Annual Corn & Soybean Day Program Set For January

The annual Corn & Soybean Day is scheduled for Friday, January 20th in Founders Hall at Sauder Farm and Craft Village from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The program has a variety of speakers, a farmer to farmer panel made up of local producers and nearly 30 exhibitors sharing information on management practices for the 2017 crop production season. This year’s Corn/Soybean Day offers the 3 hour Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training, (FACT), pesticide applicator credits for private and commercial applicators and CCA credits.

Topics for the day include:
•Managing for Western Bean Cutworm – Dr. Chris DiFonzo, MSU Entomologist
•The Toledo Waterways Initiative – Chuck Campbell, Toledo Division of Water Treatment
•Ear Molds, Stalk Rots and Leaf Diseases in Corn – Dr. Pierce Paul, OSU Plant Pathology
•On Farm Research for Nitrogen Management – Eric Richer, OSU Extension Educator, Fulton County
•Phosphorus Management in the Western Lake Erie Basin – Glen Arnold, OSU Field Specialist
•Quality Soil Sampling Procedures – Sarah Noggle, OSU Extension Educator, Paulding County

In addition, exhibitors from seed and input suppliers, banking, crop insurance, grain marketing and the machinery industry will be on site to share information about products and programs.

The following continuing education credits for pesticide and fertilizer applicators are offered throughout the day:
•Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training: 3 hours, which will fulfill the requirement for applicators who do not have a Pesticide Applicator license. Fertilizer applicators and farmers who apply their own fertilizer are required to have this training by September 30, 2017.
•Private Pesticide Applicators: 1.5 hours for Category 1 (Grain and Cereal Crops)
•Commercial: .5 hours of 2D, and 1 hour of 2A
•Michigan: 5 hours
•Certified Crop Advisors: 5.5 hours IPM, SW, CM, NM, MM
Pre-registration is $40 and should be postmarked by January 11th. Later registrations and at the door registrations are $60, space permitting. A more detailed agenda and registration information can be found at Contact Eric Richer, Extension Educator, Agriculture & Natural Resources, 419-337-9210 or for more information.

Basic Spreadsheet Applications for Agriculture Class Offered
OSU Extension will be offering a class on Basic MS Excel© Applications for Agriculture on Tuesday, January 10th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Robert Fulton Agriculture Center. The course will be for those who have limited or no experience with spreadsheets like MS Excel. Content will cover formatting cells, basic formulas and inserting simple graphs/charts, all while using agricultural examples. Participants are required to bring their own laptops with MS Excel pre-loaded (ideally, version 2007 or newer). No computers will be provided. Cost of the course is $10, payable at the door. Class is limited to 20 participants. Interested participants are asked to RSVP by January 6th to or by calling 419-337-9210.


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