OPGMA – Grower’s Produce Network Annual Meeting Jan. 17-18

The Ohio Produce Growers and Marketing Association is holding their annual fruit and vegetable conference, dubbed the Grower’s Produce Network on January 17-18 at the airport Mariott in Columbus. A selection of in-state and out-of-state speakers has been assembled to cover a range of topics on vegetable and fruit production, pest management and marketing. Details on registering for the event plus the education sessions can be found on OPGMA’s website, http://www.opgma.org.

Hope to see you there!

Ohio Farm Custom Rate Survey 2022 Responses Requested

The Ohio Farm Custom Rates Survey data collection has launched once again. The online survey for 2022 is available at: https://go.osu.edu/ohiofarmcustomratesurvey2022

A large number of Ohio farmers hire machinery operations and other farm-related work to be completed by others. This is often due to lack of proper equipment, lack of time, or lack of expertise for a particular operation.  Many farm business owners do not own equipment for every possible job that they may encounter in the course of operating a farm and may, instead of purchasing the equipment needed, seek out someone with the proper tools necessary to complete the job. This farm work completed by others is often referred to as “custom farm work” or more simply “custom work”. A “custom rate” is the amount agreed upon by both parties to be paid by the custom work customer to the custom work provider.

Custom farming providers and customers often negotiate an agreeable custom farming machinery rate by utilizing Extension surveys results as a starting point. Ohio State University Extension collects surveys and publishes survey results from the Ohio Farm Custom Survey every other year. This year we are updating our published custom farm rates for Ohio.

We kindly request your assistance in securing up-to-date information about farm custom work rates, machinery and building rental rates, and hired labor costs in Ohio.

This year we have an online survey set up that anyone can access. We would ask that you respond even if you know only a few rates.  We want information on actual rates, either what you paid to hire custom work or what you charged if you perform custom work. Custom Rates should include all ownership costs of implement & tractor (if needed), operator labor, fuel, and lube. If fuel is not included in your custom rate charge there is a place on the survey to indicate this.

 You may access the survey at: https://go.osu.edu/ohiofarmcustomratesurvey2022

If you prefer a document that you can print out and fill out by hand to return, email Barry Ward at ward.8@osu.edu

The deadline to complete the survey is March 31, 2022.

 

Barry Ward, Leader, Production Business Management

OSU Extension, Agriculture & Natural Resources

Tri-State Green Industry Conference

Thursday, February 3, 2022

Sharonville Convention Center

11355 Chester Rd

Cincinnati, OH  45246


 Ohio Pesticide Applicator Recertification Credits:

    • Ohio Commercial Applicator Credits (17.5 total hrs.):  CORE = 3 hrs.; 2B = 1 hr.; 3A = 1 hr.; 4A = 1 hr.; 5 = 1.5 hrs.; 6A = 3 hrs.; 6B = 1 hr.; 6D = 2 hrs., 8 = 4 hrs.
    • Ohio Private Applicator Credits (16.5 total hrs.): CORE = 3 hrs.; 3 = 1 hr.; 4 = 4 hrs.; 5 = 2 hrs.; 7 = 6.5 hrs.
  • Kentucky Credits:  Pending
  • Indiana Credits:  Pending

 ISA Credential CEUs:

  • Certified Arborist = 15.25; Utility Specialist = 7.75; Municipal Specialist = 15.25; Board Certified Master Arborist (BCMA)-Science = 6.25; BCMA-Practice = 3; BCMA-Management = 6; Tree Worker (TW) Climber Specialist = 6; TW Aerial Lift Specialist = 6

 Early Bird Registration – $80.00

Must be received by midnight, Monday, January 17th

 Click this Hotlink to Register NOWhttps://go.osu.edu/2022tri_state_gic

 Seating is limited:  Don’t be turned away!

  • After January 17:  Registration fees increase significantly!
Type of Registration Fee
Early Bird Registration (before midnight, Monday, January 17th) $80.00
Student Registration $25.00
Late Registration (after January 17th) $125.00
On-Site Registration (at the door, February 3; Lunch will not be included) $150.00

Plan Your Day:

 “Schedule At-A-Glance” shows program topics, speakers, and times:  https://go.osu.edu/2022gicschedule

 “Program Details” shows presentation descriptions:  https://hamilton.osu.edu/sites/hamilton/files/imce/descriptions.pdf


Business Opportunities:  Be a Trade Show Exhibitor; Be a Sponsor

Put your business in front of Green Industry decision-makers by being a sponsor (overall program, lunch, educational track, etc.)!  Increase sales by being a Trade Show Exhibitor!

