Agronomy School, January 28, 2020

Zanesville, OH–Join OSU Extension in Muskingum and Coshocton Counties for the 2020 Agronomy School. This school will focus on topics to increase corn profitability, improve grain crop nutrient management, and understand new trends in Ohio weather. Also learn more about the farm bill, commodity prices, and trade issues. Featured speakers include Aaron Wilson, Atmospheric Scientist, Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center; Ben Brown, Program Manager for Farm Management; Glen Arnold, Field Specialist, Manure Management; and Harold Watters, Field Specialist, Agronomic Systems.

Date and time: Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
Location: Dresden United Methodist Church, 1014 Main Street, Dresden, OH 43821.

PRE-Registration is required, and the fee is $30 per person. The registration deadline is Wednesday, January 22, 2020. This fee includes refreshments, hot lunch, handouts, and a copy of Bulletin #969 – A Field Guide to Identifying Critical Resource Concerns and Best Management Practices. Fertilizer Certification and Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) credits have been applied for. A program registration form is available at go.osu.edu/2020agschool. The event website can be found at muskingum.osu.edu/agronomyschool. Contact the Muskingum County Extension office at 740-454-0144 or martin.2422@osu.edu with questions.

Preparation Class for Ohio Private Pesticide Applicator Exam, January 16, 2020

Zanesville, OH–OSU Extension Muskingum County will offer a training class on January 16, 2020, at 6:00 PM, for individuals interested in taking the Ohio Pesticide Applicator Exam.  This session will cover topics and information commonly covered by the exam and include approved practice materials and additional materials for study. The class will be held at the Extension Office, 225 Underwood St, Zanesville, OH. One week following this class, OSU Extension will host the Ohio Department of Agriculture on January 23, 1:00 PM, at the Rural Services Building to offer an opportunity to take the Private Applicator Exam.  RSVP for the training class by contacting the Muskingum County Extension Office at 740-454-0144.  To register for the exam, you must contact the Ohio Department of Agriculture using the link below or call ODA at 614-728-6987.

Several resources exist for individuals interested in the exam to review.

ODA Private Applicator Page: https://agri.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/oda/divisions/plant-health/pesticides/private-applicator

Exam Registration: https://agri.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/oda/divisions/plant-health/pesticides/exam-registration

Ohio State University Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program: pested.osu.edu

Exam Study Materials: https://pested.osu.edu/home/privateapplicator/studymaterials

Monday, Dec 23, 2019

Holiday season is in full swing and with that our Extension programming is focused on our upcoming new year.  Enjoy these holidays, but note the schedule beginning in January.  Early in January, we host Jill Kocher from the Ohio Public Utilities Commission at the Muskingum Ag Network Breakfast on Tuesday, Jan 7.  Then, we offer several opportunities in Pesticide Safety education and will offer an opportunity to take the Private Pesticide Applicator exam here in Zanesville.  We provide a training session on January 16 at the Extension Office in preparation for hosting the Ohio Department on Agriculture on January 23.  Opportunities for current license holders to earn their continuing education credits are coming up February 4 and February 6.

Calendar:

January 7.  Muskingum Ag Network Breakfast, 8:00 AM, Friendly Hills Grange

January 10. Pizza, Pop and Profit, 12:00 PM, Rural Services Building

January 14. 5:30 PM, Master Gardener Training Class Begins

January 16. Private Pesticide Applicator Exam Training, 6:00 PM, Rural Services Building

January 23. Private Pesticide Applicator Exam Session, 1:00 PM, Rural Services Building (Register for Exam at this link)

A check on the weather (as of Dec 12)  shows 0.03 inches at the Zanesville Weather station (Zanesville Municipal AP) in the past seven days. 30-day rainfail total is 2.13 inches and a total of 41.35 inches is recorded for the year. (https://w1.weather.gov/data/obhistory/KZZV.html)