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2013 Ohio Timber Price Report Released

treeTimber landowners at times seek information on current and trends in timber prices paid in Ohio. Ohio State University in cooperation with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources report timber prices twice per year to assist with these requests. The report provides data on 12 types of timber species common to the Ohio forest product industry. Dr. Eric McConnell, OSU Extension Specialist, provides leadership on this project and other research and education efforts. To view the July 2013 and archived reports visit: click Timber Price Report (read more).


Webinar Recorded: Returns to Drainage: Calculating a Payback Period

Does farm drainage pay?  A webinar was broadcast live and recorded on April 9, 2013 on the subject: Returns to Drainage: Calculating a Payback Period. Bruce Clevenger and Eric Richer, OSU Extension Educators from NW Ohio taught crop yield responses to agricultural drainage and engaged participants in a discussion on calculating a realistic payback period. Investing in farm drainage has benefits to both farmland owners and growers. The webinar is 1hour 30 minutes long and can be viewed 24/7 at your convenience. To view the webinar click here.


OSU Extension’s Farm “Outlook” for 2013 is Posted Here

By Bruce Clevenger, OSU Extension Defiance County

Farmers and agribusiness need to keep tuned into markets, production economics and farm policy. Trends can change due to measurable factors or seemingly unpredictable forces. Farmers, agribusinesses and others in the agricultural industry had the opportunity to learn more about the current farm outlook at an Ohio State University Extension 2013 Farm Outlook Program in Defiance County on February 21, 2013.

Ohio State University’s Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics and OSU Extension made presentations that brought forth the latest outlook on the grain markets, land rent, and production inputs.

You can watch and listen to two of the ‘live’ presentations from that evening linked below. Featured speakers included:

Barry Ward, OSU Extension Agriculture Economist, on the production economics of farmland values, and outlook for input costs such as seed, fertilizer and chemicals.

Matt Roberts, OSU Extension Agriculture Economist, on grain market outlook for 2013.

The files linked above may take a minute or two to load, but should play flawlessly on most any high speed connection once loaded.


2012 County Corn and Soybean Yields Released

The USDA, National Ag Statistics Service has released the 2012 Ohio corn and soybean yields per acre. These yields are used for some crop insurance triggers and helpful in tracking weather impacts. Data for all counties in Ohio can be found at:

2012 County Yields – NASS, OH Field Office































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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:

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


Annual Corn/Soybean Day Program Set

By Eric Richer, OSU Extension Educator

The annual Corn/Soybean Day program is scheduled for January 24th at Sauder Farm and Craft Village’s Founders Hall from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Optional CORE & Category 6 sessions for pesticide applicator credits are available from 3:45 to 5:15 pm). The program has a variety of speakers and 28 exhibitors sharing information on management practices for the 2013 crop production season.

Topics for the day include:

  • Managing Corn Following a Drought Year – Dr. Emerson Nafziger, Professor of Crop Sciences and Extension Agronomist, University of Illinois
  • Weed Disasters: Top 10 Ways to Avoid Being a Statistic – Harold Watters, OSU Extension Field Specialist, Agronomic Crops
  • Soybean Health, Insect/Disease Update – Dr. Anne Dorrance, OARDC, Soybean Specialist
  • Soil Factors for High Yields – Greg LaBarge, OSU Extension Field Specialist, Agronomic Crops


In addition, exhibitors from seed and input suppliers, banking, crop insurance, grain marketing and the machinery industry will be on site to share information about products and programs.
The following continuing education credits for pesticide applicators are offered throughout the day:

  • *Private: 1 hour CORE, 2 hours Category 1, ½ hour Category 6
  • *Commercial: 1 hour 2A, 1 hour 2C
  • *Michigan: 4 hours total credit
  • *Certified Crop Advisers: 4 hours total credit


Pre-registration is $25 and is requested by January 15th. At the door registrations are $45 and available on a limited basis. A more detailed agenda and registration information can be found at Contact Eric Richer, Extension Educator, Agriculture & Natural Resources 419-337-9210 or for more information.


