Archive for the ‘Upcoming Meetings’ Category

Jan
28

2013 Farm Outlook Meeting – Defiance County

From: Bruce Clevenger, OSU Extension Defiance County

DEFIANCE, Ohio – Farmers, agribusinesses and others in the industry located in northwest Ohio have the opportunity to learn more about the outlook for grain markets, tax law, and farm production economics at an Ohio State University Extension 2013 Farm Outlook Program.

The program hosted by Ohio State University Extension features presentations from Ohio State’s Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics. The program will be held on February 21 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the Jewell Community Center, 7900 Independence Road, Defiance, Ohio. Pre-registration is $15 per person.

The program will feature the following speakers: Matt Roberts, OSU Extension agricultural economist, who will discuss the Grain Market Outlook: Old Crop and the 2013 Futures Market; Barry Ward, OSU Extension agricultural economist, who will discuss farm production economics of farmland values and input costs such as seed, chemical and fertilizer markets; Chris Bruynis, OSU Extension educator, Changes to the Tax Laws: Strategies for Farm Businesses.

The 2013 Farm Outlook Program meeting in Defiance County is open to the public and will provide insightful information for farming in 2013. OSU Extension Crop and Livestock Enterprise Budgets are also available at: http://aede.osu.edu/programs/farmmanagement

Pre-registration deadline for the 2013 Farm Outlook Program is February 18. Pre-registration is $15 per person or at the door $30 per person. For more information, contact Bruce Clevenger at (419) 782-4771 or log on to http://defiance.osu.edu

Jul
22

OSU Extension to Host Drought Silage and Forages Meeting

Corn Silage and Forages: 2012 Drought
Management and Economics

Date: August 10, 2012

Where: OSU Extension Defiance County Office, 06879 Evansport Road, Defiance, OH 43512

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Guest Speakers: Dr. Bill Weiss, Ohio State University, OARDC, Department of Animal Science, Professor & Extension Specialist and Dianne Shoemaker, Ohio State University Extension, Field Specialist, Dairy Production Economics

Featured Topics:
Harvest Management for Drought Stress Corn Silage and Forages
Feeding Drought Stress Forages to Livestock: Health/Nutrition Concerns
Pricing Drought Stress Corn for Corn Silage
Questions and Answers

No Cost, please RSVP before August 9th by calling 419-782-4771, or email clevenger.10@osu.edu

Flier Download

Jan
10

Computerized Farm Recordkeeping with Quicken

by Wm. Bruce Clevenger, Defiance County

Pencil and paper is still the way most farmers keep records. As farm size, income or debt increases, many farmers and lenders look for computer programs that allow fast data entry, have internal checks for accuracy and allow summarizing of data. Most farmers begin their search by asking “Is there a simple computer program that will keep my records like the farm account books?”

Ohio State University Extension and other land grant colleges have recognized the computer software Quicken® as a computerized farm recordkeeping system.  Users can record transactions of both the farm and family and categorize them based on farm enterprises income and expenses as well as family living expenses.  Its popularity is due to the ease of data entry and to its low price of $60 to $100. This single-entry system is essentially an electronic checkbook. It allows users to track loans, write checks,   reconcile the checkbook with the bank statement and quickly create reports for the farm business, family, and tax purposes.

OSU Extension is offering a Computerized Farm Recordkeeping Workshop with Quicken® that will focus on setting up accounts, categorizing income and expenses, hands-on data entry, running tax reports, and preparing farm production reports.  Workshop will utilize a computer laboratory with Quicken® software installed to be used by participants during the workshop.

Workshops will be held:

January 30 & February 6 at OSU Extension Van Wert Co. (1:00pm—3:30pm)

January 31 & February 7 at OSU Extension Defiance Co. (6:30pm—9:00pm)

February 3 & February 10 at OSU Extension Hancock Co. (9:30am—12 noon)

Pre-Registration $35.00 per farm business (2 people) is required and includes two-sessions and a workshop training manual.  Please RSVP by January 18th. Space is limited.

