ODA reminds farmers of requirements for DiCamba use

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Brett Gates, (614) 752-9817, bgates@agri.ohio.gov

Revised label and new training required before use in 2019

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (Jan. 16, 2019) – The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is reminding farmers of revised labels and new training requirements for applicators who intend to use dicamba herbicide products this year. In October 2018, U.S. EPA approved revised labels for the three dicamba products that are labeled for use on soybeans: Engenia (BASF), XtendiMax (Monsanto) and FeXapan (DuPont). Continue reading

eField available for 2018 reports

eFields represents an Ohio State University program dedicated to advancing production agriculture through the use of field-scale research. This program utilizes modern technologies and information to conduct on-farm studies with an educational and demonstration component used to help farmers and their advisors understand how new practices and techniques can improve farm efficiency and profitability. The program is also dedicated to delivering timely and relevant, data-driven, actionable information. Current projects are focused on precision nutrient management strategies and technologies to improve efficiency of fertilizer placement, enable on-farm evaluation, automate machine functionality, enhance placement of pesticides and seed, and to develop analytical tools for digital agriculture.

Check out the newest edition at https://digitalag.osu.edu/efields 

Seeds for Success Program

Seeds For Success Small Farm Conference will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Northwest State Community College, located at 22600 State Route 34, Archbold Ohio.  The conference provides education and topics of interest for small farm and rural landowners. Participants will walk away from the conference with knowledge and ideas of how to improve existing enterprises or marketing opportunities. For those who have some acreage but don’t yet know what to do with it, the conference is an opportunity to consider possibilities, gather information, and make contacts. Continue reading

FSA to open during Government Shutdown

Brought to you by my counterpart Ben Brown

About half the Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency offices will reopen temporarily during the government shutdown. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Wednesday the agency will open Thursday Jan. 17, Friday Jan. 18, and Tuesday Jan. 22, to perform certain limited services for farmers and ranchers. Continue reading

Website open for online Pesticide and Fertilizer Re-certification registration

The link for the Paulding County pesticide and fertilizer re-certification is active and live.  The new option for 2019 to pay by debit or credit card.  Registration is needed to be filled in online even if you are not paying by credit card.  I realize some applicators have stopped in the office and paid.  We will be sending the online link in an individual email for all those who pre-registered by calling our office.  Thanks for your patience during our learning year.  Continue reading

Paulding County to offer ODA Fertilizer or Pesticide Testing location

For those people who have been asking when is Paulding County going to be a testing site for the Pesticide or Fertilizer test, we are now going to have two dates in 2019.  Registration seats for the test will still need to be secured through the Ohio Department of Agriculture at https://agri.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/oda/divisions/plant-health/pesticides/ .  When getting on the website please choose the section in the middle of the page “Exam – then register for your exam” (see picture below).

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Pesticide License “Crash Course”

With the new changes for the Dicamba restrictions, I have had many phone calls to sign up for the Pesticide Testing through Ohio Department of Agriculture.   Additionally, our office is selling the Private Pesticide Applicator study materials.

If you are one of those people who would rather have a hands-on class to help with the testing process, please join us on February 7, 2019 from 9:30 – 11:30 for a Pesticide crash course.  Cost of the class is $25 and registration is requested prior to the event for planning purposes.  These classes will cover CORE and Category 1.  The final 30 minutes will be spent preparing and registering for the exam.    Study materials are a separate fee and I recommend that you call the office to order before walking in.  These study materials are flying off the shelves like hot cakes.

Cover Crops Round-table to continue in 2019

Paulding County OSU Extension will continue hosting a monthly cover crops round-table for 2019.  Sessions will take place in the OSU Extension Office kitchen on Tuesday evenings once a month.  The meetings are geared for farmer to farm discussion.  Evenings will include a topic and probing questions.  The final 30 minutes will offer a Q & A on any cover crop topics.  No RSVP is required but a phone call or email to Sarah Noggle (419-399-8225 or noggle.17@osu.edu) is appreciated to plan for light refreshments.  Dates include:

  • January 8
  • February 5
  • March 5
  • April 2

The OSU Extension Office is located at 503 Fairground Drive, Paulding, OH 45879.

 

Moving from an E-mail newsletter to a Blog

Happy New Year!!

As we look forward to 2019, I am switching from an email monthly newsletter to a blog.  I have already transferred all of my current subscribers to receive a weekly update of my new posts from this blog site.  Click on the information that pertains to your operation.  Feel free to sign up additional employees or others related to your farming operation.  This will include local and area events.

Let’s make 2019 a successful year!

Learn how the new tax law will affect your 2018 Farm Return

Farmers and farmland owners are invited to register for a two-hour webinar that focuses on the new tax law as it relates to farm returns. The webinar is being hosted by OSU Extension’s Income Tax School Department on Monday, January 7, from 10:00 – noon.

General taxpayer topics to be covered include the new modified tax brackets, standard deductions, elimination of the personal exemption, elimination or change of many Schedule A deductions, the increase in the Child Tax Credit, creation of the new Dependent Credit and an update on education provisions.

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