Thursday, June 15th, 2017 3:23pm by Barb Snyder - OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer
Kentucky Bluegrass (Poa pratensis) is one of the most popular cool-season grasses with excellent color, texture, and density. The biggest advantage of this grass is its underground stems, referred to as rhizomes. They are aggressive and spread quickly, repairing damaged areas in your lawn without reseeding. The grass will return after a fire, even though it looks dead on the surface but underground buds are still alive and the grass will grow again. The plant can stand months of drought and will go dormant. It will come back, however that requires some supplemental watering. If that water is not available, you might choose another grass species.
Kentucky Bluegrass cannot tolerate deep shade or wet soils, and is slow to germinate, taking a period of 2-5 weeks. Newer cultivars are available that can crowd out weeds and show increased resistance to disease. Bluegrass is used for home lawns, parks, schoolyards, golf courses, cemeteries, and athletic fields. The common pests of this type of grass include leaf spot, dollar spot, grubs, rust, sod webworms, chinch bugs, and bluegrass billbugs. There are more than 100 cultivars of bluegrass so consult your Extension office or a local nursery for the best one for your growing conditions and area.
Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 11:11pm by Mark Badertscher - Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator
For the time period of May 1-May 31, 2017 Extension rainfall reporters recorded an average of 7.21 inches of rain in Hardin County. Last year, the average rainfall for the same time period was 3.27 inches. Rainfall for May was 3.45 inches more than the ten year average rainfall during the same dates.
Jackson Township received 8.90 inches of rain for May, the most of the township sites. For the growing season since April 15, the average precipitation in the townships was 10.37 inches, with a wide range from 8.05 inches in Hale Township reported by Travis Ramsey, to 12.79 inches in Jackson Township reported by Rick Weber.
Rainfall persisted most of the month of May, with the exception of about a week without rain in the middle of the month. Cooler temperatures prevailed most of the month as early planted corn was slow to emerge. Several fields had ponding events and were saturated for long periods of time, causing a need for replanting. Both corn and soybeans were replanted multiple times in some fields, causing stands that are either thin or growing in different stages. Later planted crops were showing more uniform emergence, although some are weeks behind the earliest planted fields.
Herbicide programs needed to be adapted in several fields to meet the advanced stage of weed development as a result of the earlier extended time period of wet conditions that favored weed growth. Currently, soybean planting is reaching completion as farmers are hoping for warm growing degree days with timely rains to promote crop development. Most forage growers have completed or are in the process of making the first cutting of hay, which is later than normal. This has caused hay tonnage to increase, but lowered the feed quality. Wheat has been less susceptible to disease as a result of the cool conditions at flowering. Adequate moisture has benefited grain fill, but now drier conditions will be needed to keep good grain quality as harvest approaches.
Hardin County Extension Rainfall Report for May 1-May 31, 2017 (recorded in inches)
Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 4:03pm by WKTN News
The Ohio Department of Agriculture will begin aerial treatments designed to disrupt gypsy moth mating on 8,380 acres in Allen, Hancock, Hardin, Marion, Paulding, Union and Wyandot counties.
To help protect Ohio’s diverse habitat, the Ohio Department of Agriculture operates multiple programs aimed at managing the gypsy moth in Ohio. One such program, the Slow-the-Spread program, focuses on monitoring, detecting, and reducing isolated populations to slow the gypsy moth’s movement across the state through treatments.
Airplanes will fly 100-200 feet above the treetops and buildings to apply the treatment throughout the day. Weather permitting, treatments will begin the week of June 19th and occur over one or two days.
In all counties receiving treatment, the department will use a single application of the product SPLAT GM-O. This product does not kill the moth, but it disrupts the mating process by confusing the male as it searches for a female mate. SPLAT GM-O is an organic product and is not harmful to birds, plants, pets or humans.
Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 10:43pm by WKTN News
For the third year in a row, the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is funding county Farm Bureau-led projects that help improve water quality in local communities.
This round of funding will put total investment by Ohio Farm Bureau and partner organizations at more than $1 million in county water quality projects.
In our region, the Logan County Farm Bureau received funding for water testing from subsurface tile and from surface waterways. Also planned is a presentation by two national experts on soil health and cover crops.
Thursday, June 1st, 2017 6:20pm by Mark Badertscher - Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator
The Dairy Beef Feeder queen contest is open to all girls 14 years and older (as of January 1), that are currently enrolled in 4-H or FFA with a dairy beef (feeder or steer) project. To be eligible to compete for this honor, a member must fill out the application, complete the essay and participate in an interview. Applicants will also be given a test over breeds, body parts, and general questions that pertain to the project.
The winner will represent the dairy beef feeder youth and also be recognized at the crowning of the Hardin County Fair King and Queen Ceremony in front of the grandstand on Tuesday night at the fair. It is also the Dairy Beef Feeder Queen’s responsibility to attend the Dairy Beef Feeder show and assist with passing out awards on Thursday morning at the fair and be at the sale on Saturday at the fair to appear in pictures with the Grand and Reserve Champion winners. The Dairy Beef Feeder Queen also has the option to participate in summer parades.
A link to the application is available online at hardin.osu.edu. If members have questions, they should contact Jolene Buchenroth at 419-673-9805. The Dairy Beef Feeder Queen application and essay deadline is June 21, 2017 and must be postmarked by this date. Once the applications are in, applicants will be notified of the interview date. The test will be given at the same time as the interview. If a member needs a printed application, they should contact Jolene Buchenroth, 11740 Township Road 180, Kenton, Ohio 43326 or call the phone number above.
Thursday, June 1st, 2017 6:13pm by Release from Hardin County OSU Extension - Mark Badertscher
Hats off to those who got their first cutting made during the nice weather earlier, but some of us missed it! There has been rain in the forecast about every three days and very wet soils from the heavy rains this past weekend across much of Ohio. While we are eager to get that first cutting made, haste will make waste if we drive on hay stands before the soils are firm enough to support the equipment.
When we run hay equipment on soft soils, the wheel compaction damage to plant crowns will be like a plague for the remaining life of the stand. It will lead to lower forage yield, weed invasion, and frustrating attempts to “fill-in” the damaged stand, and ultimately a premature termination of the stand.
The crop is indeed maturing and losing quality. Our grasses are heading out and leaf diseases will begin to take their toll. Livestock need to be fed. While we do need to cut as soon as we can, getting on the soils before they are firm enough will only lead to bigger problems in the long run. This is particularly true for legumes.
Now that the soils are starting to firm up, start harvesting grass stands first where possible. Not only will they be hurt less than legumes when soils are softer, their quality is dropping quickly. But be reasonable about this, because grasses will also be damaged permanently if the soil is too soft.
Keep in mind that while the waiting for better weather is frustrating now, wheel traffic damage turns into an ongoing frustration that is never overcome by the damaged stand. The additional loss in forage quality while waiting for soils to dry is the lesser of two evils.
Thursday, May 11th, 2017 6:00am by WKTN News
According to a release from OSU Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator, Mark Badertscher, For the time period of April 15-30, Extension rainfall reporters recorded an average of 3.16 inches of rain in Hardin County. Last year, the average rainfall for the same time period was 1.46 inches. Rainfall for the April 15-30 time period is 1.12 inches more than the ten year average rainfall during the same dates.
Blanchard Township received 4.50 inches for the time period, the most of any of the township sites. Marion Township received 2.32 inches the least of any of the township. There was a window of opportunity in April that enabled several farmers to begin planting corn, before rains began late in the month. This dry period in April also allowed for some spring tillage and herbicide applications, as well as fertilizer and manure applications to provide nutrients for the crops.
With the end of April bringing wet conditions and then cool temperatures, planting halted around the county. A few soybean fields that were planted in April did not show much progress in growth. Very little corn has emerged and some is a pale yellow color due to the excess moisture and cool temperatures. Heavy rains caused ponding in some fields, raising concerns about the possible need for replanting. Farmers are hoping for warmer temperatures and good drying conditions to allow previously planted crops to grow, and to resume planting corn and soybeans. Once this activity begins, herbicides and/or tillage will need to be adapted to manage weeds that have advanced in growth due to inactivity in the fields since the rains in late April.
Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 6:00am by Kolt Buchenroth
As much as 6 inches of rain has fallen since tractors entered the fields. Rob Wilson of Dunkirk says that the main concerns are flooding and soil compaction.
“The big thing is the flooding, it can deplete the oxygen in the soil and it has compacted the soil a lot. The extra wet conditions can cause the seed to rot, but from what I’ve seen, it looks like the seed is growing and the sprouts are coming. A lot of the corn is still growing like normal, but we have some compaction now.” Said Wilson.
Wilson comments on the rollercoaster temperatures impacting the area.
“We first thought that the cold temperatures weren’t really good. The ground temperature needs to be at least 50ºF for the corn to germinate and grow. It looks like the corn is growing. If we would’ve had real hot temperatures, it would’ve baked the soil and made it harder.
Wilson has some advice for young 4-H and FFA members raising livestock in this weather.
“Spend a little time with the animals. When you’re feeding them, listen for coughing, abnormal behavior, make sure they’re eating properly, and any signs of pneumonia. The sooner you catch it, the easier it is to cure.”
Click here to listen to my complete discussion with Wilson.
Monday, April 24th, 2017 4:24pm by Claira Wilson - Hardin Northern Vice-President
On Thursday, April 13th the Hardin Northern FFA Chapter held its annual member banquet.
There were 65 members in attendance along with numerous parents, staff and community
members. This banquet marked a year end celebration of success for chapter members and
served as a thank you to the parents, staff and community members who support the chapter in
anyway. A large number of awards and scholarships were awarded at the banquet.
Award Winners were as followed: Senior, Holly Wilson was recognized as this year’s
Distinguished Member and Star Chapter Farmer. Senior, David Allen was recognized as this
year’s Star in AgriBusiness. Junior, Clair Wilson was selected as the recipient of the Ag Credit
110% Award. David Allen, Mikalea Ayers, Owen Bame, Samuel Diller, Catherine McMillion and
Holly Wilson were all awarded scholarships to assist them with their upcoming college
attendance in the fall. Along with awards for the members, each year the chapter awards an
Honorary Degree to a person who has went out of their way to help support them in anyway.
This year’s HN FFA honorary degree recipient was Patty Morris, the chapter can not thank Patty
enough for the support and dedication she has shown.
New Officer Team: Clair Wilson, Cassidy Deckling, Shelby Alloway, Rylie Bame, Cassidy Crooks and Ginnie Mills.
Rounding out the night was the installation of the 2017-2018 Officer Team. The newly installed team consists of Sentinel - Ginnie Mills, Reporter - Cassidy Crooks, Treasurer - Shelby Alloway, Secretary - Rylie Bame, Vice-President - Clair Wilson, President - Cassidy Deckling.
Monday, April 24th, 2017 4:11pm by WKTN News
Many awards were presented at the annual banquet, beginning with the chapter’s honorary degree. This degree is awarded to individuals that have had a significant impact on the Kenton FFA Chapter. This year’s recipient was Terrie Body.
Several FFA members received awards for career development events, as well as chapter, state and national awards:
Proficiency Awards: Jared McNeely - Top 4 in Ohio - Agricultural Services, Lauren Johnson - Top 4 in Ohio - Agricultural Processing, Kolt Buchenroth - Top 2 in Ohio - Agricultural Communication, Abbi Amweg - Agricultural Sales - Honorable Mention
State Degrees: Kelli Haudenschield, Lauren Johnson, Layne Taylor, Jonathan D. Rall, Erin Unger.
American Degrees: William Barrett, Haylie Sheldon
Kenton FFA Advisor, Mrs. Shalie Logan, presented the evening's special awards:
110% Award: Jared McNeely
Star Chapter Greenhand: Garrett Thomas
Outstanding Sophomore: Kody Buchenroth
Outstanding Juniors: Delaney Althauser and Lauren Johnson
Outstanding Senior: Jared McNeely
New Leaders: Garrett Thomas, Olivia Whiting, Meredith Bischoff, Delaney Altauser,
Keeley Wright, Lauren Johnson, Erin Unger
Finally, the 2017-2018 Kenton FFA Officer Team was installed. The incoming officer team consists of Student Advisor - Erin Unger, Sentinel - Lauren Johnson, Reporter - Olivia Whiting, Treasurer - Meredith Bischoff, Secretary - Keeley Wright, Vice-President - Garrett Thomas, and President - Delaney Althauser.
Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 5:22pm by Chloe Anderson - Boots and Buckles 4-H Club Reporter
The Boots and Buckles 4-H group met on Monday, April 17, 2017, at advisor Jolene Buchenroth's house at 6:30 p.m. The meeting started out with old business. The Boots and Buckles 4-H club held a bake sale on Saturday, April 8th, 2016. The bake sale was a success, and the Boots and Buckles 4-H group members would like to thank anybody who donated. New business is that the Boots and Buckles 4-H group will be having another bake sale Saturday, May 13, 2017. The proceeds will go to an organization or fund of the group's choosing. Announcements were after that. May 1st is the deadline to change your project if needed. May 15 is the procession deadline for the dairy beef feeders. May 27 is the mandatory shots and weigh in for dairy beef feeders from 8-10:30 at the Hardin County Fairgrounds. The meeting was then adjourned. Recreation was human shoots and ladders. Next meeting will be on Monday, May 8th, 2017 at Emma Arver's house at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, April 14th, 2017 4:11pm by Mark Badertscher - Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator
Monica and Dennis von Stein share their experiences starting up Pure Country Greenhouses as part of the Small Farm Tour held April 8.
Six small farms were visited as part of the Auglaize and Hardin County New and Small Farm College this past Saturday, April 8. The New and Small Farm College was an eight-week short course held at the Ohio State University Lima campus in February and March. The purpose of the small farm tour was for class participants, either current owners or soon to be owners of small farm enterprises to see and ask questions of current small farm owners. Each stop offered a time for the small farm owners to tell their story of their farm goals, issues, and successes. The tour participants were able to see a variety of diverse production agriculture enterprises with different marketing plans throughout the day-long tour.
The small farm tour started out at Probst Family Farm near Bluffton. This is a Certified Naturally Grown Farm with pastured-based meats including beef, pork, turkey, chicken, and eggs with farmer’s market experience. Greg Probst is also the manager of the Bluffton Farmer’s Market. The next stop on the tour was Pure Country Greenhouses near Rawson. Monica and Dennis von Stein are the owners of this family owned and operated greenhouse business that has a variety of flowers, vegetables, hanging baskets, and arranged pots. The von Steins were self-taught and operate their business on a seasonal basis, marketing their plants both on the farm and at the farmer’s market in addition to work on the family’s grain operation. The final stop before lunch was Frisky Friends Farms outside of Ada where Chad and Jamie Hazelton raise hay, corn, dairy goats (of all breeds), Ayrshire dairy cattle, Dexter cattle, Pygmy goats, chickens, laying hens, hogs, rabbits, and horses. Like many other small farms, the Hazelton family children are involved with the many daily chores to take care of the animals.
Peck-n-Coop Family Farm east of Kenton was the first afternoon stop on the tour. Raising dairy, poultry, sheep, and chickens are a part of John and Kriss Brien’s daily family routine to help teach responsibility to their children. This farm has experience with Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), which customers pay a yearly fee to have access to farm products. The next stop on the tour was the Brammell Family Sugar Shack, also located east of Kenton. Maple sugar tapping and processing and tree planting plans for future growth was a topic of discussion at this alternative agriculture farm owned by Shelby and Kyle Brammell. The operation recently purchased a maple syrup evaporator for use in their sugar shack that was built from timbers taken from a family barn. A commercial fruit and vegetable farm was the final stop on the Small Farm Tour. Levi Yoder Greenhouse & Produce, located east of Kenton produces flowers, mums, strawberries, pumpkins, melons, and many other fruits and vegetables marketed through the Scioto Valley Produce Auction as well as from the farm. Yoder is the manager of this local produce auction that serves as a market for several local produce growers. Each stop on the tour provided an opportunity for the participants to see examples of local agricultural enterprises and find out how each contributed to the entrepreneur’s success. Pictures of the Auglaize and Hardin County Small Farm Tour can be viewed on the Hardin County OSU Extension Facebook page.
Monday, April 10th, 2017 6:00am by Kolt Buchenroth
Many awards were presented at the annual banquet, beginning with the chapter’s honorary degrees. These degrees were awarded to individuals that have had a significant impact on the Ridgemont FFA Chapter. This year’s recipients are Ashley Ledley, Andrew Gandert, Andrew Scharf, Ernie and Amy Davis, Dixie Derke, and Keegan McKee.
Several FFA members received awards for service learning activities, and career development events, as well as state and national awards:
State Gold Science Fair, National Science Fair Bronze Finalist: Cameron Bright, Colin Freshcorn
Star State FFA Degree Candidate: Nole Gerfen - Star State Farmer Candidate, Nathan Stacklin - Star State Ag Business Candidate
Thursday, March 30th, 2017 5:09pm by Mark Badertscher - Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator
A Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) class has been planned for Hardin County. GAPs classes are training sessions for fruit and vegetable producers taught by personnel from Ohio State University’s Fruit and Vegetable Safety Program. The April 5th program will be from 12:30 – 3:30 pm at the Scioto Valley Produce Auction, 18715 County Road 200, Mt. Victory. The GAPs class is open to all fruit and vegetable producers and will be presented without technology. Attending an OSU GAPs class does not equate to being ‘GAPs Certified.’
GAPs training programs through OSU provide growers with the knowledge and tools needed to implement on-farm best management practices to reduce fresh produce safety hazards and ensure that their product is safe. Trainings are three hours and participants receive a certificate of completion at the end of the training. Each participant also receives recordkeeping materials and factsheets. The class costs growers $20, which helps to cover the expense of training materials. These programs are made possible through a grant from the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
GAPS are a series of voluntary management guidelines that can help to reduce the risks of microbial contamination of fruits and vegetables. GAPs can be incorporated into any production system and targets pre-harvest and post-harvest practices. GAPs address four major routes of foodborne pathogen contamination of fresh produce: water, waste, wildlife and workers. For more information on GAPs programs, go to producesafety.osu.edu. Please contact Mark Badertscher, Hardin County OSU Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources at 419-674-2297 to register for the class.
Thursday, March 30th, 2017 4:57pm by Sidney Gossard - Ada FFA Reporter
The annual Ada FFA banquet was held Wednesday March 29th in the cafeteria at Ada High School
During the meal, Emma Jameson presented our annual slide show. The slide show was the highlight of the evening. It gave parents, as well as community members, a chance to see what the FFA really does throughout the year.
The Honorary Ada Chapter degrees were awarded to Christina Henderson, Ty and Heather Etgen for their outstanding service to the group.
Members of the Parliamentary Procedure teams, Public Speaking, and Soil Judging contestants were recognized.
Leadership and scholarship pins were also handed out to those who qualified. In the area of proficiency awards, the following members received recognition:
Kaitlyn Long- Dairy, Goat Production
Caitlyn Stover- Beef Production, Dairy, Diversified Livestock, Fruit Sales
Ashley Breidenbach- Grain Production
Maddie Gossard- Sheep Production
Hunter Purdy- Swine Production,Ag Education
Justin Light- Ag Repair/Maint.
Nicki Lehsten-Vegetable Production
Nathan Mattson-Landscape Management
From there, FFA Advisor Tony Dyer presented the top chapter awards. The 110% award was given to Justin Light. Sidney Gossard received the Outstanding Freshmen award, Outstanding Sophomore was Nathan Mattson, Maddie Gossard was named Outstanding Junior, and Hunter Purdy received Outstanding Senior. Mason Waugh earned the Outstanding Ag Mechanics, DeKalb Award was Kaitlyn Long. Josie Poling earned the Star Green Hand award, while Caitlyn Stover received the Star Chapter Farmer award.
New Ada FFA Officers Installed: Ella Poling, Maddie Gossard, Sidney Gossard, Nathan Mattson,
Caitlyn Stover, Emma Jameson, Nicki Lehsten, and Noah Mattson
As the evening was coming to an end, the new officers were installed into their offices. This included President Caitlyn Stover, Vice President Maddie Gossard, Secretary Emma Jameson, Reporter Sidney Gossard, Sentinel Noah Mattson, Student Advisor Nathan Mattson, Chaplain Ella Poling, and the Treasurer Nicole Lehsten.
Monday, March 27th, 2017 6:00am by Kolt Buchenroth
2017 Beef Ambassador Team: MeKenzie and Madisen Jolliff. Not Pictured is Brian Searson.
Kicking off the annual beef banquet was the introduction of the 2017 Beef Ambassador Team which consists of MeKenzie Jolliff, Madisen Jolliff, and Brian Searson. A team is chosen rather than a single queen in an effort to include more exhibitors, and expand opportunities and event coverage.
The team aims to grow the beef industry as a whole and get people involved in the production of beef cattle. I had the chance to talk briefly with both Madisen and MeKenzie.
Scholarship Recipients: Taylor Cronley and Cam Deckling. Not Pictured are NIcole Southerland,
Molly Wilson, and Holly Wilson.
Also recognized were the commodity’s scholarship recipients. They are Taylor Cronley, Cam Deckling, Nicole Southerland, Molly WIlson, and Holly Wilson.
Tony and Cheryl Good were awarded the annual service award for their years of service to the cattle producers.
All Junior Fair Beef Exhibitors and Rate of Gain Winners were recognized as well.
Friday, March 10th, 2017 8:47am by Mark Badertscher - Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator
OSU Extension and the Hardin County Farm Bureau are holding a Farm Safety Day on Saturday, March 18 at Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative, 1210 W. Lima Street, Kenton. This free event will start at 8:30 am with donuts, coffee, and juice. It will meet the requirements for a Workers Compensation two hour safety meeting for farmers who hire employees to work on their farm. Wayne Dellinger, OSU Extension Educator from Union County will do a presentation on Farm Safety, including information about working with pesticides and other chemicals, grain handling, farm equipment, and roadway hazards.
There will also be a grain bin rescue demonstration from the Kenton Fire Department on the OSU Comprehensive Agricultural Rescue Trailer (CART). This CART is a portable grain rescue training modular suitable for agricultural rescue and other safety educational programs for agricultural audiences. While the CART is in Hardin County, the Ohio Fire Academy will provide agricultural training for both the Kenton Fire Department and volunteer firefighters separate from the Farm Safety Day. Every 10 years, 235 farmers lose their life in an agricultural-related accident. Grain bin fatalities are steadily increasing each year. Such fatalities occur for a variety of reasons with the two most common being suffocation by engulfment and entanglement with moving parts. In addition to a grain bin rescue demonstration, the CART includes other safety topics such as entanglements with augers, preventing falls from ladders and other heights, as well as electrical safety.
Another activity happening in the afternoon of the Farm Safety Day on March 18 will be the hands-on portion of the Tractor Safety and Machinery Operation for Youth training course that has been taking place during February and March at the OSU Extension Spark Lab. Students enrolled in this course will be completing their written test and participating in both the Pre-Operational Skills Test and Driving Skills Test portion of the training for certification. This skills training will begin at 1:00 pm, and if time permits, will allow an opportunity for adult farmers to participate in the pre-operational and driving skills course. Both the morning session and afternoon session are open to the public who may attend free of charge, as made possible by the sponsorship of the Hardin County Farm Bureau. Please call the Farm Bureau office at 419-523-5874 to pre-register so that there will be enough food and accommodations for those who plan to attend.
Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 12:00pm by Mark Badertscher - Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator
The Hardin County Dairy Service Unit is holding their semi-annual cheese sale. The spring sale has a variety of cheeses to choose from including Colby, Muenster, Smoked Cheddar, Mozzarella, Marble, American Processed, Farmers Cheese, Cheddar, Big Eye Swiss, Baby Swiss, Lacey Swiss (low cholesterol, low fat), Hot Pepper, and also Trail Bologna. Cheese is in approximately 2 pound units, except for Muenster, American Processed, and Hot Pepper Cheese, which are sold in 5 pound loaves. The American Processed Cheese is also sliced. The Trail Bologna comes in 1-1 3/4 pound rings.
Order forms can be obtained at the Extension Office, 1021 W. Lima Street, Suite 103 in Kenton or online at hardin.osu.edu. The deadline for ordering cheese is March 22, with pick-up dates March 31 from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm or April 1 from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm at Dan and Molly Wagner’s dairy farm. Funds from the semi-annual cheese sale are used to support dairy youth activities such as scholarships, royalty, awards, and other activities planned by the Dairy Service Unit. Orders not picked up will be considered canceled. No deliveries will be made and payment is due at pick-up.
The Dairy Service Unit will hold its annual meeting on March 29 at the OSU Extension office with a dairy industry guest speaker to be announced. The annual meeting meal will be ham sandwiches, cheese, chips, salads, and desserts. Families attending are asked to bring either a salad or dessert. The meal will begin at 7:00 pm with the meeting to follow at 7:30 pm.
Monday, March 6th, 2017 6:00am by Kolt Buchenroth
Mickayla Grauel was first recognized as the 2016 Hardin County Fair Grand Champion Market Lamb Exhibitor. Ashtin Elliott was also recognized for being the Exhibitor of the Born and Raised Champion Lamb.
Alex Ramsey and Shaye Creamer
Shaye Creamer and Alex Ramsey were each awarded a $500 scholarship. Creamer will be attending Wilmington College majoring in Agriculture Education and minoring in Animal Sciences. Ramsey will go on to study Agriculture Systems at Purdue University. These scholarships are funded by the sheep improvement’s concession booth at the Hardin County Fair, and through a silent auction, held at the annual banquet.
2016 Lamb and Wool Queen, Claire Wilson, thanked the association for their support and for the opportunity to serve as the queen. Wilson then passed her crown to the newly crowned 2017 queen, Alexis Elliott.
2016 Lamb and Wool Queen Claire Wilson, 2017 Lamb and Wool Queen Alexis Elliott, 2016 Hardin County Fair Queen Holly Wilson
In her speech, Elliott spoke about wool’s rich history in America and it’s founding. She explains what she hopes to accomplish during her reign.
“I hope to attend as many fairs as possible while promoting the lamb and wool industry to not just Rural America, but urban cities as well. Said Elliott.
Elliott also noted that more comes from the lamb industry then meat and wool. By-products such as Lanolin are also consumed. Lanolin is a natural moisturizer found in sheep’s wool. The animals use it to keep their fleeces clean. As consumers, we use lanolin in makeup, moisturisers, tanning lotions, and more.
Saturday, March 4th, 2017 6:23pm by Carrol Pauley - Riverdale FFA Reporter
The Riverdale FFA Chapter recently had 4 members compete in the Sub-District Public Speaking contest. This contest develops agricultural leaders by providing FFA members the opportunity to develop oral communication skills through agricultural public speaking. In Creed Speaking, Danielle Little placed 9th out of 12. In advanced preparedm, Maria Shane placed 3rd out of 5, and in extemporaneous, Cara Pauley placed 6th and Lizzy Shane placed 5th out of 7.
Friday, March 3rd, 2017 11:51am by Mark Badertscher Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator
The Hardin County Cattle Producers will hold their annual Beef Banquet on Saturday, March 25 in the Community Building at the fairgrounds, starting at 6:00 pm. Pre-sale Adult tickets are $13, Children (ages 7-18) $6.50, and 2016 Hardin County Junior Fair Beef Barn Exhibitors FREE with a reservation given to any Cattle Producers Director by March 24th. Tickets at the door will be $15.
Tickets can be purchased from the following county Cattle Producers Directors: Holli Underwood, Adam Billenstein, Deana Gibson, Dane Jeffers, Derek Dunson, Marcia Hoovler, Stacia Hall, Traci Deckling, Aaron Hensel, or Jeff Oestreich.
The Hardin County Beef Ambassador Program (HCBAP) provides an opportunity for youth to educate consumers and students about beef nutrition, food safety and stewardship practices of the beef industry. The Beef Ambassador Team will promote the beef industry as they develop skills of leadership, communication and self-confidence. The Beef Ambassador Program seeks to educate team members about the beef industry so that they may be better prepared to tell their own story regarding agriculture.
To compete in the HCBAP annual contest, participants must be 14-19 years of age as of January 1, 2017. Participants or their families must be members of the Hardin County Cattle Producers at the time of application. Upon entrance into the HCBAP, contestants must prepare a short statement (30 words or less) outlining their message to consumers and submit the statement with the application. This statement will be used to compliment further performance during the contest to determine the program’s strongest contestants. There will be 1-3 youth selected as Hardin County Beef Ambassadors.
Individuals may compete for a place on the ambassador team as long as they are eligible. Contestants may not enter any competition to serve as an ambassador for a competitive commodity group while serving as a Hardin County Beef Ambassador. Applications must be returned by March 17 to the OSU Extension Office, Hardin County, or to Marcia Hoovler at 17838 County Road 65, Belle Center, OH 43310.