For more information on the meeting, contact your OSU Extension office or OSU Extension Defiance County at (800) 745-4771, clevenger.10@osu.edu, or log on to http://defiance.osu.edu

Dec
1

Agriculture Economic Outlook Meeting for 2012

Posted by Greg LaBarge, Fulton County

Farmers, agribusinesses and others in the industry located in northwest Ohio have the opportunity to learn more about the current grain market outlook and farm production economics at an Ohio State University Extension 2012 Farm Outlook Program.

The program hosted by Ohio State University Extension with presentations from Ohio State’s Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics.  Topics covered will include grain markets, farm inputs, land values, and an economic outlook of the industry. The program will be held on December 20 from 5:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the Jewell Community Center, 7900 Independence Road, Defiance, Ohio. Pre-registration is $15 per person.

The program will feature the following speakers: Matt Roberts, OSU Extension agricultural economist, who will discuss the Grain Market Outlook: 2011 Old Crop and the Futures Market; Barry Ward, OSU Extension agricultural economist, who will discuss farm production economics of farmland values and input costs such as seed, chemical and fertilizer markets; Greg LaBarge will discuss Phosphorus: A Water Quality Concern but It’s Not the Same 1980s Problem; Carl Zulauf, OSU Extension agricultural economist, The Farm Bill and Policy Makers.

The 2012 Farm Outlook Program meeting in Defiance County is open to the public and will provide insightful information for farming in 2012.  OSU Extension Crop and Livestock Enterprise Budgets are also available at: http://aede.osu.edu/programs/farmmanagement

Pre-registration deadline for the 2012 Farm Outlook Program is December 16. For more information, contact Bruce Clevenger at (419) 782-4771 or see the flyer at http://extension-cms.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/counties/fulton/topics/agriculture-and-natural-resources/agriculture-pdf-files/Flyer%202011.pdf/view

Jul
27

Healthy Soils Better Crops Workshop August 18th

by Greg LaBarge, Fulton County

Stewardship of the soil is a concern for farmers wanting to maximize yield. Preventing erosion, compaction issues and other soil factors play a role in long term profitability in our corn, soybean and wheat production systems. The Soil Health and Cover Crop Field Day scheduled for August 18th from 9:00 am until noon is an upcoming event designed to better understand soil factors and explore practices that can improve soils. The program will be held at the Northwest Agricultural Research Station-OARDC, 4240 Range Line Road, Custar, Ohio in Western Wood County.

The program features Ray Archuleta, NRCS Conservation Agronomist, Soil Quality Team, East National Technology Support Center Greensboro, NC who has gain a national reputation in soil quality factors and cover crop utilization. Additionally plots which have been under crop and tillage rotation studies since the 1960’s on the branch site will be highlighted. Additional speakers will highlight economics, water quality, nutrient cycling and increasing water holding capacity in soils during the 3.5 hour session.

The program cost is $15 and preregistration is requested by August 12th. Full program details and links to online registration can be found at http://agcrops.osu.edu/calendar. For more information you may call Greg LaBarge, OSU Extension Educator at 419-337-9210 or e-mail labarge.1@osu.edu.

Jul
12

July 28th Field Crops Day at NW Research Station

Dr Peter Thomison, Corn Specialist is one of hte featured speakers for the Field Day.

By Greg LaBarge, Fulton County

The annual Field Crops Day Program is on tap for Thursday, July 28th from 9-11:30. The Northwest Agricultural Research Station is located at 4240 Range Line Road, Custar, OH.  Formal topics at field stops during the morning are:

  • “Insect Issues for Late Planted Crops,” Andy Michel, Entomology OARDC and OSU Extension
  • “The Impact of Late Corn Plantings on Agronomic Performance,” Peter Thomison, Horticulture & Crop Science OARDC and OSU Extension
  • “Water Management and Challenges for Agriculture and Water Resources,” Larry Brown, Food, Agr & Biological Engineering OARDC and OSU Extension
  • “Getting the Best Coverage and Deposition from Your Sprayer,” Erdal Ozkan, Food, Agr & Biological Engineering OARDC and OSU Extension

In addition to the field stops Extension Educators  will be on hand to trouble shoot questions you have related to what is happening in your fields. Bring samples and pictures of what is happening in your fields. So come see what is going on at the research branch and share some stories of what has been a challenging 2011 growing season.

