|Putnam OSU-Extension offers agronomy program|
|Thursday, January 10, 2013 1:31 PM|
The Agronomy Day program will provide a wide variety of topics presented by Extension specialists and local agencies. The program will begin with introductions and continue with Putnam Soil and Water District updates from Albert Maag,
After the updates, the program will focus on agricultural topics of interest based on the 2012 growing season. The program will start with a presentation on “Producing Corn After a Drought” by Emerson Nafsiger, University of Illinois Extension Specialist Crop Production. Emerson grew up in the Pettisville area and has served as Extension grain specialist in Illinois since 1982.
Anne Dorrance, Ohio State Extension Specialist Soybean Pathology, will present on “Soybean Disease Update.” She will look at northwest Ohio soybean diseases and pathogens and other factors affecting the health of a soybean plant. After a light meal, Harold Watters, Ohio State University Extension Agronomy Field Specialist, will provide a presentation on “Dealing with Tough Weeds.” Harold will review some new, reformulated, and renamed products, as well as, some changes in the status of certain labels for dealing with tough weeds, especially marestail and ragweed. Jim Hoorman, Putnam County AGNR Extension Educator will finish with a short session on “Lake Erie and Soluble Phosphorus – 4 Rs”.
In addition, area agricultural businesses sponsoring the program will be setting up displays to share information about their products and programs. If you have any additional questions about the Free Agronomy Night Program contact the Putnam County Extension Office. Pesticide re-certification credits are available and a fee of $15 will be charged for those credits.
The Putnam County Extension office is hosting a winter meeting series on “Using Cover Crops to Improve Soil Health” with Jim Hoorman as the major speaker. The program will be on Feb. 11, 20, 23 from 7-9 p.m. at the OSU Extension office located at 1206 East Second Street by the fairgrounds.
On Feb. 11, topics will include information on “Ecological Farming Practices” and how cover crops may reduce nutrient loses and increase nutrient efficiency. A session on “Soil Ecology and Nutrient Recycling” will focus on the role of soil microbes in supplying nutrients to crops. “Using Cover Crops to Adapt to Extreme Weather” will look at the role of cover crops, soil organic matter and crop residue in improving crop yields during adverse weather events.
On Feb. 20, topics will include “Biology of Soil Compaction” and the role cover crop roots and microbes perform in improving soil structure. “Cover Crop Economics” will look at the yield advantages/ disadvantages of cover crops and its impact on farm profit. The Midwest Cover Crops Council website will be highlighted along with the new “Ohio Cover Crop Selector Tool”.
On Feb. 25, the management and selection of cover crops will be discussed. The first session will focus on “Raising Homegrown Nitrogen” by growing legumes cover crops like winter peas, crimson clover, cowpeas, and sun hemp. A session on “Using Grasses and Brassicas in your Crop Rotation” will discuss the benefits of using cover crops like cereal rye, oats, Sorghum Sudan grass, buckwheat, and oilseed radish on crop production. An open discussion will follow on “How to Incorporate Cover Crops into your Crop Rotation”.