What is Sustainable Agriculture? Sustainable Grazing and Pasture Management

CLICK HERE to watch a short video to learn more.

Roughstalk Bluegrass in Cereal Grain and Forage Crops

Roughstalk Bluegrass








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.


Controlling Poison Hemlock, How and Why

Learn more about one of Ohio’s top non-native invasive species. Poison Hemlock is considered one of North Americas most toxic weed species. Discussion will include proper identification, plant biology /life cycle, health hazards to  humans, livestock, and pets. Discussion will conclude with proper control measures to decrease Poison Hemlock populations.

When – June 29th at 1:00 pm
Location: Cherry Fork Community Park 14825 St Rt 136 Winchester, Ohio 45697
Cost: Free
Details:  Behind the Community center in the shelter house
Contact information: Richard Purdin Purdin.19@osu.edu (937) 544-2339

Beef Quality Assurance Training

AMSA will be hosting first virtual meat judging summer series

(4 virtual meat judging contests) targeted to youth (3rd-12th grade, 4-H, FFA students, etc.).  Participants will compete in divisions based on their upcoming grade: Youth (3rd-7th grade) and Senior Division (8th-12th grade).  Divisions will be based on the grade the student is going into the upcoming academic year.  The contest will consist of 6 placing classes, 2 questions classes, quality grading (6) and 40 Retail Identification.  Participants will register via the AMSA website.

Contest Dates

June 23, 2021
July 7, 2021
July 21, 2021
August 4, 2021

Contests will be open for 48 hrs. and the participant must complete the contest and submit the electronic scantron within the contest time allotment.  Additional contest guidelines will be posted in the AMSA community platform in which the contests will be facilitated. 

 Youth Division- Top five students receive awards -- 1st- $500 scholarship, 2nd- $250, 3rd- $100, 4th- $100, 5th- $50; Top 5 receive a complimentary AMSA Youth Membership

Senior Division- Top five students receive awards -- 1st- 1,500 scholarship, 2nd- $1,000 scholarship, 3rd- $750 scholarship, 4th- $500 scholarship, 5th- $250 scholarship; Top 5 receive a complimentary AMSA Youth Membership

Click here to register!

Registration Fee: $100 per participant

Contest Eligibility: Participants should be in 3rd-12th grade.

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

Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Toolkit

ODA wanted to share the this information regarding the migrant and seasonal farmworker toolkit. https://agri.ohio.gov/.../resources/migrant-worker-toolkit.

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program2

Sign-Up Reopened
Learn more at: Farmers.gov/cfap

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

Timothy McDermott, DVM, Ohio State University Extension, gives a presentation on ticks -- their spread & biology, as well as the diseases they vector, how to prevent them, and what to do when you find them.
Click this video link: A Timely Update on Ticks

Spotted Lanternfly Found in Jefferson County Ohio

On October 19th, a resident of Mingo Junction located just south of Steubenville, Ohio spotted a dead adult Spotted Lanternfly. The Ohio Department of Agriculture was contacted and later confirmed and identified a small population of the invasive pest. ODA, USDA, ODNR, Ohio State University Extension, and Ohio Grape Industries Committee have been working together to survey, trap, and provide educational outreach of the spotted lanternfly. SLF is very fond of grape vines, fruit trees, hops, blueberry, oaks, pines, poplar, and pine trees. The Ailanthus tree or also known as tree of heaven is a host plant. If you see a spotted lanternfly on your property please call ODA, ODNR or the Adams county Extension Office at (937) 544-2339 To see what this pest looks like or more information go to this link - https://agri.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/oda/divisions/plant-health/news-and-events/10-27-20-slf-jefferson-county

2020 FSR Alfalfa Varieties

Wanting to learn more about new and improved alfalfa varieties and genetics?  See the video below for help!


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.