Check out this short video from MSU Extension demonstrating how different tile main sizes interact with different soils’ drainage coefficients!
- Bruce Clevenger, OSUE Defiance County: Planting Trees for Success
- Amy Stone, OSUE Lucas County: Rain Barrels, Rain Gardens, & More
- Eric Hite, Four County Career Center: Weeds Diseases & Insects of Trees & Shrubs
- Reed Johnson, Ohio State University: Backyard Bee Keeping
- Tom Jenny, OSUE Master Gardener Henry County: Starting Seeds for Your Garden
- Kenn-Feld / John Deere: Getting the Most From Your Outdoor Power Equipment “Demos included”
By: Erdal Ozkan
Whenever I give a presentation about the need to calibrate a sprayer and how to do it, there is always someone asking me this same question: “I have a rate controller in the cab that regulates the flow rate of the sprayer regardless of the changes in sprayer ground speed. I just enter the gallons per acre application rate, and the controller does the rest, just like cruise control in a car. So, should I still calibrate the sprayer? The answer is, Yes, a calibration should be done. Although the rate controllers do an excellent job of regulating the flow rate of nozzles to keep the application rate constant regardless of the changes in travel speed, a manual calibration at least once a year is needed for two reasons: 1) to ensure the rate controller is functioning properly, 2) the rate controller is not forced to operate outside the pressure operating range for the nozzles on the sprayer boom. Let me elaborate on both points I made and share with you the reasons why a manual calibration of a sprayer is a good idea.
- If you are stopped by a police officer for speeding, telling the police officer that the car was in cruise control set to the speed limit will not get you out of getting a ticket. Cruise controls go bad, and so will the rate controllers. That is why it is best to manually check the flow rate of nozzles to make sure the gallons per acre application rate you enter on the controller matches the gallons per acre rate provided by the nozzles.
- Your controller may be in good shape, but if the ground speed sensor is giving inaccurate data to the controller, it will not work accurately. For example, if the speed sensor works based on revolutions of the tractor wheels, the ground speed determined may not be accurate, because of the slippage that may occur under some ground conditions. Even the tire pressure being off just a few psi may change the tire revolutions per minute leading to erroneous travel speed readings. Continue reading
By: Osler Ortez
A working group from The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Kansas State University, and The Ohio State University have partnered to conduct a multi-state assessment of farmers’ approaches to on-farm research, including its importance and motives to participate.
Understanding farmers’ perceptions of on-farm research will be vital for the long-term success of initiatives that promote agronomic research on field scales. The information will also be critical in helping to shape future extension programming efforts. The survey will close on May 23rd and it is open for responses before that date. The survey is short, and it should take about 5-10 minutes to complete. Your information/responses are voluntary and will be recorded anonymously.
Access the survey here: https://kstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_71iwM5FE0zhSW10
Questions can be directed to:
Carlos Pires, firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-770-6335
Osler Ortez, email@example.com or 330-263-9725
We appreciate your time and participation! Sent on behalf of:
- Carlos Pires, Ignacio Ciampitti, Charles Rice (K-State)
- Fernanda Krupek, Gabriela Carmona (UNL)
- Osler Ortez (Ohio State)
By: Bridget Britton, Behavioral Field Specialist, OSU Extension
Each morning when waking up recently it feels as though we look out the window and it is either raining or has rained overnight. Farmers are natural meteorologists and are in tune with what is going on with the weather at any given hour of the day.
According to Aaron Wilson, Ohio State University Extension climatologist, there has been measurable rainfall on all but 3 days so far in the month of April. Wet weather and planting delays are sources of additional stress. Though we can’t know for sure when the fields will dry up enough to plant, there are things you can do to keep some of the stress from overwhelming you.
- Get moving: This is normally when the physical activity starts ramping up. You might not be out busy in the fields yet but start prepping your body and mind now by doing whatever exercise you enjoy to get in the right mindset. This “exercise” might include working on equipment, cleaning your shop, or catching up on things you’ve been putting off.
- Make time for laughs: Have you ever heard laughter is the best medicine? Well, it might not be the best, but it can help. Make sure you find time to spend with your funny family member or employee. You know who they are. Continue reading
By: Sarah Noggle
Preventing significant yield losses from disease is likely on the forefront of growers’ minds following the 2021 growing season. A new product in our disease management toolbox is FMC’s fungicide Xyway™ LFR®. OSU Extension eFields program is partnering with growers to conduct on-farm trials evaluating the effect of an at-plant soil application of flutriafol (Xyway) on corn health and yield. Information from this trial will be used to improve corn disease management recommendations for growers throughout the state.
At each field site, an untreated control will be compared to plots treated with Xyway (applied in-furrow and/or 2×2). Additionally, growers also have the option to include a third treatment of Xyway (in-furrow/2×2) + VT/R1 Foliar Fungicide. For this study, a minimum of three replications is required, and four are preferred. Plots must also be randomized to eliminate bias due to plot order. Plots should be at least 500 feet long to ensure accurate yield monitor data.