For more details including a agenda and map to the location click here.

 

Mar
11

Grain Marketing Webinar 3/16

by Greg LaBarge, Fulton County

The Grain Markets webinar for March is scheduled for March 16th at 9 am.  The webinar, featuring analysis by Dr Carl Zulauf, The Ohio State University with an analysis of grain markets and issues affect those market including planting intentions and grain stocks reports. An opportunity for discussion is provided.  For more information and to register for this program, go to http://aede.osu.edu/programs/outlook/zulauf/Demand-SupplyWebinars.htm.

Grain Markets webinars follow the monthly WASDE reports and offer longer-term interpretation of what is happening with the markets and related policy.  They are produced and sponsored by OSU’s Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, and OSU Extension.  Future dates are also posted on the website.

 

Mar
9

When Should I Get My New License After Recertification?

By Wm. Bruce Clevenger, OSU Extension Educator

Several private pesticide license recertification sessions have been completed in NW Ohio since January. Since the March 31 deadline is quickly approaching, farmers should be double checking to make sure they are scheduled to attend an upcoming recertification session or the correct number of recertification hours were completed and the renewal fee was sent to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. On March 8th, a Defiance County farmer received his renewed license after having attended the Defiance County Recertification session on February 21st. That was a two-week turn around time from the Ohio Dept of Agriculture – Pretty Good!

It is the applicators responsibility to renew the license which involves 3 hours of recertification and paying the administrative fee of $30 to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Note: $20 paid to OSU Extension of the recertification class is not the license renewal fee.
To check your license renewal statues you can call ODA at 800-282-1955 or visit the ODA website to confirm the status of your license at:
http://www.agri.ohio.gov/apps/odaprs/pestfert-PRS-index.aspx#tog

Feb
28

Small Fruit School Offered 3/16

by Glen Arnold, Putnam County

With the coming of March and warmer weather many gardeners are turning their attention to pruning grapevines and fruit trees. Grapevines and fruit trees require regular and timely maintenance to produce the delicious fruits we all highly prize.

A Northern Ohio Small Fruit School will be held Wednesday, March 16th in Hancock County at the OSU Extension office.  There is a $10 fee payable at the door.  The time is 12:45 pm to 4:15 pm.  Topics will include Finding Sources for Small Fruit Plants, Strawberry Production, Drip Irrigation of Small Fruit and General Care of Small Fruit.  Here is the link to see the flyer and to register online: http://hancock.osu.edu/events/northern-ohio-small-fruit-school

Proper training of grapevines is essential to maintain plant size, shape, and productivity. If left unattended, grapevines can become unruly, and fruiting will be poor due to overproduction of vegetation. Ohio State University Extension has a good resource on pruning grapevines at http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/1000/1428.html

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Feb
25

Controlling Burcucumber in Corn

by Greg LaBarge, Fulton County

On March 8th Dr Mark Loux, Ohio State Universiburcucumberty Extension Weed Specialist, will be at the Fulton County Extension Office, 8770 State Route 108, Wauseon, OH from 10:30 am till 11:45 am. The topic of the day will be Control Recommendation for Burcucumber. Mark did some research to refine recommendations for burcucumber control in 2010 in the southern part of the state and plans follow-up research in 2011 including some plots in Fulton County.

The program will cover the research results form 2010 on control program in corn and also get a better feel for some things you have used and successes or failures to help guide the research. Obviously other weeds and herbicide programs can be a part of the discussion with Mark here as well.

Also if you can not make the program you maybe interested in an article Mark wrote in the last Crop Observation and Recommendation Network (C.O.R.N.) Newsletter. You can find it at http://corn.osu.edu/newsletters/2011/2011-04.

