Dairy luncheon planned for Wednesday


By Deborah Reinhart Brown - Ag update



Well, it’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is this week! Thanksgiving is a good day for family, fun and food! We’ll also have food at our West Central Ohio Dairy luncheon this week, Wednesday! You can have all the pizza you want … or, you can “eat healthy” and fill up at the salad bar and save room for the turkey and dressing the next day! This Dairy Luncheon will be at the Pizza Hut in New Bremen, lunch at 11:30 a.m. Dr. Mark Hardesty will be presenting on Parturition Management beginning at noon. All are welcome; lunch is on-your-own.

This Friday, Nov. 23, is the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Replacement Female Sale, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Muskingum Livestock Auction Company in Zanesville. They have nearly 115 consignments which include 40 mature cows less than five years of age, cow/calf pairs, and about 75 bred heifers. All females will have a safe pregnancy status verified within 60 days of the sale and all lots are eligible for interstate shipment. Many different breeds are represented.

According to John Grimes, OSU Extension beef coordinator, “This sale represents an excellent opportunity for cow-calf producers to add quality bred heifers and young cows to their herds.” For more information about this event visit www.ohiocattle.org.

On Monday, Dec. 17, the OSU Income Tax School Ag Issues Webinar will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This program is for tax preparers whose clients include farmers and rural landowners as well as farmers who do their own taxes. Nearby locations include the OSU Extension offices in Auglaize and Miami counties. You can also participate from home. Registration deadline is Dec. 6. For more information, go to go.osu.edu/Cdkz.

There is a Pollinator Short Course and Ohio Pollinator Advocate Training being held on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Fisher Auditorium at the OSU Wooster Campus.

This daylong training will focus on pollination, bee biology, native bee identification, and habitat enhancement – with a focus on bumble bees. Participants will learn to identify common bees and will leave with practical ideas to improve pollinator habitat. Ohio Pollinator Advocates are trained volunteers who help to spread the word about the importance of pollinators.

This program is sponsored by the OSU Bee Lab with the sessions taught by Denise Ellsworth, OSU Extension Entomologist. The cost is $25, payable at the door and includes handouts, lunch, and light refreshments. Advance registration is required to get a headcount for lunch. Register at https://go.osu.edu/beereg.

Interested in becoming a Certified Crop Adviser? Yes, there is a test to pass … but, you’re not alone … and help is available!! Harold Watters will be holding his annual Ohio Certified Crop Adviser Pre-Exam Training Class on Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 9-10 here at our Sidney office building. Classes will meet from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

This is an intensive two-day workshop with presentation topics as reminders on what best to study in preparation for the CCA exams. The price for this exam preparation class is $250.

A number of publications as well as meals, snacks, and coffee are included in the class registration fee: Ohio Agronomy Guide, Weed Control Guide, The Ohio Corn/Soybean/Wheat/Alfalfa Field Guide, Tri-State Fertility Recommendations with recent updates, and Modern Corn and Soybean Production. Instructors include CCAs Robert Mullen, former OSU Soil Science Professor; Greg LaBarge and Harold Watters, OSUE Agronomy Specialists; and Bruce Clevenger, OSU Extension Educator in Defiance County. For more information on daily topics and how to register, go to go.osu.edu/CCAprep. The deadline for registering for this class is Dec. 28.

Have a great week and rnjoy your Thanksgiving feast! Oh, by the way: our Extension Offices will be closed both Thursday and Friday this week.

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By Deborah Reinhart Brown

Ag update

The writer can be reached at the OSU Extension office (937-498-7239) or by email at brown.1522@osu.edu.

The writer can be reached at the OSU Extension office (937-498-7239) or by email at brown.1522@osu.edu.