April ‘Farm Office Live’ to Focus on USDA’s Pandemic Assistance

By Barry Ward, David Marrison, Peggy Hall, Dianne Shoemaker and Julie Strawser – Ohio State University Extension

April’s Farm Office Live will focus on details of the USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative announced on March 24, 2021. Changes were made in effort to reach a greater share of farming operations and improve USDA pandemic assistance.

During the webinar, we will be sharing details about the pandemic initiative and discussing some of the changes made to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP).  Our Farm Office Team will also provide a legislative update and discuss changes to the Paycheck Protection Program and Employee Retention Credits. They will also be on hand to answer your questions and address any related issues.

Two live sessions will be offered on Wednesday, April 7, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. and again on Friday, April 9, from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. A replay will be available on the Farm Office website if you cannot attend the live event. Continue reading

Next Water Quality Wednesday is April 14

Join the OSU Extension Water Quality Extension Associates for the next “Water Quality Wednesday” on April 14 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. on Zoom. This month’s focus will be “Water Quality in the Western Lake Erie Basin.” Register at go.osu.edu/WQW.

For more information, please contact: moneymaker.4@osu.edu/419-910-6057 ; fisher.1466@osu.edu/567-376-4024; cochran.474@osu.edu/567-344-

Live from Avilla: Converting Agricultural Equipment for No-Till/Low-Till Farming

The Allen County (IN) Soil and Water Conservation District is hosting a free live workshop on Converting Agricultural Equipment for No-Till/Low-Till Farming on April 13 from 9:00-10:00 a.m.. Conventional farming methods that turn over the top layer of soil before seeding promote soil erosion and an imbalance in soil health. No-till farming methods require special equipment (disc seeders or agricultural drills) that deliver the least soil disturbance possible. The benefits of no-till farming far outnumber those of tillage-based systems. It allows soil structure to stay intact and also protects the soil by leaving crop residue on the soil surface. Improved soil structure and soil cover increase the soil’s ability to absorb and infiltrate water, which in turn reduces erosion and runoff preventing pollution from entering nearby water sources. Continue reading

Event Notice – Williams SWCD Pond Clinic

Find the answers to your pond management questions at the Williams County Soil & Water Conservation District Pond Clinic on Monday, April 19 at their NEW location, 11246 State Route 15, Montpelier. Guess speaker is Steve Fender of Fender’s Fish Hatchery and author of Farm Pond Management – The Common Sense Guide. The event will be offered both in-person and virtually through Zoom. There is no cost to attend but registration is required by April 16 at 419-636-9395.

Should you Expect any Freeze Damage to Winter Wheat? Most likely, no.

By:  Laura Lindsey and Alex Lindsey

The incoming cold temperatures are not likely to impact winter wheat. The magnitude of freeze damage depends on: 1) temperature, 2) duration of temperature, and 3) wheat growth stage.

Prior to the Feekes 6 growth stage, the growing point of wheat is below the soil surface, protected from freezing temperatures. Most of the wheat in Ohio is at the Feekes 4 (beginning of erect growth) or Feekes 5 (leaf sheaths strongly erect) growth stage and should be unaffected by the incoming cold temperatures, predicted to be mid- to low 20s on Wednesday and Thursday. Continue reading

Upcoming In-Person Opportunities to Recertify Fertilizer Applicator Certificate or Private Pesticide Applicator License

Image: United Soybean Board

If you still need to recertify your Fertilizer Applicator Certificate or Private Pesticide Applicator License, there are two upcoming local, in-person opportunities to do so.

OSU Extension Paulding County will be hosting a re-certification meeting on Tuesday, April 6 at the Paulding County Fairgrounds (503 Fairground Drive, Paulding). Fertilizer re-certification (Category 15) will be offered from 12:00 to 1:15 p.m. and pesticide recertification (CORE and Categories 1-7) will be offered from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required by calling 419-399-8225.

OSU Extension Henry County will also be hosting a re-certification meeting on Thursday, April 8 at the Northwest State Community College (22600 SR 34, Archbold) in Room E1101B (enter door A10 for check-in). Fertilizer re-certification (Category 15) will be offered from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. and pesticide recertification (CORE and Categories 1-7) will be offered from 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Pre-registration is required by April 6 at 419-592-0806 or go.osu.edu/henry_pat_2021. Continue reading

2021 Weed Control Guide and NEW Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations Now Available

Are you looking for up-to-date weed control or fertility information before planting season? The OSU Extension Williams County Office now has copies of the 2021 Ohio, Indiana and Illinois Weed Control Guide and Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations for Corn, Soybean, Wheat, and Alfalfa available for purchase. Continue reading

Wheat Growth Stages and Associated Management- Feekes 6.0 through 9.0

By:  Laura Lindsey, Pierce Paul, and Ed Lentz, CCA

It is important to correctly identify winter wheat growth stages to enhance management decisions, avoiding damage to the crop and unwarranted or ineffective applications. Remember, exact growth stage cannot be determined by just looking at the height of the crop or based on calendar dates. Remember to stage several plants from several areas within your field.

Here, we will focus on staging wheat Feekes 6.0 through 9.0. Continue reading

Forage Planting – How to Do It Well

By:  Mark Sulc and Jason Hartschuh, CCA

The window of opportunity for spring forage seedings has been very tight the past three years. Are you ready to roll?

Early spring provides one of the two preferred times to seed perennial cool-season forages, the other being late summer. The outlook for this spring is for probabilities of above average precipitation in April and May. Planting opportunities will likely be few and short. An accompanying article on preparing now for planting along with the following 10 steps to follow on the day you plant will help improve chances for successful forage establishment. Continue reading