Agricultural meetings to attend
This weather is really getting old. I hope when you are reading this the sun will be shining and things will be starting to dry out. It seems that the “wet and soggy” theme has continued well into our winter months. To help get through these long grey winter days, here are a few meetings you may want to take in:
Delaware County pesticide re-certification meeting
I would like to remind those of you whose pesticide license expires this year on March 31 that you will need to recertify soon. Our Delaware County Pesticide Recertification meeting will be held on from 6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 8th here at the Extension Office in Room B, 149 N. Sandusky St. Space is limited, so we need you to call into the office to make a reservation soon in order for you to have a spot. The cost is $25. Our office number is 740–833-2030.
Remember that ODA has simplified by reducing the number of licensing categories from 13 to only 7. This consolidation reflects the changing needs of Ohio farming operations. Several smaller-use categories have been combined for applicators. For example, growers who produce a variety of food crops will now only need one category for fruit and vegetable crops. Some applicators will have fewer categories on their license, but will still be able to purchase and use the same pesticide products. The specialty categories of seed treatment, non-cropland, aquatics, tobacco and wood preservation were consolidated into the first six categories. This means an applicator would be able to purchase materials for these applications with at least one category on their license.
Northern Ohio Crops Day will be held on Feb. 9 at Ole Zim’s Wagon Shed, 1375 N. Ohio 590, Gibsonburg, Ohio. Featured on this program will be: “Phosphorous and Lake Erie, What has Changed since 1995,” “Pesticide Application, Making Sure You Hit the Target”, “Problem Weeds in Row Crops & Forages,” “Using All the Tools for Growing Corn” and “Precision Agriculture.” For more information call 419–334-6340.
Ohio weed resistance workshops
The Ohio AgriBusiness Association (OABA) and the Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) have joined forces to offer this one-of-a-kind event series. There will be three workshops across the state on Feb. 28, Feb. 29 and March 1, and is being offered at no cost to registered participants.
The Ohio Soybean Association, along with many sponsors and the OABA, will put on these workshops. This will be a unique opportunity for both farmers and custom applicators dealing with herbicide resistance to get up to speed on the current state of weed resistance management in Ohio and get insight into future projections, as well as learn about how best to manage it and how to utilize latest technologies.
Presenters will include researchers Dr. Mark Loux and Tony Dobbels of The Ohio State University Department of Horticulture and Crop Science. Representatives from Monsanto and other experts in weed resistance round out the program. In addition to individual speaker presentations, the events will feature a panel discussion with Q&A. CCA credits for the sessions will be available.
All three workshops will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m. and will be followed by a lunch. The dates and locations are as follows:
- Northeast Ohio — Feb. 28, at the Ohio Ag. Research & Development Center: 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, OH 44691
- Central and Southern Ohio — Feb. 29, held at the Fawcett Center: 2400 Olentangy River Rd., Columbus, 43210
- Western and Northwest Ohio — March 1, held at the Centre: 601 North Main St., Bluffton, OH 45817
If you are interested in one of these dates, RSVP at oaba.net.
The event is also sponsored by The Ohio State University Agronomic Crops Team.
Midwest Professional Nutrient Applicators Association is offering this winter meeting. Some of the topics that will be addressed include: Forecasting the future of agriculture nutrients, How to fix mistakes in record keeping and field application, Indiana regulations update, and Application of ethanol by-products and digester effluent. Six Certified Livestock Manager Credits will be offered for the entire day and Indiana PARP and CCH credits have been submitted for approval. For registration information, visit oema.osu.edu/MPNAA/feb2012/ Flyer.pdf.
Rob Leeds is the OSU Extension Educator for Delaware County.