News Tips and Events for the Week of Dec. 3

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Tip 1: No-Till Conference: Growing crops without plowing the soil has a lot of environmental benefits, including reducing erosion. However, nutrients placed on the surface of a field that’s not plowed has the potential to run off with rainwater. Techniques that minimize disturbing the soil while also incorporating nutrients into the soil will be discussed among other topics on Dec. 11 at the Ohio NoTill Conference in Plain City, Ohio. The event gathers experts on no-till techniques who will discuss the benefits and challenges of no-till farming. Harold Watters, an agronomy field specialist with Ohio State University Extension, the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University (CFAES), will discuss considerations that need to be made when applying fertilizer or manure to a no-till field. John Fulton, precision agriculture specialist for OSU Extension, will discuss apps for grain farmers. Reporters are welcome to attend free of charge. Contact Randall Reeder to make arrangements at reederassociates@gmail.com or 614-477-0439. To register or for more information on the event, visit go.osu.edu/notillconference.

Tip 2: Preventing Weed Killers From Drifting: OSU Extension will host the Dec. 14 Inversion and Drift Mitigation Workshop, which will address ways farmers can best deal with temperature inversions that can cause weed killers to drift well beyond where they were applied. An inversion occurs when the temperature of the air at ground level, which is normally warmer than the air above it, becomes cooler than the air above it. Inversions normally occur in the late evening to early morning. Recognizing weather conditions that could cause inversions is important when using certain weed killers on a crop of corn or soybeans. Presentations at the workshop will be provided by Aaron Wilson, weather specialist and atmospheric scientist with OSU Extension and the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, and Jared Shaffer, plant health inspector with the Ohio Department of Agriculture. The free event is 10 a.m. to noon at the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Bromfield Administration Building, 8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, Ohio. To register, visit: go.osu.edu/driftworkshop.

December 2018 events

4 Environmental Professionals Network, 7:15-9-30 a.m., Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Ohio State. "O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree: How Sustainable Are Thy Branches?" Explore the environmental sustainability implications and cultural trade-offs between real and artificial Christmas trees. Free for students, $10 for non-students. Details: go.osu.edu/CehX.

5-6 Columbus OSU Income Tax School, designed for tax preparers, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus. $375 for both days, $250 for one day. Registration deadline: Nov. 21. Details: go.osu.edu/CdDS.

8 Guided Bird Walk, 9-11 a.m., Seaman Orientation Plaza, Secrest Arboretum, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, 1680 Madison Ave., CFAES Wooster campus. Free admission. Details: go.osu.edu/CeDq.

11 Ohio No-Till Conference, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Der Dutchman, 445 S. Jefferson Ave, Plain City, Ohio. $40. Details: go.osu.edu/notillconference.

12 Soil Balancing Call-in Conversation, 1:30-3 p.m. A panel of researchers, farmers and consultants will discuss the past, future and varying definitions of soil balancing as a management practice. Details: offer.osu.edu/SB-call-in.

14 OSU Extension Inversion and Drift Mitigation Workshop, 10 a.m. to noon, Ohio Department of Agriculture, Bromfield Administration Building, 8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Presentations will be provided by Aaron Wilson, weather specialist and atmospheric scientist with Ohio State University Extension and the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, and Jared Shaffer, plant health inspector with the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Free. In-person attendance is limited to the first 75 participants. However, anyone can tune in as the workshop will also be broadcast at go.osu.edu/IPM. Registration: go.osu.edu/driftworkshop.

14 Livestock Mortality Composting Certification, noon to 2 p.m., OSU Extension, Mahoning County office, 490 S. Broad St., Canfield, Ohio. $25 per person, includes lunch. Registration is on first-come, first-served basis. Details: go.osu.edu/CdnG.

17 OSU Income Tax School Ag Issues Webinar, designed for tax preparers whose clients include farmers and rural landowners, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Various locations in Auglaize, Clermont, Miami, Putnam, Wayne and Wyandot counties. $150 before Dec. 6, $200 after. Registration deadline: Dec. 6. Details: go.osu.edu/Cdkz.

