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

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

Certified Crop Adviser Pre-Exam Training to be held January 8 & 9

By:  Harold Watters, CPAg/CCA

Certified crop adviserThe Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) Exam Training program, sponsored and delivered by members of the OSU Agronomic Crops Team, will be offered at the Shelby County Ag Building, 810-820 Fair Rd, Sidney, Ohio 45365 on January 8th and 9th beginning at 9:00 a.m. on the 8th and adjourn by 5:00 p.m. on the 9th. This is an intensive two-day workshop somewhat directed toward the local exam – to be used as a reminder on what best to study in preparation for the CCA exams. Continue reading

Event Notice – Farm Bill Update Meetings on January 10 in Bryan

The 2018 Farm Bill allows the choice to enroll in ARC or PLC for 2019-2023. Enrollment for 2019 is currently open with the deadline set as March 15, 2020. Join Williams County OSU Extension and the Farm Service Agency for an informational meeting to learn about changes to the ARC/PLC, important dates and deadlines, crop insurance –supplemental coverage option, and using decision tools to evaluate program choices to make informed program decisions. Continue reading

A Hunting We Will Go: Laws Landowners Need to Know

By:  Peggy Kirk Hall

With archery season in full swing and deer gun season opening today, hunters will be out in full force across Ohio.  That means it’s also high season for questions about hunting laws, trespassers, property harm, and landowner liability.  Below, we provide answers to the top ten frequently asked questions we receive on these topics. Continue reading

OSU Extension Hiring Extension Associates to Address Water Quality

There are a total of six positions, headquarterd in the following Western Lake Erie Basin counties of western Ohio:

  • Auglaize County Extension Office
  • Fulton County Extension Office
  • North Central Research Station (Sandusky County)
  • Paulding County Extension Office
  • Putnam County Extension Office
  • Wood County Extension Office

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