(Posted Dec. 30, 2020)
OSU Extension Madison County is offering agriculture-related educational opportunities this winter. Due to COVID-19, most of the programs will take place online. All sessions are free to attend, and many have CCA credits available for those who need them.
Anyone who prefers to recertify for pesticides or fertilizer application in person or anyone who wants to review Farm Bill program options in a face-to-face format can call (740) 852-0975 to set up an appointment. If Extension can schedule larger in-person meetings before the July 1 pesticide deadline this year, a late spring or early summer meeting could be an option.
• Pesticide and Fertilizer Applicator Recertification: Due to COVID-19, the deadline for pesticide and fertilizer applicator recertification has been extended for 2021. Private applicators whose certification was set to expire on March 31, 2021 now have until July 1, 2021, to recertify. Options for applicators who want to certify this winter include:
Online recertification. Registration is required; call (740) 852-0975 for details. There is no cost. Three sessions are available.
– Jan. 27: 8-11 a.m., pesticide recertification (Core, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6); 11 a.m.-noon, fertilizer recertification (Category 15). Register here.
– Feb. 23: 5-6 p.m., fertilizer recertification (Category 15); 6-9 p.m., pesticide recertification (Core, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). Register here.
– March 24: 8-11 a.m., pesticide recertification (Core, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6); 11 a.m.-noon, fertilizer recertification (Category 15). Register here.
Self-paced, online session. The cost to attend the self-paced class is $35 for pesticide training and $10 for fertilizer. Registration information for the self-paced class will be available beginning Jan. 11. For up-to-date details, check www.go.osu.edu/pesticide2021.
In-person recertification. Anyone who would like to recertify in person can schedule an appointment by calling (740) 852-0975 or emailing Mary Griffith at email@example.com. As the July 1 deadline gets closer, Griffith will make more face-to-face trainings available, if possible.
• 2021 Farm Bill. Enrollment for the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2021 crop year is open. The deadline to enroll and make amendments to program elections is March 15. Extension is offering two webinars this winter focused on the ARC/PLC decision in 2021, reviewing decision-tool calculators available to evaluate options, and current market outlook, as well as a webinar focused on crop insurance decisions for 2021.
There is no cost to attend these meetings, but registration is required.
– Jan. 13: 1-3 p.m. ARC/PLC for the 2021 crop year. Register here.
– Feb. 25: 9-11 a.m. ARC/PLC for the 2021 crop year. Register here.
– March 8: 10 a.m.-noon. 2021 corn and soybean crop insurance considerations. Register here.
• The Dirt on Soil Health. In this weekly series, farmers, industry and academic experts will weigh in on practical steps to improve soil health and measure impact on crop yield and farm profitability. Session are set for 8-8:30 a.m. on Thursdays, Jan. 14-March 18. CCA CEUs are available for each session. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. For additional information and to register, visit http://go.osu.edu/soilhealth2021.
Jan. 14–Does Soil Health Pay? Farmer Panel, Nathan Brown, Matt Falb, and Les Seiler;
Jan. 21–What Can Soil Health Tests Tell You? Steve Culman;
Jan. 28–Can Improving Soil Health Improve Yield? Jordon Wade;
Feb. 4–Cover Crop Management, Hans Kok;
Feb. 18–Compaction Solutions, Scott Shearer;
Feb. 25–Soil Health in Ohio, Elizabeth Hawkins and Steve Culman;
March 4–What’s the Return on Investing in Soil Health?, Rick Clark;
March 18–Programs and Funding to Support Soil Health.
• Precision U: Tackling Spring Operations with Reduced Working Days. Changing weather patterns have led to fewer days available in the spring to complete planting, spraying and fertilizing. This series presents research results and technology available to help farmers work smarter and more efficiently to make the most out of limited workdays.
Sessions are set for 10-11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, through Jan. 26. CCA CEUs are available for each session. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. For details and to register, visit http://go.osu.edu/PrecisionU.
– Jan. 5–Gambling with Planting Decisions, Aaron Wilson (Ohio State University Extension) and Bob Nielson (Purdue University);
– Jan. 12–Improving Fertilizer Efficiency with the Planter Pass, Matt Bennett (Precision Planting Technology) and John Fulton (Ohio State University);
– Jan. 19–Pre-season Crop Protection Decisions, Dr. Mark Loux and Dr. Scott Shearer (Ohio State University);
– Jan. 26–Sprayer Technology to Improve Field Performance, Dr. Joe Luck (University of Nebraska-Lincoln).
• Farming in Weather Extremes. This series will present practices and technology farmers can use to adapt to challenging growing seasons with increasing extreme weather events. Sessions are set for 9-10:30 a.m. Thursdays, Jan. 21-March 18. CCA CEUs are available for each session. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. For more information and to register, visit http://go.osu.edu/adapt.
– Jan. 21–Disease Management Options for Today’s Weather, Pierce Paul and Aaron Wilson;
– Feb. 18–Managing Water in Today’s Wet and Dry Growing Seasons;
– March 18–2021 Growing Season Weather Outlook and Changing Climate Patterns, Aaron Wilson.
• Crop Diversity to Improve Your Bottom Line. This series will look at practices and considerations to successfully incorporate alternative grain crops into your rotation to diversify your operation. Sessions are set for 9-10:30 a.m., Thursdays, Jan. 14-March 4. CCA CEUs are available for each session. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. For details and to register, visit http://go.osu.edu/cropdiversity.
– Jan. 14–Specialty Small Grains, Winter Malting Barley (Greg McGlinch), White Wheat (Dennis Pennington), Wet Wrapped Oats (Al Gahler), Triticale (Jason Hartschuh);
– Feb. 4–Seed Production, Corn and Soybean Seed Production (Fred Pond), Cover Crop Seed Production;
– March 4–Non-GMO Crop Production, Best Practices for High Yielding Non-GMO Soybean Production (Laura Lindsey), Weed Control (Mark Loux), Insect Management–The Forgotten Corn Pests (Chris DiFonzo).
• Corn College and Soybean School. This workshop will cover best management practices and important updates for the 2021 growing season. Speakers include Peter Thomison, Steve Culman, Pierce Paul, Laura Lindsey, Mark Loux, Anne Dorrance, Andy Michel and Kelley Tilmon. The workshop is set for Feb. 11: corn college (9 a.m.-noon) and soybean school (1-4 p.m.). CCA CEUs are available for each session. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. For more information, and to register, visit http://go.osu.edu/agronomyschools.