We are in search of a new Office Associate in Licking County Extension


Office Associate

OSU Extension, Licking County

This position is Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For complete position description and online application instructions, please go to www.jobsatosu.com and search by Job Opening Number 443141.  To assure consideration you must apply by October 14, 2018.  The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.   #30#

2018 Licking County Rainfall Summary

Licking County has had one of the wettest growing seasons in history and possibly the wettest.  As you can see below we have averaged nearly 12 inches of rainfall above normal during the April to September growing season.

Location /Township April May June July August September Total
Alexandria 5.63 4.54 6.74 4.47 4.22 9.86 35.46
Bowling Green 6.75 5.40 5.20 4.90 4.60 5.00 31.85
Madison 6.09 5.25 6.50 5.65 3.42 6.81 33.72
Newark 8.90 4.00 8.40 4.15 6.85 12.00 44.30
Newton 6.35 3.45 6.50 4.15 5.5 8.65 34.60
South Union 6.30 4.35 12.15 5.70 3.40 9.00 40.90
Union 4.20 6.25 7.55 3.35 3.40 6.90 31.65
Utica 5.73 4.41 5.20 3.50 4.25 8.13 31.22
Washington 8.43 3.20 8.30 2.95 4.90 8.10 35.88
County Average 2018 6.49 4.55 7.39 4.31 4.50 8.27 35.51
Long term county avg. 3.66 4.41 4.57 4.37 3.58 2.99 23.58

I would like to give a special thanks to the following individuals and families who graciously devoted their time and effort to keeping track and reporting their totals.  Without their help this would not be possible.  If you know someone who would like to participate in this project next please have them contact the extension office at 740-670-5315.


Rick Black

Larry Coe

Orville Felumlee

Ed Hankinson

Kayla Hughes

Jim Kiracofe

Jeff Martin

Dave Shipley

Tom Sorg


Beef Quality Assurance with Licking County Cattleman’s Meeting

Details will be available soon but set aside Sunday December 9th for an afternoon of fun and education.  Dr. Stout, of Legends Lane Reproductive Services near Alexandria, is graciously offering his embryo transfer and IVF facility as a location for the Licking County Cattleman’s gathering (with food!) and a Beef Quality Assurance Training Session.  The old golf clubhouse can be our meeting room.

We are also working on the details to make this the selection day for the calf raffle winner.  If you have not had a chance to purchase tickets contact a board member or call the Extension Office at 740-670-5315 and we will connect you with the right people.  A limited number of  tickets are available for $20 each and the winner will be able to select between a registered September 2018 Angus heifer calf  that is AI bred out of an AI bred dam or $1000 cash.  The September age calf was chosen because a youth could show it for 2 years.

You do not need to be a member to participate in the activities but the Licking County Cattleman’s association is always accepting new members and have leadership opportunities available.

Do I need Beef Quality Assurance?

Consumers are concerned for animal health, and the sustainability of the production systems their food’s raised in.”

That statement is just one of several discussed during the 2018 Ohio Beef School presentations that have caused teaching and certifying Ohio’s cattlemen in Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) to become a priority. Adding even more meaning to that statement is the fact that Tyson Foods, who harvest and process 25% of the US beef market share, and also Wendy’s, now the second largest fast food hamburger chain in the U.S., have both announced beginning in 2019 cattle they purchase must originate from producers and feedyards who are Beef QualityAssurance certified. Not only are today’s consumers sharing their concerns, but now the businesses who are supplying the public’s demand for a quality beef product raised in a humane and sustainable fashion also want some guarantees that it’s happening throughout the production chain.

In response, Ohio State University Extension is working in cooperation with the Ohio Beef Council, the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association and Ohio’s cattle auction markets and collection points to offer Ohio’s cattlemen several opportunities to become Beef Quality Assurance Certified.

There is no charge for the meetings or certification.  Please call Dean if you have questions 740-670-5315.