The Hardin County Cattle Producers are offering up to five-$500 scholarships to qualified students for the 2017-18 school year. Scholarships will be awarded to applicants who themselves or their parents are current members of the Hardin County Cattle Producers or currently have a beef cattle project in either 4-H or FFA. For an application, please contact the FFA Advisor or high school guidance counselor at any of the county schools. You can also download an application from hardin.osu.edu or pick one up at the OSU Extension office located at 1021 West Lima Street, Suite 103 in Kenton. Completed applications and transcripts are to be submitted to the Hardin County Extension Office or to Marcia Hoovler by March 17. Questions regarding the Hardin County Beef Ambassador program and scholarship process can be directed to Marcia Hoovler at 937-538-1537.
Monday, February 27th, 2017 6:00am by Kolt Buchenroth
Former Dairy Princess Hope Hazelton began the event by speaking about her recent trip to Australia as an internship program through the Ohio State University’s Agricultural Technical Institute or ATI. Hazelton, who was also the Ohio Ayrshire Queen this past year, is studying Dairy Cattle Production and Management, and spent her summer working on four dairy farms across Australia.
2017 Dairy Princess Meadow Cromer and 2016 Hardin County Fair Queen Holly Wilson
Also at the banquet Meadow Cromer of the Ridgemont FFA Chapter was named the Dairy Princess for the second time. Cromer served as the princess last year, and aims to continue on her mission to educate both youth and adults on dairy cattle and the industry.
Croft Bauer, Scholarship Recipient
Croft Bauer and Brady Weaver were both awarded scholarships for use in their education. Weaver is a student at OSU ATI studying dairy cattle. Bauer is a senior at Upper Scioto Valley High School and is planning to attend Bowling Green State University to study Dietetics.
Saturday, February 25th, 2017 3:33pm by Mark Badertscher - Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator
Some farmers have received a notice that informs them that their current pesticide applicator license will expire at the end of March 2017 and that they must complete their continuing education hours to renew before this date. The cost of renewal for this process will be a total of $65. Thirty dollars is sent to the Ohio Department of Agriculture for the license itself and $35 to OSU Extension for the continuing education requirement.
Farmers must have a private applicator license to apply restricted use pesticides on their farm or for an employer’s crops. A commercial license is required for individuals who apply products on fields other than their own or as a business. The Environmental Protection Agency determines whether a product is designated restricted or general use. Restricted use products may be organic or traditional pesticides.
To obtain a private applicator license, farmers must pass a series of exams that test their competency in pesticide safety and application knowledge. They also must be certified in one or more of seven categories in addition to Core knowledge. These categories include Grain and Cereal Crops, Forage Crops and Livestock, Fruit and Vegetable Crops, Nursery and Forest Crops, Greenhouse Crops, Fumigation, and Specialty Uses.
A license must be renewed every three years. A farmer can meet this requirement by completing three hours of approved pesticide continuing education anytime during the three year period. Recertification training emphasizes effective management strategies that enhance crop productivity, encourage responsible use of products, and promote safe practices for applicators, the public, and the environment. OSU Extension offices are currently offering recertification programs to fulfill the three hours of the continuing education requirement for license renewal. A farmer may also choose to retest every three years to renew a private pesticide license.
The Hardin County Pesticide Applicator Training (PAT) program will be offered Tuesday, March 14 at the Plaza Inn Restaurant in Mt. Victory. The session will begin at 9:00 am and end at 12:00 pm. This session is for private applicators and will consist of Core, Grain and Cereal Crops, Forage Crops and Livestock, and Fumigation. Farmers must pre-register online at http://pested.osu.edu or pick up a registration form to mail in from the Extension Office at 1021 W. Lima Street, Suite 103 in Kenton. Further information regarding recertification in other areas can be obtained by contacting the Extension office before March 31.
A two-hour fertilizer certification program for any applicator that has a pesticide license will be also be offered on March 14, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm at the Plaza Inn Restaurant in Mt. Victory. This training is in combination with the pesticide recertification and will meet the certification requirements only for those with a pesticide license. If a fertilizer applicator already has a yellow fertilizer certification card that says it expires on March 31, 2017, this fertilizer certification card will be automatically renewed by ODA without going through additional fertilizer certification training in 2017. The deadline for fertilizer certification is September 30, 2017. Pre-registration is required and you can register by calling the Hardin County Extension office at 419-674-2297.
Training dates for Commercial Pesticide Applicators can be found at http://pested.osu.edu/commercialapplicator. Training dates for Private Pesticide Applicators for other counties in Ohio may be found at http://pested.osu.edu/privateapplicator. The commercial and private applicator licenses are another way that commercial pesticide applicators and farmers show good stewardship in caring for our land and producing our food in a sustainable and environmentally responsible manner.
Saturday, February 25th, 2017 3:29pm by Mark Badertscher - Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator
So you think you are ready to make an effort to improve soil health? Wondering how to produce corn in the most profitable and environmentally safe way? Do you want to know how to fit cover crops into your operation? Maybe you are looking for ways to apply manure to make the most efficient use of your nutrients. Ready to find a way to make better use of the technology integrated into your tractor, combine, planter, or sprayer? Will the new herbicide management programs give that bump in soybean yield you’ve been looking for? Are you ready test your ideas with on-farm research, develop a nutrient management plan, or make that move to a no-till system?
These are all questions you might have asked yourself, but have struggled to find an answer. This year’s Conservation Tillage Conference (CTC) has the answers to these questions and many more. The McIntosh Center at Ohio Northern University will once again be the location were about 60 presenters, several agribusiness exhibitors, and approximately 900 participants will come together March 7th and 8th in Ada, Ohio. Add value to your operation by learning new ideas and technologies to expand your agronomic crops knowledge.
A general session with ag engineer Paul Jasa from the University of Nebraska discussing a Systems Approach to No-till and Soil Health, Corn University, Advanced Cover Crops, Manure Nutrient Management, and Technologies to Support On-Farm Decisions are the sessions that make up day one. On the second day, conference participants will be able to choose from Soybean School, Quantifying Soil Health, Conducting On farm Research: Does it Really Work?, Conservation Assessment and Planning, and Transitioning to No-till.
Find out what experts from OSU Extension, OARDC, USDA, and SWCD are learning from the latest research about the timely topics that affect today’s farmers, crop consultants, and agribusiness professionals who are out in the field working together to produce crops in an efficient and environmentally responsible manner. Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) and Certified Livestock Manager (CLM) credits will be available to those who attend. Visit ctc.osu.edu and make plans to participate in this year’s Conservation Tillage Conference by February 27 to take advantage of early registration rates.
Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 12:18pm by Mark Badertscher - Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator
Agricultural fertilizer applicator certification is now required for farmers who apply fertilizer to more than 50 acres of agricultural production grown primarily for sale. This requirement was signed into law in June 2014, and also requires certification for commercial agricultural fertilizer applicators. Farmers who have their fertilizer applied by co-ops or custom applicators are not required to be certified.
Farmers and commercial applicators need to attend a training course offered by Ohio State University Extension to become certified. Those who have a pesticide applicator license need to attend a two-hour fertilizer certification. If an applicator does not have a pesticide license, they will be required to attend a three-hour fertilizer certification. Fertilizer applicators who received Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training in the fall of 2014, during 2015 or 2016 do not need to be trained again in 2017. Applicators who are a Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) or Certified Livestock Manager (CLM) are not required to attend the training.
Fertilizer is defined for the regulation as any substance containing nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, or other plant nutrient in a dry or liquid formulation. All application types such as broadcast, side dress, sub-surface, knifing and other are included in the certification requirement. Lime and limestone are not included as fertilizer for the certification and farmers who only use starter fertilizer in their planter boxes are exempted. The agriculture fertilizer certification is not required for manure applications as these are currently regulated, unless farmers are applying livestock or poultry manure from a Concentrated Animal Feeding Facility (CAFF). In this case, they would need to have either the CLM or Ohio Fertilizer Certification.
A three-hour certification program for any applicator who does not have a pesticide license will be offered March 6 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm at The Inn at Ohio Northern University. The address for the location is 401 West College Avenue, Ada. Please arrive by 5:30 pm so that materials can be distributed and the program can start on time. This free training will meet the certification requirements for those with and without a pesticide license. There will also be a two-hour certification program on March 14 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm for applicators who currently hold a pesticide license. This training will be held at the Plaza Inn Restaurant in Mt. Victory as part of the annual pesticide recertification training. Pre-registration is required for both the Ada and Mt. Victory locations. Online registration is available at nutrienteducation.osu.edu. You can also register by calling the Hardin County Extension office at 419-674-2297.
Applicators who meet the criteria for the fertilizer certification must attend training by September 30, 2017. The Ohio Department of Agriculture is the agency issuing the certification for agriculture fertilizer applications. Once an applicator completes the fertilizer training, the ODA will bill them $30 for their fertilizer certificate unless the applicator currently holds a pesticide applicator license. Their website has information regarding the regulation at agri.ohio.gov. For more information about other training sessions or general materials for the agriculture fertilizer certification, visit nutrienteducation.osu.edu or contact Mark Badertscher, Hardin County OSU Extension at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, February 20th, 2017 4:34pm by Mark Badertscher - Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator
The Hardin County Pork Producers will hold their annual Pork Banquet on Saturday, March 11 at St. John’s Evangelical Church, starting at 6:30 pm. The fun-filled evening will include selection of the Queen and Scholarship Recipients as well as amazing food and door prizes.Ticket prices are $8, and half price for 2016 Hardin County Junior Fair Swine Exhibitors, as well as Fair Workers from the Food Pavilion, and children under the age of 12.
The banquet is open to all interested persons but advance tickets are required. Tickets can be purchased through March 6 from the following county Pork Producers Directors: Grant Mizek, Kevin (Dewey) Skidmore, Steve Searson, Doug & Christine Heilman, Tim Holbrook, Mark Watkins, Rob Wilson, Matthew Holbrook, Lavern & Nancy Weaver, Rob Underwood, Nathan Weaver, Tyler & Tiffany Sparks, Rusty Bingham, Wes VanScoy, and Jody Dye. Tickets can also be obtained from the Extension office at 1021 West Lima Street, Suite 103, Kenton.
The Hardin County Pork Producers are offering six $500 scholarships to qualified students. Scholarships will be awarded to one student from each of the six county schools. For an application, please contact the FFA Advisor or high school guidance counselor at any of the county schools. You can also download an application from hardin.osu.edu or pick one up at the OSU Extension office. Completed applications are to be mailed to Douglas Heilman, 10333 County Road 265, Kenton, Ohio 43326. The deadline for returning the completed scholarship application is March 1, 2017.
The Pork Producers are also looking for 2017 Pork Queen Contestants. Eligible candidates for the title of Hardin County Pork Queen must be age 15 through 19 as of January 1, 2017. In order to be eligible for State Pork Industry Queen contest, the entrant must be 17 prior to January 1 of the year they will be competing. Anyone qualified and interested can become Hardin County Pork Queen, but only those who reside on a farm on which hogs are raised and is the daughter of parents now actively engaged in the production of pork will be eligible for the District III Contest in 2017. Contestants must complete an entry form to enter the contest.
For further information or an entry form, please contact the Ohio State University Extension office, call 419-674-2297, or visit hardin.osu.edu to download an application. Entries should be mailed to Nancy Weaver, 9380 County Road 265, Kenton, Ohio 43326 by March 1, 2017. Selection will be held before a panel of judges at the Pork Banquet on Saturday, March 11, 2017.
Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 8:46pm by Carrol Pauley - Riverdale FFA Reporter
After a year of hard work, the Riverdale FFA sent numerous books, degrees, and awards to the Regional Evaluation. Secretary, Cara Pauley, earned a gold rating on her officer book. Treasurer, Breanah Shane, earned a gold rating on her officer boo. Reporter, Carrol Pauley received a gold rating on her officer book. Max Corbin, Carrol Pauley, Kori Frey, Lindsay Nichols, and Breanah Shane all submitted their State FFA degree. Max Corbin, Rianne Kruiter, and Natalie Snook all submitted their American FFA degree. Cara Pauley completed a proficiency in small animal production and care. All degrees and award applications advanced to the State for further evaluation.
Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 12:24pm by Mark Badertscher - Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator
The OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers of Allen, Hardin and Hancock County will be offering the Master Gardener Volunteer training program at the OSU-Lima Campus this spring. This program provides 50 hours of intensive training in horticulture to interested gardeners who then commit to 50 hours of volunteer service in their home county assisting with Master Gardener Volunteer sponsored educational programs and activities for residents. Volunteer opportunities and projects vary by county.
Specialists from the Ohio State University Extension and experienced Master Gardener Volunteers will be teaching sessions along with some local experts. Some topics include botany, plant selection, landscaping with annuals and perennials, vegetable gardening, tree selection and identification, fruit tree care, pesticides, soils and plant and insect identification.
The classes will begin Tuesday, March 7 and run through April 25. The classes will be held 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday evening. Additionally, a full day seminar will be held on Saturday, March 18 as part of the curriculum.
The fee for the course is $150 per person which covers the cost of an extensive resource book and other resource materials. All Master Gardener Volunteers will also be required to have a background check. The classes will be held at the Ohio State University – Lima Campus.
If you are interested in taking the class and would like more information, you can do so by contacting your local Extension Office. More information is available at allen.osu.edu; hardin.osu.edu; or hancock.osu.edu websites. Class registration deadline is February 20.
For more information about the Hardin County OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers, visit their Facebook page. Go to mastergardener.osu.edu to find out more about OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers. You can also call the Hardin County Extension office at (419) 674-2297 or email Dave McPheron (email@example.com) for more information and to obtain an enrollment form.
Monday, February 13th, 2017 10:45am by Mark Badertscher - Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator
The Hardin County Sheep Improvement Association will hold their annual Lamb Banquet on Saturday, March 4 at St. John’s Evangelical Church in Kenton at 6:30 pm. Tickets for the banquet can be obtained from the Extension office at 1021 W. Lima Street, Suite 103, Kenton. Adult tickets are $15, Children $7, and 2016 Hardin County Junior Fair Sheep Exhibitors FREE with a reservation given at 419-674-2297 by February 24. Banquet guests are asked to arrive early to participate in the silent auction bidding for various items that were donated to provide funds for the scholarship program.
Tickets can be purchased until February 24 from the following county Sheep Improvement Association Directors: Dave Ramsey, Megan Burgess, Scott Elliott, Cory Wagner, Dave Burkhart, Kristie Fay, Max Garmon, Don Haudenschield, Kenny Williams, Jeff Bowers, Bruce Oberlitner, Peter Previte, or Russell Senning. Tickets can also be purchased from Madelyn Lowery. The banquet entertainment will consist of dinner music provided by the band ‘In a Jam’. A dinner will be prepared with various cuts of lamb for the banquet guests to enjoy.
