2022 Small Farm Conference – March 12

Registration is open for the 2022 Small Farm Conference!

Join us this year for the 2022 Small Farm Conference & Trade Show – “Sowing Seeds for Success”.  The conference will be held on March 12, 2022 at The Ohio State University – Mansfield location.

View the brochure and register here: https://go.osu.edu/2022osusmallfarmconf

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

Dear Ohio BEEF Cattle letter subscribers,

Six new articles have been posted in this week’s issue number 1278 of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter: http://u.osu.edu/beef/

While the ground may be frozen today, we were dealing with mud for much of December and January across Ohio. This week Erika Lyon offers thoughts on the damage that might have been done during that time, and how best to repair it moving forward.

Articles this week include:

  • What to Do with Muddy, Compacted Pastures?
  • Ohio Forage and Grasslands Council Conference, February 18
  • Antibiotic Stewardship in Calves – Part 2
  • BQA Seminar at Cattlemen’s Congress Taught the Importance of Cattle Handling Skills
  • We want your thoughts on the management of Ohio’s coyote population
  • December Cattle on Feed

OSU Extension Mid-Ohio Small Farm Conference – Sowing Seeds for Success – March 12, 2022

No need to feel alone in the field. Our new and small farm conferences provide connections that will last long after the event.

  • Do you own a few acres that you want to be productive but you’re not sure what to do?
  • Do you have a passion for farming and turning your piece of this wonderful earth into a food producing oasis?
  • Do you own land or forest that you’re not quite sure how to manage?
  • Do you raise or produce products that you would like to market and sell off your farm but you’re not sure how to make it successful?

If you’re asking yourself these questions, this conference is for you! Targeted to new and small farm owners, we cover topics like:

  • Horticulture
  • Produce Production
  • Natural Resources
  • Livestock
  • Specialty Crops
  • Farm Management
  • Marketing
  • Miscellaneous Topics

You’ll also have the opportunity to browse a trade show featuring the newest and most innovated ideas and services for your farming operation. Talk with the vendors and network with your peers. If you are a new or small farm owner, you don’t want to miss the 2022 Small Farm Conference – Sowing Seeds for Success on March 12th from 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Mansfield OSU Campus in Ovalwood Hall.  The campus is just minutes from I-71 and US Rt 30.

Please visit: https://go.osu.edu/osufarmconference2022  for class and registration details or call OSU Extension Morrow County 419-947-1070.

Ohio Cow-Calf Assessment – What We Do and Why?

Ohio Cow-Calf Assessment – What We Do and Why?

Please participate in our survey and help us, help you!

We at OSU Extension want to hear from you regarding basic cow-calf management practices that you implement on your farms. Why? Aside from an individual program evaluation or farm visit, common cow-calf production practices have never been documented on a statewide here in Ohio.

By better understanding practices implemented by Ohio producers, we as in the OSU Extension Beef Team will be able to tailor programming more specifically to meet your needs. Furthermore, this survey might indicate potential for areas of research that we have yet to identify through current processes.

This type of project is nothing new, just new to Ohio. Our colleagues and counterparts in other states have been doing similar work over the years. Our goal is to take the knowledge gained regarding your production practices and be able to create better programming and recommendations that have a positive impact on farm efficiency and profitability.

The link below will take you to an electronic survey that is Phase 1 of this project. Phase 2 will look at a more in-depth questionnaire focused of efficiency and profitability of those practices implemented. There is an opportunity to enroll into Phase 2 if you so choose, within the initial electronic survey.

Survey Link: https://go.osu.edu/ohiocattlesurvey

Please take this short voluntary survey regarding current cow-calf production practices. This survey is part of a research effort conducted by The Ohio State University and should take 10 minutes or less to complete. Once again, your feedback is appreciated as we assess current on farm practices on Ohio’s beef farms.

Results from this survey in addition to beef cattle research will allow for more specific programming and recommendations from OSU Extension. If you have any questions regarding the survey, contact Garth Ruff, OSU Extension Beef Cattle Field Specialist at ruff.72@osu.edu.

Forages for Horses

Between January and March in 2022, Ohio State University Extension will be offering Forages for Horses as a virtual course. One live webinar will be offered per month along with “work at your own pace” materials that accompany each webinar. The Forages for Horses program is a collaboration between Ohio State University Extension, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, Ohio Department of Agriculture, and the Ohio Forage and Grasslands Council.

