Join Farm Office Live from OSU’s Farm Science Review on September 23

Farm Science Review is back!  OSU’s Farm Office Team will be there, and we’ll broadcast the next Farm Office Live from our farm office at the Review.  We can’t promise we’ll be able to ignore biscuits and gravy, pork tenderloins, Bahama mamas, or milkshakes during Farm Office Live, but we can promise you updates on recent developments in the world of farm management and agricultural law. 

The broadcast will be on Thursday, September 23 beginning at 10 a.m.  Here’s what’s on the agenda:

  • Carbon market programs and carbon agreements
  •  Legislative update
  • 2022 crop budgets
  • 2020 Farm Business Analysis program results from crop farms
  • Ohio cash rental rates
  • Dairy Market Volatility Assistance Program
  • Highlights of FSR and upcoming programs

Who’s on the Farm Office Live Team? OSU experts are ready to help farmers, landowners and agribusiness professionals navigate the issues we all deal with in the farm office.  Our team includes:

  • Peggy Kirk Hall – Agricultural Law
  • David Marrison – Farm Management
  • Dianne Shoemaker – Farm Business Analysis and Dairy Production
  • Barry Ward – Farm Management and Tax
To learn more and register for Farm Office Live, visit  Recordings of our previous Farm Office Live webinars are also available at that site.

Kitchen Table Conversations 2021

Grab a cup of your favorite beverage, lunch, or snack and join us from your “kitchen table” to engage in conversations “virtually” on September 21, 22, and 23, 2021 for “Kitchen Table Conversations” hosted by the Ohio Women in Agriculture of Ohio State University Extension. Conversations and discussions on “hot topics” in the agricultural world related to health, marketing, finance, legal, and production for women in agriculture.

These sessions are offered during the Farm Science Review daily from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM via ZOOM. Registration is required to participate.

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9|21 Raising Livestock on Five Acres or Less

So you have some land and you want some extra income or a supply of food for your family.  This session will investigate all of your options and possibilities.

Sandy Smith, Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Carrol County

9|22 Farm Stress and Mental Health

It can be hard to have a conversation about our mental health, but it is just as important as acknowledging our physical health. When we live where we work stress can sometimes get the better of us. Sitting together as a family around the kitchen table fosters an environment to have tough conversations. During this session, we will have a conversation about the importance of addressing mental health concerns, how to bridge the difficult topics, and the resources that are available to you and your family.

Bridget Britton MSW, LSW….Behavioral Health Field Specialist ANR


9\23 On-Farm Research Opportunities

On-farm research can provide valuable local data to inform decision-making and help you understand the ROI of practices and technologies on your farm. The OSU eFields program fosters partnerships between Ohio farmers, industry, and OSU researchers. Learn about recent research trials conducted across the state and how to become involved in the program.

Elizabeth Hawkins, Ph.D…Field Specialist, Agronomic Systems, Assistant Professor

Fall Armyworm Information

Fall armyworms have arrived and are marching strong.

Multiple generations of fall armyworms occur each year. The damaging life stage, larvae, live for about two weeks but this can change based on temperature. Small larvae do not each much for the first ten days of their life; the larger life stage causes almost all of the damage during the last couple of days before pupation. Smaller larvae are easier to control than larger ones.

Fall armyworms are notorious for having a broad host range, and you may find populations in home lawns, turf, field crops, and pastures. Infestations are especially common in well-managed bermudagrass. Two distinct features identify fall armyworms. The head has light markings that form an upside-down “Y” (Figure 1) while the opposite end has four black dots that form a square (Figure 2).

Scouting is the best way to determine if and how many fall armyworms you have. Grasses can be inspected by getting on your knees and looking at the top of the grass blades during cooler parts of the day and down near the soil surface during the hotter parts of the day. A soap flush in turf may also be used to detect infestations. For row crops and forages, a sweep net is an easy method to sample for armyworms.

—Managing Fall Armyworms in 2021, Katelyn Kesheimer and Scott Graham, Alabama Cooperative Extension System

Information below has been gathered from Ohio State University State, Field, and Extension Specialists.

Crop production


A Day in the Woods

Registration is now open for our next, A DAY in the WOODS program “Identifying and Controlling Invasive Plants” maybe just for you.  It will take place at the Hocking College Nature Center in Nelsonville, OH on September 10 from 9 am to 3:30 pm. For more information visit:

Also, don’t forget to check out our latest tree ID videos at  We now have 60 videos available for view and more to come..

Livestock News

Beef News

Six new articles have been posted in this week’s issue number 1258 of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter:

By now, you’ve likely seen first-hand or through photos the damage that can be done by the fall armyworm to any one of well over 100 different types of plants upon which they feed including most grasses and turf, alfalfa, soybeans, beets, cabbage, peanuts, onion, cotton, pasture grasses, millet, tomato, and potato, to name a few. You’ll want to keep monitoring forages (and turf), especially new seedings, for feeding damage well into fall because, depending on weather, fall armyworm could be here for a while! This week we focus on the damage they can do, and what might be done about it.

Articles this week include:

  • Unusual Armyworm Outbreaks are Taking Many by Surprise
  • Autumn Forage Harvest Management
  • Watch for Fall Armyworm, Carefully Consider the Alternatives
  • Preconditioning – Why it pays
  • August Hay Production Estimates and Planning for Winter Feeding
  • Direct Reports

Sheep News

Brady Campbell Named Small Ruminant Specialist at Ohio State

CFAES Communications, The Ohio State University The Ohio State University Department of Animal Sciences has hired Brady Campbell as an assistant professor to focus on Read more…

Autumn Forage Harvest and Armyworm Management

Dr. Mark Sulc, OSU Extension Forage Specialist, The Ohio State University Authors Note: Since preparing this article last week, a severe fall armyworm outbreak has Read more…

Secure Sheep and Wool Supply Plan – What Producers Need to Know

Center for Food Security and Public Health, Iowa State University Swine producers are nervously watching the outbreaks of African Swine Fever (ASF) that are happening Read more…