Agronomic Crops Network Newsletter Headlines

Western Bean Cutworm Monitoring: Week 2 Update | Agronomic Crops Network

Growing Season Outlook | Agronomic Crops Network

Inaugural Tri-State Precision Agriculture Conference will Feature Current Trends in Tillage | Agronomic Crops Network

Milkweed and Hemp Dogbane – Who’s Who? | Agronomic Crops Network

Manure Science Review Coming August 10th | Agronomic Crops Network

2021 Clean Sweep: Agricultural Pesticide Disposal | Agronomic Crops Network

Early vegetative lodging and defoliation in field crops | Agronomic Crops Network


Ohio Beef News

Forage Fertility: Where We Are and Why it Matters | Ohio BEEF Cattle Letter

Longer Days Change the Way Plants Grow, the Way They’re Managed | Ohio BEEF Cattle Letter

So Lush, So Green, And Oh So Poisonous | Ohio BEEF Cattle Letter

Corn Acreage, Weather, and Futures Markets | Ohio BEEF Cattle Letter

Shoo Fly, Don’t Bother Me. Or my Cows! | Ohio BEEF Cattle Letter


Muskingum Notes June 22

Rainfall trends continue to remain dry, but drought is still only used to describe conditions in the western states at this time.  However, rainfall totals at the Zanesville Airport are only 13.11 inches for the year, which is nearly at midpoint on the calendar, and presumably is a significant deficit.  Isolated storms have benefited some, but this is a trend we are watching.  Reports out of western Ohio include much more severe rainfall and storms.

The growing degree calculator from Ohio State shows 1,333 growing degree days for the 43701 zipcode today.  This is higher than any of the past six years.  A review of the daily temperature record indicates the majority of above average heat accumulation occurred in March and April.

The crabgrass in my yard is coming in strong.  At this point, it is what it will be for the year since any crabgrass control is really an early spring activity if using a preemergent herbicide.  Lawn repair is best left as a late summer and early fall activity to maintain a healthy vibrant lawn to manage for subsequent years.

Lightning bugs have put on a display the last few evenings.  Even the dog likes to sit and watch.  Here’s a few facts to share with your friends: there are 170 species of fireflies in the U.S. and Canada, mostly in the East and South.  Different species of fireflies will flash with different patterns and the “light” occurs from a mixture of chemicals and enzymes all as part of the mating process.

2021 Monthly Precipitation Compared to Historical Average


Midwestern Regional Climate Center,

OSU Growing Degree Day Calculator,

Crabgrass Control in Lawns for Homeowners in the Northern US,

Lightning Bugs, Lightningbugs | Horticulture and Home Pest News (

New Fertilizer Applicator Certification Class on June 8 at 7:00 PM

OSU Extension Muskingum County will host a New Fertilizer Applicator Certification class on June 8 at 7:00 PM.  At the completion of this 3-hr session, applicants will be eligible to receive the Fertilizer Applicator Certification from the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

The cost for this course is free, but reservations are required due to limited space.  Masks and social distancing are required per state and local health orders.  Class location is at the Rural Services Building, 225 Underwood St, Zanesville, OH.

Please RSVP by calling 740-454-0144 or email

In June, 2014, Governor Kasich signed the Ohio agriculture nutrients law which will require farmers applying fertilizer to 50 acres or more to become certified. This certification is part of a broader initiative developed by a task force convened in 2012 with several Ohio agencies participating. The task force focused on developing recommendations for improving Ohio’s waterways while maintaining the integrity of the region’s agricultural industry.


Resources for more information:

OSU Nutrient Education Page

ODA Fertilizer Regulation Page

Ohio Fertilizer Applicator Certification Brochure: