Farm Management Education for Farm Women
Annie’s Project is an educational program dedicated to strengthening women’s roles in the modern farm enterprise. This 6-week workshop focuses on five key areas of risk management: human, financial, marketing, production, and legal. Women learn about argi-business practices from experts in their fields. They also form valuable networks with others in the class.
Our Women in Ag offerings today are traced back to inspiration provided by a farmer’s wife and business partner in Illinois. Annie grew up in a small farm community with a goal to marry a farmer and she did! Life was not always easy. Annie spent her life learning how to be an involved business partner with her husband. Annie’s Project, and later workshops related to farm finance and farm transition, was designed by her daughter, Ruth Fleck Hambleton, an Extension Educator specializing in farm risk management at the University of Illinois.
When & Where: Oct 27, 31, Nov 3, 7, 10, and 17, 2022
Dinner at 5:30, Meeting 6:00-9:00 pm
Ross County Service Center
475 Western Ave., Chillicothe, OH 45601
Cost: $75.00 per person
Registration deadline is October 24, 2022
Session 1: October 27, Rm D
Session 2: October 31, Rm C
Session 3: November 3, Rm D
Session 4 November 7, Rm D
Session 5: November 10, Rm D
Session 6: November 17, Rm D
A.I. School Coming September 26-28, 2022
Are you looking to implement newer or more effective reproductive technologies to your cattle herd? If so, this A.I. school is for you! Each day educators and professionals from around the state will provide information and instruction critical to A.I.
Location: Jackson Area Research Station
19 Standpipe Road
(includes program materials and lunch)
• Limited to first 20 registrations.
• Registration money is non-refundable
once accepted into class. Space filled
on a first come/first served basis.
• Registrant will be notified when they
are accepted into the class.
• Registrations received beyond the first
20 will be returned.
CLICK HERE for a copy of the registration form. CLICK HERE for a video discussing this school.
DAY ONE: September 26, 9:00 am – 2:30 pm
Topics include: Speakers include:
•Semen handling Dirk Dempsey, AgNR Educator, Pike County
•Basic A.I. instruction Clif Little, AgNR Educator, Guernsey County
•Preparing for calving Scott Payne, JARS Farm Manager
•Value of reproduction mgmt. Garth Ruff, Field Specialist, Beef Cattle
•Pasture management Richard Purdin, AgNR Educator, Adams County
•EPD’s Brooks Warner, AgNR Educator, Scioto County
DAY TWO: September 27, 9:00 am – 2:30 pm
Topics include: Speaker:
• Reproductive Tract Anatomy Dr. Garcia Guerra Alavaro,
& Physiology OSU Animal Science Department
• Estrous Synchronization
DAY THREE: September 28, 9:00 am – 2:30 pm
Topics include: Speakers include:
• Semen handling Dr. Justin Keefer, DVM, OSU Animal Science Dept.
• Cattle A.I. Justin Spengler, Manager – Animal Herds
Dirk Dempsey, AgNR Educator, Pike County
Richard Purdin, AgNR Educator, Adams County
Ohio Coyote Ecology and Management Project
Few animals elicit such strong, and opposing, emotions as the coyote. But love ‘em or hate ‘em, after decades of range expansion across the United States, coyotes are an established predator throughout Ohio. So, the question we can all agree on is: How do we minimize potential conflicts with coyotes in this state? And to answer that question, we need data. To continue readng this article, please click HERE.
Keep up the Conversation!
By: Bridget Britton Behavioral Health Field Specialist
As May winds down, so does Mental Health Awareness Month, but that doesn’t mean it we stop talking about mental health. Working in agriculture is often an all-consuming profession. Many farmers live where they farm, there is no physical boundary between them and work. Work/life balance is a consistent challenge for many. Are there strategies that might be helpful to farmers in recognizing when and how to draw a line? It's important for them to find ways to create effective boundaries between the various aspects of their lives. Encouraging to think about three things in order to maintain the work-life boundaries that make it easier to function effectively. CLICK HERE to read about some helpful tips to work on reducing stress and maintaining positive mental health.
As always if you or someone you know is struggling and may be in a crisis, please reach out for support. Do not hesitate to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Check out OSU Extension’s resources at go.osu.edu/farmstress
10 tips on improving mental health
The trials and tribulations of 2020 and 2021 have sent many people into mental health spirals. Depression and anxiety are common at the moment and people who have never experienced these problems in the past may struggle to improve their own mental health.
Getting out of bad mental health spells is tricky. Improving your mental health can feel impossible when you’re at the bottom of the pit, so to speak. CLICK HERE to read an article about how to improve your mental health.
Update on Ticks in Ohio
Ticks and tick-vectored disease are major concerns to humans, companion animals and livestock in Ohio. We have gone from one medically important tick twenty years ago in Ohio to five now, adding two in the past couple of years. Ticks are a growing problem in North America. Timothy McDermott, DVM, is an Ohio State University Extension educator who presents updated information on ticks (including new species recently detected in Ohio and beyond) and the diseases they vector. He also discusses protection and prevention measures that can benefit humans, pets and livestock.To view the video CLICK HERE.
eFields results summary
eFields series focuses on the several trials looking at improving crop production. There was a webinar held on February 8 sharing eFields results. CLICK HERE to view the webinar video sharing the results listed below.
• 2021 Weather Recap, Aaron Wilson
• Variable Rate Seeding, John Fulton
• High Speed Planting, Wayne Dellinger
• Corn Nitrogen Source, Eric Richer
• Sulfur on Soybeans, Richard Purdin
For more information about eFields trials, check out the 2021 report at go.osu.edu/eFields.
Pasture Rental Rates. Do you Know Your Price?
– Richard Purdin, OSU Extension, Adams County ANR/CD Educator
As the 2021 grazing season comes to a close, cattle producers are beginning to move cattle off the pasture into winter feeding lots or barns. This is also a great time of year to start planning for the next growing season. There are many factors that a cattle producer must consider these days when making plans for the 2022 grazing season. Two of factor that are hovering over cattle producers record books these days are, rising input cost and increasing land prices. With the recent improvement in feeder cattle and market cattle prices, many producers might be wondering if expanding their heard is worthwhile? With the increase in fertilizer prices neighboring landowners with hay land or idle grasslands might be considering cash leasing their land to that producer looking to expand. So how does one come up with a fair pasture rental price? Here are some options and consideration before entering a pasture lease agreement. To continue reading this article, CLICK HERE.
Do You Get the Winter Blues?
By: Bridget Britton Behavioral Health Field Specialist
Those that work in the agriculture industry know that
it doesn’t matter the time of year, it is always busy.
The Winter season is no different it just has its own
unique demands. However, there may be other things
going on in our bodies right now. During this time of
year, many people often begin expressing a feeling of sadness or mild depression. Did you know that feeling sad during this time of year is very typical, and many people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder? What is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)? To find out what SAD is and to continue reading this article, CLICK HERE.
If there is ever a concern of feeling depressed know it is okay to seek out support from a doctor, friend, pastor, or family member. There is also the Suicide Prevention LifeLine if ever needed call 1-800-273-8255.
THE 2021 OHIO SOYBEAN PERFORMANCE TRIALS
Please CLICK HERE to see the results of the 2021 Ohio Soybean Performance Trials.
Results from this survey in addition to beef cattle research will allow for more specific programming and recommendations from OSU Extension. If you have any questions regarding the survey, contact Garth Ruff, OSU Extension Beef Cattle Field Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s Time to Break Down the Stigma
By Bridget Britton, Behavioral Health Field Specialist ANR
September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and
with that comes the opportunity to raise awareness
to help prevent even one more suicide from happening.
