Archive for the ‘Upcoming Meetings’ Category

Feb
11

Conservation Tillage Conference Features Soybean School

by Greg LaBarge, Fulton County

An all-star team of soybean experts will lead an expanded Soybean School at the 2011 Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference, Feb. 24-25, in Ada, Ohio.

Soybean School is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 4:50 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25.

“We’ll have a full eight hours on soybeans, less a couple of breaks,” said Harold Watters, Ohio State University Extension educator who organized the program. It’s two hours longer than last year’s program, which attracted more than 400 participants.

“Soybeans are Ohio’s major crop in terms of acres, but sometimes I think we put more effort into corn,” Watters said. The state’s average yield in 2009 was a respectable 49 bushels per acre, but “we can do better.”

In addition to OSU Extension specialists and scientists with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, soybean experts from Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Missouri will share what works in their states’ soybean fields and will end the day in a panel discussion, moderated by Watters, focused on how that information might best be used in Ohio. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan
30

Pork Quality Assurance Plus Certification Program Planned

by Glen Arnold, Putnam County

The OSU Putnam County Extension Office will be the location for a Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) Plus certification program for pork producers on Tuesday, February 22, 2011. The PQA Plus program will be conducted by Dale Ricker, OSU Swine Program Specialist and will begin at 6:30 p.m. The OSU Extension Office is located at 124 Putnam Parkway, Ottawa, Ohio 45875 and is on the west side of State Route 109 going north out of Ottawa.

PQA Plus program began in June of 2007 and replaces the Pork Quality Assurance Level III program that producers had been certified under since 1989.  As in the past, certification is valid for three years and producers can recertify at anytime prior to the expiration date on their certificate. Producers that are due to renew in the next year are encouraged to attend. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan
24

2011 Agronomy Day Program

by Jim Lopshire, Paulding County

The program will open with the introductions, recognition of sponsors and updates from the Soil and Water Conservation Service, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Farm Service Agency.

The first morning session will cover “Crop Insurance Updates” from the Williamson’s Insurance Agency.  The following session will look at “Weed Management for Corn and Soybeans” presented by Mark Loux, Extension Specialist in Weed Management.

After lunch Pierce Paul, Extension Specialist in Plant Pathology, will discuss “Managing Wheat for Yield & Quality”.  The final session of the program will cover the “Risk & Reward in Nutrient Management,” by Robert Mullen, Extension Specialist, Soil Fertility/Nutrient Management.  The program will conclude with an evaluation and summary to end the day.

A program registration fee of $10 will be collected at the door.  Please contact Paulding County OSU Extension office to pre-register by sending an mail to lopshire.1@osu.edu or by calling 419.399.8225.  Lunch will be provided.

Jan
24

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.

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Jan
24

Ohio Beef Expo-March 18-20

by Florian Chirra, Williams County

As you break out your new 2011 calendar and begin to add important dates, be sure to mark March 18-20 for the Ohio Beef Expo to be held at the Ohio Expositions Center in Columbus, Ohio. Plans for the 2011 Expo are well underway and this year’s event is shaping up to be one of the best ever with breed sales, shows and one of the Midwest’s largest and most competitive junior shows.

The Expo will once again include a three-day industry trade show. Last year’s trade show which encompassed over 22,000 square feet of indoor space was a full house. If you are interested in promoting your cattle industry related product with a display in the 2011 event, contact Jamie King at (614) 873-6736 as soon as possible. The early deadline to reserve space in the trade show is January 3. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan
21

Pesticide Testing Sessions

by Greg LaBarge, Fulton County

Pesticide applicators who wish to get there Private Applicators License are required to test through the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Study materials are available through most OSU Extension Office and online at http://pested.osu.edu/privatestudy.html Upcoming dates are listed below for the Northwest Ohio area. Other dates can be found at http://www.agri.ohio.gov/apps/odaprs/pestfert-prs-ols.aspx?ols=rg

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Jan
21

Pesticide Recertification Sessions-2011

by Greg LaBarge, Fulton County

Recertification session have been set for Private Applicator License Holders in the Northwest Ohio. There are 11 sessions with the last sessions scheduled for March 21 and 22.  Applicators in Williams, Fulton, Lucas, Henry, Defiance, Paulding, Putnam, VanWert, Hancock and Allen can find local session at http://pested.osu.edu/PrivRecertRegionPages/privaterecertNW.html. If these dates and time do not work for you you can view all statewide opportunities at http://pested.osu.edu/privaterecert.htm.

Jan
21

Corn/SoybeanDay January 27th

by Greg LaBarge, Fulton County

Corn Soybean Day is an annual event to update farmers and the ag industry on current issues in the production of row crops. The 2011 edition is scheduled for January 27th in Founder’s Hall at the Sauder Farm and Craft Village, Archbold. The event features presentations and exhibitors with information you will want to know for the 2010 crop production season. Pre-registration is $20 and is requested by January 17th.  At the door registrations are $30 and available on a limited basis. Visit our website or Contact Greg LaBarge, Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator, Ohio State University Extension at 419-337-9210 or labarge.1@osu.edu for more information.