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Upcoming Webinars from the Ohio Woodland Stewards Program

Mark your calendars for these upcoming webinars provided by the Ohio Woodland Stewards Program’s – Friday’s Escape to the Forest.  Registration links are below.

Shorebirds Identification – https://go.osu.edu/shorebirds

Management: Deer and Habitat – https://go.osu.edu/deer

Spotting the Spot: a National and State Update on Spotted Lanternfly – https://go.osu.edu/spotthefly

Timber Rattlesnake Ecology and Conservation in Ohio – https://go.osu.edu/herps

Late Season Forage Harvest Management

The best time to take a last harvest of alfalfa and other legumes is sometime in early September in Ohio, for the least risk to the long-term health of the stand. These forages need a fall period of rest to replenish carbohydrate and protein reserves in the taproots that are used for winter survival and regrowth next spring.

Many forage producers around the state have been cutting this past week and are continuing into this week. It will be ideal if this is indeed the last harvest of the season. But some growers might try to squeeze out another late cutting, and others have fields that are not quite ready for harvest right now. Like most farming decisions, there are trade-offs and risk factors to consider when making a fall harvest of forage legumes after the first week of September. This article reviews best management practices and risk factors affecting fall cutting management.

The full content of this article is available at: https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2020-28/late-season-forage-harvest-management

Updated Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations Available

The Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations for Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, and Alfalfa was first published in 1995 and has served as a cornerstone in nutrient management in field crops for Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. As crop production practices in this region changed over the past 25 years, many questioned if these nutrient management guidelines were still relevant today.

In 2014, work began to revise and update the nutrient management recommendations in corn, soybeans and wheat. Over 300 on-farm trials were conducted across 34 Ohio counties, including trials evaluating crop response to N, P, K, and S. It was a tremendous collective effort with the ultimate goal of providing objective information to farmers to manage nutrients as judiciously and profitably as possible.

The recommendations have been comprehensively revised and updated. A summarized version can be found online: go.osu.edu/fert-recs

There is menu at the bottom of this webpage that will allow users to view the topics of interest, including an executive summary that provides the highlights. The full version of the recommendations is being finalized at OSU Extension Publishing and a downloadable pdf and printed bulletin will be available soon.

Article originally posted in the Ohio CORN Newsletter, https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2020-26/updated-tri-state-fertilizer-recommendations-available