The Hardin County Sheep Improvement Association is looking for 2017 Lamb & Wool Queen contestants and scholarship applicants. A queen applicant and her parent/guardian must be residents of Hardin County or a Hardin County School District prior to entering the contest, and live on a farm where sheep are produced or have a sheep project in the Hardin County Junior Fair to be eligible. Applicants must be 15 to 20 years of age as of January 1, 2017. Contestants must complete an entry form. For further information about the Lamb & Wool Queen contest, please contact the Sheep Improvement Association Queen Committee Chair, Kristie Fay at 419-673-8264.
The Hardin County Sheep Improvement Association is also offering two five hundred dollar scholarships to students entering/attending college for the 2017-2018 school year. An applicant and his/her parent/guardian must be residents of Hardin County or a Hardin County School District prior to entering college, and must have had a sheep project and shown at the Hardin County Fair. The applicant must be maintaining a 2.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
For more information about the scholarship, please contact the Sheep Improvement Association Scholarship Committee Chair, Peter Previte at 419-634-2202. Applications and rules for both the Hardin County Lamb & Wool Queen and the Scholarship are available from your school’s FFA advisor, high school guidance counselor, or can be obtained from the OSU Extension office and its website at hardin.osu.edu. Applications must be received at the Hardin County Extension Office by February 24, 2017.
Monday, February 13th, 2017 6:00am by Kolt Buchenroth
Hardin County Horse Royalty Court and Candidates. Also Pictured is Holly Wilson, 2016 Fair Queen.
The highlight of any commodity banquet is the crowning of the commodity’s royalty court. This year’s Horse royalty court is as follows: King Brent Fowler, Queen Maddy Newman, Prince Kaden Guinn, and Princess Chloe Anderson. Fowler is a member of the Silver Creek Sliders 4-H club and says that he would like to make showing horses more convenient for exhibitors, and make supplies more readily available. Newman, of the the Ridgemont FFA Chapter, explains that she would like to help get younger exhibitors involved, and make the experience of showing horses less stressful.
Left to Right: Queen Maddy Newman, King Brent Fowler, Prince Kaden Guinn, Princess Chloe Anderson
“Definitely getting kids more involved with 4-H because a lot of them, even when they are involved, they seem more stressed out than anything. I want to make them realize that it doesn’t have to be stressful and that it can be actually a lot of fun and just enjoyable.” Said Newman.
The Horse 2016 King Jared McNeely thanked the Hardin County Horse Council, and the Hardin County Extension Office as well as those 4-H Club Advisors, Members and community members in attendance for their continued support of the County Horse Program.
Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 10:50am by Mark Badertscher - Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator
The annual Hardin County Dairy Banquet will be held on Saturday, February 25 at 12:00 noon at the Plaza Inn Restaurant, Mt. Victory. Tickets this year are $13.00 for adults and $7.00 for children 12 and under. Junior Fair Dairy Exhibitors from the 2016 Hardin County Fair are eligible for a complimentary ticket by contacting the Extension office.
Tickets are available until February 17 from the following county Dairy Service Unit Directors: Philip Bauer, Nate Cromer, Keith and Jean Dirkson, Corey Ledley, Chad Hazelton, Bret Rager, Larry and Janice Rall, Parry Rall, Vaughn Rall, Clair and Sue Sanders, Dan and Molly Wagner, or from the Extension Office at 1021 W. Lima Street, Suite 103, Kenton. The entertainment for the banquet will be Hope Hazelton sharing photos and experiences from her internship working on an Australian dairy farm.
The Hardin County Dairy Service Unit will be awarding a scholarship at their annual banquet. Funds raised from the association’s semi-annual cheese sale are used to support higher education with this scholarship program. Eligible students must live on a dairy farm, have been raised on a dairy farm, work on a dairy farm, be pursuing a dairy related education, or have shown a dairy heifer or dairy cow project at the Hardin County Fair.
The Dairy Service Unit is also looking for a 2017 Dairy Princess. The Dairy Princess will represent the Hardin County Dairy Service Unit with promotion of the dairy industry at the county fair and other scheduled activities. Contestants must be unmarried, age 15 to 19 inclusive, or freshman in high school as of January 1, 2017. They must live on a dairy farm, must have a dairy project in 4-H or FFA and show at the fair, or work on a dairy farm.
Applications can be picked up at the Extension office for both the scholarship and princess at 1021 W. Lima Street, Suite 103 in Kenton or from Hardin County FFA advisors, high school guidance counselors, or download the application from hardin.osu.edu. Both the dairy scholarship application and the dairy princess entry form must be completed and returned to the Extension office by February 17, 2017.
Saturday, January 21st, 2017 12:54pm by Mark Badertscher Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator
Farmers will have the opportunity to learn about cover crops in a one day workshop at the Plaza Inn Restaurant in Mt. Victory on Friday, February 10. This program will be held in the banquet room of the Plaza Inn, 491 S Main Street, Mount Victory, OH 43340. The workshop will begin at 8:30 am and end at 3:30 pm. The cost of the all day workshop will be $25 and will include lunch, snacks, and reference materials. This workshop will review some key cover crops knowledge taught at last year’s program as well as build on that subject matter by offering advanced cover crop information and timely topics related to this conservation and cropping practice.
Topics taught during the workshop will include benefits of cover crops, which cover crops to plant based on a grower’s goals and crop rotation, when to plant various cover crops, methods of planting cover crops, how to terminate cover crops, seed mixes, voles, moles, and slugs. Another topic being presented at the 2017 Cover Crops Workshop is using cover crops to build soil mycorrhizae to improve soil health and therefore increase soil fertility while protecting soil from erosion and compaction.
Instructors for the workshop will be Jim Hoorman, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Alan Sundermeier, OSU Extension – Wood County, Mark Badertscher, OSU Extension – Hardin County, and Wayne Dellinger, OSU Extension – Union County. For more information, go to http://hardin.osu.edu/ or call the Hardin County Extension office at 419-674-2297 for details and to register. Participants need to be pre-registered by February 3.
Saturday, January 7th, 2017 9:43am by Mark Badertscher - Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator
A Tractor Safety and Machinery Operation certification course for youth has been scheduled for Wednesday evenings from February 1 through March 8 through OSU Extension. March 15 is a possible make-up day in the event of inclement weather. The six sessions will go from 6:00-9:00 pm in the OSU Extension office Spark Lab, 1021 W Lima Street, Kenton. There will be an exam at the conclusion of the course, along with a hands-on operation skills course component that is planned for Saturday, March 18 at the Hardin County Fairgrounds as part of the Community Farm Safety Day planned by Farm Bureau. This certification course is recommended for youth ages 14-15 who will be operating farm machinery either on their parents’ farm or someone else’s farm. Individuals successfully completing the course will receive a certification card. Other ages can observe the class, but are not able to be certified until age 14. Older youth can participate at the recommendation of their parent or employer.
The six sessions will include Introduction: Overview of agriculture, types of risks, and regulations related to agricultural safety and health; Safety Basics: Youth safety and risk, appropriate clothing and personal protective equipment (PPE), warning signs, hand signals, and basic first aid; Agricultural Hazards: Hazards associated with machinery, animals, pesticides, electricity, confined spaces, and farm chemicals; The Tractor: Comprehensive overview of the tractor, including but not limited to tractor types, hazards, controls, lightning, and starting and operating a tractor; Connecting and Using Implements with the Tractor: Various types of implements, such as drawbars, three-point hitches, and how they are connected and used with the tractor; and Materials Handling: Skid steers, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), and utility vehicles.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Agricultural Hazardous Occupations Orders (AgHOs) regulation prohibits 14 and 15-year-olds from operating farm tractors and attached powered equipment unless (1) they are working on a farm owned/operated by their parent or legal guardian, or (2) the youth has successfully completed an approved safe tractor and machinery operation-training program. General information regarding tractor and machinery certification for Extension educators, high school ag instructors, parents, and employers can be found at http://agsafety.osu.edu/programs/tractor-machinery-certification-program. Education and training on safe operation is always encouraged, even if it is not legally required.
Registration for the Tractor Safety and Machinery Operation course for Youth needs to be completed by January 18 by calling the Hardin County Extension office at 419-674-2297 to ensure enough time to order manuals. The cost to participate is $40 for the course, which includes manuals, handouts, certification card, and refreshments. The course will be taught by Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator Mark Badertscher with possible assistance from Hardin County Agricultural Education Instructors and Farm Bureau members. There may be possible scholarships provided by the Hardin County Farm Bureau. Preference for enrollment will be Hardin County youth, but young people from other counties will be encouraged to enroll with a limit of 25 students.
Friday, December 30th, 2016 11:43am by Mark Badertscher - Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator
Ohio State University Extension announces a series of four webinars available to producers, Certified Crop Advisers, and industry offered throughout January and February 2017. The Corn, Soybean and Wheat Connection series is scheduled to begin on January 24, 2017 and will focus on issues and updates in grain crop production. Each webinar will begin at 7:00 p.m. and can be viewed at several host sites across the state or from your home computer. Certified Crop Adviser credits will be available each evening at physical locations only.
The first session on January 24 will feature Dr. John Fulton and Dr. Elizabeth Hawkins on how to efficiently utilize data from precision agriculture technology to guide farm management decisions. The second webinar will be held on January 31 and will detail how to assess growing conditions and their impact on ear rots, mycotoxins, and malformation in corn. This session will be taught by Dr. Peter Thomison, state Corn Production Specialist, OSU Extension and Dr. Pierce Paul, state Corn and Wheat Disease Specialist, OSU Extension. This January 31 Corn Production and Diseases webinar will be hosted by the Hardin County Extension office, sponsored by Farm Credit Mid-America located in Bellefontaine.
The third webinar will be held on February 21 and will cover improving soil health and utilizing cover crops by Dr. Steve Culman and Dr. Ryan Haden, both from Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster. The final webinar on February 28 will give producers management strategies to increase soybean yield and provide updates on insect trends from 2016. This session will be taught by Dr. Laura Lindsey, state Soybean & Small Grains Specialist, OSU Extension and Dr. Kelley Tilmon, state Field Crops Entomology Specialist, OSU Extension.
Participants can register to view at host locations by contacting the host directly. Find a host location near you and a full schedule at go.osu.edu/cswconnection2017schedule. If you prefer to view the webinars at home, you must pre-register one week before each session to receive login information. You may register online at go.osu.edu/cswconnection2017. If you are interested in viewing the webinars at the Hardin County Extension office, contact Mark Badertscher at 419-674-2297 or firstname.lastname@example.org. These webinars are on outreach tool of the OSU Extension Agronomic Crops Team. Each webinar will be recorded and available online one week after the live session. The location of the recordings will be announced in the C.O.R.N. Newsletter and published at agcrops.osu.edu. To subscribe to the newsletter, visit corn.osu.edu.
Saturday, December 24th, 2016 10:49am by Mark Badertscher - Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator
The 2017 Conservation Tillage Club breakfast program series will begin on Tuesday, January 10 at the Plaza Inn Restaurant in Mt. Victory. Each session will start at 7:30 am with complimentary buffet breakfast followed by the program at 8:00 am. Other sessions will be held on January 24, February 7 and 21.
On January 10, the program will feature Dr. John Fulton, Precision Ag & the 4Rs. Fulton is from The Ohio State University, Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering. Fulton has been a national leader in Precision Agriculture, doing research in this area. His work has him studying drones and aerial imagery to help make management decisions with crop production. He has also been using variable rate technology and multi-hybrid seeding in plots around Ohio. He is working on compaction studies and its effect on yields. His presentation at the Conservation Tillage Club breakfast will focus on using precision ag to determine fertilizer needs and then using equipment technology available to farmers to get the right source of fertilizer applied at the right time, using the correct rate, and the proper placement.
The January 24 program will feature Dr. Jeff Stachler, Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator in Auglaize County. Stachler received his Ph.D. in Weed Science and has worked out of state before coming back to Ohio to serve as a county extension educator. Stachler will address New Weed Control Options such as the Roundup Ready 2 Xtend program and other new pesticide programs to help farmers control problem weeds such as marestail, giant ragweed, waterhemp, and Palmer amaranth. His talk will discuss using fall or spring burndowns, pre-emerge, post-emerge, and use of residuals to help control problem weeds in soybeans and corn.
February 7 Cal Whewell will speak to the Conservation Tillage Club. He will be presenting the Grain Marketing Outlook, providing area farmers with grain marketing strategies. Whewell is no stranger in grain marketing circles. He is a Risk Management Consultant and Regional Director at FC Stone, serving the Toledo area. FCStone Inc. provides clients across the globe with a comprehensive range of customized financial services and tools to help them protect their margins and manage volatility. A pioneer in specialized financial services, they open markets for underserved mid-market clients with insight, guidance and access.
The February 21 program will feature Steve Baker, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Soil Scientist speaking about Soil Health. Baker is a well-known expert on soil health, speaking to audiences about the importance of building soil quality to maximize fertility and improve crop production. He will discuss various conservation practices that build soil health, while at the same time protect natural resources such as our land and water. Some of his resources include unlocking the secrets of the soil, soil health and sustainability, and discovering soils from the ground up. Attendees will gain knowledge of how they can improve their soils, while protecting this most important resource.
The Conservation Tillage Club breakfast program series is jointly sponsored by OSU Extension and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Hardin, Logan, and Union Counties, and in cooperation with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Breakfast is provided by the generous support of agricultural lenders and agricultural businesses. All events are open to the public and no advance registration is required. Continuing education credits for Certified Crop Advisers is pending.
For more information about OSU Extension, Hardin County, visit the Hardin County OSU Extension website at hardin.osu.edu, the Hardin County OSU Extension Facebook page or contact Mark Badertscher, at 419-674-2297.
Monday, December 19th, 2016 7:45pm by Kolt Buchenroth
The Veterinary Feed Directive will go into Effect on January 1, 2017 or sooner. There will be changes to the way Over-the-Counter drugs can be used with livestock. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) amended the distribution and use of Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) drugs and animal feeds containing such drugs. So what do these federal regulatory changes mean to you and your livestock operation? Well, According to the FDA, the VFD is a “written (nonverbal) statement issued by a licensed veterinarian in the course of the veterinarian’s professional practice that orders the use of a VFD drug or combination VFD drug in or on an animal’s feed”.
How does a Veterinary Feed Directive work? This written statement authorizes the owner of and caretaker the animal(s) to obtain and use animal feed bearing or containing a VFD drug or combination VFD drug to treat the client’s animals only in accordance with the conditions for use approved by the FDA.
Examples of drugs or products classified as “VFD” are Aureomycin 4G Crumbles (contains chlortetracycline), Scour-Ease Medicated (contains neomycin and oxytetracycline), SAV-A-CALF Scours & Pneumonia Treatment (contains neomycin sulfate and oxytetracycline), and Calf Medic Plus (contains neomycin and oxytetracycline).
