Event Notice – 2020 Northwest Ohio Crops Day

Join Henry County OSU Extension Office on Friday, February 7 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for the 2020 Northwest Ohio Crops Day at the Bavarian Haus (3814 SR 18, Deshler, Ohio). Highlighting this year’s program is Greg Roth, Penn State University Extension grain crops specialist. Other speakers include Ben Brown, Mark Loux, Aaron Wilson, Greg Labarge, and Bruce Clevenger. Vendors will also be onsite. Continue reading

Winter Application of Manure – Remember Setbacks

By:  Glen Arnold

Winter manureSome Ohio livestock producers will be looking to apply manure to farm fields frozen enough to support application equipment.  Permitted farms are not allowed to apply manure in the winter unless it is an extreme emergency, and then movement to other suitable storage is usually the selected alternative. Thus, this article is for non-permitted livestock operations. Continue reading

OSU Extension to Offer Lunch and Learn Webinars

By: Chris Bruynis, Extension Educator

In the age of multi-tasking and convenience, OSU Extension is offering a lunch and learn webinar series for farmers. We have arranged for eight topic and speakers to provide a webinar every Wednesday starting on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 and concluding March 25, 2020. Join us for eight consecutive Wednesdays for this educational series starting at 11:45 am and lasting 1.5 hours. Learn important risk management information during this lunch and learn series from top industry, private sector, and university experts important to the success of farm businesses in 2020 and beyond. Continue reading

Good-bye 2019, Hello 2020

By:  Stephanie Karhoff

CalendarI try not to wish away time, but it felt good to turn the calendar over, and say good-bye (or maybe good riddance) to 2019. An unprecedented amount of acres were left unplanted in Northwest Ohio, including over 85,000 acres in Williams County alone (Data:  USDA Farm Service Agency). This led to a domino effect, as growers battled weeds, endured tariffs, and navigated ever-changing policies.

In response, Ohio State University Extension formed a task force to address these concerns at go.osu.edu/AgCrisis. As part of this statewide effort, Ohio farmers were surveyed to identify short and long term research and programming needs. There were a total of 290 respondents, representing 62 of Ohio’s 88 counties. Weed pressure and compaction were the top two production concerns going into the 2020 cropping season. Beyond 2020, respondents were most interested in programming focused on reducing input cost, and improving grain marketing strategies.

Do these identified needs mirror your own? If not, what topics in your opinion should future OSU Extension programming address? As always, I invite your feedback, and look forward to continuing to work with you in 2020!

To keep up-to-date with upcoming OSU Extension events throughout the state, refer to the “Events” tab at https://u.osu.edu/williamsag/events/.

Small Grains Management Workshop – EDIT: EVENT IS CANCELLED

By:  Laura LindseyJeff StachlerAlan Sundermeier, CCAMike Estadt

Join OSU Extension as we present a hands-on, intensive small grains management workshop for Ohio crop producers.  This workshop will help you become a more profitable small grain producer and will feature a range of winter wheat and barley management topics including: cultural practices, insect and disease management, and soil fertility.

The workshop will be held in three locations from 9:00 AM-2:30 PM:

Only $10 per person!  And each participant will receive a copy of the Ohio Agronomy Guide, Corn, Soybean, Wheat, and Alfalfa Field Guide, Management of Winter Malting Barley guide, and the Weed Control Guide.

Ohio Farm Custom Rate Survey 2020

By:  Barry Ward, Leader, Production Business Management, OSU Extension, Agriculture & Natural Resources

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. Continue reading

Ohio Maple Days on Tap for January

By:  Gary Graham

Maple syrup treeOhio had a great maple season in 2019 with lots of good quality syrup.  Now is the time to get prepared for the 2020 maple season at the Ohio Maple Days workshops.

The Ohio Maple Days program, an educational event for all maple syrup producers is offered on three dates in three locations: Jan. 23 in Fulton, Jan. 24 in Fredericksburg, and Jan. 25 in Middlefield. The program will be the same at all three locations.  This year the workshops will feature speakers from Vermont the #1 maple producing state and New York the #3 maple producing state. Continue reading

Register for Managing Stored Grain Webinar on December 20

2019 conditions led to variable grain quality causing many potential storage issues. Join Dr. Ken Hellevang with North Dakota State University for a webinar on Friday, December 20 from 3 – 4 p.m. to share information on managing stored grain including high moisture and damaged grain. The webinar is free, but registration is required at go.osu.edu/StoredGrain.

Precision University: Combating Compaction

By:  Amanda Douridas

The fall of 2018 and spring of 2019 created some less than ideal conditions for field work leaving many farmers concerned with field compaction. This concern is justified as compaction can significantly reduce yields. Compaction has been a concern for many years as equipment size grows, increasing axle weight. Continue reading