REMINDER: Join Us for the 2nd Annual Virtual Corn College and Soybean School

By: Laura Lindsey

The AgCrops Team will host the 2nd annual virtual Corn College and Soybean School on February 15, 2022 from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM featuring your OSU Extension state specialists, including the new corn agronomist, Dr. Osler Ortez, and new soybean pathologist, Dr. Horacio Lopez-Nicora. CCA CEUs will be available during the live presentations (2.0 CM, 5.0 IPM, and 1.0 NM).

To register, please go to: There is a $10 registration fee for this event, which goes directly to support OSU AgCrops Team activities. Presentations will be recorded and uploaded to the AgCrops Team YouTube channel after the event (


9:00-9:40              Laura Lindsey

Soybean Management for 2022

9:50-10:30           Osler Ortez

Corn Management for 2022

10:40-11:20         Horacio Lopez-Nicora

Soybean Disease Management

11:20-noon         Pierce Paul

Corn Disease Management


1:00-1:40              Kelley Tilmon

Soybean Insect Management

1:50-2:30              Andy Michel

Corn Insect Management

2:40-3:20              Mark Loux

Weed Management for Corn and Soybean

3:20-4:00              Steve Culman

Meeting Nutrient Needs for Corn and Soybean

Online Fruit Tree Pruning School

Anyone wishing to attend should register no later than Monday, February 28, 2022. Simply visit the link below and fill out the registration form. Registering once will get you links to all the sessions, simply attend as many or as few as you would like. We plan on again offering recordings afterward, so you can access the event on-demand, as we know this fits some people’s schedules better.

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Required Dicamba Training

I just received this from BASF and thought I would pass it along.


Dear Engenia® herbicide Customer,

BASF is excited to announce that annual dicamba applicator training offerings are now available. This training is required for every applicator who applies Engenia herbicide or other dicamba-based herbicides approved for over-the-top (OTT) applications on dicamba- tolerant soybean and cotton.

Applicator training and certification can be obtained in multiple formats based on your schedule and needs. Due to COVID-19, dicamba applicator training will be primarily available through online offerings such as a self-paced training module and live virtual webinars. Limited in person dicamba applicator training opportunities may be available in your area, your local BASF representative will alert you to these sessions.

Please visit for training options.

Self-Paced Online Module:

BASF has changed platforms for the 2022 season to enhance the experience and reliability of our online training module. This self-paced option will take approximately one hour to complete and contains a mandatory quiz at the end. Once the module is completed a certificate is displayed that should be kept for your records. A copy of your certificate will also be provided to the e-mail address you use to register for the course. It is recommended that you complete this training on a web browser through a computer with a reliable internet connection.

Live Virtual Webinars:

Live webinars, hosted by BASF experts, review the same content provided in the online module but this format allows for the opportunity to address questions from attendees during the session. There will be a total of 10 events that are scheduled to occur on select Tuesdays at 10 AM Eastern. These webinars start on February 1, 2022 and run through June 7, 2022 Attendance is limited to the first 250 attendees per event so register early for the event that best fits your schedule. Live Virtual Webinars are scheduled for:

February 1, 2022 @ 10 AM Eastern

February 8, 2022 @ 10 AM Eastern

February 15, 2022 @ 10 AM Eastern

February 22, 2022 @ 10 AM Eastern

March 1, 2022 @ 10 AM Eastern

March 8, 2022 @ 10 AM Eastern

March 15, 2022 @ 10 AM Eastern

April 12, 2022 @ 10 AM Eastern

May 10, 2022 @ 10 AM Eastern

June 7, 2022 @ 10 AM Eastern

As a reminder only certified applicators may apply Engenia herbicide or other dicamba-based herbicides approved for over-the-top (OTT) applications on dicamba tolerant soybean and cotton. Some states have or are actively considering additional restrictions and requirements. Check with your state pesticide regulatory agency for additional training and application requirements or restrictions and to stay current on any new developments.

Reminder – It’s a good time for a farmland leasing update Webinar

By: Peggy Kirk Hall, Associate Professor, Agricultural & Resource Law

Winter is a good time to review farm leases, and current information is critical to that process.  That’s why our Farm Office team is offering its Ohio Farmland Leasing Update, a webinar on February 9, 2022 from 7 to 9 p.m.   I’ll be joined for the webinar by co-speakers Barry Ward, Leader of Production Business Management for OSU Extension, and attorney Robert Moore.

