Soil Health Webinar Series Kicks Off with Farmer Panel

By:  Cassandra Brown

“Start small, get your feet wet, and make your mistakes at a small scale.” Shelby County farmer Aaron Heilers shared this advice on integrating soil conservation practices during the year’s first OSUE Soil Health webinar on January 6. The webinar featured a panel of Ohio farmers, including Heilers, Jason Sneed, (Clinton County), and Jack Sommers (Champaign County). The three discussed their soil health resolutions for 2022 in a session moderated by Extension educators Tony Nye and Taylor Dill. View it online at Continue reading

2022 Ohio Weed University in Paulding on February 3

This high-impact program is designed for producers wanting to be on the “Cutting Edge” of crop production for their operations. Topics Include: Local Weed Populations and Late Season Weed Issues; Hot Topics in Weed Control; Weed Biology and Control Strategies; Cover Crop Management in Forages; and Evaluating Your Herbicide Program. Hands-on activities include Weed identification utilizing live plants at various growth stages; Nozzle selection and calibration utilizing a spray table; and Tank mixing order for different products.  Featured Ohio State University speakers include Dr. Mark Loux, Alyssa Essman and various Extension Educators.

Program will be held on February 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the OSU Extension Paulding County Office. Registration information can be found at

2022 Northwest Ohio Agronomic Crops Day

The Northwest Ohio Agronomic Crops Day will be held February 9 from 8 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. at Bavarian Haus, 3814 OH-18 Deshler, Ohio 43516.

Registration before February 4th is $45.  After February 4th, the cost increases to $55.

RSVP Details:  RSVP by February 4th, 2022. Registration is mandatory, no walk-ins. A meal is included with registration.

Contact:  Alan Leininger, 419-592-0806, Continue reading

Ohio Farmland Leasing Update Webinar from OSU’s Farm Office

Is it time to review your farmland leasing situation?  OSU’s Farm Office team will provide helpful leasing resources in its Ohio Farmland Leasing Update webinar on February 9, 2022 from 7 to 9 p.m.

“Winter is a good time to review farm leases, and current information is critical to that process,” said Barry Ward,  Leader of Production Business Management for OSU Extension.  “We’ll provide the latest economic and legal information relevant to farmland leasing in Ohio.” Continue reading

Ohio Farm Custom Rate Survey 2022 Responses Requested

By:  Barry Ward, Leader, Production Business Management
OSU Extension, Agriculture & Natural Resources

The Ohio Farm Custom Rates Survey data collection has launched once again. The online survey for 2022 is available at:

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

Purdue Extension Steuben County Offering Beekeeping for Beginners Series

Whether you appreciate the health benefits, need something to do in retirement, or are just curious about these little food-pollinating buzzers, Purdue Extension Steuben County invites you to register for the 5th annual Beekeeping for Beginners course that is open to both youth and adults. Please register by February 8th at Continue reading

“Planning for the Future of Your Farm” Workshops offered by OSU Extension

To kick off 2022, OSU Extension will be offering “Planning for the Future of Your Farm” workshops to help farm families actively plan for the future of their farm business. The workshops are designed to help farm families learn strategies and tools to successfully create a succession and estate plan which can be used as the guide to transfer the farm’s ownership, management, and assets to the next generation. Learn how to have the crucial conversations about the future of your farm.

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2022 Northwest Ohio ANR Newsletter Available

Read all about it, the 2022 Northwest Ohio ANR Newsletter is hot off the press. This newsletter features  extension programs throughout Northwest Ohio and the online version is available by clicking here. Copies were also mailed to all certified fertilizer and private pesticide applicators and active Master Gardeners in Williams County. Copies will also soon be available at the OSU Extension Williams County office at 1425 East High Street, Bryan, Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you would like to be included in the 2023 mailing list or need to register for events hosted by Williams County call 419-636-5608.