If you are interested in hosting an on-farm trial, contact Paulding County ANR Extension Educator Sarah Noggle at 419-399-8225 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Rachel Cochran, Water Quality Extension Associate at email@example.com.
eFields is a program at The Ohio State University program dedicated to advancing production agriculture through field-scale research. To learn more visit digitalag.osu.edu.
Hello ANR Friends,
We are once again surveying ag professionals (Extension Educators, Farm Service Agency CEDs and County Committees, financial officers/lenders, appraisers, and others) across Ohio to generate information for those interested in farmland. You might notice that our timing is different this year. We hope that you’ll still be able to assist in this important survey effort for Ohio. We value your thoughts and responses greatly!
This year, there are three options to complete the short survey.
- Complete the survey online at: https://go.osu.edu/ohiocroplandvaluescashrents2122
- Complete the attached survey (Ohio Cropland Values and Cash Rents Short Survey 2022) by printing it out, filling it out, scanning, and emailing the completed survey back to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Complete the survey in the body of this email and return it to email@example.com (Please see the survey at the end of this email.)
You can also access the online survey through this QR code:
If you’re able to assist with this effort, we ask you to please complete the online or attached survey by April 30th, 2022.
All survey data will be anonymous and distributed only in a summary format. Summary conclusions from the latest survey of agriculture professionals, the “Western Ohio Cropland Values and Cash Rental Rates 2020-21”, are available online at: https://farmoffice.osu.edu/farm-management-tools/farm-management-publications/cash-rents
I would like to thank the many of you that have taken the time to share your thoughts and information with us in the past and thank you all in advance for your valuable time in providing data for this research! We expect it to benefit you and your clientele. Summary data of this research will be available via our Farm Office website: https://farmoffice.osu.edu/ and the free online OSU Extension newsletter, “Ohio Ag Manager”. Subscribe to receive this electronic newsletter at: http://ohioagmanager.osu.edu/
Barry Ward, Director, OSU Income Tax Schools
Leader, Production Business Management
College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
Ohio State University Extension
Education is key to knowing to growth stages of wheat for applications of herbicides, fertilizer, and maintaining good growth. The following are some great resources for wheat.
- Ohioline Factsheet – Wheat Growth Stages and Associated Management https://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/agf-126
- Stages of Winter Wheat visual handout http://coolbean.info/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2018/04/2018_WheatGrowthStages_FINAL.pdf
- OSU Video of Wheat Feekes Growth Stage6 https://youtu.be/D_f3VrqzV5c
- OSU Video of Wheat Feekes Growth Stages 7 and 8 https://youtu.be/bnV57AhUt-Y
- OSU Video of Wheat Feekes Growth Stages 9 and 10 https://youtu.be/K1UVNBR2jRk
- Wheat Heading Growth Stage Video https://youtu.be/b0Cb_dRE7GM
- Wheat Flowering Growth State Video https://youtu.be/pEJrX6UqF_E
I just wanted to shoot you all a quick note letting you know that this month’s Farm Office Live is two weeks away! Yes, that means we have changed the date of this month’s Farm Office Live. Instead of Wednesday, April 20th, Farm Office Live will now take place on Friday, April 22nd from 10:00 – 11:30 AM.
Topics on April 22 will include:
- State and Federal Legislation Update
- LLC Liability Protection Review
- 2021 Midwest Farm Performance Preview
- Fertilizer and Crop Budgets Update
- FSA Program Updates
- Ohio General Assembly Website Tour
We want YOU! – Call for On-Farm Research Cooperators
Now is the time to start thinking about the questions you have surrounding your farming operation. What is the ideal seeding rate for corn or soybeans on my different soil types? What rate of Nitrogen will give me the best bang for my buck? Do I really need Phosphorus starter fertilizer? Will interseeding cover crops increase my late-season water-holding capacity of my soil? What is the health of my soil? The good news is that there is a simple way for you to answer these questions: on-farm research!
The Ohio State University Extension eFields Publication has 5 years of these types of trials published for you to see at https://digitalag.osu.edu/efields. The eFields program allows farmers just like you to get answers to the questions you have about your unique operation. What works for others may not be the best option for you, so let’s work together to find the correct answer.
If you’re interested in talking about an on-farm research trial for this Spring planting season, contact Paulding County Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator, Sarah Noggle, or Water Quality Extension Associate, Rachel Cochran, to learn how we can help.
Need some more inspiration or ideas? Check out the 5th Anniversary 2021 eFields Publication at https://digitalag.osu.edu/efields.
Paulding County Extension Office, 503 Fairground Drive, Paulding OH – 419-399-8225
Sarah Noggle, firstname.lastname@example.org, 567-344-5013
Rachel Cochran, email@example.com, 567-344-5016
Join OSU Extension’s Water Quality team for a breakfast meeting focused on conservation practices!
We need your input on which types of conservation practices to include in future watershed plans. The practices outlined in these watershed plans will be the first to receive funding once the plans are implemented and grants are secured. The meeting will be held on the Paulding County Fairgrounds in the Youth Leadership Building from 7:30AM – 9:00 AM on Tuesday, April 12th. Breakfast will be provided free of charge, but an RSVP is required. Call 567-344-5016 to register, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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