First agriculture seminar a major success
By ADAM SHEPARD
Well, I can officially turn the page on the completion of my first major program with Extension.
The Southwest Ohio Agronomy Day was held on Jan. 23 at the Fayette County Agricultural Service Center in Washington Court House. Attendance for the program was around fifty-five, which really pleased me. The weather was probably favorable for attendance; with highs in the teens an indoor event may have been appealing for many individuals.
I was very fortunate by being able to plan a date that was open for two great speakers from Purdue University: Dr. Tony Vyn and Dr. Bob Nielsen, in addition with our new Ohio State University Soybean and Small Grains Specialist Dr. Laura Lindsey. The afternoon brought discussion from a couple of my Extension colleagues Dr. Steve Prochaska and Harold Watters. Probably one of the topics that received the most discussion was the nutrient management portion.
It seems like in some form or another we have all heard to some extent the concerns regarding phosphorus applications to agricultural fields. In Extension we are trying to provide growers the opportunity to learn about the 4R approach to nutrient management, and provide them with some options to improve the practices on their farms. The 4R nutrient approach deals with producers and consultants selecting the Right fertilizer source at the Right rate, at the Right time and in the Right place. The concept of the 4R system is based off of best management practices identified and endorsed by The Fertilizer Institute and The International Plant Nutrition Institute. More information about the 4R program can be found at www.nutrientstewardship.com.
Finally, I would like to tell you about some of the upcoming programs in Fayette and surrounding counties. Fayette County will be a remote site for the Ohio Beef Cattle School from 7 to 9 p.m. The school will spread over two more nights: Feb. 26 and March 19. Originally the registration cost was $10 per meeting or $25 for the three-night series that started in January but thanks to the generosity of the Fayette County Cattlefeeders there will be no cost to attend.
A couple other dates to watch for are the Cattlefeeders banquet scheduled for Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the newly remodeled Mahan Building. Tickets to this even are $20 per person and will be available from Pettit’s BP, OSU Extension Fayette County, or any member of the Fayette County Cattlefeeders. Also the Southwest Ohio Corn Growers will have their annual banquet on March 6 also at the Mahan Building at the Fayette County Fairgrounds. For more information about any of the above mentioned activities please give us a call at 740–335-1150.
(Adam Shepard is education specialist, Ohio State University Extension, Fayette County.)