1. Farm Bill Enrollment Deadline

    Enrollment in the 2018 Farm Bill programs (PLC, ARC-CO, and ARC-IC) ends on March 16th.  If you do not enroll by this date you will default to the election you made in the previous Farm Bill and receive NO PAYMENTS for the 2019 program year.  This same election holds true for 2020. 

  2. Herbicide Classification

    The USB Take Action initiative and university weed scientists have developed a free webinar series covering various weed and herbicide management issues.  The webinar occurs every Thursday at 11 am EST through March 26.  Each webinar will have two weed scientists giving presentations about 15 minutes long, and there is opportunity for viewers to ask questions via the web portal.  The schedule is as follows:

    Feb 20

    Aaron Hager, University of Illinois – effective long-term management of waterhemp

    Travis Legleiter, University of Kentucky – spray deposition factors 

  3. Cover Crop

    Wondering how to do cover crops? OSU Extension, in collaboration with the Midwest Cover Crops Council (MCCC), has produced cover crop “recipes” for two scenarios: Post corn, going to soybean and Post soybean, going to corn.

  4. Manure Application

    The 2020 Certified Livestock Manager (CLM) training will be on Thursday February 27th and Friday February 28th at the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s (ODA) Reynoldsburg campus.

    The first day of the training session will focus on core topics related to ODA rules, basic nutrient    management practices, manure application practices, and water quality.  The second day will focus on agricultural policy, livestock management, university research on nutrient movement from agricultural fields, and livestock economics.

  5. In the southern portion of the state, above-average temperatures have resulted in winter wheat remaining green (see picture). Will the vernalization requirement be met?

  6. The Conservation Tillage Conference (CTC) is the largest agriculture meeting in northwestern Ohio.  Historically over 800 individuals will attend each day of this two-day conference.  This year’s event will be March 3 and 4 on the campus of Ohio Northern University in Ada.

  7. Author(s):

    The 2020 Overholt Drainage School will be held March 9-12 at the Fairfield County Agricultural Center (831 College Ave, Lancaster, OH 43130).  This year’s program includes the following topics: Agricultural Subsurface Drainage: System Design, Layout and Installation; Drainage Water Management: Controlled Drainage System Design, Layout and Installation; Applications for Water Management, Drainage Water Harvesting; and Water Quality Improvement Practices for Midwest Agricultural Drainage.