Event Notice – Williams SWCD Field Technology Day on August 26

Join Williams County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) for their annual Field Technology Day – “Save Money – Manage Nutrients” on Thursday, August 26 at 4:30 p.m. at their NEW location, 11246 State Route 15, Montpelier. There is no cost to attend, but RSVP at 419-636-9395 is requested for dinner.

This year’s program features the following speakers:

  • Joe Nester, Nester Ag
  • Chris Eschhofen
  • Kip Studer, Ohio Department of Agriculture, WLEB Nutrient Management Specialist
  • Jordan Beck, OSU Water Quality Extension Associate

Learn how to complete a voluntary nutrient management plan (VNMP) and how a VNMP can benefit your bottom line and the environment. 2.5 Nutrient Management CEUs will be available to Certified Crop Advisors. This event is sponsored by Williams SWCD and OSU Extension Williams County.

Forage Fertility: Where We Are and Why it Matters

By:  Garth Ruff and Greg LaBarge

Hay and haylage crops are grown on just over 1 million acres in Ohio (NASS, 2019) and are grown on more Ohio farms (44% of all farms) than any other crop (Becot et al., 2020). In addition, there are over 1.3 million acres of pastureland on nearly 39,000 farms (50% of all farms) in the state of Ohio (NASS, 2017). Fertilizer costs represent 40 to 60% of the variable input costs of forage hay production (Ward et al., 2016, 2018), and so managing these costs is key to an Ohio forage producers’ ability to stay competitive. Furthermore, water quality issues in the state underscore the need for Ohio farmers to manage on-farm nutrients as efficiently as possible. A farmer’s ability to find this optimal balance between meeting crop nutrient requirements without over-application is highly reliant on the best available information. Continue reading

June 10th Webinar focuses on In-season Nitrogen Application

By:  Mary Griffith, Amanda Douridas, Mike Estadt, Will Hamman

As many producers are getting ready to side-dress corn, the agronomic crops team will host a free webinar on June 10th focused on important considerations and practices to achieve the efficient application of nitrogen. The webinar will be the first session of a new series called CORN Live which will be offered throughout the growing season to address timely issues related to agronomic crop production and management as they emerge. Continue reading

Private Pesticide Recertification Deadline is July 1

Private pesticide and fertilizer applicators who expired either in March 2020 or 2021 have until July 1 to recertify and renew. A self-paced online recertification course is available at https://pested.osu.edu/onlinerecert. You can also access the course by clicking the purple box titled “Self-Paced Recertification Courses” at pested.osu.edu (see screenshot image below).

Screenshot of pested.osu.edu homepage

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Fertility Calculator for Ohio Recommendation

By:  Greg LaBarge, CPAg/CCA

Image of Fertilizer Calculator Program

A Microsoft Excel spreadsheet has been developed to support nutrient management education programs provided by Ohio State University Extension and for users who want to generate their own recommendation or compare recommendations provided to them to the Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations for Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, and Alfalfa, 2020. The spreadsheet is designed to be compatible with Excel version, Excel 1997-2003 or later. Continue reading

Managing Phosphorus for Yield and Reduced Edge of Field Losses

By:  Greg LaBarge, CPAg/CCA

A new factsheet highlights eight steps to reducing edge of field P losses while maintain soils for increase crop production. The Phosphorus Nutrient Management for Yield and Reduced P Loss at Edge of Field-AGF-509 (https://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/agf-509) highlight practices that can be used to reduce edge of field losses of P. There are eight field specific steps to considered. Continue reading