2011 Putnam County Agronomy Night

by Glen Arnold, Putnam County
Topics for the evening will include Managing Wheat for Yield and Quality presen2011 Putnam County Agronomy Nightted by Dr. Pierce Paul, OSU Extension disease specialists. The wheat crop from last year had high levels of head scab and vomitoxin and Dr. Paul will be discussing strategies to prevent this problem in future years.

Risk and Reward i n Nutrient Management will be presented by Dr. Robert Mullen, OSU Ex tension specialists in soil fertility. Dr. Mullen conducts research on corn nitr ogen rates and other critical nutrient levels for growing crops. Important soil fertility levels and maximum use of available soil nutrients will be part of the discussion.

Managing Resistant Weeds will be presented by Harold Watters, County Extension educator from Champaign County.  Putnam County has seen an increase in problem weeds exhibiting resistance to glyphosate such as marestail and giant ragweed in corn and soybeans. Research is showing the best control of resistant weeds includes a combination of fall herbicides and good early season weed control with a residual herbicide in the spring.

The final topic for the night will be Results of the Cereal Rye and Oilseed Radish Cover Crop Plots presented by Glen Arnold and Albert Maag. These are the Putnam County cover crop plots planted in 30 foot wide strips in September of 2009. In 2010 farmers planted three of the fields to soybeans and another to corn. We will look at the yield results from the plots and perhaps touch on some of the manure plot research results as well.

There is no cost to attend Agronomy Night thanks to financial support from local Agricultural businesses.  Pre-registration is not necessary. The program will not completely recertify a farmer’s private pesticide license but they can receive ½ hour of core along with category one for a fee.

Drinks, BBQ pork and beef sandwiches will be provided at the break. Mark your calendars and plan to attend the 2011 Putnam County Agronomy Night on Thursday, January 27th at 6:30 p.m.

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