Muskingum County Ag Dispatch, March 12, 2018

Updates from Muskingum Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources program are available at

Upcoming Local Programs


The Ohio State University
Clifton Martin
Extension Educator
Muskingum County
225 Underwood St, Zanesville, OH 43701
740-454-0144 Office

Ohio Blueberry, Branble, and Wine Grape Pruning School at OSU South Centers

The Ohio State University will be holding the Ohio Blueberry, Bramble, & Wine Grape Pruning School in March…

On March 15th, 2018, OSU will be holding a pruning school offered to growers in Piketon, Ohio.

The school will be hosted by Dr. Gary Gao, Extension Specialist and Associate Professor from The Ohio State University South Centers.

This school is geared towards all levels of growers, and will cover a varierty of topics.

Registration is now open. The deadline to register is March 12th.

For more information you may contact Charissa Gardner at or at 740.289.2071.

Muskingum County Ag Dispatch March 5, 2018

Updates from Muskingum Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources program are available at

Beef Quality Assurance Opportunities


In anticipation of the phasing-in of new Beef Quality Assurance requirements for producers in 2019, we will begin offering opportunities for Beef Quality Assurance training this year.  Individuals approved to provide training will be overseeing these events.  Beef Quality Assurance Training will be a requirement for producers whose product enters the supply chain for Wendy’s and Tyson.  It is expected this will spread throughout the entire industry.

BQA trainings will be held on the following Tuesdays at Muskingum Livestock Auction:

  • March 27, 7:00 PM (same time for all dates)
  • April 10
  • May 8

Learn more about BQA at


Remaining Opportunities for Fertilizer REcertification or Initial Training

Current applicators WITH a fertilizer license may earn their continuing education credits for the fertilizer certificate on March 22 at 6:00 pm at the Extension Office.

Producers who do not currently hold a fertilizer certificate but would like to obtain one may attend a 3 hour class on March 29 at 9:00 am at the Muskingum County Extension Office.  An additional class will be offered at 6:00 pm at the Licking County Extension Office.  Producers also have the option of taking an exam offered by the Ohio Department of Agriculture to obtain the fertilizer certification.

Please RSVP for all programs at or call 740-454-0144.

Ohio SMART Agriculture Program: Invitation to Attend

OSU Extension would like to invite you to help plan for the future of Ohio Agriculture by attend the OHIO SMART AGRICULTURE Program on THURSDAY, MARCH 15 from 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M in Wooster Ohio. It will be held at the Fisher Auditorium (OARDC North Exhibit Area) located at 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, OH 44691

This meeting is seeking FEEDBACK from Ohio producers and agriculture stakeholders to help identify, design, and deploy strategies to support SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE in Ohio to feed not only the world, but especially our most vulnerable neighbors right here in Ohio. The goal is an ACTION PLAN for RESILIENT AG. Please join us to share your views and recommendations at this forum. Meet and discuss with fellow stakeholders from the agricultural, environmental, food security and health fields about safeguarding agriculture for Ohio’s future.

There is no cost to attend this meeting!

To help to plan for program handouts and refreshments, please RSVP to: Shannon Mott at

More information can be found at:

We hope you can attend this meeting!

Additional meetings will be held across Ohio on March 5 ( OSU South Centers); March 8 (Clark County); March 14 (Wood County) and March 16 (Fairfield County)

Free Lunch! Pizza and…profit?

Join us at the Rural Services Building on January 26, 2018 at Noon.  Clifton Martin, OSU Extension and Van Slack (SWCD) will host for a discussion on agricultural practices and trends and issues that we confront on a regular basis.  We will share what we have encountered while pursuing locally applied research questions and examine how it relates to common practices and recommendations in corn and soybean production.  We provide lunch and start the conversation.  You take home information you can use.

January 26, 2018.

12:00 PM

Rural Services Building

225 Underwood Street

Zanesville, OH


Ohio Farmer’s Income Tax Webinar

Farmers and landowners are encouraged to learn more about income tax changes during a webinar on January 29 from 10 a.m. to noon.

The webinar, which will focus on issues specific to farm tax returns related to agriculture and natural resources for the 2017 filing season, will offer insight into topics such as agriculture income and expenses, said Barry Ward, production business management leader for OSU Extension.

The two-hour program will be presented in a live webinar format by Ward along with Chris Bruynis and David Marrison, OSU Extension. Individuals who operate farms, own property, or are involved with renting farmland should participate, Ward said.

“The program is directly relevant to farmers and rural landowners,” he said.

