Breakfast on the Farm – Host Applications Available

In 2020, the Greene County community will host a large Breakfast On The Farm (BOTF) event to educate consumers about modern commodity agriculture and the way farmers care for their animals, protect the environment and produce safe, wholesome food.  Impact survey results from other similar events indicated that over 60% of the attendees were first time visitors to a farm in 20 years and that the consumers significantly increased their trust in farmers in the key areas of care for environment, care for animals, and protecting water quality.  As a result, the Greene County BOTF committee is planning for a late summer 2020 BOTF event.

If you are interested in being considered as a host farm site, please complete the form available at by February 1, 2020.  The host farm will need to have a farm representative involved in the monthly planning process and be willing to serve as a spokesperson for the event. The leadership for the planning committee will be provided by OSU Extension Greene County and Greene County Farm Bureau. These agencies will coordinate donations and sponsorships, pay bills and lead the planning process. They will also assemble the committee to select the host site farm and preferred date of the event.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Trevor Corboy, Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator, OSU Extension Greene County to discuss this in more detail at or 937-372-9971 ext.114.  Again, the Greene County BOTF event will be approximately in September 2020 and the host farm will help determine the preferred date.  Your consideration of hosting this event is greatly appreciated. Go to to learn more.

BOTF Host Site Application

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course Announcement

The Ohio Department of Agriculture, Division of Food Safety is announcing a Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training to be held on January 28, 2020 at the Clermont County OSU Extension Office, 1000 Locust St, Owensville, OH 45160. The training will be one day, 9AM-5PM with an hour for lunch(not provided). There is no cost for in state residents, $85 for out of state. Regulation excluded and exempt growers are also welcome to register for the training.

The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) which states ‘At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.’

The course will cover basic produce safety; worker health, hygiene, and training; soil amendments; wildlife, domesticated animals, and land use; agricultural water (both production and postharvest); postharvest handling and sanitation; and developing a farm food safety plan. As a participant you can expected to gain a basic understanding of: microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm; how to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks; how to begin implementing produce safety practices on the farm; parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one; and requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them. There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.

To receive a completion certificate, a participant must be present for the entire training and submit the appropriate paperwork to their trainer at the end of the course.

Registrations to be submitted by January 17, 2020 to:


Fax: (614) 644-0720

Phone: (614) 728-6250

Mail: Ohio Department of Agriculture

Division of Food Safety – ATTN: Jordyn Brown

8995 E Main St

Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (614)600-4272 or


Matt Fout

Produce Safety Manager, Division of Food Safety

Ohio Department of Agriculture

GROWING HEMP in OHIO – Separating Fact from Fiction

Early bird registration ends January 10!


Separating Fact from Fiction

January 24, 2020

OARDC/OSU, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio

Find out about this new crop, from opportunities to challenges faced by growers.
Information includes hemp plant basics, growing practices, rules and regulations, business considerations, and more.

Click here for program and registration details.

Click here for online registration.

Ohio Farm Custom Rate Survey 2020

A large number of Ohio farmers hire machinery operations and other farm related work to be completed by others. This is often due to lack of proper equipment, lack of time or lack of expertise for a particular operation.  Many farm business owners do not own equipment for every possible job that they may encounter in the course of operating a farm and may, instead of purchasing the equipment needed, seek out someone with the proper tools necessary to complete the job. This farm work completed by others is often referred to as “custom farm work” or more simply “custom work”. A “custom rate” is the amount agreed upon by both parties to be paid by the custom work customer to the custom work provider.

Custom farming providers and customers often negotiate an agreeable custom farming machinery rate by utilizing Extension surveys results as a starting point. Ohio State University Extension collects surveys and publishes survey results from the Ohio Farm Custom Survey every other year. This year we are updating our published custom farm rates for Ohio.

We need your assistance in securing up-to-date information about farm custom work rates, machinery and building rental rates and hired labor costs in Ohio.

This year we have an online survey set up that anyone can access. We would ask that you respond even if you know only a few rates.  We want information on actual rates, either what you paid to hire custom work or what you charged if you perform custom work. Custom Rates should include all ownership costs of implement & tractor (if needed), operator labor, fuel and lube. If fuel is not included in your custom rate charge there is a place on the survey to indicate this.

You may access the survey at: ohio farm custom rates survey 2020 or contact the OSU Extension Greene County office to receive a paper copy at 937-372-9971.


The deadline to complete the survey is March 30, 2020.





