Agronomy school to cover the nuts and bolts of corn and beans

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Farmers and certified crop advisers (CCAs) have the opportunity to learn about the most comprehensive, up-to-date crop production and agricultural technology information available today, just in time to begin planning another growing season, at the 2012 Central Ohio Agronomy School.

The school, organized by Ohio State University Extension, will meet Jan. 16, 23 and 30, and Feb. 6, 13 and 20, 6:30-9 p.m. at the Knox County Agricultural Center, 1025 Harcourt Rd., Mt. Vernon.

Cost for the six-week program is $50. Fifteen CCA continuing education credits are available for an extra $50. Also available are Pesticide Recertification Credits (five private, 2.5 commercial) for an additional $25.

To register, fill out the form available at http://go.osu.edu/HEg and mail, along with a check payable to OSU Extension-Knox County, to OSU Extension-Knox County, 1025 Harcourt Rd., Mt. Vernon, OH 43050.

"This school is designed with everyone in mind: part-time or full-time producer, beginner or CCA agronomist," said OSU Extension educator John Barker. "Within each subject area we will teach the basic concepts and progress to the most advanced agronomic principles."

Topics and speakers include:

* Jan. 16, "Cover Crops," Jim Hoorman, OSU Extension educator.

* Jan. 23, "Weed Control," Mark Loux, weed specialist, OSU Extension and Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC).

* Jan. 30, "Precision Agriculture," Scott Shearer, chair of Ohio State's Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering; and Tim Norris, CEO, AgInfoTech.

* Feb. 6, "Soil Fertility," Robert Mullen, Potash Corp.

* Feb. 13, "Marketing and Outlook," Matt Roberts, agricultural economist, OSU Extension and OARDC.

* Feb. 20, "Field Drainage," Larry Brown, agricultural engineer, OSU Extension and OARDC; and Rob Clendening, Knox County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Program details are available at http://go.osu.edu/HEg

For more information, contact Barker at 740-397-0401 or barker.41@cfaes.osu.edu



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