To Learn More, E-Mail ShaLise Simmons:  simmons.761@osu.edu


The Tri-State Green Industry Conference is a collaborative educational effort between:

  • Ohio State University Extension
  • Purdue Extension
  • University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension
  • Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
  • University of Cincinnati
  • The Boone County Arboretum
  • Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
  • Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum

Questions? E-mail ShaLise Simmons at: simmons.761@osu.edu

2021 OSU Vegetable Disease Management and Diagnostics Reports Now Available

Alternaria leaf spot on cabbage

The OSU Vegetable Pathology Lab carried out an active field research program in 2021, with ten full field trials spread across three research sites in Wooster, Celeryville and Fremont, OH, and three bioassays for downy and powdery mildew management. We tested fungicides, biological control products, and disease-resistant varieties to manage diseases of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, pumpkins, cabbage and collards. Our vegetable disease diagnostic lab service for commercial growers, led by Dr. Francesca Rotondo, diagnosed 241 physical samples and 20 digital samples for Ohio growers at no cost. You can click here Plant Pathology Series 2022_Veg Pathology Research Rpts 2021_final to read the research trial and diagnostic lab reports. Most of these trial results will be published in 2022 in Plant Disease Management Reports (subscription required).

Research projects (those with an * were supported financially by the Ohio Small Fruit and Vegetable Research and Development Program):

*Tomato anthracnose – fungicide evaluation

Tomato black mold, Septoria leaf spot and anthracnose – fungicide evaluation

Pepper bacterial canker – evaluation of cultivar resistance

Pepper Pseudomonas leaf spot – evaluation of cultivar resistance

*Pepper anthracnose – fungicide evaluation

Cucumber downy mildew – evaluation of cultivar resistance

Cucumber downy mildew – fungicide resistance screening (bioassay)

*Pumpkin powdery mildew and Plectosporium blight – fungicide evaluation

*Pumpkin powdery mildew – fungicide resistance screening (bioassay)

*Pumpkin powdery mildew – OMRI-listed products evaluation (bioassay)

Cabbage Alternaria leaf spot and soft rot – fungicide and biological product evaluation

Cabbage white mold – fungicide and biological product evaluation

Collards black rot and peppery leaf spot- biological product testing

*Vegetable disease diagnostic report

2022 Pesticide and Fertilizer Recertification

It is time to start planning for your 2022 Pesticide and Fertilizer Recertification.

  • All recertification for Private Applicators will be conducted in person. There is NO online option for private applicators.
  • All recertification hours must be completed by March 31 each year. Otherwise, you will re-test.
  • ODA must receive renewal paperwork and a $30 payment for you to receive your renewal card.

Please visit this statewide map to see available recertification opportunities. Additional information can be found at pested.osu.edu

2022 Soil Health Webinars

Thursday, January 6th, 8-9 am

What’s Your Soil Health Resolution? Farmer Panel Discussion

Thursday, February 3rd, 8-9 am

What does the Research Tell Us about Cover Crops & Soil Health?

Thursday, March 3rd, 8-9 am

Hot Topics –What’s the Future of Soil Health?

Register today at go.osu.edu/soilhealth2022 1 hr NM CCA continuing education credit per session

A Simple, Inexpensive, DIY System for Controlling the Height of High Tunnel Sidewall Rollbars Remotely

The Problem

High tunnel growers come to know through trial and error and some hardship that their success depends on managing the temperature and other conditions inside the high tunnel with care. That is, that maximum yield and quality are possible only when conditions inside the tunnel and near the crop are optimal as often as possible. High tunnel growers also come to learn that achieving optimal conditions round-the-clock and day after day is difficult and costly in various ways. For example, it is difficult because crop needs and conditions outside the tunnel can change dramatically and quickly, especially during key points in the crop cycle in spring and fall. Reacting to changes in crop need and other must-dos on the farm can be challenging. Managing temperature and other conditions inside the tunnel usually also requires undesirable investments in time, effort, and money. Of course, conditions inside the tunnel are usually set by controlling the extent to which sidewalls, vents, and/or doors are open, with the height of sidewall rollbars being particularly significant. The trouble is that the position of most sidewall rollbars is set by hand. This requires the grower or another person to stop what they are doing, travel/go to the high tunnel, and reposition the rollbars manually. This commitment and expense are unfortunate enough. However, the fact that it may need to be done multiple times per day for many days in a row for conditions near the crop to remain optimal becomes problematic for many high tunnel growers. They are required to choose between: (a) continually repositioning sidewall rollbar heights (“babysitting” the tunnel) at some direct cost and at the expense of engaging in other activities or (b) setting sidewall rollbar position at a “compromise” height and accepting the consequences of conditions (e.g., temperature, wind) being above- or below-optimal for potentially lengthy periods. In our view, high tunnel growers should not be required to have to make that choice.

Existing and New Solutions

Various companies (e.g., https://www.advancingalternatives.com) agree and offer automated ventilation control systems involving sensors, a control panel, and sidewall motors. We have had a version of the Advancing Alternatives system on a moveable Rimol high tunnel since 2015 and have been very pleased with both (control system, high tunnel). The high tunnel’s sidewall motors, endwall vents, inflation fan, and control panel are all powered by a standard 12-volt battery charged by one medium-size solar panel. It’s an impressive system. However, we are also aware that fully automated approaches to ventilation can cost more than some growers are willing or able to pay and place control of the high tunnel conditions largely in the hands of the control panel, not the grower.

