Next “Farm Office Live” to be Held May 28 from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.

By:  David Marrison

OSU Extension is pleased to be offering a “Farm Office Live” session on Thursday morning, May 28 from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.  The session will begin with the Farm Office Team answering questions asked over the past 2 weeks.  Topics to be highlighted include: Updates on the CARES Act, Payroll Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), and Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP).  Participants can pre-register or join in on Thursday morning at

MGV Volunteer Opportunity – Operation Spot the Spot, Survey and Monitoring for Spotting Lanternfly in Ohio

Contact:  Amy Stone, OSU Extension, Lucas County and OSU’s SLF Task Force

We are seeking volunteers to assist with new survey and monitoring activities as it relates to Spotted Lanternfly (SLF). SLF in a non-native invasive insect that was first detected in Pennsylvania in 2014. The insect has been found in several surrounding states, but has not been found or detected in Ohio yet. As this insect continues to spread naturally, and unfortunately unnaturally as a ‘hitch-hiker’, we want to be part of the larger effort to find any SLF, early in the infestation, rather than waiting to populations to build and expand before the initial detection. Continue reading

Effects Of Flooding Or Ponding On Corn Prior To Tasseling

By:  Bob Nielsen, Purdue University

The consequences of flooding, ponding, and saturated soils on young corn depend heavily on the duration of the stress and temperatures.

Intense rainfall events (technically referred to as “toad stranglers” or “goose drownders”) flood low-lying corn fields and create ponding (standing water) in poorly drained areas (depressions, compacted soil) within other fields. Other areas within fields, while technically not flooded or ponded, often remain saturated for lengthy periods of time. Recurrent heavy rainfall events simply “add insult to injury” by re-wetting, re-ponding, and re-flooding the same areas of the fields.

High water sign.

High water sign.

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USDA Announces Details of Direct Assistance to Farmers through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Source: USDA 5/19/2020

Update:  Access OSU Extension Farm Office’s CFAP Bulletin by clicking here.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to deliver relief to America’s farmers and ranchers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to this direct support to farmers and ranchers, USDA’s Farmers to Families Food Box program is partnering with regional and local distributors, whose workforces have been significantly impacted by the closure of many restaurants, hotels, and other food service entities, to purchase $3 billion in fresh produce, dairy, and meat and deliver boxes to Americans in need. Continue reading

Get Ready for Canning Season with the OSU Extension Food Preservation Team!

Food preservation season is just around the corner, so brush up on your skills or learn something new with the OSU Extension Food Preservation Team during their biweekly online “office hours” from now until the end of July. Each session we on Tuesdays from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. and will feature a short presentation followed by a Q&A portion. The presentations will be recorded and posted for those who could not attend live. Pre-register for the first session, “Preparing for Canning” on May 19 by clicking here. Continue reading

Maximize your Ag Tech – Tri-State Precision Ag Webinar on June 23

By:  Stephanie Karhoff

Get the most out of your Ag Tech this year by joining experts from Ohio State University, Michigan State University, and Purdue University for the 2020 Tri-State Precision Ag Day via online webinar on June 23 at 6:00 p.m. Learn more about drone imaging, calibrating yield monitors, on-farm research, and emerging technologies.

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OSU Aquatic Ecosystems Program to Host Weekly Virtual Pond Clinic

Do you have a pond management question? Then, join Eugene C. Braig on Tuesdays from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. via Zoom for a virtual pond clinic. Eugene is the Program Director of the School of Environment and Natural Resources’ Extension Aquatic Ecosystems Program. He will be available to answer your question(s) online on an individual basis. There may be a short wait time, depending on the volume of questions for a given week. See below for instructions to access the Zoom meeting.

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Cold Weather Impact on Corn and Soybean

By:  Alexander Lindsey and Laura Lindsey

In Ohio, between May 9 and 10, temperatures were as low as 26°F with some areas even receiving snow. The effect on corn and soybean depends on both temperature, duration of low temperature, and growth stage of the plant. The soil can provide some temperature buffering capacity, especially if soil is wet. Water is approximately 4x more resistant to temperature changes than air or dry soil, and thus will buffer the soil from experiencing large temperature changes as air temperatures drop. Deeper planted seeds may also be more resistant to large temperature swings. Continue reading