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

Get Involved in On-Farm Research

Is there a product or growing practice you want to test on your farm? If so, consider hosting an eFields on-farm research trial this year. eFields is Ohio State University’s on-farm research program. Each year, a publication is released with trial details and results. You may find the electronic version of the 2020 eFields Report by clicking here. Hard copies are also currently available at the OSU Extension Williams County office.  Continue reading

Virtual ANR Programming – Week of March 22

Check out the listing below for upcoming Agriculture and Natural Resources virtual programs. Click the program title to register for individual webinars. A complete listing of 2021 ANR virtual programs may be found at https://agnr.osu.edu/events/calendar.

Monday, March 22
Author Speaker Series, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
2021 Ohio Agritourism Ready Conference, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Southwestern Ohio Beginner Beekeeping Webinars, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

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Don’t Forget to Pre-Register for Fertilizer and Private Pesticide Re-certification on March 22

There are still spots left for our in-person Fertilizer (Category 15) and Private Pesticide (All Categories Offered) Re-certification on Monday, March 22 at the Veterans Memorial Building, located at 875 East Main Street, Montpelier, Ohio 43543. Fertilizer re-certification will be from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., followed by pesticide re-certification from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Pre-registration is required at either go.osu.edu/WilliamsPAT or 419-636-5608. Continue reading

Transition to Organic Grain Workshop Offered on March 30

As many producers look to diversify their farms and find opportunities to increase on-farm revenues – one potential avenue to consider is organic grain production. A Transition to Organic Grains workshop offered through Ohio State University Extension in Putnam County will take place in Ottawa, OH at the Putnam County Educational Services Center on March 30, 2021 from 9 am to 2 pm. The workshop is designed to answer producers’ common questions when considering a move from conventional to organic production. What do I need to know and what steps do I need to take to transition my fields to organic production? How long will the process take? What markets are available for my grain? How do I approach fertilization, weed management, and pest control? These and many more questions will be answered by industry and extension experts – as well as first-hand experiences of organic farmers. Continue reading