Agronomy Day: Fun, food, fellowship

By Deborah Reinhart Brown - Ag update

West Ohio Agronomy Day went Great last Monday!! We had more than 250 in attendance; the food was great, Fred from Purdue was funny, there appeared to be a lot of fellowship happening among attendees and with sponsors, and as expected, there was A LOT of information shared by all the presenters!! All went well!! Of course, Fred had to point out that I’ll do anything to get attention … even if that means falling on the floor while passing out materials!!

So, yes, one more “Shout Out” to all those who helped sponsor this year’s program: AG Boogher and Son, Inc.; Bambauer’s Fertilizer and Seed, Inc.; Cargill; Farm Credit Mid-America; Fertilizer Dealer Supply; From the Ground Up; Koenig Equipment; New Ag Horizons; Mercer Landmark; Ohio Corn & Wheat; Ohio Soybean Council; Otte AG, LLC; Precision Agri-Services, Inc.; Precision Agri Services, Inc. Planter and Technology Service; Lena Ag Center; Seed Consultants, Inc.; Shelby County Farm Bureau; and Shelby County SWCD/Loramie Valley Authority.

Now, if you missed this program and still need to get your Pesticide and Fertilizer Recertification completed, Auglaize County will have their training next Monday, Jan. 28, at the St. Joe Parish Life Center in Wapakoneta. FertRecert begins at 9 a.m. with the Pesticide Recert beginning at 10 a.m. The program will conclude at 3 p.m. (lunch on your own noon to 1 p.m.). Let Jeff Stachler know if you plan to attend: 419-739-6580.

A three-session program on Improving Grain Marketing Plans will be in Darke County on Tuesdays, Jan. 29, Feb. 5 and Feb. 12. These will be at the OSU Extension Learning Center on Wagner Avenue in Greenville, from 6 to 9 p.m. Topics to be addressed include Risk Tolerance and Risk Capacity; Crop Insurance Role in Marketing; Basis, Hedging, and Cash Contracts; Futures, Options, and Spreads; and Building a Grain Market Plan. The cost is $45 per person or $60 per farm. The same program is also being presented in Miami County, same dates, but in the mornings from 9 a.m. to noon. You can find more information at

The 2019 Ohio Beef Cattle Webinar will be hosted, Tuesday, Feb. 5, by Shelby County Extension. The program begins at 7 p.m. and will deal with “Winter Management of the Cow Herd to Ensure a Productive 2019.” We will be meeting here at the Shelby County Extension Office at 810 Fair Road in Sidney. Please contact me to let me know you plan to attend: 498-7239. Thanks!!

Well, last week was busy with more to come!! Yes, we’re still taking applications for our Master Gardener Training which will begin the end of February. The cost is $110 for the eight-week training and includes the manual, hand-outs, a T-shirt and a hand lens. Drop me an email if you’d like an application packet:

Just a “heads up” that I am putting together a four-part series on “Planning for Life’s Transitions.” This will be Monday evenings, Feb. 11 and 25 and March 11 and 18. We’ll start with a light supper at 5:30 p.m. with the program to begin about 6:15 p.m.

A different topic will be addressed each evening. The first week we’ll talk about “Setting the Stage”: Who will take over your business? What are your goals for retirement? Ideas for distributing your assets, etc. The second week we’ll address “Business Succession”: Transferring the business management/information to that next generation so they can succeed. The third evening will focus on “Retirement and Long-Term Care”: preparing for whatever happens in the future. The final session will deal with the legalities of “Estate Planning”: handling of physical assets.

Most of the speakers are confirmed, and I’m finalizing details now. We’ll be limited to 25 to 30 people. If you’re interested in this program, please drop me an email or call the office so I can get you on the list. Yes, more information will (probably) be in next week’s article!!

By Deborah Reinhart Brown

Ag update

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

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