Poison Hemlock Control

I have seen a lot of poison hemlock coming up already.  Now is the time to prepare to treat it.

By Mark Loux and Curtis Young
Source: https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2020-07/poison-hemlock-control
Re-print from 2020
Poison hemlock remains one of the more persistent and prevalent poisonous weeds that we deal with in Ohio. It’s most typically a biennial plant (sometimes perennial), emerging from seed in year one and developing into a low-growing rosette by late fall. The rosette overwinters and then resumes growth in the spring of year two. Stem elongation initiates sooner in spring than many other biennials, and this is followed by continued growth and development into the often very tall plant with substantial overall size. Flowering and seed production occur in summer.
Failure to control poison hemlock occurs partly because, while it often grows in edges and fencerows around crop fields, no one really pays much attention to it until it does reach this large size when it’s less susceptible to herbicides. And everyone is busy getting crops planted in spring anyway so control of hemlock gets low priority. Stages in the poison hemlock life cycle when it is most susceptible to control with herbicides are: 1) fall, when in the low-growing rosette stage; and 2) early spring before stem elongation occurs. It’s most easily controlled in fall, but several products can work well in spring. Herbicide effectiveness ratings for poison hemlock can be found in Table 21 of the current Weed Control Guide for Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. Herbicides rated 8 or 9 on poison hemlock include the following: 9 – Crossbow, Remedy Ultra; 8 – Cimarron Max, Curtail, dicamba, glyphosate. Mixing glyphosate and dicamba can improve control compared with either applied alone.
Several online resources cover poison hemlock more comprehensively than this article does, including one from the University of Missouri accessible at: https://ipm.missouri.edu/IPCM/2012/2/Weed-of-the-Month-Poison-Hemlock/ Information on toxicity can also be found via an internet search or by contacting OSU Extension if help is needed to resolve a specific concern.

March 25 Webinar for Private PAT and Fertilizer Recert

Pest Ed is offering a statewide live webinar for private pesticide and fertilizer recertification on March 25.   The online registration deadline is March 23.

Growers self-register for  live online webinars.  Private Pesticide recertification will begin at 8:45 AM on March 25 and fertilizer recertification will be begin at 1:30 PM the same day.  Registration fees are $35 for  Private pesticide recertification (AM)  and $15 for Fertilizer recertification (PM).  Growers must participate actively in the online sessions to receive recertification credit.  In addition, each attendee must participate on a separate computer or electronic device to be counted in the attendance polls.

Register at https://pested.osu.edu/OnlineRecertPrivate

Registration deadline: March 23, 2021

Questions? pested@osu.edu

Top Ten Backyard Poultry Diseases Webinar Recording

Timothy McDermott DVM

Extension Educator, Franklin County

There has been a resurgence of people who wish to raise their own food for personal and family food security, both with produce and with poultry.  I am increasingly getting asked about backyard poultry keeping so I wanted to put a resource together to assist you in getting the knowledge you need for safe, healthy and productive backyard poultry keeping.  Here is the second webinar to support backyard poultry keeping:  Top Ten Diseases of Backyard Poultry

FIRST THING:  Find out the regulations in your city or municipality that governs the keeping of backyard poultry and follow those rules carefully. 


Here is the recorded Top Ten Backyard Poultry Diseases class.

Tree to Table: Ohio Maple Syrup

Join us for this timely Friday Escape to the Forest Webinar–  From Tree to Table: Ohio Maple Syrup  March 12th from 10 am – 12 pm.

Join OSU’s Les Ober, Geauga Co. Extension, and SENR’s Gabe Karns and Kathy Smith, for this session on how to make your own syrup or explore turning your woods into a sugarbush as an income opportunity.  Continuing education credits will be available.

Register here:  go.osu.edu/syrup

We hope to see you there!

Farm Office Live – get your questions answered!


Barry Ward, David Marrison, Peggy Hall, Dianne Shoemaker and Julie Strawser – Ohio State University Extension

“Farm Office Live” continues this winter as an opportunity for you to get the latest outlook and updates on ag law, farm management, ag economics, farm business analysis and other related issues from faculty and educators with the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.

Each Farm Office Live begins with presentations on select ag law and farm management topics from our specialists followed by open discussions and a Q&A session. Viewers can attend “Farm Office Live” online each month on Wednesday evening or Friday morning, or can catch a recording of each program.

The full slate of offerings remaining for this winter are:

  • March 10th 7:00 – 8:30 pm
  • March 12th 10:00 – 11:30 am
  • April 7th 7:00 – 8:30 pm
  • April 9th 10:00 – 11:30 am

Topics to be addressed in March include:

  • Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP)
  • Proposed “American Rescue Plan of 2021” – New Stimulus Legislation
  • General Legislative Update
  • Ohio Farm Business Analysis – A Look at Crops
  • Ohio Cash Rental Rates: Outlook and Discussion on Lease Alternatives

To register or view past recordings, visit https://go.osu.edu/farmofficelive

For more information or to submit a topic for discussion, email Julie Strawser at strawser.35@osu.edu or call the Farm Office at 614-292-2433. We look forward to you joining us!

2021 Virtual Ohio AgritourismReady Conference

There is still time to register for the 2021 Virtual Ohio AgritourismReady Conference! Beginning March 1st, the OSU Direct Marketing Team will release a pre-recorded webinar each Monday in March. We will also be hosting a live social hour on March 18th to answer your questions and hear directly from our presenters! This conference series is free but registration is required. More information and the conference agenda are attached. You can also find more information, including registration, at go.osu.edu/2021agtourismready. If you have any questions, please contact Anna Adams at adams.2061@osu.edu.


