The Ohio State University Agronomy Team’s Alternative Crops Committee has planned 3 educational opportunities looking at the subject of “Increasing Your Crop Diversity to Improve Your Bottom Line.” The first of these 3 meetings has already occurred on January 14, 2021. Its subject was Getting Started with Specialty Small Grains. The recordings of the presentations are available here. The second and third sessions are scheduled for February 4 and March 4, 2021.
The topic for this Thursday’s (2/4/2021) meeting is “Getting Started with Seed Production.” We have two speakers for the morning meeting that starts at 9:00 a.m., Fred Pond of Pond Seed Company, Scott, Ohio. He will discuss the seed production requirements that are over and above the normal production practices for producing an agronomic crop for standard consumption. And Carl Stuck, a diversified farmer in western Ohio with experience in producing cover crops for seed. He will discuss major cover crops for use in Ohio, basics of seed production and cleaning, and how to get started.
The March 4, 2021 topic is “Getting Started with Non-GMO Crops.” This session starts at 9:00 a.m. as well. There are 3 presentations that day covering Production Practices, Insects: The Forgotten Corn Pests, and Weed Control in Non-GMO crops.
To register for these last two sessions, go to: https://agcrops.osu.edu/events/seed-production and https://agcrops.osu.edu/events/non-gmo-crop-production.