Examples of drugs or products classified as “prescription” are L-S 50 Soluble Powder (contains lincomycin and spectinomycin), Sulfamed-G Soluble Powder (contains sulfadimethoxine), Di-Methox Soluble Powder (contains sulfadimethoxine), and Strike III Type B Medicated Feed (contains hygromycin B).
So what are the changes to drugs that livestock producers may have used in the past to manage the health of their livestock? To be VFD, drugs that you may have purchased in the past as over-the-counter to be included in your feeding program(s) will now require a Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) from your Veterinarian of Record with whom you have a valid Veterinary-Client-Patent-Relationship (VCPR). If you are planning to continue using the drug(s) listed as a VFD in your feeding program, a VFD for each drug is required to be able to buy the drug or product. VFD drugs must be followed exactly as per label.
To be prescribed, all water soluble antibiotic and sulfa products that were labeled for administration via water will require a written prescription from your Veterinarian of Record with whom you have a Veterinary-Client Patent-Relationship (VCPR). Livestock producers would need to have the VCPR to be able to buy these drugs or products.
Cattle, swine, sheep, and poultry as well as other food producing species such as honey bees, fish are included in these new rules from the Food and Drug Administration. These new changes become effective January 1, 2017 or sooner, depending on when the manufacturer changes the labeling. Some suppliers that were able to sell these drugs or products in the past may not be able to sell them after January 1, 2017. Consult your veterinarian for more information or call or OSU Veterinary Extension at 614-292-9453 if you have further questions about how these changes may affect your livestock operation.
Thursday, December 8th, 2016 2:46pm by Mark Badertscher - Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator
Are you a small farm landowner wondering what to do with your acreage? Are you interested in exploring options for land uses but not sure where to turn or how to begin? Have you considered adding an agricultural or horticultural enterprise but you just aren’t sure of what is required from an equipment, labor, and/or management perspective? Are you looking for someplace to get some basic farm information? If you or someone you know answered yes to any of these questions, then the Ohio State University Extension New and Small Farm College program may be just what you are looking for.
Ohio State University Extension of Auglaize and Hardin Counties will be hosting the New and Small Farm College this winter. New and Small Farm College is an eight session short course that will be held one night a week on Thursdays, starting January 19 and ending March 9. In case of inclement weather, March 16 will be a makeup session. The New and Small Farm College will be held at the OSU Lima Campus in Galvin Hall – Room 124, 4240 Campus Drive, Lima. Each session will start at 6:00 PM with a light dinner followed by presentations beginning at 6:30 PM and concluding at 9:00 PM. To obtain a copy of the brochure for registration, visit hardin.osu.edu or stop by the Extension Office. All registrations will need to be sent to Ohio State University Extension – Clinton County.
Topics that will be covered in the New and Small Farm College course include: Getting Started (goal setting, family matters, business planning, budgeting, resources); Appropriate Land Use (walk the farm); Sources of Assistance (overview of county resources such as OSU Extension, government agencies and programs, CAUV, EQIP grants); Legal, Insurance, Business Structure (fence laws, liabilities, insurance needs); Natural Resources (forestry, timber marketing, wildlife,
ponds, etc.); Financial/Production Record Keeping and Taxes (balance sheet, record keeping methods); Marketing Alternatives (direct marketing, cooperatives, agri-tourism, bed and breakfast, niche markets); and Extension/Table Top Discussion (enterprise exploration of livestock and horticulture opportunities). An additional small farm tour is being planned as part of the course.
One past participant of the New and Small Farm College said, “I recommend this program to anyone starting or thinking about farming in any area. The amount of knowledge presented was priceless.”
The cost of the course is $150 per person, $100 for an additional family member. Each participating family will receive a New and Small Farm College notebook full of the information presented in each class session plus additional materials. Registrations are now being accepted through January 2, 2017. Register early as space is limited! For more details about the course and/or a registration form, contact Jeff Stachler at 419-739-6580 or email@example.com or Mark Badertscher at 419-674-2297 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 6:00am by Kolt Buchenroth
Change occurs constantly. If you resist it, you lose. If you accept it, you survive, and if you manage it, you succeed. This was the message of keynote speaker Edison Klingler who is a retired OSU Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent of Hardin County. Klingler spoke on the various changes in Agriculture since the time Extension came to Hardin County in 1918. Klingler looked back on the history and advancements made by Hardin County Extension and farmers.
From Left Front: Dr. Bruce McPheron, Stephanie Jolliff (Back) Mark McCullough, Steve McCullough, Mark Rose.
Four agricultural leaders were inducted into the Hall of Fame, first was Ridgemont High School Agriculture Education Instructor and FFA advisor, Stephanie Jolliff. Jolliff started at Ridgemont High School in 2005 and has led members to numerous state and national awards. Her personal achievements include being the first to be named the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Woman of the Year, Being honored by the Ohio Farm Bureau, and serving on numerous committees and in many organizations. Jolliff’s past students noted that she was extremely innovative in the classroom and helped students and peers find their paths in agriculture.
Stephanie Jolliff Accepting her award.
The late Wright McCullough who is known as an inventor and farmer to the Hardin County area was inducted next. As the founder of McCullough industries, Wright always said “Find a need, build a product to fit that need.” according to Grandson Dustin that presented the award. McCullough is known for many things, some of which include inventing a complete feed mixer, and the Wright Self Dumping Hopper, which are produced in Hardin County and travel worldwide.
Steve McCullough accepting his father's award on behalf of his family.
Known as “A Buckeye and a bug guy” Dr. Bruce McPheron, the Ohio State University Provost and Executive Vice President was honored next. Dr. McPheron was formerly a professor of Entomology (the study of insects) at both Penn State University and The Ohio State University where he has researched insect pests. McPheron was also the Dean of the College of Agriculture at Penn State and Dean of the College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State.
Dr. Bruce McPheron giving his acceptance speech.
Finally, Mark Rose, who is the Director of the Financial Assistance Program for the Natural Resources Conservation Service or “the money man of the NRCS” was inducted. Rose makes sure that NRCS programs are implemented across the country. Rose was a member of the Kenton FFA Chapter and a member of Hardin County 4-H. He addressed the FFA members in the room, saying “Don’t be afraid to go out, but don’t be afraid to come back.” Citing his roots in Hardin County and how working on a farm from a young age helps him daily in Washington D.C.
Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 6:00am by Kolt Buchenroth
According to the Hardin County OSU Extension office, This year the County Fairboard will require all steers, dairy steers, and market heifers being exhibited in the 2017 Hardin County Junior Fair show, to be registered. The County Extension Office will handle the registration. All animals must be registered by December 28, 2016. This deadline will be strictly enforced.
The Tag-in/Weigh-in Day for the market steers, dairy steers & market heifers will be December 31st, 2016 from 10:00am to 12:00pm at the Hardin County Fairground’s beef barn. All market steers, dairy steers & market heifers that are entered to show in the 2017 Fair are required to be tagged. At the time of tagging, the Jr. Fair member will have the option to have their animals weighed to be eligible for the Rate of Gain Contest.
The Hardin County Cattle Producers will furnish the tag for the first 2 market steers, dairy steers & market heifers entered for each Jr. Fair member. Any additional animals tagged will be at the cost of the Jr. Fair member. The Jr. Fair Exhibitor will be given a copy of their weights to be put with their records.
The market beef registration form, is to be returned to the Extension Office by December 28, 2016. Registration will not be accepted without the 4-H or FFA Advisor's signature (or email verification), parent's signature, and member's signature.
You may register as many market beef as you own and are keeping records on as a part of your 4-H or FFA project. Two registered animals can be entered in the Market Beef Class at the Fair. Market beef shown at the Ohio State Fair will be required to have a DNA hair sample on file in Columbus by January 15th. Four market beef animals can be nominated to show.
To obtain more information, contact the Hardin County OSU Extension Office at (419) 674-1197.
Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 5:04pm by David Heilman - Kenton FFA Reporter
From the Kenton FFA chapter Morgan Bloom received her American FFA degree.This is the highest degree that a member can be awarded. Morgan has accomplished all of the following requirements. She has received a state degree. Morgan has been an active member for the past three years and has a record of satisfactory participation in chapter and state activities. She has completed the equivalent of at least three years of instruction in an agricultural education program. Morgan has graduated from high school at least 12 months prior to the national FFA convention at which the degree is to be granted. She has an outstanding SAE, which demonstrates good planning, managing and financial experience .She has earned $10,000 and productively invested at least $7,500, or has earned and productively invested at least $2,000 and worked 2,250 hours in excess of scheduled class time. She has also done 50 hours of community service. Morgan also has a record of outstanding leadership and have achieved a high school record of “C” or better. Morgan made all of her American FFA degree money farming a piece of land and using the money made towards the degree. She has been recognized for her accomplishments during National and State Convention. She was also recognized at last year's Kenton FFA banquet.
Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 5:02pm by David Heilman - Kenton FFA Reporter
During the 89th Annual National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Kenton-OHP FFA Chapter was recognized on stage for receiving a “Three Star Chapter” award. This award is given to chapters that have an annual Program of Activities that includes a series of activities which encourage members to grow as individuals and to serve others. Out of 7,757 chapters in the country, only 173 chapters are awarded this honor. Also while on this trip, students toured the Maria Stein Grain Company they learned the process of maintaining nutrition rations in feeds and new government regulations in the animal nutrition industry. The members also toured Elanco animal health where they learned how to properly use social media and successful interview techniques. At the convention, students attended sessions where they were heard from Diana Nyad, an Author and record holding long-distance swimmer. Members also heard from Jason Brown, an ex-football player that left the National Football League to farm. Members also had the opportunity to explore the Career Show and Shopping Mall. This expo has stands from a variety of colleges and also had presentations of new farm equipment. Students were then treated to a Cole Swindell and Chris Young concert. For updates on the Kenton FFA Chapter, Like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter!
Thursday, November 24th, 2016 10:30am by Mark Badertscher - Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator
With the help of fifteen volunteer rainfall reporters, the Hardin County Extension office has collected unofficial township rainfall data for the past twenty-four consecutive years. The 2016 growing season started with a drier April that enabled some farmers to begin planting corn, before May brought wet conditions and cool temperatures, halting corn planting around the county. A few soybean fields were also planted early, with limited progress in growth.
Rainfall amounts started to lessen after May 15 after going through a cool, wet period of about 3 weeks. Along with less rainfall later in May, the county experienced warmer temperatures. This allowed the soil to dry and provide better conditions for planting corn and soybeans. Earlier planted crops that didn’t emerge because of cooler temperatures, emerged after this warmer weather. This change in the weather also allowed for farmers to resume planting under more favorable conditions.
June started out dry until two rain events hit Hardin County late in the month. Some fields experienced ponding and flooding in low areas, areas with compaction, and other hard to drain soils. Crops in these areas were destroyed or stunted due to drowning out smaller plants and root systems where water laid for more than two days. Soil moisture was good coming off a very heavy rain event in late June leading into the month of July. However, that moisture could only last so long with the growing crops as July signaled the beginning of an extended dry period.
Much needed rain occurred in August after the extended dry period that started in July. The hot and dry weather during this period had an adverse effect on corn ear development and kernel fill. Soybean fields utilized the extra rain in August to provide additional growth and produced new flowers that added pods to shorter plants. September and October weather was favorable for fall harvest. Because of the good weather, harvest was completed early again this year, with most fields being done by November.
During the growing season, from April 15 through October 15, average rainfall was 21.21 inches. This is 2.43 inches below the ten-year average growing season precipitation, and 3.49 less inches of rain than last year’s growing season. The most rainfall recorded during the growing season was 31.30 inches in Hale Township by Ramsey Farms. The least amount of rain was recorded in Liberty Township by Phil Epley, with 18.09 inches for the season. A wide range of 13.21 inches in rainfall accumulation from high to low across the county is an indication of the variability in rainfall throughout Hardin County in 2016.
Corn yields were inconsistent depending on the area rainfall, and when it arrived on area corn fields. Several fields had lower yields due to smaller ears and incomplete kernel fill. However, moisture levels in corn were fairly dry at harvest time, reducing the need for running grain dryers as much as some years. Overall lower corn yields for the growing season were also accompanied with lower corn prices. Because soybeans will adapt better to weather, the August rains helped increase yields with this crop. Soybean prices were steady and aided by better yields for the crop compared to other years. Winter wheat acres planted this fall in the county were growing well with the warm weather and should have ample tiller growth to survive the winter. Herbicide, fertilizer, lime, and manure applications have also been done in selected fields. Much fall tillage has happened around the county with some tiling operations still in progress.
Hardin County Extension Rainfall Report for October 1-15, 2016 (recorded in inches)
Thursday, November 17th, 2016 8:25pm by Carrol Pauley - Riverdale FFA Reporter
The Riverdale FFA Chapter recently held a leadership night for surrounding FFA Chapters. Johnathon Cottingim State Sentinel and Ryan Matthews State Vice Presidents at large came to do little workshops with all of the FFA members. The two State officers talked about how people have and can use their potential to have success in their lives. After the workshops members enjoyed a taco bar and played some games including: dodgeball, corn hole, and different card games.
Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 2:23pm by Carrol Pauley - Riverdale FFA Reporter
Four Riverdale FFA members made up a team and competed in the District Food Science Contest. The team consists of Carrol Pauley, Cara Pauley, Kohlten Shane, and Hunter Shane. The Food Science contest simulates learning activities related to the food industry and allows the team to develop and market a new product. The team traveled to Sentinel Career Center in Tiffin for the contest. The team placed 2nd in the District and will be competing in the State competition on December 3, 2016. Carrol Pauley placed 3rd individually.
Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 6:00am by Mark Badertscher - Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator
The Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame has announced the 2016 honorees to be inducted at the fourteenth annual Agriculture Hall of Fame recognition banquet. The 2016 inductees include: Stephanie Jolliff, Wright McCullough, Bruce A. McPheron, and Mark A. Rose. The banquet will be held on Tuesday, December 6th, beginning at 6:30 pm at St. John's Evangelical Church on East Carrol Street in Kenton. The public is invited to come to honor these inductees and their families, and to recognize their many accomplishments.
The purpose of the county Agriculture Hall of Fame is to recognize outstanding agricultural contributions by Hardin County people and to honor those who have brought distinction to themselves and the agricultural industry. Edison Klingler will present the keynote address. Klingler served as the Hardin County Extension Agent for Agriculture, Community & Natural Resources from 1962 until his retirement in 1988. He currently remains active on several Hardin County committees, benefiting both the citizens and programs within the county.