Therefore, we have been working to develop a low cost, DIY way to control sidewall motors remotely that keeps the grower directly in control of sidewall position (e.g., to account for conditions that a fully automated system may not monitor, at least without additional cost).

Alex Herridge will soon complete his undergraduate degree in Computer Science and Engineering at The OSU and his contributions to the effort have turned the idea for this alternative, grower-friendly system into reality. Full plans for the system will be available in a separate publication soon but its key features include:

1. Standard sidewall motors powered by a battery-solar panel combination, as described above;
2. A standard voltage-regulating unit converting 12 volts from the battery to 24 volts needed by the motors (approx. $80.00);
2. A motor controller (available at electronics stores or online for approx. $15.00);
3. An off-the-shelf, WiFi-enabled microcontroller to act as the brains of the system (approx. $5);
4. WiFi already present on the farm property or wireless access with a hotspot or similar ($0 to monthly charge typical of a mobile phone plan); and
5. Code for the motor controller (no charge).

To proceed, motors are attached to sidewall bars and powered and a basic network connection linking the grower’s phone (or other device) and the microcontroller is established. The entire process can be completed in approximately four hours once all materials and WiFi are on site. Thereafter, the sidewall motors can be controlled with one’s mobile phone or other linked device using a simple interface setup for the purpose. Pictures of the preliminary, bare-bones version of the interface we used to raise and lower a sidewall bar on a high tunnel at OARDC on December 13 are given here. The bottom-line of this approach and system is that it will allow growers to raise and lower sidewalls from wherever they have internet access using low cost, off-the-shelf hardware. Watch for additional posts regarding this system at VegNet and other locations and contact me (Matt Kleinhenz; kleinhenz.1@osu.edu; 330.263.3810) if you are interested in learning more about or testing the system on your farm.

(OSU Computer Science and Engineering student with the motor and micro controllers and standard battery charged by a solar panel.)

(Exterior of the Rimol moveable high tunnel and the solar panel used to charge the battery powering rollbar motors, endwall vents, inflation fan, and control panel.)

(Simple, password-protected interface for controlling sidewall rollbar position. Usable from anywhere the owner has internet access and allowing them to control sidewall rollbar height remotely.)

 

 

 

 

 

Are You MarketReady?

If you’re interested in selling directly to restaurants, wholesalers, grocers, and customers, join us for MarketReady on January 26, 2022! This producer training will cover a wide variety of topics that will help you navigate the ins and outs of selling direct. All entrepreneurs are welcome.

This program will be at OSU South Centers in Piketon, Ohio and the cost is $25 per person. Cash and check can be sent to:

OSU South Centers

Attn: Anna Adams

1864 Shyville Rd.

Piketon, OH 45661

 If you would like to pay by card, you may call prior to the event at 740-289-2071 x116. We will also accept payment at the door. Lunch will be provided. You can register at go.osu.edu/scmarketready2022. Deadline to register is January 21, 2022. If you have any questions, please contact Christie Welch at welch.183@osu.edu or Anna Adams at adams.2061@osu.edu.

Farm Office Live!

We have a great lineup for this month’s Farm Office Live sessions being offered Wednesday, Dec. 15, 7-8:30 pm and repeated live on Friday, December 17, from 10-11:30 a.m.

Don’t miss:

    • USDA NASS Update with Special Guest Cheryl Turner
    • 2022 Dairy Margin Coverage Signup and Supplemental Coverage
      Opportunity
    • Meat Processor/Federal Program Updates
    • State and Federal Legislative Updates
    • Farm Tax Update
    • Looking Ahead to 2022
    • Q&A

If you haven’t yet registered, visit this site! Register once and you’ll receive monthly reminders.

Insect Pest Management in Vegetable Crops Survey

Dear vegetable producer,

You are being asked to participate in a study, “Insect Pest Management in Vegetable Crops Survey” (Purdue IRB protocol no. 2021-979) by researchers at Purdue University and The College of Wooster. The purpose of this study is to get more information on insect pest management practices and strategies used by vegetable producers in the Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic regions. The information provided here will help direct pest management research and extension programs in specialty crop production.

You must be at least 18 years of age to participate. The survey will take approximately 20-25 minutes to complete. The survey is anonymous. The researchers have pledged to keep your data confidential and will only report aggregated results in any published scientific study.

In appreciation of your choice to participate in the survey, you can choose to enter into a raffle for a hardcopy of one of two complimentary spray guides: the Midwest Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers ($21 value), or the Mid-Atlantic Commercial Vegetable Production Guide ($25 value). Instructions for entering the raffle can be found at the end of the survey.

To begin the online survey, click this link.

Participation in this study is voluntary and you may withdraw from participation at any time. If you have any questions, you may contact the researchers:

Dr. Carlo Moreno (First point of contact)
The College of Wooster
931 College Mall, Wooster, OH, 44691
Phone: 330-287-1982
Email: cmoreno@wooster.edu

Dr. Elizabeth Long
Purdue University
901 W. State Street, Lafayette, IN 47907
Phone: 765-496-1918
Email: long132@purdue.edu