Making Fertilizer Applications Committed to the Environment and High Yields

By Bruce Clevenger and Ed Lentz, OSU Extension Educators

Corn and soybeans continue to be the dominate grain crops for NW Ohio farmers. Growers in the eastern U.S. Corn Belt often fertilize a multi-year rotation with one application rather than fertilizing the individual crops annually. Typically, in the fall prior to corn planting, farmers supply enough phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) to satisfy the nutrient needs of both corn and the following soybean crop. This practice has proven to be a viable option for corn-soybean (CS) rotations on soils with adequate nutrient levels, but questions arise for producers in a 3-year rotation of corn-corn-soybean (CCS). Read the rest of this entry »


Ohio Farm Custom Rates Data

by Bruce Clevenger

Farmers are asked from time to time to perform field operations and other farming practices for neighbors and fellow farmers. How much to charge or pay? is a fair question for either person in these situations. Ohio State University Extension offices receives many calls throughout the year from people looking for guidance. Fortunately, biannually, OSU Extension’s Leader for Agricultural Production Economics, Barry Ward, summarizes survey data to help identify an average and a reasonable range for Ohio Custom Farm Rates on numerous farming practices. These rates, except where noted, include the implement and tractor if required, all variable machinery costs such as fuel, oil, lube, twine etc., and the labor for the operation.
The Ohio Farm Custom Rates can be view on-line at the OSU Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics website. The data is a starting point from which farmers and neighbors can determine an agreeable dollar amount to share farm equipment resources.


Depreciation on Farm Drainage Tile

by Bruce Clevenger

Farm subsurface drainage is considered essential for many Midwest farmers. A new factsheet is available from Ohio State University Extension titled Depreciation of Farm Drainage Tile to help landowners, farmers and contractors answer questions about tax base depreciation.  The information includes eligibility criteria and calculation methods.


Pesticide Restrictions When Harvesting Feed and Forages

by Bruce Clevenger

The Drought stress has raised many questions about alternative feed, harvesting early and feed quality. One item to keep in mind are the restrictions that some pesticides have when using the crop for feed, forage or grazing. Pesticides include herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, miticides, etc.  Some herbicides may have a 0 – 75 day restriction between application and harvest, feeding or grazing of row crops. University of Nebraska has a good reference on many row crop herbicide restrictions related to harvest, feeding and grazing.  Michigan State University has restriction information when harvesting drought-stressed soybeans for forages related to herbicides, insecticides or fungicides applications.

Growers are reminded to read and follow pesticide label instructions on restrictions associated with applying field chemicals to potential feed or forages.



Herbicide Restrictions when Planting Supplemental Forages

posted by Bruce Clevenger

Before making any plans to plant supplemental forages, be sure to check the plant back restriction interval for herbicides used in the previous crop. Corn herbicides, especially atrazine products, have a long rotation restriction interval for many of the forage options listed below. So check the labels for the herbicides you used this year especially.  You can find pesticide labels on-line at CDMS or Greenbook.   The Ohio and Indiana Weed Control Guide also lists Restrictions on Crop Rotation on Table 23 on page 187.


Nitrate Testing Corn for Silage/Feed

by: Bruce Clevenger

There has been a lot of interested in testing drought-stressed corn for nitrate levels. Rightly so! Nitrate poisoning is a real concern for livestock production. Under normal growing conditions, nitrate is quickly converted to nitrite, then to ammonia, and finally into plant proteins and other compounds. When plant growth is slowed or stopped, nitrate can accumulate in the plant. Drought, frost, cool, cloudy weather can cause nitrate to accumulate. Rainfall following an extended dry period may cause an immediate increase in nitrates for 2 to 5 days until the plant can concert the nitrate to protein.

OSU Extension Defiance County is hosting a meeting on August 10, 2012 titled: Corn Silage and Forages: 2012 Drought, Management and Economics. The meeting will be taught by OSU’s Dr. Bill Weiss and Diane Shoemaker. Topics will include: Harvest Management, Feeding Drought Forages, Pricing Corn for Silage, and Q & A.  The program is free and will be from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the OSU Extension office, 06879 Evansport Road, Defiance, OH. RSVP by calling 419-782-4771 or email

A & L Great Lakes Laboratory in Ft. Wayne, IN summarized nitrate samples received into the lab in a report dated July 27th


2012 Wheat Performance Trials

OSU and OARDC have completed the 2012 Wheat Performance Trials report. Variety selection is an important decision regarding grain yield, disease resistance and grain quality. The OSU trials measure over 10 wheat characteristics in addition to yield. You can view the trial results at:

or stop by an OSU Extension office.


New OSU Extension Soybean and Small Grains Specialist

By Laura Lindsey
I am very excited to join the Agronomic Crops Team as the soybean and small grains specialist. I am a faculty member with extension and research responsibilities in the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science in collaboration with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. In May 2012, I earned my PhD from Michigan State University in Crop and Soil Sciences. At Michigan State, I held a part-time extension appointment and conducted research in the areas of soil fertility and weed science. I received my BS and MS from School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University. I look forward to interacting with growers, contributing to the C.O.R.N. newsletter, and participating in extension programming. I can be contacted by phone at 614-292-9080 or by email at My office is located at Room 230 Kottman Hall, 2021 Coffey Road, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.