Calling All Farmers and Seed Dealers!

2020 Adams County Crop Yield Trial

I need your help this fall! Harvest is busy time of year and I hate to add to your to do list, but this could be a good learning experience and maybe help with management decisions for 2021. This harvest season I would like to compile local data from the field regarding Hybrid and varieties planted, traits being used on the farm, and average yields.

Reason for collecting Data

I hope to provide a better outlook on how certain varieties work on a local level. I understand the challenges of looking through a seed catalog and skimming through pages of plot data from different locations throughout the state, it can be very overwhelming to make the right decision. Just because a certain hybrid made 280 bushels per acre in Northwest Ohio does not mean it will make it on your farm. If you are interested in sharing your information please fill out the following survey before November 30, 2020.

Crop Yield Trial Survey

Please contact Richard Purdin at or 937-544-2339 with any questions.  Thank you.

Climate Change Survey

Our Weather is CRAZY!  Warm winter, receiving 30% of our rainfall in a few large rainfalls, planting crops in June, making first cutting hay in July, listening to Christmas carols in the combine! I know this all sounds strange, but it has become the norm for most farmers the last 5-10 years. Not only does climate change influence how farmers farm, it has an overall effect on our food system. Please take time and fill out the following survey on Climate Change before October 31, 2020. 

Climate Change Survey

Or, you can use the fillable PDF attached here and send to

Free TWO DAY Conference - Emerging Research on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

Farm Foundation and USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS) are partnering to host a conference dedicated to economic research into the challenges and opportunities experienced by beginning farmers and ranchers. This is a unique chance for attendees to learn, discuss and connect around these issues to improve future outcomes for new agriculture professionals.

When: November 9-10, 2020
Where: Virtual; register at
Who Should Attend: Researchers in academia and government, practitioners, policy experts, farmers, ranchers and media
Free Registration Includes: Full access to all presentations and networking sessions

This conference will feature paper presentations on cutting-edge research, as well as engaging panel discussions with leaders from USDA and other organizations committed to supporting beginning farmers and ranchers. Sessions will highlight successful programs, innovative ideas and future solutions. Topics include credit and access to capital, land access and other barriers to entry, innovation and alternative markets, and more.

Visit for the full agenda and event updates. The conference is open to all and free to attend, but registration is required

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


iBook for Weed Identification

Click here for the link to the iBook. 

Farm Science Review

For the first time in its nearly 60-year history, Farm Science Review was held virtually this year on September 22-24. The theme of this year’s show was Measure What Matters.  The virtual link is

Agronomy Crop Tour video:

National Pest Alert-Palmer Amaranth

Click here for more informtion.

Thinking about storing more grain this fall?

Source: Chris Bruynis, Associate Professor/Extension Educator

There are several market factors that may have farmers looking to increase their storage for this fall. With lower prices, some farmers will look to store grain and hope prices will improve. With the current basis and price improvement between the harvest period compared to the January/March delivery period of 22 to 40 cents for corn and 16 to 34 cents for soybeans, elevators are sending a message to store grain. 

The concern I have is that we will use some facilities that are not typically used for grain storage making aeration challenging at best. With poor air movement, grain going into storage will need to be of better quality, lower foreign material, and probably lower moisture. 

Farmers interested in learning some strategies for successful drying and storage of grain, specifically corn and soybeans, are invited to view a recording by Dr. Kenneth Hellevang, Ph.D., PE, Extension Engineer and Professor from North Dakota State University.  He is one of the leading experts on grain drying, handling and storage. The recording is located at

If you have questions, fell free to contact Chris Bruynis, or 740-702-3200.

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2

Are you a farmer or rancher whose operation has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? USDA is implementing Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. USDA’s Farm Service Agency will accept CFAP 2 applications from September 21 through December 11, 2020. Click Here for more information.


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.