January 2019 events

8 OSU Extension New and Small Farm College, Montgomery County, 6-9 p.m., Miami Valley CTC, West Building, Room 179, 6800 Hoke Road, Englewood, Ohio. An eight-week program introducing new and seasoned farmers to a variety of topics. Learn how to get the most out of your acres and how to manage financial and farm records. $150 per person includes resources, meals, dessert and one soil sample evaluation. Enrollment deadline is Jan. 2. Details: go.osu.edu/CekQ.

9-10 Ohio Certified Crop Advisor Pre-Exam Training, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., both days. OSU Extension, Shelby County office, 810 Fair Road, Sidney, Ohio. $250. Registration deadline: Dec. 28. Details: go.osu.edu/CCAprep.

9-10 Ohio Hop Conference, “From Bines to Steins,” Hyatt Regency Columbus, 400 N. High St., Columbus, Ohio. Early bird full conference registration: $160 by Dec. 18. Full conference registration after Dec. 18: $185. Single day registration: $85. Details: bit.ly/OHGGRegister.

9 Precision University, “In-Season Decisions,” 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Beck’s Hybrids, 720 U.S. 40, London, Ohio. Registration: $50. Register by Jan. 2 at go.osu.edu/PrecisionU. Details: douridas.9@osu.edu, 937-484-1526.

9 Ohio Commercial Pesticide Recertification Conference, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Dayton Convention Center, 22 East Fifth St., Dayton, Ohio. Preregistration, conference only, $89 per person; with lunch, $109 per person. On-site registration, $100 per person with no lunch available. Agricultural fertilizer recertification training $10. Preregistration closes at midnight Jan. 2. Details: go.osu.edu/pesticideconference.

14 Agricultural Outlook Meeting, 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Emmett Chapel, 318 Tarlton Road, Circleville, Ohio. Discussion of issues and trends affecting Ohio agriculture. Speakers will be Ben Brown, Barry Ward, Ian Sheldon, Zoe Plakias and Aaron Wilson from OSU Extension and CFAES’s Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics. Registration: $10. Register by Jan. 12 by calling OSU Extension’s Pickaway County office, 740-474-7534. Details: pickaway.osu.edu.

15 Ohio Commercial Pesticide Recertification Conference, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., John S. Knight Center, 77 E. Mill St., Akron, Ohio. For individuals who hold a current commercial pesticide license. Co-sponsored by OSU Extension and the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Preregistration by Jan. 8: $89 for conference only; $109 for conference plus lunch. On-site registration: $100 with no lunch available. Registration includes morning and afternoon conference breaks and conference proceedings book. Details: go.osu.edu/Ce3x.

15 OSU Extension New and Small Farm College, Vinton County, 6-9 p.m., Community Building, 31935 State Route 93, McArthur, Ohio. An eight-week program introducing new and seasoned farmers to a variety of topics. Learn how to get the most out of your acres and how to manage financial and farm records. $150 per person includes resources, meals, dessert and one soil sample evaluation. Enrollment deadline is Jan. 8. Details: go.osu.edu/CekS.

16 OSU Extension New and Small Farm College, Adams County, 6-9 p.m., North Adams High School, 96 Green Devil Drive, Seaman, Ohio. An eight-week program introducing new and seasoned farmers to a variety of topics. Learn how to get the most out of your acres and how to manage financial and farm records. $150 per person includes resources, meals, dessert, and one soil sample evaluation. Enrollment deadline is Jan. 8. Details: go.osu.edu/CekZ.

17-18 Greenhouse Management Workshop, “Root Zone Optimization,” 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 17, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 18. Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, 1680 Madison Ave., CFAES Wooster campus. Speakers from CFAES, U.S. Department of Agriculture and industry on topics including biostimulants and container culture for ornamentals. Registration to attend in person is $150 by Jan. 4, $175 after Jan. 4, and includes all sessions, tours, breakfast and lunch. Registration to attend via webinar is $100 by Jan. 4, $125 after Jan. 4, and includes general sessions and one concurrent session. Details: go.osu.edu/greenhouse19 and go.osu.edu/Ce4D.