Stephanie Jolliff graduated from Cardington High School in 1992. She attended The Ohio State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1996, Master of Science Degree in 2002, and is currently a PhD candidate. Jolliff is the agricultural education instructor and FFA advisor at Ridgemont High School, where she is a leader in the state and nation in agricultural education. She has been presented the Franklin D. Walter Educator Award in 2010, 2011, and 2013. Her FFA members have been lead to win numerous state and national proficiency awards, degrees, and career development events. She has served as the advisor to multiple Ohio and National FFA Model of Innovation Chapter Awards. Under her leadership, the Ridgemont FFA Chapter has been named a Top 10 Chapter in Ohio for several years in a row, including being named the top chapter in Ohio for two years straight. Some of her professional awards include being named the Ohio Department of Agriculture Woman of the Year, The Ohio State University Alber Enterprise Center Award for Outstanding Achievement and Excellence, and the Ohio VFW High School Teacher of the Year.
Jolliff is married to her husband Tom, who also is an agricultural education instructor and FFA advisor. Together they have three children and operate a family farm. In 2015, Stephanie Jolliff was awarded the Ohio Farm Bureau Cooperative Agriculture Educator Award. Her accomplishments also include the Ohio Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Advisor of the Year, Girl Scout Women of Distinction Award Winner, and advisor for the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance Community Service Award winning organization, the Ridgemont FFA. She has served as the Ohio Association of Agricultural Educators President, Ohio Assessment for Educators Test Materials Review Committee, Ohio Teach Ag Campaign Task Force Member, Ohio FFA Board of Directors, Ohio Small Grains Youth Agricultural Advisory Board, and the National State Farm Project Ignition Grant Review Committee. She also has membership in the Ohio Farm Bureau, Ohio Education Association, and the National Maine Anjou Association.
Wright McCullough graduated from Mt. Victory School after being a student there for 12 years. He was married to his wife Norma until he passed away in 2000. He was a farmer of 350 acres, John Deere machinery dealer from 1960-1964, and founder of McCullough Industries, Kenton in 1965. In 1971, he was a co-founder of Golden Giant Buildings, also in Kenton. McCullough was a pilot, flying many hours both private and commercial. He served on the Hardin County Airport Board, and was a member of the Hardin County Farm Bureau and the Kenton Elks. Described as a great businessman, Wright McCullough wasn’t afraid to buy and sell anything or build a product and sell a product. He was always inventing something to manufacture, including some of the first TV antenna towers to show up in the rural community. These towers were up to 50 feet tall, built in one piece, and delivered to area farms. He believed he could build anything, finding a need and then building a product to fill that need.
Some of McCullough’s earliest inventions included a complete feed grinder and mixing system. This system combined grain with supplement and silage that was mixed in a self-propelled delivery system. This was a T.M.R. (total mixed ration) feed grinder/mixer before anyone else had built one. He also built the first quick-attach manure loader in the area. Manufactured here in Kenton during the 1960s, they were distributed through Dunham Lehr Corporation. These loaders were shipped all over the United States and Canada. During that same time, Wright McCullough also developed a line of tractor-mounted grader blades. One of the innovations in these blades was their ability to tilt, enabling the blade to cut ditches or grade slopes. Some of these blades can still be found on farmsteads around North America.
Bruce A. McPheron graduated from Kenton High School in 1972 after moving to Hardin County with his family during his junior year in 1970. Previously, he attended Dublin High School from 1968-70. During his time in Hardin County, he met his wife Marilyn. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from OSU in 1976 with honors, his Master of Science Degree in 1980 from the University of Illinois, and his PhD in 1987 also from the University of Illinois. He has served most of his career as a professor of Entomology, doing research and teaching. He became Dean of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State University and then a similar position at The Ohio State University. After 40 years in agriculture, he is now providing leadership to the entire Ohio State University as Executive Vice President and Provost. McPheron got his start as a 4-H member, winning a national 4-H scholarship in Entomology while serving on the Junior Fair Board in Hardin County. He did farm work for Howard Watkins and Justin Sherman, and still claims Hardin County as his home county.
He later served three years as Clermont County Extension Agent, 4-H, before becoming a researcher and teacher of Entomology at PSU. There he supervised graduate degree programs in Entomology and Genetics. He partnered to develop the procedure to identify and classify insects by their DNA, which is now standard procedure for accurate identification. McPheron has received international recognition for his extensive national and international research of the medfly. He has been recognized several times, including the Association of Public Land Grant Universities, where he has been elected chair to lead the APLU Research portfolio board, elected chair to lead APLU section of Administrative Heads of Agriculture, and elected chair of the APLU Policy Board of Directors. Bruce McPheron has advocated before Congressional committees for Research in Agriculture on behalf of the APLU on two successive U.S. Farm Bills, and has a national and international reputation as a researcher, teacher, and now as an educational leader.
Mark A. Rose graduated from Kenton High School in 1978. From there, he went on to college at OSU Agricultural Technical Institute where he received an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Crop Production Technology. He then went on to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture at The Ohio State University in 1983. Using his experience growing up on a grain and cattle farm near Forest, he became the Assistant Farm Manager at OARDC Northwestern Branch in Hoytville. Rose served as a 4-H club advisor and hosted a LABO international exchange student from Japan with his wife Darlene. Together they have three children. He was selected as a member of Class II of the Ohio Agricultural Leadership And Development (LEAD) program. He then began his career with the USDA Soil Conservation Service, which was later renamed the Natural Resources Conservation Service. He served both Logan and Wyandot Counties with these positions while managing the family farm. His career with the NRCS branched out to Oklahoma, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. where he serves today as the Director of NRCS’s Conservation Financial Assistance programs authorized by Congress under the current Farm Bill. These programs provide over 3 billion dollars of financial assistance to farmers and ranchers in all 50 states and U.S. territories to implement conservation practices on their farms.
Under Rose’s leadership in his current position, as Director of Conservation Financial Assistance Programs, the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) has become USDA’s largest land conservation program with nearly 80 million acres enrolled nationally since 2009. He works closely with all NRCS State Conservationists, including the Ohio NRCS Conservationist to expand CSP in Ohio. In 2004, Rose co-authored “Taking the First Step: Farm and Ranch Alternative Agriculture and Agritourism Resource Evaluation Guide.” Locally, he has been a Farm Bureau member, advocating for Hardin County and Ohio Agriculture. He has been a member of Rotary Club, Elks Lodge, Soil and Water Conservation Society, National Association of Conservation Districts, Association for Environmental Educators, and Senior Executive Service. Throughout Mark Rose’s career, he has received several industry recognitions for his work in Ohio, Oklahoma, Maryland, and Washington D.C.
Tickets for the Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame Banquet must be purchased in advance through November 28. Tickets are $12, and available at the Hardin County Extension office (419-674-2297) or from the committee members: Dustin McCullough, Robert McBride, Ruth Oates, Kerry Oberlitner, Paul Ralston, Don Spar, Luke Underwood, Robert Wood, and Mark Badertscher.
Sunday, October 30th, 2016 6:00am by Kolt Buchenroth
Local farmer Gary Shick harvests his corn crop.
I took a trip to the Western part of Hardin County to see this year’s corn harvest progress. Among reports of molded ears, sprouting kernels, and worm infestations around the state, Local Farmer Gary Shick says “We saw it earlier, I have seen some earlier samples of it in the earlier planted, April planted corn. We haven’t seen it so far...”
In regards to estimated yields, Shick says he’s “been talking with other farmers, I’ve heard anything from 120 to 240.” That number is in bushels per acre. Shick says a common goal for his farm is 200 Bu/A however he’s attended meetings where in the west, they reach upwards of 500. Shick also says that this year’s crop is producing better than what he had anticipated.
Shick also showed me how technology has evolved in the field. His combine features a monitor that allows him to view yields and moisture content in real time. However technology in Agriculture extends far beyond that. Select machines now also have potential to steer themselves using GPS Guidance. Companies are also investigating machines that are autonomous or that don’t have a cab and are completely driven by way of computer. Stay tuned to WKTN and WKTN.com for the latest agriculture and FFA news.
Monday, October 24th, 2016 6:00am by Kolt Buchenroth
FFA Chapters from around the area returned this past weekend from the 89th Annual National FFA Convention and Expo that was held in Indianapolis Indiana. FFA members from across the country, attend the event to listen to motivational speakers, and to recognize achievements won by chapters and students. The convention also hosts national level contests and evaluations for proficiency awards. Jared McNeely, the president of the Kenton FFA Chapter explains the chapter’s high honor that they were awarded.
“We did get our three star chapter award and how we got that was we sent in our application for state and we were rated a gold chapter within the state, and then we sent that to nationals and got the three star chapter award.” McNeely said.
Only 10% of the state’s chapters are awarded the gold rating. upon being awarded that honor, the chapter is then eligible for the Star Chapter Program. Kenton, Hardin Northern, and Ridgemont, share the three star title with 170 other chapters nationwide out of the collective 7,757 chapters in the country.
Chapters that are ranked with three stars are then eligible for the National Model of Innovation and National Model of Excellence awards. Ridgemont competed on stage for this award.
As far as individual awards go, Nole Gerfen of Ridgemont was awarded the top Swine Entrepreneurship proficiency award.
Monday, October 17th, 2016 6:00am by Kolt Buchenroth
Reforestation and Wetlands The Topic of Annual Forestry Field Day
The Annual Forestry Field Day was held last night at the home of Kelly (Buck) and Jolene Buchenroth. They have planted over 7,800 Sycamore, Red, White Swamp, and Bur Oak trees on land that was previously unmaintained pasture and contained undesirbale weeds and undergrowth.
"The Buchenroth's have put in about 8 acres of new tree plantings as well as three wetlands. Two of which are dugouts and one is a damed up wetland." Says District Conservationest Megan Burgess.
The project was funded through EQIP.
"EQIP stands for Environemntal Quality Incetives Program and it is a cost share program authorized through the 2014 farm bill. It helps provide funds to farmers and land owners to improve their natural resources whether thats cropland practices, wildlife practices, or livestock practices." Explained Burgess.
If you're interested in signing up for a program or getting technical assistance with your land, stop into the Hardin County Soil and Water office at 12751 SR 309 or call 419-673-7238 Extension 3.
Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 5:01pm by David Heilman - Kenton FFA Reporter
On October 11, 2016 the Kenton-OHP FFA chapter held its monthly October meeting.During the meeting the very first member of the month Sarah Thomas was selected.Also at the meeting Items of business such as fruit sale start and finish dates and the Trip to the Ohio State hockey were discussed and approved by the members of the Kenton-OHP FFA. After the items of business were handled members were treated to chili and pumpkin painting. All pumpkins painted were given to charity.
Monday, October 10th, 2016 5:00pm by David Heilman - Kenton FFA Reporter
On October 10, 2016 the Kenton FFA hosted their very first Hardin County Agriculture and Industry tour. During their day off of school students signed up to experience different aspects of agriculture in Hardin County. The first stop on the tour was a tour at Heritage Cooperative, a major crop company in Kenton Ohio. During this in-depth tour, the students saw the process of the crop treatment during the harvest season. Next, the students toured McCullough Industries. At the tour students got a first hand view of the process of providing quality material handing equipment. This was a good example of selling farm equipment in Hardin County. The next tour the students took was Powell Seeds in Ada. During this tour students learned the process of producing, processing and marketing Ohio grown seeds. While in Ada, students stopped for lunch at locally run restaurant Viva Maria. Finally, for their last tour students traveled back to Kenton where they toured International Paper. The tour featured the development of renewable and recyclable paper products that are used all around the world.
Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 6:00am by Mark Badertscher - Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator
Applications are being accepted for the 2016 Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame through the end of the business day on October 14. Nominees must have made their major contribution to agriculture primarily as a result of being born, growing up, living in, or working in Hardin County, Ohio. Outstanding agriculturalists may be nominated by individuals or organizations. Nomination forms are available at the Hardin County OSU Extension office or on the Hardin County OSU Extension website at hardin.osu.edu. Completed forms must be returned to the OSU Extension Office, 1021 W. Lima Street, Suite 103, Kenton, Ohio, 43326.
The purpose of the Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame is to recognize and honor outstanding contributions to agriculture by Hardin County people. Annual awards will be made to men or women who have been instrumental to the success and excellence of agriculture, either as a farmer or in an agricultural related field. We desire to honor and give public recognition to those who have brought distinction to themselves, have made outstanding contributions to their professions, and whose community involvement has served as a stimulus to others. Selected individuals who have been instrumental to the success and excellence of agriculture will be honored at the Agriculture Hall of Fame Awards Banquet, scheduled for Tuesday, December 6, 2016.
Saturday, October 1st, 2016 12:46pm by Mark Badertscher - Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator
During the month of August, Extension volunteer rainfall reporters received an average of 5.22 inches of rain. The most rain for this month, 8.00 inches, fell in Hale Township as measured by Travis Ramsey. The least rain reported during the month, 3.42 inches was reported in Buck Township by Heritage Cooperative/Kenton. During the same month last year, an average of 2.50 inches of rain fell. The rainfall recorded in August over the past ten years averaged 3.82 inches.
For the growing season since April 15, the average precipitation in the townships was 17.43 inches, ranging from 25.35 inches in Hale Township to 14.72 inches in McDonald Township. The growing season average rainfall was 1.57 inches below the ten-year average for Hardin County for the same period.
Much needed rain occurred in August after an extended dry period that started in July. The hot and dry weather during this period had an adverse effect on corn ear development and kernel fill. This will most likely affect corn yields during harvest. Soybean fields utilized the extra rain in August to provide additional growth and produced new flowers that added pods to shorter plants. This August rain helped soybean development, including double cropped and inter-seeded fields around the county. Hay producers were able to make cuttings through August as well with the timely rain. Currently, fall harvest has just begun in the county with early soybeans and some corn shelling.
Monday, September 26th, 2016 4:55pm by Kolt Buchenroth
58 People were in attendance for the tour from as far away as Erie and Darke counties. While the participants drove the 30 mile route through Southeast hardin County, they learned about niche agricultural markets including maple syrup, honey, and deer. Those in attendance also learned about lumber and steel that are produced locally. In addition, the attendees learned about local Amish farms, the Pork industyr, and Community Supported Agriculture or a C.S.A. Also discussed was the EQUIP Grand program offered through the Farm Service Agency (FSA) office.
Friday, September 16th, 2016 6:00am by Kolt Buchenroth
The show brings all of the grand and reserve champion animals carcasses into the slaughter house where they are evaluated for meat quality and was judged by Dr. Lyda Garcia, Assistant Professor of Meat Science and Meat Judging Coach at the Ohio State University. Dr. Garcia explains how she evaluates the animals.