CORN Newsletter

Corn Newsletter
December 17 – January 6, 2020
Editor: Mark Badertscher

Choosing Varieties & Hybrids for 2020 – Check Disease Resistance Ratings

Authors: Anne Dorrance, Pierce Paul
Read more

What’s in my Corn? Insect Management Traits in Corn Hybrids

Authors: Kelley Tilmon, Andy Michel
Read more

Winter Application of Manure – Remember Setbacks

Author: Glen Arnold, CCA
Read more

Late Planted Corn Performance Test Results – How Did They Turn Out?

Authors: Rich Minyo, Allen Geyer, Peter Thomison
Read more

“Ultra-early” Corn Performance

Authors: Rich Minyo, Allen Geyer, Peter Thomison
Read more

Final Reminder: 2019 Yield Survey

Author: Elizabeth Hawkins
Read more

2019 Northwest Ohio Corn Silage Test

Authors: Rich Minyo, Bill Widdicombe, Allen Geyer, Peter Thomison
Read more

Managing Stored Grain – 2019 Considerations

Author: Elizabeth Hawkins
Read more

Small Grains Management Workshop

Authors: Laura Lindsey, Jeff Stachler, Alan Sundermeier, CCA, Mike Estadt
Read more

2020 West Ohio Agronomy Day

Authors: Matthew Schmerge, Amanda Bennett
Read more
January 7
Conservation Tillage Club Breakfast Series
January 8
Precision University: Combating Compaction
January 8
Ohio Certified Crop Adviser Pre-Exam Training Seminar
January 9
Small Grains Management Workshop
January 13
West Ohio Agronomy Day
January 22
Plant and Soil Nutrient Management
About C.O.R.N. NewsletterC.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
Anne Dorrance
State Specialist, Soybean Diseases
Rich Minyo
Research Specialist
Matthew Schmerge
Shelby County
Peter Thomison
State Specialist, Corn Production
Harold Watters, CPAg/CCA
Field Specialist, Agronomic Systems
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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

Farm Bill Update Program – Dec. 20

A program is scheduled for December 20 to learn more.


Location: OSU Extension Greene County, 100 Fairground Road, Xenia

Cost: Free with advanced RSVP

Contact information: Trevor Corboy, or 937-372-9971 ext.114

2019 Farm Yield Survey

We would like to gather information for as many fields as possible, in as many counties as possible to maximize what we can learn from 2019 and the planting delays caused by the excessive rainfall. The results will be summarized and shared in early 2020. The survey needs to be completed by December 31, 2019 to ensure we will have the information available.

Farm Bill Update Program – Dec. 20

A program is scheduled for December 20 to learn more.


Location: OSU Extension Greene County, 100 Fairground Road, Xenia

Cost: Free with advanced RSVP

Contact information: Trevor Corboy, or 937-372-9971 ext.114

Precision University – Combating Compaction

The fall of 2018 and spring of 2019 created some less than ideal conditions for field work leaving many farmers concerned with field compaction. This concern is justified as compaction can significantly reduce yields. Compaction has been a concern for many years as equipment size grows, increasing axle weight.

Researchers have been conducting on-farm trials comparing farming practices to uncover ways farmers can reduce compaction. Comparisons include tires and tracks, equipment size and tillage practices. At the 2020 Precision University, OSU Extension has invited in some of the leading experts from across North America on compaction research and management.

Featured Speakers include:
Dr. Scott Shearer -The Ohio State University

Dr. Ian McDonald -Ontario Ministry of Agriculture

Dr. Mark Hanna -Iowa State University

Dr. Jason Warren -Oklahoma State University

We have also moved the event to the Champion Center at the Clark County Fairgrounds outside Springfield. This facility allows us to feature equipment demonstrations in a heated environment and enables exhibitors to display the latest in technology from their companies. We’re excited to get our hands dirty with some compaction demonstrations involving different types of equipment!

Details including online registration and hotel information can be found at The registration deadline is January 3 and the cost to attend is $50. This includes breakfast, lunch and giveaways.

Sponsors and exhibitors include Camso, Soucy, Green Field Ag, Capstan Ag, Apple Farm Service, Precision Ag Reviews, Ag Info Tech, Mosaic, and Agro Chem.

Farm Bill Update Program – Dec. 20

A program is scheduled for December 20 to learn more.


Location: OSU Extension Greene County, 100 Fairground Road, Xenia

Cost: Free with advanced RSVP

Contact information: Trevor Corboy, or 937-372-9971 ext.114