Topics to be discussed during the webinar include:

  • New Tax Legislation
  • Agriculture Income and Expenses
  • Net Operating Losses
  • Buying and Selling Farmland
  • Rental Property
  • Demolition of Structures

The cost for the webinar is $35 and registration is open by clicking here.

For more information, contact Julie Strawser-Moose at or by calling 614-292-2433.

Sign up for 2018 Coshocton/Muskingum Agronomy School

There is still time to register for 2018 Coshocton/Muskingum Agronomy School on January 31, 2018.

The registration flier is available at to register by mail.

Additionally, payment and registration may be completed online with a credit card at

This year’s program topics include:
• Disease and Pest Management
• Getting the Most Out of Your Yield Data
• Agricultural Outlook
• Best Management Practices for Nutrient Management and
Water Quality Protection

Speakers for this year’s Agronomy School include:
• Pierce Paul, Field Specialist, Corn and Wheat Pathology
• Elizabeth Hawkins, Field Specialist, Agronomic Crop Systems
• Michael Estadt, OSU Extension Educator
• Lindsey Pease, ARS Research Agricultural Engineer

Registration deadline is January 24. Includes light breakfast, hot lunch, and the new Ohio Agronomy Guide, 15th Edition. Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) credits available.



Southeast Ohio Sheep and Goat School

The OSU Eastern Agricultural Research Station will host the 2018 Southeast Ohio Sheep & Goat School beginning February 15, 2018. This six session series will span from February to November featuring presentations by state specialists and regional experts. From “Sheep & Goats 101” to “Finishing”, there is sure to be something for every sheep and goat producer’s interest. Most classes will run from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and be held at 16870 Twp. Rd. 126 Caldwell, OH 43724. A meal will be included. The cost for the course is $100 for all six sessions or $25 per session. Registration is requested by February 1, 2018. For more details, see the attached flyer or contact Christine Gelley at Noble County OSU Extension 740-732-5681 or

Schedule and more information at this link.

2018 Pesticide and Fertilizer Applicator Recertification Opportunities


Opportunities for private pesticide applicators to recertify their pesticide license will be available in February and March in Muskingum County.
There are two sessions that start with three hours of Pesticide credits and end with 1 hour of fertilizer credits. A third opportunity is a available for fertilizer applicators credits only. If you have both a Pesticide License and a Fertilizer Certification you will need a total of 4 hours of training.


  • February 15, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Pesticide and Fertilizer
  • February 20, 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Pesticide and Fertilizer
  • March 22, 6:00 PM, Fertilizer Only

Pre-registration is expected and there is a fee for each session based on the license or certification you hold:

  • Pesticide and Fertilizer Combined: $35
  • Pesticide only: $35
  • Fertilizer only: $10

Registrations and fees may be received at the office with cash or check.

Online registrations may be completed with a credit card using the following links:

See our promotional flier for more details: 2018 Pesticide and Fertilizer Recertification Flier

Save the Date: Agronomy School January 31, 2018

Registration Information

The 2018 Agronomy School for Coshocton and Muskingum Counties will be on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at Dresden United Methodist Church, 1014 Main St, Dresden, OH 43821. Topics will include disease and pest management, managing harvest data, nutrient management and water quality, and industry outlooks. Light refreshments will be served at 9:00 am and lunch is provided. The program will begin promptly at 9:30 am.

Certified Crop Advisor continuing education credits are available and participants will be provided with a copy of the new Ohio Agronomy Guide, 15th edition.

The registration flier is available at

Cost: $30 per person.

Payment may be received by check through the mail and should be sent to the Muskingum County Extension Office, 225 Underwood Street, Zanesville, OH 43701. Make checks payable to Ohio State University Muskingum County.

Additionally, payment and registration may be completed online with a credit card at

The 2018 Coshocton Muskingum Agronomy School is sponsored by the OSU Extension Offices of Coshocton and Muskingum Counties with additional support from the Ohio Soybean Council. Please contact Clifton Martin, ANR Extension Educator Muskingum County, at 740-454-0144 or with any questions.

Ohio BEEF Cattle Letter

Six new articles have been posted in this week’s 1064th issue of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter:

Late in the day last Wednesday the EPA announced they were delaying the requirement to implement the reporting of hazardous substance releases as defined by CERCLA. Find more detail in this week’s BEEF Cattle letter.

Articles this week include:

  • EPA Delays Hazardous Substance Release Notification Deadline
  • The Start of the Third Trimester, the Most Underappreciated Day of the Year
  • She’s Been A Good ‘Un
  • A Final Sale Reminder
  • Kentucky Beef Cattle Market Update
  • Exports and Domestic Beef Disappearance