Event Notice – Implementing H2Ohio Meeting on March 10

Come learn practical, innovative ways to engage in the H2Ohio program on Tuesday, March 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Robert Fulton Agriculture Center, 8770 State Route 108, Wauseon, OH. There is no cost to attend. Contact Eric Richer at 419-337-9210 or richer.5@osu.edu with questions. Continue reading

Reminder – Pre-registration Required for March 16 Fertilizer and Pesticide Re-certification

A friendly reminder that pre-registration is required at 419-636-5608 for our Fertilizer and Pesticide Re-certification meeting on Monday, March 16 at 1425 East High Street, Bryan, Ohio. This is the last re-certification opportunity in the five-county area before the expiration deadline on March 31, 2020. Cost is $40 for the complete program; $10 for fertilizer (Category 15) re-certification only. Payment should be postmarked by March 4 to 1425 East High Street, Suite 112, Bryan, Ohio 43506, or dropped off at the Williams County Extension Office during regular business hours (8:00 – 4:30). Pre-payment is highly encouraged to expedite the registration process on March 16. Pizza dinner included with registration. This is the last re-certification opportunity in the five-county area before the expiration deadline on March 31, 2020. Continue reading

Farms Needed for 2020 Western Bean Cutworm Monitoring Program

Western Bean Cutworm Trap

Williams County OSU Extension will be monitoring for Western Bean Cutworm (WBC) moths again during the 2020 growing season.

Moths are trapped by placing pheromone traps (see picture) at the edge of corn fields throughout the county, and checked on a weekly basis beginning late June and proceeding through August.

The WBC monitoring program is a state-led initiative to better understand insect populations, and develop management recommendations for growers. Each week, WBC numbers will be published in the C.O.R.N. newsletter. Williams County WBC numbers will also be published on this blog on a weekly basis.

If you are interested in hosting a trap in one of your corn fields in 2020, please call the office at 419-636-5608 by March 23.

Below is a summary of WBC numbers in Williams County for the 2019 growing season. There were a total of three traps in 2019.

2019 WBC Numbers - Williams County

2019 WBC Numbers – Williams County

Cover Crop Recipes for New Users

By:  Sarah Noggle

A growing oats and radish mix. Photo by Paul Gross, MSU Extension.

A growing oats and radish mix. Photo by Paul Gross, MSU Extension.

Wondering how to do cover crops? OSU Extension, in collaboration with the Midwest Cover Crops Council (MCCC), has produced cover crop “recipes” for two scenarios: Post corn, going to soybean and Post soybean, going to corn. Continue reading

Event Notice – Feeding Cattle for the Consumer Series

Join OSU Extension for a two-part cattle feeding and beef quality program. Part 1 on Thursday, March 19  at 5:30 p.m. (Southern Roots Ranch, 12568 CR 21 N, West Unity) will focus on cattle feeding, live animal evaluation and grid pricing. Part 2 on Thursday, April 2 at 5:30 p.m. will take place at Brookview Farms Meats (V-354 CR 24, Archbold), and will include carcass grading and fabrication. Continue reading

Event Notice – Sheep & Goat Marketing

When:  Tuesday, March 17, 2020 – 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Where:  Defiance County OSU Extension, 06879 Evansport Rd, Defiance, OH 43512
Registration:  Call 419-782-4771 by March 10

SheepSheep and goat marketing is different every year.  Finding the right market place and time is unique in this industry.  This meeting will be a panel discussion with three experts:  Doug Brooks, United Producers, Manchester, MI (sheep), Curtis Spaulding, United Producers, Mt. Vernon, OH (goats), and Roger High, Ohio Sheep & Wool Program, Columbus, OH  The meeting moderator will navigate questions and answers around the topics of: Holiday markets, seasonal marketing, 365 day marketing, animal meat type, consumer choices, stockyards and buyers, and an update on Scrapie Tag/Traceability/Label of Origin.

Overwintering of Pathogens and Insects – What do Winter Temperatures Tell Us About Next Season?

By:  Anne Dorrance, Kelly Tilmon, Andy Michel

Frogeye leaf spot on soybeanOver the years we have developed databases of winter temperatures followed by scouting to indicate starting pathogen populations for Ohio.

Frogeye leaf spot – We have documented early infections and overwintering ability of the fungus, Cercospora sojina, that causes frogeye leaf spot. It appears that when there are less than 10 days during the months of December, January and February of less than 17 F, we have had reports of outbreaks of frogeye leaf spot.  This occurred in fields where there was a high level of inoculum at the end of the season the same or similar moderately to highly susceptible cultivar was planted into the same field again which then initiated the epidemic that much sooner.  Losses of greater than 35% in yield or very early fungicide applications were necessary. Continue reading

Strategies for Using ARC-IC

By: Gary Schnitkey, Krista Swanson, Nick Paulson, Jonathan Coppess, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics University of Illinois; Carl Zulauf and Ben Brown, Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics Ohio State University

Strategies for evaluating Agricultural Risk Coverage at the Individual level (ARC-IC) are discussed in this article given that 2019 farm yields are known and can aid in making decisions.  We suggest estimating 2019 ARC-IC payments for each FSA farm and then ranking them from the highest to lowest payment level.  Since combined farms may not have the same payment as separate farms, we suggest evaluating combining farms beginning with the highest level and working the way down the list.  This procedure focuses totally on 2019 payments and ignores 2020 payments.  The decision to enroll in ARC-IC based on what is known for 2019,  introduces the risk of receiving a 2019 ARC-IC payment while not getting a 2020 payment that may occur when choosing ARC at the county level (ARC-CO) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC). Continue reading

What Can We Expect This Spring?

Aaron WilsonDo you have questions about emerging weather trends, or what we can expect this spring? Then make plans to join OSU Extension Atmospheric Scientist Aaron Wilson at our eFields meeting on February 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at 1425 East High Street, Bryan, Ohio 43506.

Dr. Wilson will be sharing his 2019 recap and early season outlook. Attendees will also learn about the eFields on-farm research program, and discuss future trials in Northwestern Ohio.

RSVP at either 419-636-5608 or go.osu.edu/eFieldsMeeting.