When you live where you work the stress often never
leaves a person’s mind. Unfortunately, people become
overwhelmed to a point where they feel there is no
other option beside suicide. For that exact reason it
is important to talk about suicide, and how can we
support those going through a mental health challenge
in effort to prevent a future suicide. To find out more on how this is affecting our community, and what can be done to help support, please
Fall Armyworms March Across Ohio
OSU Extension county offices across the state are receiving e-mails and phone calls about Fall Armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda, family Noctuidae) causing substantial injury to turfgrass. Thus far, it appears that fall armyworm is the dominant culprit rather than Yellowstriped Armyworm (S. ornithogalli) and Common Armyworm (Mythimna convecta). Fall and yellowstriped armyworms are semi-tropical species that “fly” north each season. We often get both species in Ohio in August and September when they replace black cutworms that most superintendents see on their greens and tees. Both species also attack field crops, especially corn and small grains. Every few years (usually 3-5 years), we get a massive buildup of these pests in the southern and transition turf zones. Reports of heavy armyworm activity have been coming out of Oklahoma to North Carolina for the last two months.
We believe adults from those outbreaks were picked up in the storm front that came from the south across much of Ohio about four weeks ago. The adults of these moths have been known to travel 500 miles, even more, in 24 hours. They can get into the jet stream and move vast distances, then drop down to find suitable host plants. To continue reading about the Fall Armyworm outbreak and how to control them, CLICK HERE.
Safe Handling of Livestock on the Farm and at the Show
Our 2021 fair may be over, but this article written by Richard Purdin, Ag & Natural Resources Educator is a great review. Read the article HERE.
OLHAP (Ohio Landowner/Hunter Access Partnership)
The OLHAP program is funded from the USDA Voluntary Public Access – Habitat Improvement Program (VPA-HIP) and offers farmers and landowners financial compensation for allowing public hunting on private lands. The goal is to provide public access to over 20,000 acres of private land across the state of Ohio and habitat practices may also be financially incentivized through the program. To see the FACT SHEET, click HERE.
Fungicide Efficacy for Control of Corn Diseases
The Corn Disease Working Group (CDWG) developed ratings for how well fungicides control major corn diseases in the United States. The CDWG determined efficacy ratings for each fungicide listed in the table (next page) by field testing the materials over multiple years and locations. Ratings are based on the product’s level of disease control and does not necessarily reflect yield increases obtained from product application. A product’s efficacy depends upon proper application timing, rate, and application method as determined by the product label and overall disease level in the field at the time of application. Differences in efficacy among each fungicide product were determined by directly comparing products in field tests using a single application of the labeled rate. For application timing and use considerations, please contact your local cooperative extension service. The table includes marketed products available that have been tested over multiple years and locations. The table is not intended to be a list of all labeled products. Additional fungicides are labeled for disease on corn, including contact fungicides such as chlorothalonil. Other fungicides may be available for diseases not listed in the table, including Diplodia, Gibberella and Fusarium ear rots. Many products have specific use restrictions about the amount of active ingredient that can be applied within a period of time or the amount of sequential applications that can occur. Read and follow all use restrictions prior to applying any fungicide.
CLICK HERE for a flier to learn more.
Roughstalk Bluegrass in Cereal Grain and Forage Crops
There is a new and emerging weed challenging cereal grain and forage producers across the state. Roughstalk Bluegrass has taken root in wheat fields and newly established forage stands. This weed has reached population levels high enough to inhibit the harvest of cereal grains, reduce the quality of forages, and crowd out newly established forages.
What is it?
Roughstalk Bluegrass (Poa trivialis) is a perennial cool-season grass that has traditionally been an issue in turfgrass production. This plant can be found growing throughout the Midwest. Rough Stock Bluegrass has a high level of tolerance to shade and wet conditions or poorly drained soils. This weed can reach heights of 1-3 ‘tall. Often climbing above winter cereal grains and reducing growth. Most commonly Roughstalk Bluegrass is not noticed by producers until late May or early June when cereal grains are in the boot stage of growth.
To find out how it spreads, identification, and treatment CLICK HERE.
Fertilizing Hay and Pastures
Interested in learning more? CLICK HERE to read this edition of the C.O.R.N. Newsletter.
