Chad Spencer
Chad Spencer
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AG News Archives for 2016-10

County Corn Harvest Underway, Yields Better Than Expected

Local farmer Gary Shick harvests his corn crop.


I took a trip to the Western part of Hardin County to see this year’s corn harvest progress. Among reports of molded ears, sprouting kernels, and worm infestations around the state, Local Farmer Gary Shick says “We saw it earlier, I have seen some earlier samples of it in the earlier planted, April planted corn. We haven’t seen it so far...”

In regards to estimated yields, Shick says he’s “been talking with other farmers, I’ve heard anything from 120 to 240.”  That number is in bushels per acre. Shick says a common goal for his farm is 200 Bu/A however he’s attended meetings where in the west, they reach upwards of 500. Shick also says that this year’s crop is producing better than what he had anticipated.

Shick also showed me how technology has evolved in the field. His combine features a monitor that allows him to view yields and moisture content in real time. However technology in Agriculture extends far beyond that. Select machines now also have potential to steer themselves using GPS Guidance. Companies are also investigating machines that are autonomous or that don’t have a cab and are completely driven by way of computer. Stay tuned to WKTN and WKTN.com for the latest agriculture and FFA news.


Area Represented Well At National FFA Convention

FFA Chapters from around the area returned this past weekend from the 89th Annual National FFA Convention and Expo that was held in Indianapolis Indiana. FFA members from across the country, attend the event to listen to motivational speakers, and to recognize achievements won by chapters and students. The convention also hosts national level contests and evaluations for proficiency awards. Jared McNeely, the president of the Kenton FFA Chapter explains the chapter’s high honor that they were awarded.


“We did get our three star chapter award and how we got that was we sent in our application for state and we were rated a gold chapter within the state, and then we sent that to nationals and got the three star chapter award.” McNeely said.


Only 10% of the state’s chapters are awarded the gold rating.  upon being awarded that honor, the chapter is then eligible for the Star Chapter Program. Kenton, Hardin Northern, and Ridgemont, share the three star title with 170 other chapters nationwide out of the collective 7,757 chapters in the country.


Chapters that are ranked with three stars are then eligible for the National Model of Innovation and National Model of Excellence awards. Ridgemont competed on stage for this award.

As far as individual awards go, Nole Gerfen of Ridgemont was awarded the top Swine Entrepreneurship proficiency award.


Stay tuned to WKTN.com and kentontoday.com for the latest FFA News.


Reforestation and Wetlands The Topic of Annual Forestry Field Day

Reforestation and Wetlands The Topic of Annual Forestry Field Day


The Annual Forestry Field Day was held last night at the home of Kelly (Buck) and Jolene Buchenroth. They have planted over 7,800 Sycamore, Red, White Swamp, and Bur Oak trees on land that was previously unmaintained pasture and contained undesirbale weeds and undergrowth.


"The Buchenroth's have put in about 8 acres of new tree plantings as well as three wetlands. Two of which  are dugouts and one is a damed up wetland." Says District Conservationest Megan Burgess.


The project was funded through EQIP.


"EQIP stands for Environemntal Quality Incetives Program and it is a cost share program authorized through the 2014 farm bill. It helps provide funds to farmers and land owners to improve their natural resources whether thats cropland practices, wildlife practices, or livestock practices." Explained Burgess.


If you're interested in signing up for a program or getting technical assistance with your land, stop into the Hardin County Soil and Water office at 12751 SR 309 or call 419-673-7238 Extension 3.


Kenton FFA Holds October Meeting

On October 11, 2016 the Kenton-OHP FFA chapter held its monthly October meeting.During the meeting the very first member of the month Sarah Thomas was selected.Also at the meeting Items of business such as fruit sale start and finish dates and the Trip to the Ohio State hockey were discussed and approved by the members of the Kenton-OHP FFA. After the items of business were handled members were treated to chili and pumpkin painting. All pumpkins painted were given to charity.



Kenton FFA Hosts Industry Tour

On October 10, 2016 the Kenton FFA hosted their very first Hardin County Agriculture and Industry tour. During their day off of school students signed up to experience different aspects of agriculture in Hardin County. The first stop on the tour was a tour at Heritage Cooperative, a major crop company in Kenton Ohio. During this in-depth tour, the students saw the process of the crop treatment during the harvest season. Next, the students toured McCullough Industries. At the tour students got a first hand view of the process of providing quality material handing equipment. This was a good example of selling farm equipment in Hardin County. The next tour the students took was Powell Seeds in Ada. During this tour students learned the process of producing, processing and marketing Ohio grown seeds. While in Ada, students stopped for lunch at locally run restaurant Viva Maria. Finally, for their last tour students traveled back to Kenton where they toured International Paper. The tour featured the development of renewable and recyclable paper products that are used all around the world.



County Ag Hall Of Fame Nominations Due

Applications are being accepted for the 2016 Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame through the end of the business day on October 14. Nominees must have made their major contribution to agriculture primarily as a result of being born, growing up, living in, or working in Hardin County, Ohio.  Outstanding agriculturalists may be nominated by individuals or organizations.  Nomination forms are available at the Hardin County OSU Extension office or on the Hardin County OSU Extension website at hardin.osu.edu.  Completed forms must be returned to the OSU Extension Office, 1021 W. Lima Street, Suite 103, Kenton, Ohio, 43326.

The purpose of the Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame is to recognize and honor outstanding contributions to agriculture by Hardin County people.  Annual awards will be made to men or women who have been instrumental to the success and excellence of agriculture, either as a farmer or in an agricultural related field.  We desire to honor and give public recognition to those who have brought distinction to themselves, have made outstanding contributions to their professions, and whose community involvement has served as a stimulus to others.  Selected individuals who have been instrumental to the success and excellence of agriculture will be honored at the Agriculture Hall of Fame Awards Banquet, scheduled for Tuesday, December 6, 2016.


August Rainfall Report Released

During the month of August, Extension volunteer rainfall reporters received an average of 5.22 inches of rain.  The most rain for this month, 8.00 inches, fell in Hale Township as measured by Travis Ramsey.  The least rain reported during the month, 3.42 inches was reported in Buck Township by Heritage Cooperative/Kenton.  During the same month last year, an average of 2.50 inches of rain fell.  The rainfall recorded in August over the past ten years averaged 3.82 inches.  

For the growing season since April 15, the average precipitation in the townships was 17.43 inches, ranging from 25.35 inches in Hale Township to 14.72 inches in McDonald Township. The growing season average rainfall was 1.57 inches below the ten-year average for Hardin County for the same period.

Much needed rain occurred in August after an extended dry period that started in July.  The hot and dry weather during this period had an adverse effect on corn ear development and kernel fill.  This will most likely affect corn yields during harvest.  Soybean fields utilized the extra rain in August to provide additional growth and produced new flowers that added pods to shorter plants.  This August rain helped soybean development, including double cropped and inter-seeded fields around the county.  Hay producers were able to make cuttings through August as well with the timely rain.  Currently, fall harvest has just begun in the county with early soybeans and some corn shelling.




August 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

Brien Bros. Farm



Hale Township

Travis Ramsey



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









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