Upcoming events foster agricultural education
By ADAM SHEPARD
The end of the year has many producers reflecting on the challenges of this past growing season and making preparations for what will hopefully be another great year of agriculture in Fayette County.
With harvest and most field work in the rearview mirror, our attention now turns to education and preparing you all for the upcoming year. There are some excellent opportunities for educational programming offered by Ohio State University Extension.
Here in Fayette County we have a great lineup of speakers confirmed to attend the Southwest Ohio Agronomy Day being held on Jan. 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
I was fortunate enough to secure Dr. Bob Nielsen and Dr. Tony Vyn both from Purdue University to talk about corn production, tillage and compaction.
From Ohio State University Dr. Laura Lindsey will talk about soybean production genetics vs. agronomics and from Ohio State University Extension Steve Prochaska and Harold Watters will talk about nutrient management and an update on weed resistance in southern Ohio.
Harold will also present some data from a study he completed on the effectiveness of cover crops. Registration cost for the meeting is $25/person which will include lunch and any materials the speakers wish to distribute.
This program has also received five Continued Education Credits for those of you that are Certified Crop Advisors. Registration for the program will close on Jan. 18.
On Jan. 30, we will be offering Pesticide Applicator Training from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Fayette County Agricultural Service Center. More information and registration information can be found at www.pested.osu.edu.
Fayette County will also serve as a remote site for the Ohio Beef Cattle School offered by Ohio State University Extension which consists of a 3-night program held on Jan. 29, Feb. 26, and March 19.
As always for more information about programming or to register for a program please contact the Ohio State University Extension Office, Fayette County at 740–335-1150 or email email@example.com.
Neighboring counties are also offering a great lineup of programming for this winter.
If there is a specific topic you are interested in please check out www.agcrops.osu.edu for a state wide calendar of educational programming offered by Ohio State University Extension.
One idea that has come quickly down the pipeline is the need for a young agronomy club in Fayette County.
Some of the ideas that have come out are the use of some of the production area at the Fayette County Demonstration Farm for participants to complete plot projects to introduce them to small plot research methods along with educating them about a potential career in agriculture.
Our goal is to compile a group of young individuals that are interested in learning about agronomy and agri-business in Fayette County.
More information to come soon but in the meantime parties interested in learning more or potentially being involved in this group should contact OSU Extension, Fayette County at 740–335-1150 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Adam Shepard is the Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator, Ohio State University Extension, Fayette County.)