Local opportunities  in addition to our December 9th session include:

  • November 13th 7 p.m. at Muskingum Livestock Sale Barn.
  • December 18th 7 p.m. at Muskingum Livestock Sale Barn.

Use the link below for more statewide opportunities.

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Market Facilitation Program (MFP) – Help for farms due to economic impacts of tariffs

On August 30, 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced its Trade Mitigation Package in response to unjustified retaliation surrounding the U.S. agricultural industry.

The Trump administration chose to employ a safeguard for America’s producers who have been negatively impacted. Thus, implementing a 3-pronged program that offers up to $12 billion to help subsidize farmers and stimulate the agricultural economy as a result of lost export sales, diminishing markets, and lower commodity prices.

The short-term package is broken down into three parts, including the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), the Food Purchase and Distribution Program, and the Agricultural Trade Promotion Program.

The following information is from Ben Brown & Haylee Zwick:

Many Licking County producers can benefit from the MFP.  More information is available through the FSA office 740-670-5340 or online at www.farmers.gov

Syngenta corn seed settlement claims due October 12

Farm Office Blog

Ohio Agricultural Law Blog–Syngenta corn seed settlement claims due October 12

Friday, October 5th, 2018

Written by Peggy Kirk Hall, Associate Professor, Agricultural & Resource Law

Those post cards advising producers of a $1.51 billion settlement in the Syngenta corn seed lawsuits are legitimate, and corn producers seeking compensation from thesettlement must file claims by 11:59 p.m. on October 12, 2018.  The settlement is the result of class action and individual lawsuits alleging that Syngenta failed to receive import approval from China before selling its genetically modified Viptera and Duracade seeds in the United States, which led to the rejection of  U.S. corn shipments and a lowering of corn prices from 2013 to 2018.

Who can file a claim?

Three types of claimants that were involved in the U.S. corn market between September 15, 2013 and April 10, 2018 may file claims:

  • Corn producers, which includes any owner, operator, landlord or tenant who shared in the risk of producing any variety of corn, not just Syngenta varieties.  Landlords who operated under fixed cash leases are not eligible.
  • Grain handling facilities that purchased, transported, stored, handled and sold any variety of corn.
  • Ethanol production facilities that produced, purchased and sold dried distillers’ grains from any variety of corn.

How to file a claim?

File electronically through a secure, encrypted portal at www.CornSeedSettlement.com or download a printed form on the same website to file via U.S. mail.  Claimants must file using either a federal tax ID number or social security number and must file a separate claim for each Form 578 filed with FSA.  Note that the settlement claims administrator states that all claims information is confidential and will be destroyed after the payment of claims.

How much will a claimant receive?

Payments will vary and will depend upon the total number of filed claims.  For corn producers, the claims administrator will determine payments based on the following factors: (1) compensable recovery quantity as calculated by number of acres, ownership interest, NASS county yields and predetermined marketing year averages, (2) the year of planting, (3) the producer’s ownership interest, and (4) whether the producer purchased and planted Agrisure Viptera or Duracade seed or a different variety.

When will claimants receive payments?

A claimant might not receive a payment for about a year.  A court hearing to approve the settlement will take place in the U.S District Court in Kansas on November 15, 2018.  If the court approves the settlement, those who object to the approval can file appeals.  Final payments won’t occur until the court resolves all appeals, which could take about a year or more.

Must claimants report payments as income?

Class action settlement payments that compensate for the loss of business income should be reported for tax purposes.  Claimants should consult with tax advisors to determine IRS reporting requirements.

For more information, an extensive list of frequently asked questions about the Syngenta corn seed settlement is available here.

Yield Monitor Calibration: Garbage In, Garbage Out

Yield Monitor Calibration: Garbage In, Garbage Out

From the Purdue Pest & Crop newsletter

Author: Bob Nielsen

Understand this one simple fact about grain yield monitors: They do not measure grain yield.

How’s that for an opening statement?

