Southwest Ohio Corn Growers & Fayette County Agronomy Field Day: Tuesday, August 17th, 2021

field of soybean seedlings

Fayette County is known for its rich heritage in the agricultural industry. What better place for agricultural organizations such as Ohio State University Extension, Southwest Ohio Corn Growers Association, Fayette County Agronomy Club, Fayette County Chamber of Commerce, Fayette County Agricultural retailers, and the Fayette County Farm Bureau to come together on one day to showcase how important the agriculture industry is to its community.

On August 17th, 2021, the Southwest Ohio Corn Growers Association, in conjunction with the Fayette County Agronomy Committee and the Fayette County Extension Office, will hold their annual field day and agronomy plot demonstrations. The event will be held at the Fayette County Research and Demonstration Farm, located northeast of Washington CH at 2770 Old Route 38, at the Fayette County Airport. The field day will be from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. It is free to attend and will include lunch. Certified Crop Advisor credits will also be available for the various sessions of the event.

The event will begin promptly at 9:00am in the Equipment Building with our keynote speakers, Aaron Wilson, and Scott Pringnitz. Aaron Wilson is the climatologist for The Ohio State University Extension and will discuss “Our Changing Climate: Farming with Weather Extremes”. Scott Sringnitz is a Market Development Specialist, Dow AgroSciences, LLC. He will be discussing “Agronomic Crop Genetics and Crop Protection”. After our keynote speakers, there will be a variety of other educational sessions in tents around the exhibit area. The sessions will include a discussion and demonstration of a 360 Yield – Dash, Corn Plot with Elizabeth Hawkins, the Ohio State University Field Specialist and a couple of local corn and soybean farmers with this technology. Laura Lindsay and Andy Michel from the Ohio State University will be discussing the “Boots on the Ground” soybean research and soybean diseases and insects, respectively.  Sakthi Subburayalu from Central State University will be discussing water quality and edge of field research.  We are excited to include a live demonstration of a spraying drone from the Rantizo Company.  Additionally, representatives from the National and Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers will give updates on state and national activities the organization has been monitoring and participating in.

Beyond the educational sessions, agricultural equipment, technology, lending, marketing, seed, and chemical companies will be available throughout the event to answer questions and display their newest, innovative products. If you are interested in being an exhibitor, there is still availability to participate. Go to fayette.osu.edu to download a registration form to become an exhibitor. At lunch, a drawing will take place for Corn and Wheat Grower members. The drawing includes two gift certificates for $500, one for seed and one for equipment parts at participating businesses.  Membership is available the day of the event and members are eligible to win one of the gift certificates. Winners must be present to win.

The Fayette County Health Department and Fayette County Hospital will also be present to offer health screenings. Please fast prior to the health screening for blood testing.

After 2:00pm there will be additional educational activities and social events. The expanded schedule includes a Soil Health educational field day with live speakers and interactive field demonstrations. The topics will include, but not limited to, inter-seeding cover crops into a growing crop, terminating cover crops, cover crop varieties, aerial seeding, and a round table of farmers and industry representatives discussing cover crops and soil health.

In addition, the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce “Business after Hours” event, which has been a monthly event in Fayette County that highlights different businesses and organizations, will begin again at this event. Social interactions, food, door prizes, and drinks will be available to those who attend.  The “Business after Hours” will take place from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM in the Equipment Building and Hartley Oil of Washington Court House will be the sponsor.

At 6:30pm the Fayette County Farm Bureau organization will be hosting their 2021 Annual Meeting in the Equipment Building at the event site.  For tickets and additional information contact the Fayette County Farm Bureau office directly at 937-382-4407.

Questions about any portion of the day’s events can be directed to either:

Ken Ford, Fayette County ANR Educator at 740-335-1150, ford.70@osu.edu or Tony Nye, Clinton County ANR Educator at 937-382-0901, nye.1@osu.edu

Additional information can be found at the following websites: www.fayette.osu.edu and www.clinton.osu.edu

Southwest Ohio Corn Growers and Fayette County Agronomy Field Day Flyer

Crop Observation and Recommendation Network

C.O.R.N. Newsletter is a summary of crop observations, related information, and appropriate recommendations for Ohio crop producers and industry. C.O.R.N. Newsletter is produced by the Ohio State University Extension Agronomy Team, state specialists at The Ohio State University and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC). C.O.R.N. Newsletter questions are directed to Extension and OARDC state specialists and associates at Ohio State.

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