17 Agricultural Outlook Meeting, 8 a.m. to noon, Der Dutchman, 445 S. Jefferson Ave., Plain City, Ohio. Registration: $15. Discussion of issues and trends affecting Ohio agriculture. Speakers will be Barry Ward, Ben Brown, Ian Sheldon and Aaron Wilson from OSU Extension and CFAES’s Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics. Register by Jan. 10 by calling OSU Extension’s Union County office. 937-644-8117. Details: union.osu.edu.

21 Lake Erie Day at the Progressive Mid-America Boat Show, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., IX Center, 1 I-X Drive, Cleveland. $1 from the sale of each ticket will be donated to CFAES’s Stone Laboratory to support student scholarships. Tickets: Adults (over 12), $14; seniors (over 60), $12; children 12 and under free. The boat show overall runs from Jan. 17-21; hours vary by day. Experts from Ohio State’s Ohio Sea Grant program will be at the event Jan. 19-21 to share information and host children’s activities. Details: go.osu.edu/CeD5 and clevelandboatshow.com.

24 Agricultural Outlook Meeting, 9 a.m. to noon, St. Mary’s Hall, 46 E. Main St., Wakeman, Ohio. Discussion of issues and trends affecting Ohio agriculture. Speakers will be Barry Ward, Ben Brown and David Marrison from OSU Extension and CFAES’s Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics. Registration is free by Jan. 22; $20 after Jan. 22. Register by calling OSU Extension’s Huron County office, 419-668-8219. Details: huron.osu.edu.

28 Agricultural Outlook Meeting, 6-9 p.m., Jewell Community Center, 7900 Independence Road, Jewell, Ohio. Discussion of issues and trends affecting Ohio agriculture. Speakers will be Ian Sheldon, Ben Brown and Aaron Wilson from OSU Extension and CFAES’s Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics. Registration: $10 by Jan. 22; $20 after Jan. 22. Register by calling OSU Extension’s Defiance County office, 419-782-4771. Details: defiance.osu.edu.

30 Master Gardener Volunteer Training, 9 a.m., OSU Extension Office, Portage County, 705 Oakwood St., Suite 103, Ravenna, Ohio. Course registration: $225 covers the cost of all materials. Details: go.osu.edu/Cekd. Application: go.osu.edu/Cekj.

30 Agricultural Outlook Meeting, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Fisher Auditorium, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. Discussion of issues and trends affecting Ohio agriculture. Speakers will be Ian Sheldon, Ben Brown, Barry Ward, Dianne Shoemaker, David Marrison and Kenneth Burdine from OSU Extension and CFAES’s Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics. Registration: $15. Register by Jan. 24 by calling OSU Extension’s Wayne County office, 330-264-8722. Details: wayne.osu.edu.

February 2019 events

13 Agricultural Outlook Meeting, 5:30-9 p.m., Wayside Chapel, 2341 Kerstetter Road, Bucyrus, Ohio. Discussion of issues and trends affecting Ohio agriculture. Speakers will Barry Ward, Ben Brown and Ian Sheldon from OSU Extension and CFAES’s Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics. Registration: $15. Register by Feb. 5 by contacting OSU Extension’s Crawford County, 419-562-8731, hartschuh.11@osu.edu. Details: crawford.osu.edu.

March 2019 events

22 Agricultural Outlook Meeting, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Romer’s Catering, 118 E. Main St., Greenville, Ohio. Discussion of issues and trends affecting Ohio agriculture. Speakers will be Barry Ward, Ben Brown, David Marrison and Ian Sheldon from OSU Extension and CFAES’s Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics. Registration: $20. Register by March 16 by calling OSU Extension’s Darke County office, 937-548-5215. Details: go.osu.edu/2019darkeagoutlook and darke.osu.edu.

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Alayna DeMartini
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