Each webinar will be offered live on Zoom at 7 P.M. and feature presentations in a 90-minute span. Attendees will be able to interact with the speakers and ask questions in real time. Once registered, attendees will be granted access to the full online course including the webinars and complementary resources. Participants that attend all three webinars will have the opportunity to earn a certificate of completion. Registered participants will also receive a USB drive of the full course manual (digital version) by mail.

The webinar schedule and topics are as follows.

Thursday, January 20th 7:00 PM– Hay Analysis and Feeding Different Classes of Horses

Thursday, February 17th 7:00 PM – Nutrition and Parasites

Thursday, March 17th 7:00 PM– Pasture and Weed Management, Soil Fertility, and Species Selection

The Forages for Horses course utilizes Scarlet Canvas. For best performance, Canvas should be used on the current or first previous major release of Chrome, Firefox, Edge, or Safari. Canvas runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, or any other device with a modern web browser.

Cost of the course is $75. Registration includes access to all online content through December 31, 2022, live webinar access, webinar recordings, the course manual, virtual social hours, and a voucher for free attendance to one of nine planned pasture walks to be offered spring to fall of 2022 at various locations across the state. Current and new members of the Ohio Forage and Grasslands Council are eligible for a $15 discount on registration.

Register for the course by visiting https://go.osu.edu/foragesforhorsesregistration.

Questions about the course or the OFGC member discount code can be directed to Christine Gelley of Noble County OSU Extension at gelley.2@osu.edu.

“Planning for the Future of Your Farm” Workshops offered by OSU Extension

To kick off 2022, OSU Extension will be offering “Planning for the Future of Your Farm” workshops to help farm families actively plan for the future of their farm business. The workshops are designed to help farm families learn strategies and tools to successfully create a succession and estate plan which can be used as the guide to transfer the farm’s ownership, management, and assets to the next generation. Learn how to have the crucial conversations about the future of your farm.

Topics discussed during this series include: Developing Goals for Estate and Succession; Planning for the Transition of Control; Planning for the Unexpected; Communication and Conflict Management during Farm Transfer; Legal Tools & Strategies; Developing Your Team; Getting Your Affairs in Order; and Selecting an Attorney.  This workshop will be taught by members of the OSU Farm Office Team.

Families can choose to attend the workshop virtually or in-person at regional workshops which will be held across the state. These sessions being offered include:

Virtual “Planning for the Future of Your Farm” Workshop

A virtual version of this workshop will be held on January 31 and February 7, 21 & 28, 2022 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. via Zoom. 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. Electronic copies of the course materials will also be available to all participants. The registration fee is $75 per farm family.  The registration deadline is January 25, 2022. More information and on-line registration can be obtained at go.osu.edu/farmsuccession

In-Person “Planning for the Future of Your Farm” Workshop

In addition to the webinar series, 3 regional in-person workshops will be held in February and March of 2022. Each of these programs will be held from 9:00 to 4:00 p.m.  The base registration cost for each of these meetings is $85 for 2 attendees, lunch and 1 notebook.  Additional participants can attend for a $20 fee and extra sets of the course material can be purchased for $15.

The locations for each for the meetings are:

February 10, 2022 in Greene County

Location: Greene County Extension Office

100 Fairground Road, Xenia, Ohio

On-line registration can be made at go.osu.edu/greenefarmfuture

More details can be obtained at corboy.3@osu.edu or 937-372-9971


February 25, 2022 in Wayne County

Location: Fisher Auditorium

1680 Madison Avenue, Wooster, Ohio

More details can be obtained at zynda.7@osu.edu or 330-264-8722


March 4, 2022 in Wood County

Location: Wood County Fairgrounds- Junior Fair Building

13800 W Poe Road, Bowling Green, Ohio

More details can be obtained at eckel.21@osu.edu or 419-354-9050

Specific details about each of the workshops can be found at: go.osu.edu/farmsuccession

Ohio Farmland Leasing Update Webinar from OSU’s Farm Office

Is it time to review your farmland leasing situation?  OSU’s Farm Office team will provide helpful leasing resources in its Ohio Farmland Leasing Update webinar on February 9, 2022 from 7 to 9 p.m.

“Winter is a good time to review farm leases, and current information is critical to that process,” said Barry Ward,  Leader of Production Business Management for OSU Extension.  “We’ll provide the latest economic and legal information relevant to farmland leasing in Ohio.”

Speakers for the event include Ward and fellow Farm Office team members Peggy Kirk Hall and Robert Moore, attorneys with OSU’s Agricultural & Resource Law Program. “We always encourage parties to put their leases in writing,” states Hall.  “But we’ll also share other legal information that can help parties deal with conservation practices, a potential new law about notice of termination, and how to use leases in farmland succession planning.”

Topics in the webinar will include:

  • Current economic outlook for Ohio row crops
  • Research on cash rent markets for the Eastern Corn Belt
  • Rental market outlook – fundamentals
  • Ohio’s statutory termination legislation
  • Addressing soil quality and conservation practices in leases
  • Using long term leases in farm succession planning
  • Farmland leasing resources

There is no fee for the webinar, but registration is necessary.  Register at https://go.osu.edu/farmlandleasingupdate.

Ohio Farm Custom Rate Survey – 2022

Ohio Farm Custom Work Provider/Client,

We request your assistance in securing up-to-date information about farm custom work rates and machinery rental rates in Ohio. This information is updated every-other year and published by OSU Extension. It is widely used across the state, so we need the best information available. Please provide rates that are current including the latest price increases or planned increases.

An online option for this survey is available at:




We would ask you to please respond even if you know only have a few operations with data.  We want information on actual rates, either what you paid to hire work or what you charged to perform custom work.

Deadline for Surveys to be completed/returned: March 31st, 2022

Further instructions on select sections:

Fuel At the beginning of the survey please indicate whether your survey responses (custom rate quotes) include fuel. Select “Include Fuel” if your custom services include fuel with the cost. Select “Do Not Include Fuel” if fuel is an additional charge/surcharge or the custom work client is required to provide fuel.

Silage Harvest (Pg.2, Middle of 1st Column) Please circle what type of storage that is used:

1.Upright, 2.Bunker or 3.Silage Bag.

Baling – Large Bale or Stack (Page 2, 2nd Column) Please circle what type of bale or stack you are completing the section for. 1. Large Round Bale – Approx. #1500, 2. Large Round Bale – Approx. #600-1000, 3. Large Square Bale, 4. Stack

Drainage Installation (Page 3, Top of 1st Column) Please circle what type of Installation Method is being used: 1. Ditching Machine, 2. Drainage Plow.

Thank you for your assistance!

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Authors: John Barker, Mark Loux, Tony Nye

Are you concerned about the effectiveness of your herbicide program?  Want to sharpen your weed id skills?  Not sure which nozzles provide the best control options?  Is herbicide resistance REALLY that big of a problem?  These topics and many more will be discussed at the 2022

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Take Action Weed Management Webinars and Weedy Podcasts

Author: Mark Loux

Given how messed up the whole herbicide supply and price thing is right now, it might be a good time to take advantage of free resources to improve your herbicide and weed management acumen.  The USB Take Action program and university weed scientists are once again conducting a series

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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


John Barker
Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources


Lee Beers, CCA
Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources


Bruce Clevenger, CCA
Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources


Rachel Cochran
Water Quality Extension Associate


Trevor Corboy
Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources


Steve Culman
State Specialist, Soil Fertility


Taylor Dill
Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources


Amanda Douridas
Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources


Nick Eckel
Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources


Mike Gastier, 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


Horacio Lopez-Nicora
Assistant Professor – Plant Pathology


Mark Loux
State Specialist, Weed Science


David Marrison
Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources


Rich Minyo
Research Specialist


Tony Nye
Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources


Pierce Paul
State Specialist, Corn and Wheat Diseases


Richard Purdin
Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources


Eric Richer, CCA
Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources


Matthew Schmerge
Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources


Clint Schroeder
Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources


Vinayak Shedekar


Mark Sulc
State Specialist, Forage Production


Harold Watters, CPAg/CCA
Field Specialist, Agronomic Systems


Aaron Wilson
Byrd Polar & Climate Research Center


Ted Wiseman
Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources


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