Winter brings crop of seminars for farmers

Winter is one of the busiest times for The Ohio State University Extension as it is the time that we are able to offer a variety of programs for our agricultural producers because they are not in the field.

Over the next few months, we will be hosting a variety of programs ranging from the Intensive Soybean School to the Regional Agronomy School to the Northeast Ohio Grape School to a few agricultural tax workshops.

I would like to provide details on our intensive soybean workshop and on two agricultural tax webinars.

OSU Extension is hosting an intensive soybean workshop titled “Hands-on Learning for Soybean Pest Scouting and Management” from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Williamsfield Community Center in Williamsfield.

This workshop is being offered in only three locations this winter, so we are very pleased to be one of the host counties.

The workshop will be taught by Dr. Laura Lindsey, who is Ohio State’s new soybean / wheat extension specialist; Dr. Andy Michel, The Ohio State University field crop extension entomologist; and Dr. Anne Dorrance, Ohio State’s field crop extension pathologist.

I think most of our producers will agree that these three individuals are three of the best in the nation when it comes to their work in soybean production.

The topics which will be discussed during this workshop include agronomic factors to maximize yield; hands-on evaluation of soybean yield components; what’s “bugging” soybeans; identification of key insects; thresholds and insecticide timing; stink bugs; key soybean diseases for northeast Ohio; pathogen biology; local research results; genetic disease resistance; foliar fungicides and seed treatments; and hands-on identification of soybean pests and diseases.

I am excited about the hands-on portion of this program. This will be a great opportunity to see our major pests and diseases up close and learn how to properly identify them.

In addition to the great presentations and hands-on activities, each participant will receive a soybean management notebook.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to receive certified crop adviser and pesticide applicator recertification credits. The registration fee is $75.

Due to the hands-on nature of this program, the class is limited to 40 participants. Registration is requested by Jan. 29 by contacting the Ashtabula County Extension office at 440-576-9008.

Due to the many changes made by the fiscal cliff legislation, OSU Extension will be hosting two “Farm Tax Webinars” from 9 to 11 a.m. on Jan. 29 and 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 6.

Farmers are encouraged to connect via the Internet at home to learn the latest on farm taxes. Various topics will be discussed during the two-hour webinars.

No pre-registration is required and producers can attend by logging in to: ohioagmanager/

This will be a great chance to learn more about the changes in agricultural taxes.

Marrison is associate professor and extension educator, agriculture and natural resources, The Ohio State University Extension. Marrison can be reached at 440-576-9008 or