Register for Paulding’s Agricultural Technology and Farm Data Course!

Ohio State University Extension Paulding County and Rhodes State College are partnering to provide a three-part education series focused on showing farmers how to use the data they are already collecting on their operations. Most farms are already collecting many kinds of data, including field boundaries, yield maps, soil test results, etc. This course will show attendees how to combine this data with publicly available data layers such as elevation and soils maps to better understand the performance of their management practices. The first session will take place from 6:00PM to 8:00PM on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2024, at the Paulding County Extension Office. Sessions two and three will occur on April 16th and April 23rd, also from 6:00PM to 8:00PM. There is no charge to attend this course, but attendance is expected at all three sessions. Because of the nature of this course, we are limiting registration to 12 farms, but each farm can have up to three attendees. A laptop computer will be provided for each farm to use during this course, but attendees may bring their own computers or tablets as well. Please visit to register for this meeting. The flyer can be found here: 2024 Ag Tech Course Flyer.

Agricultural data can be very useful for understanding the economic, environmental, and yield impacts that different management practices can have. Are you applying enough fertilizer to meet crop needs, or are you applying more than necessary, wasting valuable money? Are you properly evaluating the performance of your tried-and-true corn hybrid based on your soil type? Have you wondered how you can connect the dots to get a better picture of your operation? This course can help to answer all of these questions. Dr. Jim Uphaus, Professor and Chair of the Agriculture program at Rhodes State College will be leading this three-part series. He farms near Leipsic, Ohio and integrates his real-life experiences into the course curriculum he teaches. In addition to his teaching, Dr. Uphaus is a Certified Crop Adviser and uses this knowledge to assist agronomists and farmers in utilizing their agronomic data. Prior to this role, he worked in wheat and corn breeding for fifteen years and studied plant genetics and breeding for his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees. In his current role, Dr. Uphaus is adapting his background in quantitative genetics, Agronomic experience, and multiple statistical computer languages towards applying agricultural data.  The Rhodes State College Agriculture program is currently supported by multiple USDA and a National Science Foundation grant.

For additional information on Agricultural Technology or other Farm Data Management, to register for a program or receive additional education, contact Sarah Noggle, Paulding County Extension Educator, Ag and Natural Resources, at, or Rachel Cochran, CCA, Water Quality Extension Associate for Paulding, Defiance, and Van Wert Counties, at Individuals can also walk in the OSU Extension Office at 503 Fairground Drive, Paulding or call 419-399-8225.

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