By ED LENTZ
Most of the agricultural industry in our area is based on corn, soybeans, and wheat. Grain production during the winter months involves buying decisions and participation in educational and informational programs.
Farmers are encouraged by marketing and sales personnel to purchase products that will “make them more money and save them time” during this period.
Also, companies often give significant discounts if a farmer will purchase seed, fertilizer, and other things at this time of year.
Farmers have to sort through the marketing hype to determine if the promoted product will work and if it would be a good investment. Information is often limited and the research data provided is from the seller’s perspective.
One of the important roles of OSU Extension is to provide farmers research-based information on these products and/or technology. This information is based on university studies that have no financial interest.
Logistics and time prevent university researchers from presenting this information in person in each of the 88 counties across Ohio. However, technology allows them to present their latest information to farmers via webinars.
The OSU Extension Agronomic Crops Team has arranged for three webinars to be given to farmers this winter. These webinars are adapted to the major issues affecting our area — corn production, soybean production, and weed management.
Hancock County Extension has been selected to be one of the sites for these programs. In addition to the webinar, Hancock County will also have a speaker at the end of the program presenting an additional topic for the attending audience.
The program will be offered next Tuesday, and on Feb. 11 and Feb. 25. All programs will be held at the Hancock County Agricultural Services Building, 7868 Hancock County 140, Findlay.
Here are the details:
Corn production, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Jan. 14.
“Optimizing Corn Yields: Assessing the Contribution of Key Agronomic Management Factors.” Peter Thomison, OSU Extension state corn production specialist. (Webinar.)
“Seed Treatments in Corn: Impacts on Pests and Pollinators.” Andy Michel, OSU Extension state field crops entomologist, and Reed Johnson, OSU apiculture entomologist. (Webinar.)
“Value of Starter Fertilizers and Micronutrients.” Ed Lentz, OSU crops specialist.
Soybean production, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Feb. 11.
“Everything but the Kitchen Sink: High Input Soybean Production.” Laura Lindsey, OSU Extension state soybean specialist. (Webinar.)
“Updates on Fungicides and Resistance, Soybeans Cyst Nematode and Seed Treatments.” Anne Dorrance, OSU Extension state soybean pathologist. (Webinar.)
“Value of Supplemental Nitrogen and Micronutrients.” Lentz.
Weed management program, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Feb. 25.
“Update on New Herbicide Recommendations and Managing Herbicide Site of Action.” Mark Loux, OSU Extension state weed specialist. (Webinar.)
“Marestail and Palmer Amaranth Concerns in Hancock County.” Lentz.
All programs are free and open to the public. Registration is requested by contacting the Hancock County Extension Office, 419-422-3851 or email firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 24 hours before the program for seating and refreshments.
Continuing education credit hours will be available for certified crop consultants.
Lentz is extension educator for agriculture and natural resources for The Ohio State University Extension Service in Hancock County. He can be reached at 419-422-3851 or via email at email@example.com.
Lentz can be heard with Vaun Wickerham on weekdays at 6:35 a.m. on WFIN, at 5:43 a.m. on WKXA-FM, and at 5:28 a.m. at 106.3 The Fox.