Farm field day set for Wednesday

By Deborah Reinhart Brown - Ag update

The Ohio No-Till Summer Field Day will be this Wednesday, Aug. 31, on the Jan Layman Farm, Township Road 119, Kenton. On-site registration is $60 and includes lunch. Registration will begin at 8 a.m., with a chance to visit with exhibitors and see no-till machinery, followed by the program starting at 8:45 a.m.

No-till is known for its ability to control erosion, conserve soil moisture, minimize fuel and labor costs, and build soil structure and health. Done properly, no-till systems can meet or exceed conventionally tilled crop yields while reducing fuel and equipment costs. Several sessions at this Aug. 31 field day will also address the use of cover crops in no-till systems.

Equipment demonstrations include Aqua-Till, which uses ultra-high-pressure water jets to cut into the soil for planting, and a John Deere 2510-H dry fertilizer injector. A complete agenda is available at

The Shelby County Cattlemen’s Fall Round-Up will be held Tuesday, Sept. 6, at Poepplemans’s, three miles west of Fort Loramie on state Route 705. There will be a tour of facilities beginning at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. If you’re interested in attending or need more information, contact Jason Gibbs at

The Scrap Tire Disposal Day will be held at the Shelby County Fairgrounds in Sidney, on Saturday, Sept. 10, 8 a.m. to noon. This is for Shelby County residents only and is free. Passenger, truck, farm and tractor tires will be accepted, whether or not they are on rims. No commercial or industrial tires, please! This is Thanks to the Shelby County Health Department as well as other Shelby County organizations. For more information, contact Kent Topp at 937-498-7249.

The FSR Nutrient Management Field Day is Sept. 14 at the Farm Science Review’s Molly Caren Agricultural Center, near London, Ohio, at the green grassy area just east of the exhibit grounds – watch for signs. (Now, this is the week “before” the Farm Science Review itself.) Check in will be at 8:30 a.m. with the program to begin at 9 a.m.; we plan to end the day by 3 p.m.

Participants will be in small groups in the morning to ensure up close and personal educational experiences as we run through the Agronomy Demonstration Plots – the Nitrogen management plots, a Rainfall simulation, and Cover crop options. There will also be a session on Phosphorus Management before we break for lunch.

Following the barbecue box lunch at noon, there will be large field demonstrations of fertilizer applications: planter applications, delayed applications, and methods of incorporation. CCA credits are available. This event is also a qualified training for those needing Fertilizer Applicator Certification. That paperwork will be completed at the 3 p.m. end-time.

The cost is $15 per person for the program and includes lunch. You can register in advance for the program at For more information, contact Harold Watters, OSU Extension, at or 937-604-2415.

Now, if you don’t want to drive all the way to London, Ohio to get your training, you can come tonight, Monday, Aug. 29, to the Auglaize/Shelby County Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training at the Palazzo in Botkins. Light refreshments will be available at 6 p.m.; the program begins at 6:30 p.m. This three-hour program will provide the certification training to apply commercial fertilizer to 50 acres or more for those who do not presently hold a pesticide applicator license. There is no registration fee, thanks to TruPointe sponsorship. Please let me know to expect you:

Mercer County will be also be holding a three-hour FertCert Training on Tuesday, Sept. 6, at the Wright State University Lake Campus from 6 to 9 p.m. Contact Denny Riethman at 419-586-2179 for registration.

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