Upcoming Events

March 18. Farm Management Workshop, Session II. 7:00 PM. RSVP Required.
March 19. Spotted Knapweed School.
April 2. Ag Network Breakfast. 8:00 AM. Friendly Hills Grange.
April 15. Sheep Association Annual Meeting and Banquet.

Invasive Weed Control for Pastures and Hayfields: Spotted Knapweed

What’s growing in your pastures and hayfields?  Friend of Foe?  Please join us for an evening to learn how to identify and treat aggressive invasive weeds in your pastures and hayfields.  Learn also about the newest Foe on the block, Spotted Knapweed, and the special funding available to treat through the S.T.O.P project.

March 19, 2019. 6:30 – 8:00 PM.

Rural Services Building, 225 Underwood St, Zanesville, OH.

Please RSVP by March 18. 740-454-2027

Presented by Muskingum Soil and Water Conservation District, NRCS, and OSU Extension.


How well do you know your farm?  Sure, you could probably drive your fields blindfolded and you could name without a doubt the cow that will always come in the parlor last; but what about your farm as a business?  If this question made you stop and think, then it’s time to become more familiar with your cost of production and other financial measures that make the rest of your farming operation possible….find out more at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2019-04/ohio-farm-business-analysis-program

Farm Financial Management Workshop, Monday March 11, 7:00 PM.

A two-evening Farm Financial Management Workshop is scheduled for Monday, March 11 and Monday, March 18. This program will focus on teaching participants how to develop and use financial tools for their farm operation. Over the course of both evenings participants will receive instruction on generating and using balance sheets, income statements, and financial benchmarking. Participants will learn how to put together and use financial documents to help make decisions, improve financial management, and work more effectively with lenders.

OSU Extension Instructors for this workshop are Dianne Shoemaker (Field Specialist, Dairy Production Economics), Chris Zoller (Extension Educator, Tuscarawas County), and Clifton Martin (Extension Educator, Muskingum County). Topics include balance sheets, income statements, and financial benchmarking.

Location: Rural Services Building, 225 Underwood Street, Zanesville, OH 43701

Registration is $10 per person, which covers both sessions, and includes light refreshments and program materials. Registrations due by March 8.

Commentary: October 1, 2018


October 2. Ag Network Breakfast. Friendly Hills Grange. 8:00 AM.

November 6. Ag Network Breakfast. Friendly Hills Grange. 8:00 AM.

November 13. Beef Quality Assurance @ Muskingum Livestock. 7:00 PM.

December 18. Beef Quality Assurance @ Muskingum Livestock. 7:00 PM.

Warm and Wet October Expected

“Overall, temperatures the first two weeks of October will average 5-15F above normal with the last two weeks 0-4F above normal.

Rainfall will average 1-4 inches the first half of October. The 1 inch will be in southern Ohio and the 4 inches would likely be in the north part of the state. Normal is 1-1.5 inches for two weeks.”

From C.O.R.N Newsletter, 2018-33


Rain was heavy in the area during the first half of last week. Grain harvest activities were paused, river levels came up, and there was certainly some standing water hidden under the crop canopies. I noticed very little activity for several days but hopefully this string of drier weather has been in someone’s favor.

On another note, I have squished several wooly bear caterpillars with my vehicle tires. Legend would have us believe that the width of the orange stripe on the caterpillar can predict winter. But, that has more to do with history than future. The amount of black on the caterpillar has been shown to be connected to how long the caterpillar has been feeding and the moisture levels in the area where the caterpillar developed. This legend originated in colonial American folklore and became popularized in 1948 when an entomologist went to a mountain in New York and took a journalist with him to tell the story. This small study only involved 15 caterpillars. Can 15 caterpillars predict the future?