Northeast Ohio Cover Crops Field Night Scheduled for Tuesday, August 18

OSU Extension is pleased to be offering a “Northeast Ohio Cover Crops Field Night” on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at Caroma Farms located at 9499 State Route 46 in North Bloomfield, Ohio from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. We are very appreciative of the Barnett family for hosting this field night. The family is one of the early adopters of the use of cover crops and this will be a great opportunity for area farmers to learn more about cover crops.

This field night will feature Jim Hoorman from OSU Extension. Jim is a nationally known speaker in cover crops and will be on hand to help producers learn how to successfully use cover crops. This will be a great opportunity for crop producers who are looking to use cover crops to improve soil fertility, improve soil structure and increase the capacity of soil drainage.

During the field night Jim will discuss the basics of how cover crops increase soil organic matter and improve nutrient recycling and how roots change soil structure and improve drainage. Jim will share details of the major cover crops and how they are used in crop rotations such as corn and soybean. Each cover crop has a niche or special purpose. Legume cover crops are typically used to produce homegrown nitrogen. Grass cover crops are used to increase soil organic matter, recycle excess nutrients, and reduce soil compaction. Brassica crops are grown to loosen the soil, recycle nutrients, and suppress weeds. Some other cover crops are grown to suppress insects, disease, weeds, or attract beneficial insects.

Jim will also share how cover crops may be used to supplement forages for dairy, beef, and sheep. Attendees will also learn more about the economics of using and purchasing cover crops. Discussion will also be held on how cover crops may increase soil productivity and decrease chemical input costs through reduced herbicides, less fungicides, and improved nutrient efficiency.

The use of cover crops should be strongly considered in 2015 as we have thousands of acres which were not planted due to the extremely wet weather. Now is a great chance to plant a cover crop, or two, to help improve and protect our heavy soils here in Ashtabula County.

This workshop is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Participants are requested to dress for the weather as it will be held rain or shine. Participants are asked to bring a lawn chair. More information about this program can be obtained by calling the Ashtabula County Extension office at 440-576-9008. A program flyer can be found at: http://go.osu.edu/ne-events

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Pesticide Disposal Day to be held on August 13 in Canfield, Ohio

The Ohio Department of Agriculture will be sponsoring a collection for farmers wishing to dispose of unwanted pesticides on August 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mahoning County Fairgrounds, 7625 Columbiana‐Canfield Road, Canfield, OH 44406. The pesticide collection and disposal service is free of charge, but only farm chemicals will be accepted. Paint, antifreeze, solvents, and household or non‐farm pesticides will not be accepted. Pesticide collections are sponsored by the department in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. To pre‐register, or for more information, contact the Ohio Department of Agriculture at 614‐728‐6987.

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Enrollment for the 2016 Dairy Margin Protection Program to Begin July 1, 2015

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced that starting July 1, 2015, dairy farmers can enroll in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Margin Protection Program for coverage in 2016. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating dairy operations when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer. Harden made the announcement while visiting Wolfe’s Neck Farm and dairy school in Freeport, Maine.

"More than half of our nation’s dairy producers enrolled in the 2015 program, which exceeded our expectations for the first year of the program," said Harden. "We are confident that dairy farmers across the country will again take advantage of this safety net program for 2016. USDA will continue outreach efforts, including partnering with cooperative extension services, to ensure dairy producers are fully informed about the protections that this safety net program can provide during periods of market downturns."

The Margin Protection Program gives participating dairy producers the flexibility to select coverage levels best suited for their operation. Enrollment begins July 1 and ends on Sept. 30, 2015, for coverage in 2016. Participating farmers will remain in the program through 2018 and pay a $100 administrative fee each year. Producers also have the option of selecting a different coverage level during open enrollment each year. Margin Protection Program payments are based on an operation’s historical production. An operation’s historical production will increase by 2.61 percent in 2016 if the operation participated in 2015, providing a stronger safety net.

