Ohio Cow-Calf Assessment – What We Do and Why?

Garth Ruff, Beef Cattle Field Specialist, OSU Extension

Please participate in our survey and help us, help you!

We at OSU Extension want to hear from you regarding basic cow-calf management practices that you implement on your farms. Why? Aside from an individual program evaluation or farm visit, common cow-calf production practices have never been documented on a statewide here in Ohio.

By better understanding practices implemented by Ohio producers, we as in the OSU Extension Beef Team will be able to tailor programming more specifically to meet your needs. Furthermore, this survey might indicate potential for areas of research that we have yet to identify through current processes.

This type of project is nothing new, just new to Ohio. Our colleagues and counterparts in other states have been doing similar work over the years. Our goal is to take the knowledge gained regarding your production practices and be able to create better programming and recommendations that have a positive impact on farm efficiency and profitability.

The link below will take you to an electronic survey that is Phase 1 of this project. Phase 2 will look at a more in-depth questionnaire focused of efficiency and profitability of those practices implemented. There is an opportunity to enroll into Phase 2 if you so choose, within the initial electronic survey.

Survey Link: https://go.osu.edu/ohiocattlesurvey

Please take this short voluntary survey regarding current cow-calf production practices. This survey is part of a research effort conducted by The Ohio State University and should take 10 minutes or less to complete. Once again, your feedback is appreciated as we assess current on farm practices on Ohio’s beef farms.

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 ruff.72@osu.edu.

“Sustainable Holiday Leftovers”

Sustainable Holiday Leftovers is part of the SAVE (Sustainable Action through Video Engagement) video series. This video series focuses on helping people live more sustainably within their homes and communities and promote simple everyday actions people can take to conserve energy, reduce waste, and save money. This video focuses on using the egregious amounts of food that is often produced during the holiday season. To view the video CLICK HERE.


Scholarship available


 The Ohio Soybean Council Foundation is
 pleased to offer $44,000 in scholarships to
 undergraduate and graduate students for the
 2022-2023 academic year.

 Scholarships are available to undergraduate and
 graduate students pursuing studies related to the
 soybean industry and the field of agriculture.
 The deadline to apply is January 14, 2022
 by 11:59 pm.

 Applications are available at 




Garden Seminars

Third Thursday of the month 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
 Brown County Education Service Center
 9231-B Hamer Rd, Georgetown, OH 45121

 All classes are free and open to the public.

 To pre-register:
 Call 937-378-6716 or email morris.1677@osu.edu




National Income tax workbook  OSU Income Tax Schools 2021

  Two-Day Tax Schools for Tax Practitioners & Agricultural & Natural  
  Resources Income Tax Issues Webinar 

  Barry Ward & Julie Strawser, OSU Income Tax Schools

  Dealing with the tax provisions of the COVID-related legislation for
  both individuals and businesses are among the topics to be discussed during the upcoming Tax
School workshop series offered throughout Ohio in November and December.

The annual series is designed to help tax preparers learn about federal tax law changes and updates for this year as well as learn more about issues they may encounter when filing individual and small business 2021 tax returns.

Classes are offered both in-person and online.  For cost, times, and registration information CLICK HERE

Waste-free Food Storage

Sustainability in the Kitchen: Waste-free Food Storage is part of the SAVE (Sustainable Action through Video Engagement) video series. This video series focuses on helping people live more sustainably within their homes and communities and promote simple everyday actions people can take to conserve energy, reduce waste, and save money. CLICK HERE to view the video.

It’s Time to Break Down the Stigma

By Bridget Britton, Behavioral Health Field Specialist ANR

 September is National SuicWork in Ag can be stressfulide 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

Hiking and Sustainability

Hiking and Sustainability is part of the SAVE (Sustainable Action through Video Engagement) video series. This video series focuses on helping people live more sustainably within their homes and communities and promote simple everyday actions people can take to conserve energy, reduce waste, and save money. CLICK HERE to view the video.

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.

Ten Tips for Packing Waste-Free Lunches

The OSU Extension Sustainability Team recently published Ten Tips for Packing Waste-Free Lunches, an easy-to-read guide to help families be more sustainable, save money, and eliminate single-use items.  CLICK HERE to pull up a full size picture of the ten tips that were provided.

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.

Earth Friendly Summer Tips

SAVE (Sustainable Action through Video Engagement) video series. This video series focuses on helping people live more sustainably within their homes and communities and promote simple everyday actions people can take to conserve energy, reduce waste, and save money. CLICK HERE to watch a video to find out more information.

The 2021 Wheat Harvest is underway

This producer is harvesting their wheat early then drying the grain, by doing this the farmer can capture better yields and quality of grain. The main type of wheat grown in Ohio is soft red winter wheat which is very popular for pastries and bread. Some of the worlds largest snack food companies use Ohio’s wheat to make snacks like Oreo cookies. 1 bushel of wheat weighs 60 pounds and can produce 42 pounds of flour. And did you know that by products of wheat can be used to make trash bags, soap and other items.

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.


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.

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

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.