"It's more of a combination, for beef for example, we will take into account the yield grade. Yield grade is nothing more than external fat and muscling calculations. Then we take into account internal fat and hot carcass weight. In addition to that we also look at quality grade which consists of the age of the animal at the time of harvest and marbling score, so basically, the little white flecks of fat in the rib-eye, the more, the better and they will add more value to it." Said Garcia.
Garcia says she's very pleased with the quality that was presented to her.
"This is probably 15th or 16th [show] for the summer of 2016 and I'll tell you, my hardhat goes off to the participants. I saw some really good quality, really good conformation, a nice balance of lean muscle and back fat, so no complaints on my end, I'm very impressed." Garcia Said.
The results for the show are in the beef carcass show, Lane Underwood took first over Wyatt Daniels. In the hog lineup, it was Evan Thompson's Barrow, followed by Ross Thompson's Barrow, then Evan Thompson's Gilt, followed by Trenton Sparks's gilt.It was Madisyn Gossard over Mckala Grauel in the lambs. And to end the show it was Kaitlyn Long over Abigail Osborne with their goats.
Monday, August 29th, 2016 9:06am by Kolt Buchenroth
Brownfield Ag News reports that the field day which was put on by the SWCD of Hardin County and Putnam County, OSU Extension, The Unites States Department of Agriculture, and Ohio Department of Agriculture, was focused around keeping soil and nutrients in the ground and not letting farm chemicals get into the watersheds. Jerry McBride, the Chairman of the Hardin County Soil and Water Conservation District says the county had visitors from all over the state.
“The different groups of people were here and where they were from. We’re talking people from Williams County, Cleveland, Erie and Huron Counties, Columbus, Preble County, we’re talking people from all over the state, a fantastic day.” Said McBride.
McBride also says that the county’s best management practices are fairly new to the area.
“We in Hardin County, we like to be proactive, we look into some newer stuff. We don’t jump into everything or stuff off the wall or anything. We look into some newer practices like the two stage ditch. When we put that first one in that was kind of new to the Northwest Ohio area and the Lake Erie watershed. Indiana and Minnesota have done a few but that’s something we have to look at and every little thing that we can do helps clean up the water that leaves Hardin is cleaner for everyone else down stream and we are at the top of the Watershed.” McBride stated.
McBride said that he hopes that people understand that farmers and Soil and Water Conservation Districts are doing their part to solve the water issues. He says nobody truly knows the full answer but if they all collaborate, and do a little bit, it will all add up.
Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 4:57pm by Kolt Buchenroth
Late season nitrogen application was the topic of discussion at the tour Tuesday evening. The county extension office set up a nitrogen timing test plot in Alger to study the best stage to apply nitrogen. It was discovered that the "V10" stage (or ten colored leaves on the corn plant) is the most ideal time to apply the fertilizer.
Local farmer Paul Ralston talked to the crowd about his "Y-Drop" attachment for his sprayer. Ralston uses this system to apply nitrogen to the roots of the plant.
Rick Barnes of Ag Performance and Allison Adams of Countryside Consulting explained their method for prescribing the correct amount of the chemical to be applied. They use crop health imaging data which is taken via aircraft to identify zones that need to be tested. They then use their soil scanning machine that allows a soil sample to be taken and analysis run all in about five minutes for nitrate levels. They then input a yield goal and the computer produces the amount of nitrogen needed to meet that goal.
This method is in an effort to save nitrogen costs for the farmer, to maximize the fertilizer's effect in the field, to reduce chemical runoff and to increase yields.
If you have questions about late season nitrogen application, you can contact Mark Badertscher, the Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator at the OSU Extension office at 419-675-2297
Monday, August 22nd, 2016 8:47am by Mark Badertscher - Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator
During the month of July, Extension rainfall reporters recorded an average of 1.68 inches of rain in Hardin County. Last year, the average rainfall for July was 4.66 inches. The extremely dry month had lower rainfall totals in the northern half of the county, although most areas in the southern half recorded low rainfall amounts as well.
Dale Rapp in Dudley Township received 4.32 inches of rain for the month, the most of any of the township sites. The least rain in July, 0.55 inches, was collected in Blanchard Township by Crop Production Services. For the growing season from April 15 through July, the average precipitation in the townships was 12.22 inches, with a wide range from 9.75 to 17.35 inches.
Soil moisture was good coming off a very heavy rain event in late June leading into the month of July. However, that moisture could only last so long with the growing crops as July signaled the beginning of an extended dry period. Rain events happening during the month were usually limited to a few tenths of an inch, with the exception of Dudley and Hale Townships, which were able to catch a heavier rain on July 18.
Corn and soybean crops were progressing well after a late planting for most of the county. Soil moisture was adequate leading into corn pollination. Soon after pollination, soils became extremely dry as Hardin County was considered to be in a period of moderate drought towards the end of the month. Corn started showing signs of drought stress, which became more widespread into August. This drought stress happened during a time that is crucial to kernel development that most likely will affect corn yields.
Soybeans were slower to show stress as a result of the rain. The lack of moisture in July caused soybean plants to be shorter than normal with less flowering at the nodes. Pod development suffered as well, with fewer pods and lower seed counts in the pods. However, soybeans adapt better than corn to these types of conditions, allowing additional late flowering after much needed rain arrived in August. As a result, soybean yields will likely be lower this year, but not as severe as corn yields. The dry weather also brought about a spider mite problem in some soybean fields, which could be treated with miticides or eventually the coming of rain.
July’s lack of rain also created a new set of issues with forage producers. Forages displayed slow growth, resulting in lower tonnage per acre. Producers were left with the decision of whether or not to cut alfalfa upon first bloom, or allow more time for growth. Cutting hay with less tonnage creates inefficient use of resources and also a shortage of feed for livestock. This may cause some producers to grow alternative fall forages or purchase of hay from other sources to feed livestock through the winter.
Hardin County Extension Rainfall Report for July 2016 (recorded in inches)
Monday, August 22nd, 2016 6:00am by WKTN News
REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (AP) — The diagnosis of bovine tuberculosis in a wild deer in southeast Indiana this week is prompting warnings for cattle owners and hunters in Ohio.
The state veterinarian is urging cattle owners in southwest Ohio to closely monitor their herds for symptoms of the bacterial disease, such as lethargy and coughing. He also recommends owners take steps to prevent cattle from having contact with wild animals.
Officials say bovine tuberculosis mainly affects cattle but can be transmitted to any warm-blooded animal. They say infected deer may not have noticeable signs of the disease.
Officials recommend that hunters protect themselves by wearing gloves when field dressing animals and by fully cooking any meat.
Friday, August 19th, 2016 6:00am by Kolt Buchenroth
Jerry McBride, the chairman of the Hardin County Soil and Water Conservation District, began the program by recognizing the board of supervisors and the staff of the office. McBride mentioned that currently there are eight contractors working on sub-surface drainage and grassed waterway projects which keeps the county staff very busy. McBride noted that they were one of the best in the state and that our county was represented well.
The Legge Family and Legge Excavating was the recipient of the 2016 Conservation Cooperator Of The Year Award. Legge Excavating installs many conservation methods including filter strips, sub surface drainage, and grassed waterways.
Supervisor Gary Flinn promoted the upcoming Forestry Field Day as well as the Pond Clinic, Envirothon, and the 4-H youth conservation contest at the Hardin County Fair. A representative from the Ohio Department Of Agriculture then announced that Jeffrey Billenstein would be re-elected as a supervisor.
Thursday, August 18th, 2016 6:00am by Kolt Buchenroth
Just two weeks ago, the county was in the middle of a drought. Driving along fields the corn and beans were yellowed and dying. Recently the weather patterns have shifted and dumped anywhere between 2 and half inches up to four inches rain on Hardin county. Local farmer Gary Shick explains that this was the famed “Million Dollar Rain”. He says that this rain is just what the doctor ordered.
“We thought at one time that probably the hills on the corn were going dry up, and that they were done for. But, they seem to be green-ing up, it’s really going to help the beans. I’ve been having some conversations that got some corn planted early. That looks like that was the thing to do this year. After talking to some people they think that the later corn is going to be better than the early corn. That’s because these rains are helping on the grain fill. It probably won’t do as much for the corn as far as putting kernels on the ear, but it will really help fill those kernels out. A better test weight and better quality corn.” Explained Shick
Shick says the Soybeans will see success as well.
“And the beans really seem to be coming on now, during this dry weather the flowers were drying up potentially turning into pods were drying up and falling off. It looks like what is there now is really going to fill out and it’s really going to benefit from these rains.” Shick said.
All of this rain is raising concern about the water quality and chemical runoff. Shick says he’s certain that very little has runoff.
“We have plenty of people involved in that, as far as Soil and Water and the state organizations. There are a lot of tile tests being run now. So far, we’ve had anywhere from 2.5 inches to 4 inches and very little of that has run off. It’s all soaked in and there is very little runoff water. So, I thinking being the dryness, added to the rains we’re having now, it’s really going to help. We haven’t had this kind of a rain for years it seems like. It’s always a 24 hour 3 inch or 4 inch rain and most of that runs off but this has been a soaker and it’s really going to benefit. The cracks are drying up in the ground now, they’re coming together.” Said Shick.
Wednesday, August 17th, 2016 6:00am by Kolt Buchenroth
The first field day is presented by The Hardin County Extension Office is holding a “Twilight Tour” August 23 in Alger. Local Farmer Paul Ralston will be discussing late season nitrogen application. Also being discussed is a portable soil tester that allows for soil to be tested for pH, and nitrate nitrogen availability, all within about five minutes. Attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs. No registration is required. To view the informational flyer, click here.
The Next field day will be held at the champaign county fairgrounds in Urbana. The Precision Agriculture field day will feature many speakers from both the industry and from The Ohio State University. There will be several demonstrations featured as well. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided. The event is free but attendees must pre-register to the Champaign County Extension Office at (937) 484-1526 for a lunch count. For more information, click here.
The final field day in our area is put on by the Ohio No-Till Council. It will be held at Jan Layman’s Farm. This event will feature speakers from Natural Resources Conservation Service, Soil and Water Conservation District. Topics discussed will be soil fertility, water management and quality, cover crops, equipment demonstrations and tours. Early registration is $40, and $60 on-site. For the schedule and regestration information, click here.
Monday, August 8th, 2016 5:32pm by WKTN News
OHIO DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE ANNOUNCES FARM PESTICIDE DISPOSAL COLLECTION
REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Agriculture will be sponsoring a collection for farmers wishing to dispose of unwanted pesticides on Aug. 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Hardin County Fairgrounds, 14134 County Road 140, Kenton, OH 43326.
The pesticide collection and disposal service is free of charge, but only farm chemicals will be accepted. Paint, antifreeze, solvents, and household or non-farm pesticides will not be accepted.
Pesticide collections are sponsored by the department in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. To pre-register, or for more information, contact the Ohio Department of Agriculture at 614-728-6987.
Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 2:52pm by Mark Badertscher - Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator
What is that bug in my vegetable garden? Why do my plants have brown spots on the leaves? Why are my tomatoes cracking after they looked good? Hardin County OSU Extension is sponsoring a fruit and vegetable Crop Walk program on Tuesday, August 9 from 6:00-8:00 pm. The program will include an emphasis on fruit and vegetable production. The location of the program will be 15460 County Road 209, Kenton.
OSU Extension Horticulturist Jim Jasinski will be giving recommendations for pumpkins, squash, cucumbers, and melons. He will also provide information on managing insect pests that infest produce. Dr. Sally Miller, plant pathologist from the OSU Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center will be discussing plant disease problems common with fruits and vegetables. Hardin County OSU Extension Educator Mark Badertscher will provide information on soil fertility and water quality.
The program will be held outside so bring your lawn chair and umbrella in case of rain. There will be a diagnostic table so be sure to bring along any plant problems, plant diseases, and insect specimens for questions and answers. The program will conclude with walk through a produce patch, pointing out produce issues and how to deal with them.
For more information about OSU Extension, Hardin County, visit the Hardin County OSU Extension website at hardin.osu.edu, the Hardin County OSU Extension Facebook page or contact Mark Badertscher, at 419-674-2297.
Expo attendees will dig into a trade show, three tours, field demonstrations and about 40 educational sessions on 13 main topics. Some of those topics will be new technologies, new water quality protection efforts, and new handling and application methods for solid and liquid manures. See latest technology and research as the event offers an “in-depth, hands-on opportunity to learn about the latest technology and research that are making manure application even more sustainable and environmentally friendly,” Douridas said.
OSU Extension and the Caren center, which also will be the site of September’s Farm Science Review trade show, are both part of The Ohio State University and its College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The college is co-hosting the annual expo, which rotates among states and to Canada, together with the Ohio- and Indiana-based Midwest Professional Nutrient Applicators Association. Last year’s event was in Pennsylvania and drew about 2,000 people. The last time the expo was held in Ohio was in 2008 at the Caren center.
The event’s educational sessions will be a “huge draw because attendees can hear from so many experts in just one place,” Douridas said. Those experts will come from the college, other universities, agencies and industry. A complete list of the sessions and speakers is at manureexpo.org/expo-overview.html.
There will be 3 tours, 90 vendors, lots of new ideas. The tours, meanwhile, will give attendees a chance to see other operations’ successful practices — and to take home ideas to use themselves. Details on the tours are at manureexpo.org/tours.html. The trade show will have more than 90 vendors, while the field demonstrations will offer side-by-side comparisons of equipment and practices.
The North American Manure Expo will fit the theme of ‘Sustainable farms for the future.’ “We’ve made a lot of improvements in understanding the value of manure and meeting crop nutrient needs by recycling manure back onto farm fields,” Douridas said. “It’s crucial that we protect our environment while feeding our neighbors. “That’s how we develop sustainable farms for the future.”
Admission to the expo is free and open to the public, but preregistration is suggested. There’s a $20 fee for the tours, and preregistration is required to attend them. Online preregistration for the expo and tours is available at go.osu.edu/2016ManureExpoReg.
Attendees will be eligible for continuing education credits under a half-dozen continuing education programs: Ohio Department of Agriculture Certified Livestock Manager; Certified Crop Advisor; Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois Level 2 Applicator Certification; Pennsylvania Act 49, Manure Hauler and Broker; Pennsylvania Act 38, Nutrient Management; and Ohio Professional Engineer. Full details are at go.osu.edu/2016ManureExpoCECs.
The Ohio Department of Agriculture, Van Wert-based Cooper Farms, Michigan State University, Purdue University and the University of Wisconsin also are helping present the event. The expo is owned by the Professional Nutrient Applicators Association of Wisconsin and is managed by Ag Annex, publisher of Manure Manager magazine. For more information, go to manureexpo.org.
Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 4:58pm by David Heilman - Kenton FFA Reporter
Delaney Althauser of Kenton, OH, a member of the Kenton-OHP FFA Chapter, headed to Washington D.C., this summer. Althauser was one of many FFA members who converged on the nation's capital this summer to analyze their personal skills and interests, develop leadership skills and create a meaningful community service plan that will make a difference in their home communities. It was all part of the 2016 Washington Leadership Conference. Since 1969, the National FFA Organization has hosted this student leadership event. From July 19 to July 24, Althauser spent a week under the guidance of professionals, counselors and FFA staff members. In workshops, seminars and small groups, students focused on identifying and developing their personal strengths and goals while undergoing comprehensive leadership training that will help them guide their local FFA chapters. Students also analyzed the needs of their communities back home, developed a wide-ranging and high-impact community service initiative and will implement their plan with the help of their FFA chapter upon return home.
Sunday, July 17th, 2016 9:16pm by Mark Badertscher - Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator
In the month of June, Extension rainfall reporters recorded an average of 5.81 inches of rain in Hardin County. Last year, the average rainfall for June was 10.99 inches. Rainfall for June was 0.61 inches more than for the ten year average rainfall in the month of June.
Blanchard Township received 7.10 inches for the month, the most of any of the township sites. Hale Township followed close behind with 7.05 inches for the month. The least rain in June, 4.40 inches was collected in Pleasant Township, closely followed by McDonald Township with 4.42 inches, and Liberty Township with 4.53 inches. For the growing season since April 15, the average precipitation in all the townships was 10.54 inches, with a wide range from 7.57 inches in McDonald Township to 13.55 inches in Hale Township.
June started out dry until two rain events hit Hardin County late in the month. Some fields experienced ponding and flooding in low areas, areas with compaction, and other hard to drain soils. Crops in these areas have been destroyed or stunted due to drowning out smaller plants and root systems where water has laid for more than two days. Most corn has had nitrogen side-dressed, and some soybean fields are getting additional herbicide applications to control weeds.
Wheat harvest is complete, with high yields, good test weights, and better grain quality compared to last year. Much straw has been baled or is being baled. Soil conditions now have dried out, causing some farmers to decide against double cropping soybeans into wheat stubble. Oats are starting to mature and rye planted for seed will soon be harvested. Second cutting of hay is done, and some producers will soon be taking a third cutting.
Thursday, July 7th, 2016 9:44pm by Mark Badertscher - Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator
Each year The Ohio State University Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics completes a survey to estimate current and future trends of cropland values and cash rents. The 2015-16 survey of Western Ohio Cropland Values and Cash Rents has been completed and is now available to the public. Based upon the survey, cropland values and cash rents are projected to decrease in 2016. Bare cropland values are expected to decrease from 4.8% to 11.1% in western Ohio depending on the region and land class. They also project cash rents to drop 5.6% to 7.6%.
Surveys were completed by individuals knowledgeable about cropland values and rental rates such as farm managers, rural appraisers, agricultural lenders, OSU Extension educators, farmers, landowners, and Farm Service Agency personnel. The survey was conducted this past February through April. One hundred twenty-six surveys were completed, analyzed, and summarized. Individuals were asked to give responses based on three classes of land in their area; “average” land, “top” land, and “poor” land. They were asked to estimate five year corn and soybean yields for each land class based on typical farming practices. Individuals were asked to estimate current bare cropland values and cash rents negotiated in the current or recent year for each land class.
Ohio cropland values and cash rental rates are projected to decrease in 2016. This is the third year in a row that cropland values and cash rents have been projected to decrease from the previous year. Survey results are not available for an individual county, but by region. Hardin County is part of the 19 counties included in the Northwest Ohio region. The survey results showed that the Average Category land in northwestern Ohio has an average corn yield of 162.1 bushels per acre and soybean yield of 49.1 bushels per acre. Top cropland had a corn yield average of 196.4 bushels per acre and 59.7 bushels for soybeans. Land in the Poor Category had an average yield of 130.0 bushels for corn and 38.0 bushels for soybeans. Yield values were less than the previous survey for all cropland classes.
The survey also showed that cropland that is considered in the Average Category was valued at $6,868 per acre in 2015. It is expected to be valued at $6,224 in 2016, a projected decrease of 9.4%. Land rental rates for “average” ground had an average of $178 per acre in 2015 in the survey. Land rental rates for “average” ground in 2016 are projected to be $167 per acre, a decrease of 6.2% from 2015. For land in the Top Cropland category, the survey showed an average price in 2015 was $8,649 per acre. The same land is projected to be valued at $7,939 per acre in 2016, an 8.2% price drop from 2015. Land rental rate average for “Top” cropland was $225 per acre in 2015. It is expected to be $212 in 2016, a decrease of 5.6%. The survey shows a projected drop of 11.1% in land prices in 2016 compared to 2015 for Poor Performing land. Average value of “Poor” land in 2015 was $5,298 and is projected to be $4709 in 2016. Land rental rate for “Poor” land was $138 per acre in 2015 and is expected to be $128 in 2016, a 7.4% decrease.
This survey is only one tool an individual may use to establish a price agreement for farmland sales and rental rates. Markets are often localized and based on many factors that a survey cannot measure. Other sources for average cash rental rates may be found in the Ohio State University Crop Budgets and the National Agricultural Statistics Services; however, these may be state averages. The cash rental rate should be available upon request for public owned farm land that is leased by a county government.
The Western Ohio Cropland Values and Cash Rents survey results, summary, and more detailed information may be obtained at the Hardin County OSU Extension office, or by visiting the Agriculture and Natural Resources webpage found at hardin.osu.edu. In addition to this survey, the local extension office has sample land lease forms and farm management budgets as resources for both farmers and landowners who are making land management decisions.
Wednesday, July 6th, 2016 6:00am by Kolt Buchenroth
As wheat harvest continues and with corn and soybean harvest not too far off, John Deere has created a new application for smartphones that will simplify your harvesting. Although the the app has many functions, the primary one is calculating the wait time at the local grain elevator. The app is able to do this based on something known as crowdsourcing. Crowdsourcing uses the data that is collected from your device and pushes it to others. Much like the popular “Google Maps”. For example, a farmer drives to the local elevator and waits in line to dump their load of wheat. The app counts the time from when the farmer arrived to the time the farmer departs. That time is then sent to other app users to estimate the wait time of the line at the elevator.
The app also has a team location function. You can easily create a team with your harvest crew and connect with your truck drivers as well as your grain cart and combine operators. Anyone on that team can then see where the rest of the fleet is without having to make a call.
Friday, July 1st, 2016 9:17am by Mark Badertscher - Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator
A call was made to the Hardin County Extension office about a noxious weed that is growing in the county that people need to know about. The weed, Poison Hemlock, looks similar to Wild Carrot or Wild Parsnip. All parts of the plant are poisonous including the leaves, stems, seeds, and roots. Simply handling the plant seldom causes a toxic reaction in humans, but ingesting it through the eyes, open wounds, or orally causes poisoning.
The definition of “noxious weed” means any plant designated a prohibited noxious weed by the Director of Agriculture. Noxious Weeds are problematic weeds. They possess one or more of the following attributes: aggressive competition with cultivated plants, toxicity to livestock, natural habitat degradation, resistant to herbicides, or threat to public health, safety, or navigation. The federal Noxious Weed Law of 1974 controls the importation of weed species into the United States. Most states, counties, and municipalities have their own noxious weed laws as well. There are 20 weeds on Ohio’s Noxious Weed List.
According to Stan Smith, Program Assistant, OSU Extension-Fairfield County, in recent years Poison Hemlock seems to have become widespread throughout many Ohio counties. “Perhaps we are seeing it spread most quickly in road and other right-of-ways that are difficult to mow and seldom ever sprayed with a herbicide.” Poison Hemlock is a biennial member of the carrot family – Conium maculatum – which can cause respiratory failure and even death when ingested by livestock or humans. Poison Hemlock’s most famous claim to fame was when it was used to execute Socrates in 329 B.C. It’s a non-native invasive that may at times be confused with Giant Hogweed – Heracleum mantegazzianum – a plant with many similarities and also spreading in parts of Ohio.
In fertile soils Poison Hemlock may easily grow up to 10 or 12 feet, producing small white flowers that are typical of the carrot family. The plant began flowering around Ohio a few weeks ago. The herb has a smooth, purple-spotted stem; dark, glossy bluish-green fern-like triangular leaves. It has a fleshy white taproot. Both the leaves and roots have a disagreeable parsnip-like odor.
The taste of the leaves and seeds of Poison Hemlock are unpleasant to livestock, so toxic quantities are seldom consumed when ample desirable feed is available for the animals. Cattle can usually survive poison hemlock if consumed in amounts less than 0.4% of their body weight (4 to 5 pounds for mature cows) although abortions are possible at lower rates. The toxicity of the plant changes little if fermented with silage or dried in hay.
Being a biennial, Poison Hemlock is most easily controlled late in the fall after emergence. Crossbow, Banvel, and 2,4-D are fairly effective on small Poison Hemlock even in the spring. Taller plants may need to be controlled with glyphosate. Mowing after the plants have bolted and before seed set will prevent seed production.
Monday, June 27th, 2016 11:38am by David Heilman - Kenton FFA Reporter
On June 16-17 the Kenton FFA Officer team took their annual retreat. During this trip officers and advisor Mrs. logan set goals for the 2016-17 school year. This year's treat was set from the destination of Port Clinton on Lake Erie. Members stopped on the the way to view the lake and Marblehead lighthouse. Mrs. Logan and officers then travel to the hotel for their first meeting session where the team brainstormed and debated new and old activities for the upcoming year. After this Officers went to dinner and the returned to the hotel for the night. At the start of the second day members ate breakfast and started their second session where the calendar for the next schools years was set. Officers then went to East Harbor state park where swimming and fishing were available. Officers then meet for their final meeting before returning home to tie up all loose end for the 2016-17 school year.
Saturday, June 25th, 2016 4:17pm by Mark Badertscher - Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator
The past three years (2013-15), five farms in Hardin County cooperated with the OSU Extension Soybean Yield-Limiting Factor Research designed by Dr. Laura Lindsey, Soybean and Small Grains Specialist from The Ohio State University. The goal of this research was to determine the limiting factors that are keeping Ohio soybean crops from yielding to their maximum potential. In Ohio, this research was conducted statewide and was sponsored by the Ohio Soybean Council. The project was done in cooperation with the National Soybean Sustainable Initiative in the Midwest.
Global positioning satellite (GPS) information was recorded for each sampling area. Soil sampling for nutrients and soybean cyst nematodes, leaf sampling for nutrients, scouting for weeds, diseases, and insect pests, as well as grain sampling for yield were done each year in three selected areas of the five fields in Hardin County. These three areas represented a typical low yield area and two normal yield areas of the fields. Statewide, there were 149 fields, each with three sampling areas for a total of 447 data points of collection.
Most farmers are aware that the number one yield limiting factor in Ohio soybean production has traditionally been the weather. This factor is out of the control of the soybean producer. However, soil fertility ended up being the second most limiting factor for high yields. Statewide, 24% of the sampling areas turned out to be below the critical level for phosphorus. In the district that includes Hardin County, 26% of the sampling areas were below the critical level for phosphorus, which is established by the Tri-state Fertilizer Recommendations of 15 parts per million (ppm) using the Bray P test. Another primary nutrient, potassium was below the critical level in 13% of the areas sampled statewide. In the district that includes Hardin County, 8% of the sampling areas were below the critical level for potassium.
The third most limiting factor for soybean production in Ohio turned out to be planting date. Fields planted before May 16 yielded an average of 58 bushels per acre. Fields that were planted after this date yielded an average of 53 bushel per acre during the three years of this study. The fourth most limiting factor for Ohio soybean production was the soybean cyst nematode (SCN). Soybean cyst nematodes are small plant-parasitic roundworms that attack the roots of soybeans. Although many farmers may not know that this pest is in their fields, more than 80% of fields in Ohio have detectable levels of SCN.
So how yield limiting are these top factors? In this Ohio study, there was a 7 bushel per acre yield decrease when soil phosphorus is less than the critical level. There was also a 7 bushel per acre yield decrease when soil potassium is less than the critical level for the field. On the other hand, there was a 5 bushel per acre increase when planting before May 16, compared to planting May 16 or later. There was a 3 bushel per acre yield decrease when SCN egg counts are greater than 200 eggs/100 cc of soil.
As a result of this study, OSU Extension recommends that when possible, follow best management practices for cultural practices such as planting date. Soybean producers should soil test every 2-3 years for soil fertility using either grid sampling or other sampling areas. Every third soybean crop should also be sampled for SCN population, in other words, every 6 years in a corn-soybean rotation. Current seed technologies are advancing for conventional/non-GMO seeds, as well as seeds that express traits for Roundup Ready 1 (Glyphosate tolerant), Roundup Ready 2 (Yield), and Liberty Link systems.
New seed technologies that are around the corner include 2,4-D resistant (Enlist), and Dicamba-resistant (Roundup Ready 2 Xtend). Other factors that soybean producers need to keep their eye on include how to increase yield from a variety of sources, disease considerations, SCN considerations, herbicide programs that make adjustments for resistant weeds, premium niche markets, and relative maturity for seed. Farmers will need to make sure they are relying on research based information to help make the best decisions for improving their soybean crop.
Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 5:27pm by Barb Snyder - OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer
Invasive Common Reed Grass (Phragmites australis spp. australis) is native to Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. It arrived in North America in the late 1800s and was most likely introduced by accident from ballast material on ships. It established itself along the Atlantic coast and after many years, spread across the continent. It grows best in slow, stagnant waters on shores of ponds and lakes, marshes, riverbanks, roadsides, and ditches. The plant can also tolerate drying, flooding, or salt water. The native subspecies Common Reed Grass (Phragmites australis spp. americanus) was once used by the Native Americans to make arrow shafts, musical instruments, cigarettes, and mats. This type of Common Reed Grass is not invasive and does not cause problems.
The plant stalk of invasive Common Reed Grass can grow over 10 feet tall and forms a dense network of fleshy roots. Above ground lateral shoots root to form new plants, as there can be 8-20 new stems per square foot. Stiff, hollow stalks can support leaves 1-2 inches wide and 20 inches long. In July and August, purple or golden flowers with long, silky hairs occur in loose branching clusters 6-20 inches long. Seeds are set in late September and will germinate in mudflat conditions.
Control: Systemic herbicides should be applied in late summer or early fall after tassels have formed. It might take two yearly applications to control the plants. Use a non-ionic surfactant with the herbicide. Cutting, mowing, and fire are not effective because there is vigorous re-sprouting, but these control methods can be used in conjunction with herbicides. Re-treatment may be necessary over several years due to the extensive root system.