USDA also has an online resource available to help dairy producers decide which level of coverage will provide them with the strongest safety net under a variety of conditions. The enhanced Web tool, available at www.fsa.usda.gov/mpptool, allows dairy farmers to quickly and easily combine their unique operation data and other key variables to calculate their coverage needs based on price projections. Producers can also review historical data or estimate future coverage based on data projections. The secure site can be accessed via computer, mobile phone, or tablet, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Dairy operations enrolling in the program must meet conservation compliance provisions. Producers participating in the Livestock Gross Margin insurance program may register for the Margin Protection Program, but this new margin program will only begin once their Livestock dairy insurance coverage has ended. Producers must also submit form CCC-782 for 2016, confirming their Margin Protection Program coverage level selection, to the local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office. If electing higher coverage for 2016, dairy producers can either pay the premium in full at the time of enrollment or pay a minimum of 25 percent of the premium by Feb. 1, 2016.

The Margin Protection Program was established by the 2014 Farm Bill, which builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past six years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for the taxpayer. Since enactment, USDA has made significant progress to implement each provision of this critical legislation, including providing disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; strengthening risk management tools; expanding access to rural credit; funding critical research; establishing innovative public-private conservation partnerships; developing new markets for rural-made products; and investing in infrastructure, housing and community facilities to help improve quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit www.usda.gov/farmbill.

For more information, visit FSA online at www.fsa.usda.gov/dairy for more information, or stop by a local FSA office to learn more about the Margin Protection Program. To find a local FSA office in your area, visit http://offices.usda.gov.

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Giant Hogweed in Bloom in Ohio

Giant Hogweed is in bloom right now in Ashtabula County. We have an excellent fact sheet on the dangers written by David L. Marrison, OSU Extension Educator. It can be found at: http://ashtabula.osu.edu/…/Hog…/OSUGiantHogweedFactsheet.pdf


David L. Marrison
Associate Professor
Agricultural & Natural Resources Extension Educator
OSU Extension Ashtabula & Trumbull Counties
39 Wall Street, Jefferson, OH 44047
440-576-9008 Office / 440-576-5821 Fax
marrison.2 http://go.osu.edu/AshtabulaAg

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Baseball Field Management On-Line Course Offered

Interested in wanting to learn more about what it takes to manage a baseball field? The course contains 7 modules which includes: Introduction & Field Layout; Infield Skins; Pitcher’s Mound; Turfgrasses; Best Management Practices; Turf Problems; and Sports Turf Administration. Each module is stocked with short high quality lectures, "how-to" instructional videos, games and/or assignments. There are also tips from field managers. The course is assessed by quizzes. The student can learn from their chosen remote location and at their own pace. For more information, go to the Plant Science Online Website at http://hcs.osu.edu/plantscienceonline/certificates/baseball

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Ashtabula County Ag Scholarship Applications Due May 1, 2015

OSU Extension and the Ashtabula County Agricultural Scholarship Committee are pleased to announce the scholarship committee will be presenting a minimum of ten scholarships for the 2015-2016 school year to Ashtabula County students enrolled in either an accredited full four year college or an accredited two year technical institute.

Both graduate and undergraduate students who are studying agriculture, natural resources, home economics, and environmental sciences are strongly encouraged to apply. The scholarships are for a one year period. Prior recipients of a scholarship may apply as a student can win a scholarship in two different years.

One application is used for students to apply for these scholarships and each applicant can only win one of the ten scholarships. These scholarships are open to both high school seniors and to current college students. The following is a description of the eligibility parameters for each scholarship:

At least one $1,000 Ashtabula County Agricultural Scholarship shall be awarded to an Ashtabula County student enrolled in agriculture, natural resources, family & consumer sciences, or environmental sciences.

Two $1,000 Ashtabula County Holstein Club Scholarships shall be awarded to deserving Ashtabula County students from a commercial dairy farm family enrolled in two year technical institute or full four year college. Or this scholarship may be awarded to a student studying animal science.

