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Upcoming OSU Extension and OARDC agronomy field days

By Harold Watters, Ohio State University Extension agronomist

It has been an interesting spring. Have questions? We may have the answers; we certainly want to have the discussion. Come to one or all three of our field days in July.

  • OSU Weed Day, South Charleston — July 11
  • Western ARS Agronomy Field Day, South Charleston — July 18
  • 2018 Ohio Manure Science Review, Forest — July 25


The OSU Weed Science Field Day will be held on July 11 at OARDC Western Ag Research Station at 7721 South Charleston Pike (SR41), South Charleston Ohio. As in previous years, it’s a mostly self-directed event and a chance to look at all of our research. The day runs from 9 to noon, followed by lunch for those who preregister. Feel free to bring anyone you like and to tell others, but please send an email to Bruce Ackley to preregister — ackley.19@osu.edu — telling him how many are coming so he can plan appropriately. The registration fee $35, includes lunch and the plot book, payable on the day of the tour. We will be around as usual to answer questions and lead some brief discussions.

The OSU/OARDC Western ARS Agronomy Field Day will be held July 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be no charge this year as we are soliciting sponsors to offset that cost. Lunch is included, and we will of course have our in-season updates as well as talk about some ongoing research. The location is the Western Agricultural Research Station at 7721 So. Charleston Pike, South Charleston south of I-70 and just west of the Ohio 54 and SR 41 intersection or from the west exit from I-71 onto SR 41, south, drive about 4 miles and you will see the station on the right. Western is one of three agronomy research stations across the state for OSU and you.

Topics and speakers include:

  • Keynote speaker: Robert Mullen, Chief Agronomist with Nutrien. Robert has much Ohio and international experience and will share his insight.
  • Weed challenges this season with Mark Loux
  • And back by popular demand is the mode of action weed screen plots. Walk through them and see what happened and why.
  • Ohio soil fertility research update leading to the new fertilizer recommendations to come out later this season with Steve Culman
  • Water quality and fertilizer application research update; this work is what will bring the new P-Index to Ohio with Libby Dayton
  • Precision planting and smart seed firmers with Alex Lindsey. Can knowing your organic matter, soil temperature and soil type help you make seed depth decisions at planting?
  • Disease and Insect Scouting School with Kelley Tilmon, Anne Dorrance, and Andy Michel. This class will be hands on help for mid-season scouting of insects and diseases. Want to know what else may pop up this summer? You will learn from the experts.
  • CCA continuing education credits will be available.

Pre-registration is required by July 11, 2018. To RSVP please email to Joe Davlin, davlin.1@osu.edu or Harold Watters, watters.35@osu.edu. Or to register by phone call the farm at 937 462-8016.


The Ohio Manure Science Review this year is near Forest, Ohio on the Watkins farm on July 25. Learn how to avoid manure spills, limit spreading weeds with manure, and more. There will be demonstrations on surface runoff, soil health, sidedressing manure, manure spreader calibration, and more.


  • Check-in, coffee and donuts: 8:15-8:45 a.m. Program: 8:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • The location is 18361 Township Rd 90, Forest, Ohio 45843.
  • For Certified Livestock Managers attending the event, you will be able to receive a total of 4.5 continuing education units. Collect CCA, ODA Fertilizer as well as Indiana and Pennsylvania credits too.
  • Register online at http://go.osu.edu/msr2018. Available until July 16 for $25 per person.
  • For questions, contact Mary Wicks at (330) 202-3533 or email at wicks.14@osu.edu.

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