One Question Could Save Someone’s Life
Bridget Britton, Extension Field Specialist, Behavioral Health
The month of May helps us to be aware that warm weather is inching toward Ohio, it is also Mental Health Awareness month. May is a time to help us gain awareness and understanding of persons with mental or behavioral health problems or difficulties. Mental health professionals, such as counselors, are trained and educated to help those struggling with mental or behavioral health challenges. However, did you know that even if you are not a trained professional this may be helpful to those silently struggling? Read on to learn more about a training anyone in the community can take to gain knowledge on how to help those struggling in a potential mental health crisis. To continue reading this article, CLICK HERE.
The 2021 EFIELDS Research plots at the Ohio Valley Career and Technical School are planted!
I hope Mr. Rhonemus and his students will learn a lot from the results. Agriculture is constantly changing and research is a great way to learn and share with others in the field of agriculture, sometimes the smallest changes to advancements can make a big difference!
Thank you to all the great Ohio Valley Career and Technical Center Agriculture Business Class and Mr. Rhonemus for working with me today to get the Ohio State EFIELD on farm research trial prepared for planting. The students wanted to research the effects that tillage has on emergence, plant growth, and yield.
Perennial Weeds can Indicate Soil Health Problems in Pastures
If plants could talk, we could learn a lot, and our jobs as stewards of the land would be much easier. When we go to the doctor because we are sick, we do not sit quietly and expect the doctor to know how we feel and then tell us how to get better. We need to provide information that will help with the diagnosis.
But since plants cannot talk, our job is difficult when we try to locate the source of a problem, such as low productivity or an infestation of weeds. To continue reading this article, please CLICK HERE.
The Elusive Deer-Proof Garden
Marne Titchenell, Extension program specialist in wildlife, was central to a pretty extensive piece related wildlife and gardens that appeared in today’s New York Times. To read the article, CLICK HERE.
Feed Your Cows and Your Forage
Interested? Check out this article from the Beef Newsletter for more information. CLICK HERE
Spring Pesticide Safety Reminders
You probably worked on your sprayer and other major equipment over the winter to gear up for pesticide applications. Have you put any effort into preparing for applicator safety? Click here to read an article containing some questions to ask yourself in preparation for the season.
Tick Tock -- A Timely Update on Ticks, Diseases & Prevention
Stockpiling Forage Video
Check out the video at the link below:
Grape Harvest is Underway!
This week, Richard Purdin had the privilege to stop by a local vineyard getting ready for harvest. The two varieties in the pictures are Norton and Chardonal. These two varieties are commonly grown in Ohio and harvested for wine production. Southern Ohio is a great area for grape production, with the long growing season and well drained soils that grapes love so much. But, there are many challenges of growing grapes in Ohio. One of many challenges is our weather. Cold winters and excess moisture can cause many problems from winter kill and disease pressure. For this grower, 2020 presented many challenges such as a late freeze in May, excess moisture in the spring, and then a dry growing season. Yields are expected to be lower due to those challenges. Even with these challenges the market for wine is very strong and more and more wineries are looking for Ohio grown grapes. If you would like to learn more about wine production in Ohio go to https://southcenters.osu.edu/horticulture/fruits/wine-grapes.
iBook for Weed Identification
Click here for the link to the iBook.
National Pest Alert-Palmer Amaranth
Click here for more informtion.
Speak Up for the Dairy Producers
Click Here for an Article published by Pro Ag explaining Senate Bill s-1640 known as the Federal Milk Marketing Improvement Act. The Act is up for possible reintroduction. Calling your senators and congress men and woman and telling them to reintroduce this bill is important for allowing our local Dairy producers to sustainably produce and market their milk. Get more information by clicking the link.
Haybuster 10’ No-Till Drill for rent
The Adams Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) has this machine to rent. Click here for more information.
Master Gardener Program
You could be a Master Gardener if:
• You want to learn more about plants and gardening.
• You are eager to participate in a practical and intensive training program.
• You enjoy sharing your knowledge with others.
• You have the time to attend training and serve your community as a volunteer.
Call the Brown County office at 937-378-6716 to be placed on a list for future trainings.