Welcome Spring! Authors Speaker Series March 22 – 26 at 10AM Eastern

Welcome Spring! Authors Speaker Series

Join us daily, March 22 – 26 at 10AM EASTERN.

Free, but you must register! Full details below.


Register Here!


Webinars are approximately 60 minutes. All sessions will be recorded and posted on the Bee Lab website by early April.

Date  Speaker Webinar Title (click to view the book)
March 22 Doug Tallamy The Nature of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of Our Most Essential Native Trees
March 23 Heather Holm Wasps: Their Biology, Diversity and Role as Beneficial Insects and Pollinators of Native Plants
March 24 Bryan Danforth The Solitary Bees: Biology, Evolution, Conservation
March 25 Olivia Carril Common Bees of Eastern North America
March 26 Mary Gardiner Good Garden Bugs: Everything You Need to Know about Beneficial Predatory Insects

Welcome Spring! Authors Speaker Series is co-sponsored by the OSU Department of Entomology and Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Garden, with support from NIFA IPM Pollinator Health grant and the Manitou Fund.

Annual Tree Sale

From Licking County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Trees are such an important part of our daily life.

We appreciate their beauty as leaves change colors in the fall and their shade on a hot summer day.  We look forward to their buds bursting open in spring.  But trees do so much more for us every day.
– They give us clean air to breathe by absorbing carbon dioxide and expelling oxygen;
– they slow down raindrops to protect our soil from eroding;
– their roots loosen the compacted soil so stormwater soaks in;
– they help us save money on energy bills, and
– they increase our property values.

The tree species we offer change a little bit each year, but we strive to offer a diverse option of hardwoods, ornamentals, and shrubs.  Order today online at:  https://lickingswcd.com/for-sale-or-rent/online-store.html

March 15th is the deadline for some important Farm Service Agency programs.

Your time to make elections into ARC or PLC programs to help protect your income from crops ends March 15th.

OSU Extension has resources to help you make those decisions. If you would like to register for the March 8th meeting on Corn and Soybean Crop Insurance Considerations, please register here.  To watch a recorded webinar on Economic considerations in making your choices click here.

FSA Reminds Producers of Approaching NAP Deadlines for 2021 Crops

FSA reminds producers who are interested in the 2021 Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), of the need to apply for coverage by the following crop deadline dates.

  • March 15, 2021 is the deadline for 2021 NAP coverage on forage sorghum, oats, potatoes, Soybeans, Sunflowers and all spring planted specialty crops grown for food.

NAP Buy-Up Coverage Option

NAP offers higher levels of coverage, from 50 to 65 percent of expected production in 5 percent increments, at 100 percent of the average market price. Producers of organics and crops marketed directly to consumers also may exercise the “buy-up” option to obtain NAP coverage of 100 percent of the average market price at the coverage levels of between 50 and 65 percent of expected production.  NAP basic coverage is available at 55 percent of the average market price for crop losses that exceed 50 percent of expected production.  Buy-up coverage is not available for crops intended for grazing.

NAP Service Fees

For all coverage levels, the NAP service fee is the lesser of $325 per crop or $825 per producer per county, not to exceed a total of $1,950 for a producer with farming interests in multiple counties.

NAP Enhancements for Qualified Military Veterans

Qualified veteran farmers or ranchers are eligible for a service fee waiver and premium reduction, if the NAP applicant meets certain eligibility criteria.

Beginning, limited resource and targeted underserved farmers or ranchers remain eligible for a waiver of NAP service fees and premium reduction when they file form CCC-860, “Socially Disadvantaged, Limited Resource and Beginning Farmer or Rancher Certification.

To help producers learn more about the NAP program and how it can help them, USDA, offers an online Web tool at www.fsa.usda.gov/nap. The webtool allows producers to determine whether their crops are eligible for coverage and gives producers an opportunity to explore a variety of options and levels to determine the best protection level for their operation.

For more information on NAP coverage or to obtain coverage, please contact the Licking County FSA office at 740-670-5340.


Educational programs for the week of March 8th.

ANR Programming Newsletter: Week of March 8, 2021 

Many are free but you need to register in advance for most.  Click on the links below for details.



Farm Bill Webinar: 2021 Corn and Soybean Crop Insurance Considerations

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

2021 Virtual Ohio AgritourismReady Conference

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm



Virtual Conservation Tillage Conference

8:00 am to 3:00 pm



Virtual Conservation Tillage Conference

8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Southern Ohio Farm Show (Virtual)

10:00 am to 11:00 am

Beef Sire Selection for the Dairy Herd (Virtual)

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Farm Office Live

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm



Virtual Conservation Tillage Conference

8:00 am to 3:00 pm

The Dirt on Soil Health: Investing Below the Surface (Virtual)

8:00 am to 8:30 am


Wood Destroying Insect Inspection Training Webinar

8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Midwest Women in Ag Community Education Series

9:00 am to 11:00 am

County Outlook Meeting (Virtual)

10:00 am to 11:30 am

East Ohio Women In Agriculture Program Series

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Butler Innovative Farm Forum (Virtual)

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm



Virtual Conservation Tillage Conference

8:00 am to 3:00 pm

A DAY in the WOODS (Virtual)

10:00 am to 11:30 am

Escape to the Forest Webinar

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Farm Office Live

10:00 am to 11:00 am