Hello Ashtabula County! From Brr to Ah. What a wacky weather week, from subzero to above freezing temperatures all in the matter of a few days.

It looks like it may be a long roller coaster ride of weather this winter! But to brighten your day, we have some great programs planned for our agricultural producers this winter.

Today, I would like to share information on two of these schools designed for dairy and crop producers. Stay warm!

Forages supply a significant part of the feed in most dairy and other ruminant animal operations in Ohio.

OSU Extension in Ashtabula County is pleased to be a host site for the OSU Extension Forage Production School on Jan. 30, Feb. 4 and 11 from 12:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. The course is geared toward both forage and livestock producers.

Emphasis will be on forages for dairy users, but beef and sheep users will also benefit from the course.

Attend this workshop to discover new, innovative ways of looking at forage production and what might work for you. Learn how to maximize profit per acre in Ohio’s crazy variable weather.

OSU Researchers and OSU Extension Specialists and Educators will present cutting edge information on what is new in forage production with live interaction between all program sites.

Instructors will be divided among the program locations. There will be time for discussion on each topic after it is presented.

Topic areas to be covered at the 2014 Forage Production School: What’s new in forage genetics; Small grains and double cropping; Fertility and manure utilization; What’s new in weed control; What’s new in agronomic products/additives; Precision agricultural technologies for forage production; What’s new in forage quality evaluation; Economics of Cutting management; Shrink in silage/hay making; Forage inventory management; and What’s new in corn silage.

Registration fee for this program is $45 and includes a notebook of materials and school presentation.

Registration is required by Jan. 17. For more information about this program, contact the Ashtabula County Extension office at 440-576-9008. A registration flyer can be found at: go.osu.edu/ne-events.

OSU Extension in Ashtabula County is pleased to be offering the Northeast Ohio Agronomy School on Monday, Feb. 10 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Williamsfield Community Center in Williamsfield.

This year’s workshop will focus on helping you become a more profitable corn producer.

With profit margins decreasing it will be vital for crop producers to get the biggest bang from the dollars they invest in land rental, seed and fertilizer, technology, chemicals, and crop protection.

During the workshop, Dr. Pierce Paul, OSU Extension Field Crop Pathologist, will help producers identify the major corn diseases and which fungicides provide the best defense for your crop.

Dr. Peter Thomison, OSU Extension Corn Specialist, will share how the appearance of corn ears can tell us a lot about a corn plant’s development during the growing season.

He will teach how corn ears respond to nutrient deficiencies, drought, temperature extremes, insects and diseases and how producers can optimize crop performance.

Dr. Andy Michel, OSU Extension Field Crop Entomologist, will share how to identify key insects and how to determine what insect traits are needed in corn hybrids given current pest levels.

Jenifer Pemberton, Grain Merchandising Manager for Deerfield Farms Service, Inc. will also be on hand to provide an overview on the current market situation for corn and soybeans.

And finally, Nathan Paskey, District Manager of the Ashtabula County Soil & Water Conservation District, will share an update on Senate Bill 150 and the potential changes to fertilizer regulations for Ohio Farmers.

As always, a hearty farmer lunch prepared by Lahti Catering means attendees will not go away hungry!

The lunch is being sponsored by W.I. Miller & Sons of Farmdale.

Registration fee for this program is $30 per person. Registration includes morning refreshments, lunch, speaker travel expenses, publications, and program handouts.

Registrants will receive OSU Extension’s Abnormal Corn Ear poster and Iowa State’s Corn Growth and Development & Corn Disease publications. Pre-registration is required by Feb. 3.

Make checks payable to OSU Extension, Ashtabula County and mail to 39 Wall Street, Jefferson, OH 44047.

If you have any questions please call 440-576-9008. CCA and Private & Commercial Pesticide Credits have been requested for this program.

A registration flyer can be found at: go.osu.edu/ne-events.

To close, I would like to offer the following anonymous quote which states “What good is the warmth of summer without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”

Have a good, safe and warm day!

David Marrison is Associate Professor and Extension Educator, Agriculture & Natural Resources, Ohio State University Extension. Mr. Marrison can be reached at 440-576-9008 or marrison.2@osu.edu

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