year.

Anyone is welcome to participate in the open modeling.

Please return the completed forms to our office.

Come cheer on the 4-H members in their projects and the general public participating in open modeling.  We hope to see you there!

Fair Pass and Fair Bucks Reminder


Hi families!  Just a reminder to please pick up your fair passes and fair bucks.  As a reminder, all youth who completed their non-livestock projects and all other non-market animals are eligible for their $10 in fair bucks.  This includes breeding and pet rabbits, breeding sheep, non-market goats, llamas/alpacas, dogs, horses, non-market dairy, non-market beef, and non-market poultry.

Hours at the fair office are Tuesday-Friday, 8:30-4:30.

It’s Back! 4-H Straw Bale Club Contest

4-H Straw Bale Club Contest

The straw bale club contest is back this year. We encourage all clubs to participate in this contest. It is not mandatory. We are asking clubs to place your bale of straw around the swine barn before Saturday, July 31 at 5:00 PM. They will be judged that evening. This is a great way to showcase and promote your club.

– Size is limited to one square/rectangle straw bale only.
– Your display must stay within the parameters of the bale of straw.
– The bales of straw will be on display the whole week of fair. The OSU Extension, Greene County are not responsible for any loss of items on the bale of straw.
– Name stakes will be provided by the OSU Extension office.
– All entries need to be in place by Saturday, July 31 at 5:00 PM.
– Clubs will be responsible for picking/cleaning up their bale on Saturday, August 7, by 6:00 PM.


If you have any questions, please contact Brenda at

CORN Newsletter 22-2021


July 13 – 19


Editor: Stephanie Karhoff


Soybean Defoliation: It Takes a lot to Really Matter!

Authors: Curtis Young, CCA, Kelley Tilmon

The mid-season defoliators are beginning to show up in soybean fields across Ohio.

Read more


Tar Spot Showing Early this Year: a Note on Diagnosis

Author: Pierce Paul

I have so far only received one confirmed report of Tar Spot in the state, but the fact that the disease has been reported in a few neighboring states has some stakeholders asking questions about diagnosis and management. Tar Spot is a relatively easy disease to diagnose.

Read more


Pre-harvest Sprouting and Falling Number

Authors: Pierce Paul, Laura Lindsey, Wanderson B. Moraes

Persistent rainfall over the last several days has prevented some wheat fields from being harvested. This could lead to pre-harvest sprouting and other grain quality issues.

Read more


Nutrient Value of Wheat Straw

Authors: Laura Lindsey, Ed Lentz, CCA

Before removing straw from the field, it is important farmers understand the nutrient value.

Read more


Steps to Speed up Field Curing of Hay Crops

Authors: Mark Sulc, Jason Hartschuh, CCA, Allen Gahler

The rainy weather in many regions of Ohio and surrounding states is making it difficult to harvest hay crops.  We usually wait for a clear forecast before cutting hay, and with good reason because hay does not dry in the rain!

Read more


Late Wheat Harvest and Grain Quality Concerns

Authors: Laura Lindsey, Pierce Paul

Most of the winter wheat in Ohio has been harvested. However, persistent wet weather has delayed harvest in some areas of the state.

Read more


Western Bean Cutworm Numbers Begin to Increase Across Ohio

Authors: Amy Raudenbush, Suranga Basnagala , Aaron Wilson, Olivia Lang, Kyle Akred, Angela Arnold, Mark Badertscher, Jordan Beck, Frank Becker, Lee Beers, CCA, Bruce Clevenger, CCA, Tom Dehaas, Taylor Dill, Nick Eckel, Allen Gahler, Jamie Hampton, Andrew Holden, James Jasinski, Stephanie Karhoff, Alan Leininger, Ed Lentz, CCA, Cecilia Lokai-Minnich, David Marrison, Jess McWatters, Sarah Noggle, Les Ober, CCA, Maggie Pollard, Eric Richer, CCA, Beth Scheckelhoff, Clint Schroeder, Mike Sunderman, Curtis Young, CCA, Chris Zoller, Andy Michel, Kelley Tilmon

Western bean cutworm (WBC) numbers for the week ending July 11 have increased to the point where scouting for egg masses is recommended in Fulton, Henry, Lorain and Lucas counties.

Read more


About C.O.R.N. Newsletter

C.O.R.N. Newsletter is a summary of crop observations, related information, and appropriate recommendations for Ohio crop producers and industry. C.O.R.N. Newsletter is produced by the Ohio State University Extension Agronomy Team, state specialists at The Ohio State University and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC). C.O.R.N. Newsletter questions are directed to Extension and OARDC state specialists and associates at Ohio State.




Glen Arnold, CCA
Field Specialist, Manure Nutrient Management


Mark Badertscher
Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources


Lee Beers, CCA
Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources


Rachel Cochran
Water Quality Extension Associate


Taylor Dill
Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources


Amanda Douridas
Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources


Nick Eckel
Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources


Mike Estadt
Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources


Ken Ford
Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources


Allen Gahler
Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources


Jamie Hampton
Extension Educator, ANR


Jason Hartschuh, CCA
Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources


Elizabeth Hawkins
Field Specialist, Agronomic Systems


Andrew Holden
Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources


Alan Leininger
Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources


Laura Lindsey
State Specialist, Soybean and Small Grains


David Marrison
Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources


Jess McWatters


Gigi Neal
Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources


Sarah Noggle
Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources


Les Ober, CCA
Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources


Pierce Paul
State Specialist, Corn and Wheat Diseases


Eric Richer, CCA
Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources


Dennis Riethman
Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources


Joseph Ringler
Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources


Beth Scheckelhoff
Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources


Matthew Schmerge
Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources


Clint Schroeder
Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources


Mark Sulc
State Specialist, Forage Production


Kelley Tilmon
State Specialist, Field Crop Entomology


Harold Watters, CPAg/CCA
Field Specialist, Agronomic Systems


Hallie Williams
Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources


Ted Wiseman
Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources


Curtis Young, CCA
Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources


Chris Zoller
Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources


The information presented here, along with any trade names used, is supplied with the understanding that no discrimination is intended and no endorsement is made by Ohio State University Extension is implied. Although every attempt is made to produce information that is complete, timely, and accurate, the pesticide user bears responsibility of consulting the pesticide label and adhering to those directions.

CFAES provides research and related educational programs to clientele on a nondiscriminatory basis. For more information, visit For an accessible format of this publication, visit

4-H Cultural Immersion Project Opportunity

The best way to understand a different culture is to immerse yourself in it. Apply to be part of the Cultural Immersion project experience in Puerto Rico. You will build multicultural skills and understanding, as well as an increased ability to communicate in the increasingly diverse society that we live in. You will experience both the Old San Juan urban area as well as life in the remote mountain town of Castañer. We will also be working with 4-H youth from Puerto Rico in joint service projects.

Teens ages 15-19 (as of date of trip) are eligible for this 8-day service-learning experience. The cost of the experience is $500 plus airfare (est. $600). Limited scholarship funds are also available.

I would love to see Greene County youth participate.  I attended this as a 4-H professional several years ago and it was wonderful.  Feel free to ask me any questions!

Ohio State Fair Non-Livestock Delegates

Pre-fair judging was conducted last week.  The list of winners is posted here.  Please stop by and pick up information if you are a delegate.  If you are a delegate and are unable to attend, please contact the office ASAP to inform the alternate.  All information must be picked up by July 19.

Thanks and congratulations to all.