Feb
25

Everybody Eats Conference Promotes Local Food Security and Local Economy

by Greg LaBarge, Fulton County

Registration is now open for the “Everybody Eats” conference, presented by Eating Local Foods (ELF) Network, on April 2, 2011 at Northwest State Community College.  NSCC is sponsoring the event, along with The Ohio State University Extension.  This year’s conference focuses on enhancing the production, distribution and consumption of local foods and includes workshops for both consumers and producers.

“Workshops for producers focus on various methods of sustainable agriculture, as well as ongoing educational opportunities,” said Valerie Kinsman, ELF Network member and conference coordinator. “Consumers will receive practical information to help them select and utilize foods from the local food system.”

Eighteen workshops and an exhibitor fair are included in the conference.  Keynote speaker, Leslie Schaller, from the Appalachian Center for Economic Networks will speak on the topic, “From Farm to Fork: Creating a Local Food Value Chain”.  A complete conference schedule, along with workshop descriptions, can be found online at www.eatinglocalfoods.org or http://fulton.osu.edu/events/everyboday-eats-conference.

“The benefits of choosing local foods are numerous,” said Kinsman.  “We hope this conference will raise awareness about the economic, health and nutritional impacts of local foods.”

The ELF Network is a group of people in the greater Northwest Ohio area promoting a sustainable, local food system through education that improves quality of life and protects the environment. The network was initiated by Northwest State Community College as part of its Education for Sustainability Program.  For more information, visit www.eatinglocalfoods.org or email Valerie Kinsman at EverybodyEats2011@hotmail.com .

Feb
23

High Tunnel 101 Workshop 4/13

by Greg LaBarge, Fulton County

High tunnels have become a popular solution to extending the production season for fruit and vegetable crops. The production system is a hybrid between field grown and greenhouse grown system that has it own unique characteristics. The practice will be the focus of an April 13 Workshop.

high tunnel

Dr Matt Kleinhenz, Extension Specialist Vegetable production will discuss the keys to being successful in high tunnel production during a morning interactive session. Dr Kleinhenz will share his experiences and research in using high tunnels to produce a variety of vegetable crops. What to think through before you buy, what crops are successfully produced and the cautions that need to be considered with this management system.

The program will be held on April 13th from 9:30 till 4:15. The morning session and lunch will be held at Heritage Inn, Sauder Farm & Craft Village, Archbold OH. The afternoon session will be held at a nearby farm.  Registration cost is$35 by April 6 or $45 after April 6, space permitting (Limit is 40 seats).

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Feb
22

Wheat Production Workshop 3/31

by Greg LaBarge, Fulton County

A Wheat Production Workshop is scheduled for March 31 at the Northwest Agricultural Research Station site in Custar, OH. The program scheduled from 9:00 to 3:00pm.  Topics for the day include variety development in Ohio, Fertility management with a focus on spring nitrogen applications and sulfur research, insect management for wheat  plus managing our common Ohio diseases. An afternoon session will include a wheat disease identification workshop and visit of wheat plots at the OARDC station.

Cost is $50 and is limited to the first 30 registrants and is requested by March 24th. For a detailed agenda and registration flyer go to  http://agcrops-cms.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/calendar/wheat-production-workshop

Feb
22

New Fruit & Veggie Safety Standards: OSU Workshop Set

by Glen Arnold, Putnam County

Ohio State University’s Fruit and Vegetable Safety Team will offer a Produce Safety Education Program on Monday, March 21 at the Putnam County Extension Office in Ottawa.

Organizers say the program is timed to the approaching growing season and to the recent passage of the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act, which emphasizes prevention and science-based standards.

The workshop is for any fruit and vegetable grower who grows from one acre and sells at a farm stand all the way up to a large-scale grower shipping out of state. It’s also aimed at any farmer who may be interested in participating in the Ohio Produce Marketing Agreement, which is currently being drafted. Being a member of this voluntary program requires attendance in a produce safety course. Read the rest of this entry »