On the legal side, we’ll share legal information to help parties deal with addressing conservation practices in a leasing situation, using leases in farmland succession planning, Ohio’s proposed new law about providing notice of termination, and ensuring legal enforceability of a lease.  On the economic side, Barry Ward will provide a current economic outlook for Ohio row crops, research on cash rent markets for the Eastern Corn Belt, and rental market outlook fundamentals.  We’ll also overview farmland leasing resources.

There is no fee for the webinar, but registration is necessary.  Register at

Weather Update: Will Cold and Snowy Weather Continue into February?

by: Aaron Wilson

Figure 1). Accumulated precipitation for January 2 – 31, 2022. Figure courtesy of the Midwestern Regional Climate Center (


We wrapped up 2021 with the second warmest December on record (1895-present). This secured last year as the fifth warmest year on record and the second warmest for overnight lows.

Shortly after the first of the year however, the weather pattern turned much colder and has remained that way throughout the month. A heavy snowfall event dropped significant snow across the eastern counties, and lighter events have kept the ground covered with snow for much of the state. With snow in place, temperatures have been running 2-5°F below average for January. However, precipitation is running below average throughout the much of Ohio, 10-50% of normal across northwestern counties (Figure 1). Only far southern and eastern counties had a wetter than average month.


Figure 2). Precipitation forecast from the Weather Prediction Center for 7pm Monday Jan 31 – 7pm Monday Feb 7.

High pressure will slide off to the east on Tuesday, providing a southerly breeze and thawing temperatures, as highs reach the 40s to mid-50s across the state. A major winter storm will develop this week and push through Ohio on Wednesday through Thursday night. Significant rain, ice, and snow are forecast to fall across the state with numerous impacts. Highs will trend downward throughout the event, falling from 30s and 40s on Wednesday to the teens and 20s by Friday. Another Arctic plunge will likely cause overnight temperatures to fall below zero over the weekend. A return flow out of the south will bump temperatures back up closer to average as the weekend ends. The Weather Prediction Center is currently predicting 1.5-3.0” inches of liquid-equivalent precipitation over the next 7 days (Figure 2). According to the NOAA/NWS/Ohio River Forecast Center, warmer temperatures and precipitation falling on the existing snowpack will likely cause some runoff and may induce minor scattered flooding concerns across the state.

The Climate Prediction Center’s 6–10-day outlook for the period of February 6 – 9, 2022 and the 16-Day Rainfall Outlook from NOAA/NWS/Ohio River Forecast Center indicate that  temperatures are likely to lean below average for the period with drier weather expected after this week’s major storm (Figure 3). Climate averages for this period begin their slow climb out of winter minimums, with a high temperature range of 36-41°F, a low temperature range of 21-24°F, and average liquid-equivalent precipitation of 0.50-0.70 inches.

Figure 3) Climate Prediction Center 6-10 Day Outlook valid for February 6-10, 2022, for left) temperatures and right) precipitation. Colors represent the probability of below, normal, or above normal conditions.


ARC/PLC Program Election and OSU Extension Decision Tool

by: Chris Zoller, Extension Educator, ANR, Tuscarawas County


The 2018 Farm Bill reauthorized the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) safety net programs that were in the 2014 Farm Bill. Producers must enroll in ARC/PLC for the 2022 crop year through their local Farm Service Agency office. The signup period for the 2022 crop year is open now, and the deadline to enroll and make amendments to program elections is March 15, 2022.

If changes are not made by March 15, 2022 deadline, the election defaults to the programs selected for the 2021 crop year with no penalty.

 ARC/PLC Program Options

Producers again have the option to enroll covered commodities in either ARC-County, ARC-Individual, or PLC. Program elections are made on a crop-by-crop basis unless selecting ARC-Individual where all crops under that FSA Farm Number fall under that program. ARC program payments are made when crop revenue falls below a guaranteed level, while PLC payments are made when a crops specific effective price is lower than its reference price.

Reference Prices

While the 2018 Farm Bill does allow for reference prices to change, indications are that we will not see any changes in 2022.  The established reference prices are: corn $3.70; soybeans $8.40; and wheat $5.50.  Unless we experience significant reductions in yield and/or price, it is unlikely any ARC/PLC payments will be made this year.

Decision Tool

OSU Extension has a newly updated software program to assist producers with evaluating ARC/PLC scenarios and options.  This tool is available by contacting your local Extension Educator or by accessing it on-line at: