From Across the Field – New Year, New Changes

As with every changing of the calendar, come changes as to how farmers are asked (or required) to implement certain production practices. This year, 2019 is no different. One of those major changes will affect producers who are planning to use dicamba based herbicides this growing season. The revised label for those products no longer allows for the applicator to be a trained person under direct supervision of a pesticide license holder, rather the person making the application must now be a licensed applicator themselves. For those needing to obt Continue reading

From Across the Field – New Year’s Checklist

Happy New Year. I had the opportunity to spend some quality time with friends and family in Morgan County before gearing up for our busy Extension meeting season. While I was in southern Ohio it was tough to do much farm work with all of the mud. On New Year’s Eve, 2018 became the wettest year on record according to the Columbus news stations. One thing we were able to accomplish, was cutting and splitting a couple of cords of firewood for my brother. It was splitting wood that reminded me this is a good time to check a couple of things around the house, now that the calendar has turned.

This is the time of the year when fuel-burning devices are at peak utilization, along with that come the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas that can cause sudden illness and death. The Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of State Fire Marshal, warns of following devices that may produce dangerous levels of CO gas: fuel fired furnaces (non-electric); gas water heaters; generators; fireplaces and wood stoves; gas stoves; non-electric space heaters; gas dryers; charcoal grills; and motorized automobiles and equipment. Continue reading

From Across the Field – Turning the Page

I hope every had a wonderful Christmas and is looking forward into beginning a new year in the coming days. Well 2018 was certainly an exciting year both in the world of agriculture and for myself on a personal note. Some highlights of my first year of really teaching and planning programs includes organizing NW Ohio Crops Day (February 9, for 2019) at the Bavarian Haus in Deshler, teaching at Farm Science Review, certifying nearly 200 producers in Beef Quality Assurance, developing the Grill Smart program, getting to further know my colleagues from across the state and the good folks here in Henry County. I look forward to continue programming, teaching, and learning with everyone once again in 2019. Continue reading

From Across the Field – Merry Christmas

I hope everyone had a nice weekend and is just about ready for next week. I do want to let the farmers know that we have the 2018 Farmers Tax guides and IRS tax forms available at the Extension office at no charge as the year is coming to a close. We also have a supply of various account books available as well. It is hard to believe the year is coming to a close but 2019 is just around the corner. As I wrap up my first full year here in Henry County it has certainly been a pleasure to live and work in the area and I am excited to see what 2019 has in store. Continue reading

From Across the Field – Merry Christmas

As we are winding down the year there is lots still to do. I am finishing up some year-end reports and articles at work and winding up for winter programs. We have a full winter and spring of agriculture programming planned, details of which can be found on the events page at While there are more details to come I’d like to highlight the 2019 edition of “Northwest Ohio Crops Day” scheduled for February 8th at the Bavarian Haus in Deshler. During this full day agronomy program, we have a variety of topics and speakers lined up. One of those Speakers is NW Ohio’s own Gary Schnikey from the University of Illinois. As part of the program a full 3-hour pesticide recertification and 1-hour fertilizer recertification will be offered to producers. Continue reading

From Across the Field – Grain Marketing Education

Another cold and somewhat soggy week continues to delay the remainder of harvest here across much of the state. Hopefully everyone had a safe and successful deer hunting week. Back in the Southeastern corner of the state where I grew up, we always had that first day of deer gun season off from school. Someone a long time ago realized they might as well cancel classes for the day, as attendance was poor at best. Over the weekend I even made an attempt at Christmas shopping, which ranks extremely low on my list of things that have to be done. Continue reading

From Across the Field – Holiday Safety Tips

Hopefully everyone had a nice Thanksgiving weekend. I certainly enjoyed spending time with family on the farm, and watching the Buckeyes put a spanking on TTUN. Back home everyone is fighting the mud when it comes to finishing harvest and feeding livestock. We currently have about 55 head of cattle on pasture, thankfully we can feed them all out of the mud on a concrete lot near a barn. At my brother’s house we are having some of our “early” season lambs. There is not near as much mud around the sheep, however the soft ground sure does make it tough to haul manure. Continue reading

From Across the Field – Christmas Tree Care

With the blast of cooler air and some snow over the past couple of weeks suggested that winter and the holidays are around the corner, whether we are ready or not. While I enjoy the Christmas holiday, I am one of those folks that tend not to think too much about it until Thanksgiving has past. Also the risk of sounding like Scrooge, prior to Thanksgiving is too early for Christmas music to be on the radio, (Bah Humbug!) but that is a different conversation for a different time. Continue reading

From Across the Field – Turkey Time

With the blast of cooler air and some snow over the past couple of weeks suggested that winter and the holidays are around the corner, whether we are ready or not. That being said are you ready for Thanksgiving?

According to the National Turkey Federation, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863, supposedly as a response to a campaign organized by magazine editor, Sara Joseph Hale. In 1939, President Franklin Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving Day forward one week, as it is presently celebrated. Bradford’s description of the Pilgrims’ first autumn in Plymouth makes it clear, “there was great store of wild turkeys, of which they took many, besides venison, etc.” Continue reading

From Across the Field – Hay Buying Help

With last week’s rain showers leaving much of the area saturated, there were limited opportunities for farming or even yardwork. I took advantage of the soggy conditions here in NW Ohio and headed south on Friday to a fairly productive couple of days in Morgan County. We had a good chance to winterize and store all of the hay equipment and tractors that we typically don’t use during winter time. Continue reading