Farming With Weather Extremes Meeting

OSU Extension Weather Extremes Committee and the State Climate Office of Ohio to Host Climate Smart: Farming with Weather Extremes


Weather is almost always a challenge for agriculture, from too little or too much rain, late season freeze conditions, and severe weather impacts. Yet, having good management strategies for dealing with water, weeds, pests, diseases, and stress is all part of being climate-smart.

After a short hiatus, the Climate Smart Conference is back! This year’s conference brings Ohio State and Central State Extension specialists and local producers together to discuss these important interactions between weather, climate, and agriculture. The event will occur on July 20, 2023, at the Der Dutchman located at 445 S. Jefferson Ave in Plain City, Ohio. The event will open at 8:30 AM and run until 3:30 PM with both a continental breakfast and lunch provided. Continue reading

Two “Hay Day” event options


West Central Ohio Hay Day Hay Day Flyer

DATE: July 6th, 2023
TIME: 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
LOCATION: 338 W Dallas Rd, Urbana, OH 43078 and follow the signs
COST: FREE! But you must register below by July 1 for free lunch
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Southeastern Ohio Hay Day

DATE: July 14th, 2023
TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: 16870 Bond Ridge Road, Caldwell, OH 43724.
To register and see details visit

“Identifying the Trees in Your Woods”

offered by A DAY in the WOODS at the Vinton Furnace State Forest on Friday July 14th

One of the first steps to improving your woodland is to know the species of trees that grow there.  With dozens of tree species on the typical woodland property in Appalachian Ohio, this can be a formidable task.  “Identifying the Trees in Your Woods” will introduce you a simple leaf key to guide you through the process.  You will have the opportunity to use the key to identify a wide assortment of tree samples in the classroom, then explore the diverse woodlands at the Vinton Furnace State Forest with experienced foresters.  This will help to reinforce your leaf identification skills and to help you to learn to use other characteristics, such as bark, twigs and buds, tree form and shape, and even site or location to help you identify trees.

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Ohio Fruit News May 2023

The May Issue of OFN is now available.  Feature articles in this issue are:

  • Plant Tissue Assessment Update from East Palestine, Ohio (Haley Shoemaker and Jeff Hattey)
  • HAL 9000 Meets Insect Monitoring: Introducing Trapview Camera Traps (Jim Jasinski)
  • Moisture Effects on Tree Fruits during Spring Season 2023 (Diane Miller)
  • Misshapen Strawberry Fruit – What are the Causes? (Melanie Lewis Ivey)
  • Tree Assistance Program (TAP) – Natural Disaster Relief for Fruit Growers (Melanie Lewis Ivey)



Ohio eminent domain bill meets resistance

 By:Peggy Kirk Hall, Attorney and Director, Agricultural & Resource Law Program Friday, June 16th, 2023
First page of House Bill 64

Eminent domain is one of those topics that always generates concern among farmland owners. That may be part of the reason behind an eminent domain bill sponsored by Representatives Darrell Kick (R-Loudonville) and Rodney Creech (R-W Alexandria), who introduced House Bill 64 in February.  According to the sponsors, the bill would “reform current eminent domain laws to provide landowners with more rights and support.” But HB 64 now faces significant resistance and uncertainty.
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Weather Outlook

Late Spring Dry Spell Underway

//  C.O.R.N. NEWSLETTER  //  2023-16  //

Memorial Day felt like the typical unofficial start to summer, with highs well into the 80s across the state. This has not been the case much this spring, as average temperatures since April 1st have been up to 2°F below average. Along with this cooler spring, precipitation has been much below average (Figure 1). Precipitation over the last 30- and 60-days is running 50-75% of normal across most of Ohio, with areas in northwest, northeast, and southwest Ohio down to as much as 25% of normal (dark orange shading). Only parts of the northern Miami Valley (Shelby and Auglaize Counties) has seen above normal precipitation this month. Along with low dewpoints and relative humidity, surface conditions are drying rapidly. To submit observations and impacts that you are seeing at your location, visit the National Drought Mitigation Center’s Condition Monitoring Obsever Reports ( These reports will help us monitor the rapidly changing conditions and update the US Drought Monitor for Ohio.

Figure 1: Percent of normal precipitation left) over the last 30-days and right) 60-days. Figure courtesy of the Midwestern Regional Climate Center. Continue reading

Licking County UTV Farm Tour


Join us Saturday June 10th for this year’s farm tour on your UTV!

The trip will include lunch and tours of 5 farms.  Each farm specializes in a different aspect of agriculture so there is something for everyone.

Please click here for the flyer with registration information: Licking County UTV Farm Tour (4)

Ohio Crop Returns Outlook for 2023 – Final Crop Enterprise Budgets for 2023

By:Barry Ward, Leader, Production Business Management Thursday, May 25th, 2023

Barry Ward, Leader, Production Business Management

Lower crop prices and a mix of higher and lower input costs have been the theme for the last several months. High production costs in 2022 gave way to a mix of higher and lower input  costs for the 2023 production year. Factors affecting both supply and demand have continued to drive commodity crop prices lower. The result of these changes is an outlook for limited positive margins for the 2023 corn, soybean and wheat crops.

Production costs for Ohio field crops are forecast to be slightly lower than last year with lower fertilizer and fuel prices leading the way. Higher rents, seed costs, machinery/equipment costs and interest rates mostly offset any benefit related to lower cost areas.

Variable costs for corn in Ohio for 2023 are projected to range from $514 to $628 per acre depending on land productivity. The trend line corn yield (181.8 bpa) scenario included in the corn enterprise budget shows a decrease in variable costs of 10% but a decrease in total costs of only 5% due to higher rents and machinery/equipment costs.

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