What I want you to understand is that yield monitors ESTIMATE yield by converting electrical signals received from a mass impact or optical sensor, located somewhere in the clean grain elevator of the combine, into ESTIMATES of grain flow (lbs) per second or two of travel time. Along with ESTIMATES of distance traveled (usually based on differentially corrected GPS signals), header width, and ESTIMATES of grain moisture content… the yield monitor’s firmware / software then ESTIMATES “dry” grain yield per acre, at a moisture content of your choice, and records those yield estimates, and their geographic location in the field, every second or two in the display’s memory or uploaded by cellular connection to a Cloud-based Web server.

Flow sensor.
Flow sensor.

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Pumpkin Disease Diagnosis Field Night

Attention Pumpkin Growers-


We will be holding a Pumpkin Disease Diagnosis Field Night at the Ohio State University South Centers in Piketon on Wednesday, October 3, 2018.

This field night will be hosted by Brad Bergefurd.

The Southern Ohio Cooperative will be a part of the this event.

Many topics will be covered such as:

  • Pumpkin crop management
  • 20 Pumpkin cultivar evaluations
  • Disease control and management
  • Disease screening for powdery mildew, downy mildew, anthracnose and white speck
  • Walking tour of our pumpkin field trial
  • And more

If you are a current pumpkin grower, or are thinking of growing pumpkins, then you do not want to miss this field night.

Cost to attend is $10.00 per person.  Preregistration is required.  To register, you may contact Charissa Gardner at gardner.1148@osu.edu or at 740.289.2071 ext. 132.  Deadline to register is October 2, 2018.

Please see flyer below and attached for full details.

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Space is limited, register today!

Charissa Gardner

Charissa E. Gardner

Program Coordinator

CFAES Staff Advisory Council

College of Food, Agricultural & Environmental Sciences

The Ohio State University South Centers
Research and Extension, 1864 Shyville Road, Piketon, OH 45661

740.289.2071 Ext. 132 Office / 740.289.4591 Fax



Fall Treasures in Your Woodland: Fungi, Lichens and More

From Dave Apsley,  OSU Natural Resources Specialist


Our next  A DAY in the WOODS program featuring “Fall Treasures in your Woodland:  Fungi, Lichens and More” will be offered at the Vinton Furnace State Forest on October 12   Click on the following link to learn about our awesome line up of presenters and topics for this program.


Feel free to share this link and information about A DAY in the WOODS with your friends and neighbors.  Brochures are available at many Ohio State University Extension and SWCD offices in SE Ohio.

Be Sure to make the time to enjoy A DAY in the WOODS!

 Dave A.s

Tax class webinar for both farmers and tax preparers

Agricultural Tax Issues Webinar

Barry Ward, OSU Extension, Director, OSU Income Tax Schools


Tax practitioners, farmers and farmland owners are encouraged to connect to the Ag and Natural Resources Income Tax Issues Webinar on Dec. 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is sponsored by Ohio State University Extension and participants can attend the webinar at host locations throughout Ohio or connect at home or office.

The webinar focuses on issues specific to farm tax returns related to agriculture and natural resources, and will highlight key regulations of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act related specifically to those income tax returns.

The program is an intermediate-level course for tax preparers whose clients include farmers and rural landowners. Farmers who prepare and file their own taxes will also benefit from the webinar.

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Are you Beef Quality Assurance certified yet?

Beef Quality Assurance

Consumers are concerned for animal health, and the sustainability of the production systems their food’s raised in.”

That statement is just one of several discussed during the 2018 Ohio Beef School presentations that have caused teaching and certifying Ohio’s cattlemen in Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) to become a priority. Adding even more meaning to that statement is the fact that Tyson Foods, who harvest and process 25% of the US beef market share, and also Wendy’s, now the second largest fast food hamburger chain in the U.S., have both announced beginning in 2019 cattle they purchase must originate from producers and feedyards who are Beef Quality Continue reading