Agronomy Day offers crop production and soil science expertise

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Farmers will have an opportunity to improve their crop management techniques as experts from both Ohio State Extension and Purdue Extension present at the 2012 West Ohio Agronomy Day on Jan. 9.

The annual workshop offers program sessions from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and again 5:30-10 p.m. at Saint Michael's Hall, 33 Elm St., Fort Loramie.

"Daytime and evening sessions offer a comprehensive crop production agenda while providing private pesticide applicator recertification credits as well as Certified Crop Adviser credits," said Harold Watters, Ohio State Extension educator and coordinator of the Agronomic Crops Team.

Topics and speakers are:

* "The Impact of Water Quality on Pesticide Performance" by Fred Whitford, coordinator of the Purdue Pesticide Program.

* "Precision Ag Technology" by Scott Shearer, chair of Ohio State's Department of Food, Agriculture and Biological Engineering.

* "Soybean Bugs, Corn Critters and More" by Andy Michel, Ohio State Extension entomologist.

* "Soil Microbes = Soil Health" by George Derringer, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service soil scientist.

* "How to Select a Competent Aerial Applicator" by Ray Cunningham, pilot with Agriflite.

Both the morning and evening sessions will begin with a grain marketing presentation, and Extension and other experts will share information on weed resistance strategies, weather data systems, the 4Rs of fertilizer use and an update on Grand Lake St. Mary's.

Farmers who want to recertify their private pesticide licenses should go online at http://pested.osu.edu to either register with a credit card or download the form to pay by check. Registration forms also are available at all Ohio State Extension offices. The cost is $35.

Registration for farmers not intending to recertify will be collected at the door. The fee for those who pre-register by Jan. 5 is $5. After Jan. 5, registration is $10. Participants can pre-register to Ohio State Extension Shelby County at 937-498-7239, Ohio State Extension Champaign County at 937-484-1526 or to Watters at watters.35@cfaes.osu.edu . After Jan. 5, the cost increases to $10.

All fees include refreshments, lunch or dinner, a free Ohio State Extension publication, a free Purdue Extension bulletin and additional handouts.

Numerous agribusinesses help sponsor the program and will have displays and representatives on-hand to visit with participants.



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