Corn College slated for Feb. 10

By Deborah Reinhart Brown - Ag update

The 2016 Corn College will be held on Feb. 10 in Greenville. This program focuses on what farmers need to know to operate a successful operation. The goal of the workshop is to help farmers focus on critical topics that can help them not only get the most bang for their buck, but also to raise the profit potential for their farms. Participating in this workshop in February allows time for participants to digest some key production information before they start to get their corn planted in April.

The workshop is taught by OSU Extension educators and specialists and will be held at Andersons Marathon Ethanol, 5728 Sebring Warner Road in Greenville. Some of the topics will include a 2016 Market Outlook; Budgeting for a Profitable Corn Crop; Agronomic Practices that Optimize Profitability in Corn Production-Perception versus Reality; Fungicide Effects on Disease, Ear Rot, and Yield in Field Corn; Insect Pressure on Today’s Genetics and Future Control; and Decision-Making with High Resolution Crop Imagery

Registration for the workshop is $50 and includes the program, handouts, breakfast, and lunch. Contact Sam Custer at 937-548-5215 for more information or a registration form. The deadline to register is Feb. 3.

(Almost) Last Call: The Shelby County Master Gardener Training Class will be held on Thursdays, March 3 through May 5, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The application deadline is Jan. 22. Contact our office for an application and/or more information.

The nearest 2015-2016 Agricultural Policy and Outlook meeting will be held on Feb. 19 at noon, at Romer’s Party Room in Greenville. These meetings feature presentations by Agriculture Economic experts on matters we should expect in 2016, including policy changes; key issues and market behavior with respect to farm, food, and energy resources; and the environment. This meeting is open to the public.

A meal is provided and is included in the registration cost of $20. Questions can be directed to Sam Custer ([email protected] or 937-548-5215). The registration deadline is Feb. 12.

If you’d like to have access to the information, but the date or location doesn’t work for you, you can sign up for a webinar that you can join remotely from your home or office. This webinar will be held on Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $10 (but no meal!). RSVP by Jan. 25 at For more information on the Agricultural Policy and Outlook series, visit

Well, today is West Ohio Agronomy Day! I’ll give you an update next week! In the meantime, there’s still time to register for the evening portion which will be held next Tuesday, Jan. 19, at the Days Inn (old Holiday Inn) behind Bob Evans here in Sidney. We’ll begin with a light supper and market update at 5 p.m. The Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification Training will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. with the Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training to be held from 8:45 to 11 p.m. All training will be done by OSU Extension Educators from the area.

The “pesticide” program will offer credits in Core and Categories 1, 2, and 6. The “fertilizer” portion will be the two-hour training for those who “alread”* have a Pesticide Applicator’s License. Please register for this offering no later than Thursday, Jan. 14: 937-498-7239 or [email protected]

For those of you who need to get your Fertilizer Applicator’s Certificate but don’t have a Pesticide Applicator’s License: We will be offering a three-hour program on Tuesday, March 22, at the Palazzo in Botkins. There will be two choices: 2 to 5 p.m. or 6:15 to 9:15 p.m. There will be a light supper offered 5 to 6 p.m. for both groups. Thanks to Bambauer Fertilizer and Seed for sponsoring this program!

By Deborah Reinhart Brown

Ag update

The writer can be reached at the OSU Extension office (937-498-7239) or by email at [email protected]

The writer can be reached at the OSU Extension office (937-498-7239) or by email at [email protected]