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Drought Stress on Turf is Underway | BYGL

Good Hay Weather! | Ohio BEEF Cattle Letter

Forages; Not a ‘normal’ year | Ohio BEEF Cattle Letter

Understanding and Preventing Acidosis | Ohio BEEF Cattle Letter

Planting Soybean in June: What Agronomic Practices Should I Adopt? | Agronomic Crops Network

Late Spring Dry Spell Underway | Agronomic Crops Network

Lep Monitoring Network Update #4 – Trap Counts for BCW, AMW and ECB-IA | Agronomic Crops Network

Last chance to Complete the 2022 Census of Agriculture | Ohio Ag Manager

Consumer debt in U.S. hits $17 trillion dollars, U.S. agricultural real estate debt projected to record levels. | Ohio Ag Manager  

USDA ERS Forecasting Reduced Farm Income for 2023 | Ohio Ag Manager

ODA Free Farm Pesticide Disposal Collection Event Will Be at the Morgan County Fairgrounds August 9

Link to ODA Press Release

August 9, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.: Morgan County, Morgan County Fairgrounds
2760 South Riverside Drive, McConnelsville, Ohio 43756

The pesticide collection and disposal services are free of charge, but only farm chemicals will be accepted. Paint, antifreeze, solvents and household or non-farm pesticides will not be accepted.

The pesticide collections are sponsored by ODA in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. To pre-register, or for more information, contact the Ohio Department of Agriculture at 614-728-6987.

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Spring Weather & Soil Conditions: Update 6 | Agronomic Crops Network
If You Planted and Heavy Rainfall Affected Your Fields… | Agronomic Crops Network
Interested in Soil Health? Learn together with OSU Extension | Agronomic Crops Network
Lep Monitoring Network Update #2 – Black Cutworm & True Armyworm | Agronomic Crops Network
Taxable Gross Receipts for Ohio Commercial Activity Tax (CAT) | Ohio Ag Manager

Participating in statewide lepidopteran moth trapping network

I am participating in the statewide moth trapping network that monitors key pests in agronomic crops which are reported through the Crop Observation and Recommendation Network (CORN).  We are currently trapping for True Armyworm, Black Cutworm and have setup traps for European Corn Borer.

Updates and reports are here:

Lep Monitoring Network Update #2 – Black Cutworm & True Armyworm 

Lep Monitoring Network – Ohio Black Cutworm and True Armyworm Monitoring

Farm On financial management course offers farmers, ranchers training to meet new program requirements

COLUMBUS, Ohio—A new online farm management course offered by The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) will help Ohio’s beginning farmers qualify for the requirements of the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Beginning Farmer Tax Credit program.

Called Farm On, the self-paced, on-demand farm financial management course was created by Ohio State University Extension professionals and is offered through OSU Extension’s new Farm Financial Management and Policy Institute (FFMPI), said Eric Richer, assistant professor and OSU Extension field specialist in farm management.

Full article at this link

New Fertilizer Applicator Certification Class March 22, 6:00 PM

This class will meet the training requirement to obtain a fertilizer applicator certification from the Ohio Department of Agriculture in lieu of taking an exam.

Who needs a fertilizer certification?:

Fertilizer certification is required if you apply fertilizer (other than manure) to more than 50 acres used for agricultural production grown primarily for sale. If you have the co-op or other custom applicator make your fertilizer applications, you do not need the certification.

Session details:

6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Rural Services Building
225 Underwood St
Zanesville, OH  43701
No Cost
RSVP by March 17, 2023

For More Information or to RSVP, contact:

Clifton Martin, Extension Educator


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Lunch and Learn, Feb 24: Ohio eFields Program and On-farm Research

Join us from 12:00 to 2:00 pm on February 24 for lunch and a learning opportunity to find out more about on-farm research in Ohio.  Meeting location is the Rural Services Building, 225 Underwood St, Zanesville.

Elizabeth Hawkins, Field Specialist, Agronomic Systems with Ohio State University Extension will be joining us by ZOOM. Elizabeth will be sharing about the E-Fields program and On-Farm Research.

Registration and more information at this link.

Beef Quality Assurance March 23

Are you selling beef animals to be harvested for meat and need to update your Beef Quality Assurance Certification?

The goal of the Ohio Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program is to increase the competitive base for marketing Ohio cattle. Beef Quality Assurance is a program to ensure that beef and dairy cattle are maintained in a manner which will result in a safe and wholesome beef product for the consumer.  The Ohio BQA program is set to meet or exceed the NCBA BQA Guidelines.

Attending this session will allow you to obtain the Ohio Beef Quality Assurance certificate or renew your existing certificate.  Certificates are good for three years.

Two sessions for certification will be available this winter and held at Muskingum Livestock Auction:

January 31, 2023 7:00 PM

March 23, 2023 7:00 PM

An FAQ about the BQA program is available at:

Program Flyer

Ohio Beef School

OSU Beef Team Virtual Beef School, held Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.

  • January 11; A Look at Input Costs with Barry Ward, OSU Extension Leader for Production Business Management and Market Outlook with Garth Ruff, OSU Extension Beef Field Specialist (view the recording here)
  • February 8; Presynchronization and Improving Fertility of Beef Cows with Alex Crist, OSU Animal Sciences and Synchronization and Natural Service with Dean Kreager, OSU Extension Educator
  • March 8; Asian Longhorn Tick and Theileria with Dr. Risa Pesepane, OSU Vet Preventative Medicine and Managing Disease in 2023 with Dr. Justin Kieffer DVM, OSU Animal Sciences
  • April 12; OSU Beef Team Live Roundtable, Q & A session with OSU Extension Beef Team members.

Register for any or all of the Beef School session listed above at