The $1,000 Allan C. Jerome Memorial Scholarship shall be awarded to an Ashtabula County student enrolled in agriculture, natural resources, family & consumer sciences, or environmental sciences. It is the wish of the donors that first preference be given to graduates of the Pymatuning Valley School District.

The $1,000 Kellogg Family Memorial Scholarship shall be awarded to a student who has at least completed their freshmen year of a two year technical or four year undergraduate college program in the study of production agriculture, dairy science, or farm management. This scholarship is given in the memory of W.H., David W., and Pauline Kellogg.

The $1,000 Lester C. Marrison Memorial Scholarship shall be awarded to deserving Ashtabula County student enrolled in agriculture, natural resources, or family & consumer sciences. Secondary preference will be given to a student pursuing a degree in education.

At least one $1,000 Service-Jerome Scholarship shall be awarded to a student studying agriculture, natural resources, family & consumer sciences, or environmental sciences at The Ohio State University or the Agricultural Technical Institute. It is the wish of the donors that applicants from the Pymatuning Valley School system be given 1st choice.

The $1,000 Harold and Dick Springer Memorial Scholarship shall be awarded to a deserving Ashtabula County student enrolled in agriculture, natural resources, family & consumer sciences, or environmental sciences. Secondary preference will be given to a student pursuing a degree in education.

Two $1,000 Western Reserve Farm Cooperative Scholarships will be awarded to an Ashtabula County student enrolled in either a four year college or an accredited two year technical institute. The family must derive a portion of their income from farming or construction.

The $500 Lautanen Family 4-H Scholarship shall be awarded to a student who is or was an Ashtabula County 4-H club member for a minimum of five years. The student must demonstrate outstanding achievement in 4-H project work, outstanding leadership qualities, above average scholastic record, and a record of community service.

The $500 Jim Baird Memorial Scholarship shall be awarded to deserving Ashtabula County student from a commercial dairy farm family enrolled in two year technical institute or full four year college. Or this scholarship may be awarded to a student studying animal science.

Application forms with complete instructions for applying are now available and can be received by stopping in at the Extension Office or by calling 440-576-9008. Applications can be accessed at: http://go.osu.edu/agscholarship. The application deadline is May 1 and no late applications will be considered.

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Bioproducts & Biofuels Workshop to be held on Tuesday, April 21 in Ashtabula County

OSU Extension through a partnership with two national grant projects will be offering a Bioproducts & Biofuels Workshop on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from 10:00 am to 5:30 p.m. in Jefferson, Ohio at the Ashtabula County Extension office located at 30 Wall Street, Jefferson, Ohio.

This workshop will help agricultural industry personnel and interested producers to learn more about growing crops for fuel or commercial products. The focus is to provide practical knowledge, teaching materials, and assessment tools to assist producers in shifting to feedstock production for energy and bio-based products. One focus is on using “marginal lands” which are typically not ideal for growing grain or forage crops.

Session topics for this workshop include: Sustainable Bioenergy Cropping Systems; Switchgrass, Miscanthus and Other Perennial Grasses for Ethanol; Bio-products from Miscanthus; High Value Bio-based Products (Fuels, Chemicals and more); Evaluating and Calculating Soil Organic Carbon; and Ecosystems services and analyzing Soil Quality (test kit). Featured Speakers for this training workshop are: Randall Reeder, Extension Ag. Engineer (retired), Ohio State University; Dennis Pennington, Michigan State University; Jon Griswold, Aloterra Energy; Katrina Cornish, Ohio State University; Dennis Hall, Ohio Bioproducts Innovation Center, OSU; Jerry Grigar, State Agronomist, USDA-NRCS, Michigan; and Rafiq Islam, Soil Scientist, Ohio State University

This workshop is being sponsored and funded by OSU Extension, NewBio and SunGrant. The registration cost for this program is $15 per person and is requested by April 14, 2015. The registration fee was reduced dramatically due the sponsorship of the NewBio and Sungrants. More information about this workshop, can be obtained by calling the Ashtabula County Extension office at 440-576-9008. A programs flyer can be found at: http://go.osu.edu/ne-events

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