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Late Season Nitrogen Application The Topic Of Discussion For Twilight Tour

Late season nitrogen application was the topic of discussion at the tour Tuesday evening. The county extension office set up a nitrogen timing test plot in Alger to study the best stage to apply nitrogen. It was discovered that the "V10" stage (or ten colored leaves on the corn plant) is the most ideal time to apply the fertilizer. 
Local farmer Paul Ralston talked to the crowd about his "Y-Drop" attachment for his sprayer. Ralston uses this system to apply nitrogen to the roots of the plant. 
Rick Barnes of Ag Performance and Allison Adams of Countryside Consulting explained their method for prescribing the correct amount of the chemical to be applied. They use crop health imaging data which is taken via aircraft to identify zones that need to be tested. They then use their soil scanning machine that allows a soil sample to be taken and analysis run all in about five minutes for nitrate levels. They then input a yield goal and the computer produces the amount of nitrogen needed to meet that goal. 
This method is in an effort to save nitrogen costs for the farmer, to maximize the fertilizer's effect in the field, to reduce chemical runoff and to increase yields.
If you have questions about late season nitrogen application, you can contact Mark Badertscher, the Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator at the OSU Extension office at 419-675-2297


OSU Extension Rainfall Report for July

During the month of July, Extension rainfall reporters recorded an average of 1.68 inches of rain in Hardin County.  Last year, the average rainfall for July was 4.66 inches.  The extremely dry month had lower rainfall totals in the northern half of the county, although most areas in the southern half recorded low rainfall amounts as well.

Dale Rapp in Dudley Township received 4.32 inches of rain for the month, the most of any of the township sites. The least rain in July, 0.55 inches, was collected in Blanchard Township by Crop Production Services.  For the growing season from April 15 through July, the average precipitation in the townships was 12.22 inches, with a wide range from 9.75 to 17.35 inches.   

Soil moisture was good coming off a very heavy rain event in late June leading into the month of July.  However, that moisture could only last so long with the growing crops as July signaled the beginning of an extended dry period.  Rain events happening during the month were usually limited to a few tenths of an inch, with the exception of Dudley and Hale Townships, which were able to catch a heavier rain on July 18.

Corn and soybean crops were progressing well after a late planting for most of the county.   Soil moisture was adequate leading into corn pollination.  Soon after pollination, soils became extremely dry as Hardin County was considered to be in a period of moderate drought towards the end of the month.  Corn started showing signs of drought stress, which became more widespread into August.  This drought stress happened during a time that is crucial to kernel development that most likely will affect corn yields.


Soybeans were slower to show stress as a result of the rain.  The lack of moisture in July caused soybean plants to be shorter than normal with less flowering at the nodes.  Pod development suffered as well, with fewer pods and lower seed counts in the pods.  However, soybeans adapt better than corn to these types of conditions, allowing additional late flowering after much needed rain arrived in August.  As a result, soybean yields will likely be lower this year, but not as severe as corn yields.  The dry weather also brought about a spider mite problem in some soybean fields, which could be treated with miticides or eventually the coming of rain.

July’s lack of rain also created a new set of issues with forage producers.  Forages displayed slow growth, resulting in lower tonnage per acre.  Producers were left with the decision of whether or not to cut alfalfa upon first bloom, or allow more time for growth.  Cutting hay with less tonnage creates inefficient use of resources and also a shortage of feed for livestock.  This may cause some producers to grow alternative fall forages or purchase of hay from other sources to feed livestock through the winter.


Hardin County Extension Rainfall Report for July 2016 (recorded in inches)



July 2016

Growing Season (from Apr. 15-2016)

Blanchard Township

Crop Production Services



Buck Township

Heritage Cooperative/Kenton



Cessna Township

Steve Lowery



Dudley Township

Dale Rapp



Goshen Township

Brein Bros. Farm



Hale Township

Ramsey Farm



Jackson Township

Jim McVitty



Liberty Township

Phil Epley



Lynn Township

Jan Layman



Marion Township

Mark Lowery



McDonald Township

Jerry Stout     



Pleasant Township

Robert McBride



Roundhead Township

Mike Lautenschlager



Taylor Creek Township

Silver Creek Supply



Washington Township

Randy Preston









State Vet Urges Ohio Farmers and Hunters To Take Caution

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (AP) — The diagnosis of bovine tuberculosis in a wild deer in southeast Indiana this week is prompting warnings for cattle owners and hunters in Ohio.


The state veterinarian is urging cattle owners in southwest Ohio to closely monitor their herds for symptoms of the bacterial disease, such as lethargy and coughing. He also recommends owners take steps to prevent cattle from having contact with wild animals.


Officials say bovine tuberculosis mainly affects cattle but can be transmitted to any warm-blooded animal. They say infected deer may not have noticeable signs of the disease.


Officials recommend that hunters protect themselves by wearing gloves when field dressing animals and by fully cooking any meat.


© Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Hardin County Soil and Water Conservation District Holds Annual Meeting

Jerry McBride, the chairman of the Hardin County Soil and Water Conservation District, began the program by recognizing the board of supervisors and the staff of the office. McBride mentioned that currently there are eight contractors working on sub-surface drainage and grassed waterway projects which keeps the county staff very busy. McBride noted that they were one of the best in the state and that our county was represented well.



The Legge Family and Legge Excavating was the recipient of the 2016 Conservation Cooperator Of The Year Award. Legge Excavating installs many conservation methods including filter strips, sub surface drainage, and grassed waterways.


Supervisor Gary Flinn promoted the upcoming Forestry Field Day as well as the Pond Clinic, Envirothon, and the 4-H youth conservation contest at the Hardin County Fair. A representative from the Ohio Department Of Agriculture then announced that Jeffrey Billenstein would be re-elected as a supervisor.

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Recent Rainfall Not To Late For County's Crops

Just two weeks ago, the county was in the middle of a drought. Driving along fields the corn and beans were yellowed and dying. Recently the weather patterns have shifted and dumped anywhere between 2 and half inches up to four inches rain on Hardin county. Local farmer Gary Shick explains that this was the famed “Million Dollar Rain”. He says that this rain is just what the doctor ordered.


“We thought at one time that probably the hills on the corn were going dry up, and that they were done for. But, they seem to be green-ing up, it’s really going to help the beans. I’ve been having some conversations that got some corn planted early. That looks like that was the thing to do this year. After talking to some people they think that the later corn is going to be better than the early corn. That’s because these rains are helping on the grain fill. It probably won’t do as much for the corn as far as putting kernels on the ear, but it will really help fill those kernels out. A better test weight and better quality corn.” Explained Shick


Shick says the Soybeans will see success as well.


“And the beans really seem to be coming on now, during this dry weather the flowers were drying up potentially turning into pods were drying up and falling off. It looks like what is there now is really going to fill out and it’s really going to benefit from these rains.” Shick said.


All of this rain is raising concern about the water quality and chemical runoff. Shick says he’s certain that very little has runoff.

“We have plenty of people involved in that, as far as Soil and Water and the state organizations. There are a lot of tile tests being run now. So far, we’ve had anywhere from 2.5 inches to 4 inches and very little of that has run off. It’s all soaked in and there is very little runoff water. So, I thinking being the dryness, added to the rains we’re having now, it’s really going to help. We haven’t had this kind of a rain for years it seems like. It’s always a 24 hour 3 inch or 4 inch rain and most of that runs off but this has been a soaker and it’s really going to benefit. The cracks are drying up in the ground now, they’re coming together.” Said Shick.


Listen to the full interview by clicking here


Several Agriculture Field Days Set For Local Area

The first field day is presented by The Hardin County Extension Office is holding a “Twilight Tour” August 23 in Alger. Local Farmer Paul Ralston will be discussing late season nitrogen application. Also being discussed is a portable soil tester that allows for soil to be tested for pH, and nitrate nitrogen availability, all within about five minutes. Attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs. No registration is required. To view the informational flyer, click here.


The Next field day will be held at the champaign county fairgrounds in Urbana. The Precision Agriculture field day will feature many speakers from both the industry and from The Ohio State University. There will be several demonstrations featured as well. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided. The event is free but attendees must pre-register to the Champaign County Extension Office at (937) 484-1526 for a lunch count. For more information, click here.

The final field day in our area is put on by the Ohio No-Till Council. It will be held at Jan Layman’s Farm. This event will feature speakers from Natural Resources Conservation Service, Soil and Water Conservation District. Topics discussed will be soil fertility, water management and quality, cover crops, equipment demonstrations and tours. Early registration is $40, and $60 on-site. For the schedule and regestration information, click here.


Ohio Department of Agriculture Announces Farm Pesticide Disposal Collection


REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Agriculture will be sponsoring a collection for farmers wishing to dispose of unwanted pesticides on Aug. 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Hardin County Fairgrounds, 14134 County Road 140, Kenton, OH 43326.


