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Water Quality Field Day Held In Northern Hardin County

Brownfield Ag News reports that the field day which was put on by the SWCD of Hardin County and Putnam County, OSU Extension, The Unites States Department of  Agriculture, and Ohio Department of Agriculture, was focused around keeping soil and nutrients in the ground and not letting farm chemicals get into the watersheds. Jerry McBride, the Chairman of the Hardin County Soil and Water Conservation District says the county had visitors from all over the state.


“The different groups of people were here and where they were from. We’re talking people from Williams County, Cleveland, Erie and Huron Counties, Columbus, Preble County, we’re talking people from all over the state, a fantastic day.” Said McBride.


McBride also says that the county’s best management practices are fairly new to the area.


“We in Hardin County, we like to be proactive, we look into some newer stuff. We don’t jump into everything or stuff off the wall or anything. We look into some newer practices like the two stage ditch. When we put that first one in that was kind of new to the Northwest Ohio area and the Lake Erie watershed. Indiana and Minnesota have done a few but that’s something we have to look at and every little thing that we can do helps clean up the water that leaves Hardin is cleaner for everyone else down stream and we are at the top of the Watershed.” McBride stated.

McBride said that he hopes that people understand that farmers and Soil and Water Conservation Districts are doing their part to solve the water issues. He says nobody truly knows the full answer but if they all collaborate, and do a little bit, it will all add up.


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.

To stay up to date with all of the Soil and Water ConservationDistricts’s news and events, as well as all agrictulre news updates like us on facebook, or follow Kolt on twitter @WKTNKolt.


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.



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