From Across the Field – Livestock Education Opportunities

Just when things get good in terms of moisture and crop condition, the rain finds its way back into the region. Being set back another week will only add to the weed pressure that is already evident in some fields. The rain has also slowed progress on some of our nutrient management on-farm research trials. This year in Henry County my research efforts are focused on corn side dress nitrogen. With farmer cooperators we are evaluating nitrogen rates in corn and comparing the use of liquid swine manure at side dress to commercial fertilizer. Continue reading

From Across the Field – Making Observations

Hopefully everyone had a nice Memorial Day weekend and had the opportunity to enjoy the warm up either by spending time with family or by getting field work done. With the warm up there has been significant progress in planting and previously planted crops, especially corn had grown rapidly as we acquire some heat units. As always be careful out there on the roads, lets end the planting season on a safe note as we get nearer to the end. Continue reading

From Across the Field – Looking Ahead

As the weather has been a bit warmer across NW Ohio, there has been some planting progress made across most of Henry County in the last week or so.  On the crop disease front head scab in wheat in barley is of moderate concern. When considering to apply fungicide treatment for head scab, timing is critical as the ideal time is during anthesis or flowering. As for insects we had had optimal conditions for slug feeding this spring, especially in fields with standing residue and cover crops. Continue reading

From Across the Field – Year One in the Books

If you have been keeping track of the weather and planting progress across the state, there is tremendous variation on acres planted and soil moisture. That same variation exists here in Henry County as well. In general, State Route 281 has been the dividing line between the heavy and moderate rainfall events. With the rain over the past couple of weeks it is almost like déjà vu of spring in 2017 all over again. Continue reading

From Across the Field- March Madness is Here

Having grown up in a family of sports fans, few things capture my interest more than March Madness. From the Cinderella stories to the blue bloods of both college and Ohio high school tournaments, March is the highlight of the sports calendar, unless the Reds somehow reach the World Series in my lifetime. Watching high school games at various locations and filling out a handful of NCAA brackets is something I look forward to annually.

I think March in general is a time that we look forward to, get excited, or maybe a bit anxious for. Typically, March marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring and the coming growing season. As I talk to farmers around the county, the itch to pull the planter out of the shed is beginning to grow, and understandably so. In Extension, we just came out of Conservation Tillage Conference last week, and are discussing on farm agronomy research plans today. As those in the Twittersphere and on social media would say #plant18 is just around the corner here in Ohio. Continue reading

From Across the Field – Time to Think About Recertifications

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and is looking forward into beginning a new year in the coming days. Well 2017 was certainly an exciting year both in the world of agriculture and for myself on a personal note. It has been great to be able to meet so many people and learn so much about agriculture here in Henry County. I look forward to continuing to do so in 2018.

Here in the next couple of months I will be highlighting the different Extension meetings and programs that will take place here in the county and NW corner of Ohio, so stay tuned for that information going forward. Continue reading

From Across the Field – Label Language Continues to Confuse Consumers

I have always been curious about what goes through a person’s mind while shopping at the grocery store. In the past couple of weeks, I have read several articles regarding consumer surveys, gauging consumer wants and purchasing habits when at the grocery store. I shared one such article in my weekly online newsletter titled, Informed Consumers Won’t Pay More For ‘Natural’. In this experiment researchers at Arizona State University polled 663 beef eaters about their willingness to pay for steak labeled with different attributes: one of which being natural. Half of the participants were provided with the definition of natural and half were not. Continue reading

From Across the Field – Home Holiday Hazards

Looking forward at the weather forecast, it looks like winter is finally going to take hold. It looks like daytime highs will only be in the 30s for quite some time. As the ground becomes frozen that will allow for any remain harvest to continue, while bringing a halt to tillage and manure application. The recent snow has helped put me in the Christmas spirit as long I don’t have to travel too far in it.  I am also looking forward to the shortest day of the year in a couple weeks, so at least we can start to have daylight. It will be nice to leave the office with some daylight to burn. Continue reading

From Across the Field – Revisiting an Old Foe

As we progress through the final month of 2017, field operations are winding down across the county. I estimate that there is around 1 percent of the corn crop yet standing and that soybean harvest is all but complete. Still quite a bit of tillage happening in parts of the county, otherwise the 2017 crop year wrapped up. From a very wet start to insect and weed pressure, mix in a dry spell, and finish with a wet end, this year figures to be one talked about for quite some time. Continue reading

From Across the Field: A New Agronomy Day in Henry County

What a great holiday weekend. You couldn’t have asked for better weather to toss the pigskin or to get a little farm work done. I utilized the opportunity to spend time with the extended family and the head south to work on a couple of projects on the home farm.

As we approach the winter meeting season here in Extension I have planned a full slate of educational events, that I hope you, the readers will find interesting and valuable to you and your agricultural enterprise. While there will be more details forthcoming I wanted to highlight one of the meetings in this week’s column.

How many of you remember Corn and Soybean Day as a Henry County event at the Bavarian Haus? That was a program that I have been told and reminded about countless times in the first six months on the job, and I am pleased to announce that it is back, sort of. Corn and Soybean Day will continue to be held at Founders Hall in Archbold in late January, however a new event, Northwest Ohio Crops Day will be held at the Bavarian Haus in Deshler on February 9th in 2018. Continue reading