The 2016 West Ohio Agronomy Day will be held on Monday, January 11th at St. Michael’s Hall, 33 Elm Street, Fort Loramie. Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m.; breakfast sandwiches, donuts, orange juice, and coffee will be available. A Grain Market update from Jerry Meyer (Cargill) and John Leighty (Trupointe) will be held at 8:30 a.m. The programs dealing with Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification Credits for farmers, Continuing Education Units for Certified Crop Advisors, and Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training for those with Pesticide Applicator Licenses then begin at 9:00 a.m.
Once again, Purdue’s Dr. Fred Whitford will be there, this time talking about “Rethinking the Sprayer Cleanout from Start to Finish.” This year’s line-up will also see Dr. Bob Nielson from Purdue University talking about “N for Corn: Right Amount, Right Time, Right Cost” and “Growing That Perfect Corn;” OSU Plant Pathologist Pierce Paul presenting on “Identification and Management of Corn and Wheat Diseases;” and OSU Agricultural Engineer John Fulton talking about “Placement of Fertilizers” and other “Precision Topics.”
Additional topics to be addressed include weed management, fumigation, managing pests of livestock and forages, and manure management. Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification Credits are available in CORE and Categories 1, 2, and 6. CCA credits are also available.
The evening portion of West Ohio Agronomy Day will be held on Tuesday, January 19th at the Days Inn (SR 47 & I-75) in Sidney. NOTE: This is a “Change of Date and Location” from previous years. This program will begin at 5:00 p.m. with a light supper and the marketing update; the Pesticide Applicator Recertification Training and Fertilizer Applicator Certification Trainings will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. These trainings will be conducted by OSU Extension personnel.
You can register for either of these meetings by contacting the Shelby County Extension office at 937.498.7239 or emailing Debbie Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org by January 4th. Be sure to indicate which program you wish to attend and whether you’re coming for Pesticide Applicator Recertification ($35) or just for the “Fun, Food, Fellowship, and Lots of Information!!” ($10). There is an extra $5 late fee for registering after January 4th.
Farmers who want to recertify their private pesticide applicator’s license can visit http://pested.osu.edu to register online with a credit card or to download the form to pay by check. These forms can also be picked up at any Ohio Extension office.