SOUTH CHARLESTON, Ohio - Corn and soybean growers in Clark County and other surrounding counties with similar soils and growing conditions are welcome to learn from state specialists about a range of topics designed to help them understand what their crops have gone through this spring.
The Western Agronomy Field Day is July 16 at the Western Agricultural Research Station, located in South Charleston.
Sponsored by Ohio State University Extension, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), and the Ohio Soybean Council, the program is designed to inform and educate farmers about the agricultural research advances made in the past year at the Western Agricultural Research Station, one of Ohio’s largest agronomic research stations, said Harold Watters, an OSU Extension agronomy field specialist and coordinator of the university’s Agronomic Crops Team.
OSU Extension and OARDC are the outreach and research arms, respectively, of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
“Another benefit to attending the field day, besides the new ideas and research presented by the speakers, is the understated importance of exchanging different perspectives with other producers with similar circumstances and production goals,” said Watters. “Everything corn and soybean producers need to know can be learned here, through the exchange of new ideas between experts and peers.
“Furthermore, the newest edition of the Corn, Soybean, and Alfalfa Guide will be available for purchase.”
The workshop will feature:
- Steve Culman, an OSU Extension specialist in soil fertility, who will discuss fertilization.
- Mark Loux, an OSU Extension weed specialist, who will discuss how farmers can control weeds in their corn and soybean fields.
- Ron Hammond, an OSU Extension and OARDC entomologist, who will discuss management techniques for insect pests, specifically stink bugs.
- Laura Lindsey, an OSU Extension soybean and small grains specialist, who will help growers maximize soybean production.
- Mark Sulc, an OSU Extension specialist, who will discuss alternative forage options with producers.
The workshop is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Western Agricultural Research Station, 7721 South Charleston Pike, in South Charleston. The event will also feature a wagon tour and a locally catered lunch.
The registration deadline is July 11, but participants can pay the $20 fee at the door. Register by email or phone by contacting Harold Watters, firstname.lastname@example.org, 937 599-4227; or Joe Davlin, email@example.com, 937 462-8016.