The pesticide collection and disposal service is free of charge, but only farm chemicals will be accepted.  Paint, antifreeze, solvents, and household or non-farm pesticides will not be accepted.


Pesticide collections are sponsored by the department in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  To pre-register, or for more information, contact the Ohio Department of Agriculture at 614-728-6987.



Crop Walk Slated For August 9th

What is that bug in my vegetable garden?  Why do my plants have brown spots on the leaves?  Why are my tomatoes cracking after they looked good?  Hardin County OSU Extension is sponsoring a fruit and vegetable Crop Walk program on Tuesday, August 9 from 6:00-8:00 pm.  The program will include an emphasis on fruit and vegetable production. The location of the program will be 15460 County Road 209, Kenton.

OSU Extension Horticulturist Jim Jasinski will be giving recommendations for pumpkins, squash, cucumbers, and melons.  He will also provide information on managing insect pests that infest produce.  Dr. Sally Miller, plant pathologist from the OSU Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center will be discussing plant disease problems common with fruits and vegetables.  Hardin County OSU Extension Educator Mark Badertscher will provide information on soil fertility and water quality.

The program will be held outside so bring your lawn chair and umbrella in case of rain.  There will be a diagnostic table so be sure to bring along any plant problems, plant diseases, and insect specimens for questions and answers.  The program will conclude with walk through a produce patch, pointing out produce issues and how to deal with them.

For more information about OSU Extension, Hardin County, visit the Hardin County OSU Extension website at, the Hardin County OSU Extension Facebook page or contact Mark Badertscher, at 419-674-2297.


Ohio Hosting North American Manure Expo

The North American Manure Expo is about to land in Ohio.  The big event, covering the serious business of using farm animal manure to help grow crops, while doing it safely and greenly, is August 3-4 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, about 25 miles west of Columbus.  “Manure is an excellent source of nutrients for the crops we grow in Ohio and is probably one of the oldest forms of recycling we have,” said a co-chair of the event’s planning committee, Amanda Douridas.  She’s an agriculture and natural resources educator in the Champaign County office of Ohio State University Extension.

Expo attendees will dig into a trade show, three tours, field demonstrations and about 40 educational sessions on 13 main topics.  Some of those topics will be new technologies, new water quality protection efforts, and new handling and application methods for solid and liquid manures.  See latest technology and research as the event offers an “in-depth, hands-on opportunity to learn about the latest technology and research that are making manure application even more sustainable and environmentally friendly,” Douridas said.

OSU Extension and the Caren center, which also will be the site of September’s Farm Science Review trade show, are both part of The Ohio State University and its College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.  The college is co-hosting the annual expo, which rotates among states and to Canada, together with the Ohio- and Indiana-based Midwest Professional Nutrient Applicators Association.  Last year’s event was in Pennsylvania and drew about 2,000 people. The last time the expo was held in Ohio was in 2008 at the Caren center.

The event’s educational sessions will be a “huge draw because attendees can hear from so many experts in just one place,” Douridas said.  Those experts will come from the college, other universities, agencies and industry.  A complete list of the sessions and speakers is at  


There will be 3 tours, 90 vendors, lots of new ideas.  The tours, meanwhile, will give attendees a chance to see other operations’ successful practices — and to take home ideas to use themselves.  Details on the tours are at  The trade show will have more than 90 vendors, while the field demonstrations will offer side-by-side comparisons of equipment and practices.

The North American Manure Expo will fit the theme of ‘Sustainable farms for the future.’ “We’ve made a lot of improvements in understanding the value of manure and meeting crop nutrient needs by recycling manure back onto farm fields,” Douridas said. “It’s crucial that we protect our environment while feeding our neighbors.  “That’s how we develop sustainable farms for the future.”

Admission to the expo is free and open to the public, but preregistration is suggested. There’s a $20 fee for the tours, and preregistration is required to attend them.  Online preregistration for the expo and tours is available at

Attendees will be eligible for continuing education credits under a half-dozen continuing education programs: Ohio Department of Agriculture Certified Livestock Manager; Certified Crop Advisor; Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois Level 2 Applicator Certification; Pennsylvania Act 49, Manure Hauler and Broker; Pennsylvania Act 38, Nutrient Management; and Ohio Professional Engineer.  Full details are at

The Ohio Department of Agriculture, Van Wert-based Cooper Farms, Michigan State University, Purdue University and the University of Wisconsin also are helping present the event.  The expo is owned by the Professional Nutrient Applicators Association of Wisconsin and is managed by Ag Annex, publisher of Manure Manager magazine.  For more information, go to


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