Seminars help prepare farmers for spring

Happy Valentine’s Day, Tribune Chronicle readers! I hope each of you get to spend some time with your loved ones on this special day.

As you make your plans for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner, I would like to update you on two programs you may wish to attend next week. I hope to see you at one of these programs.

The OSU Extension offices in northeast Ohio will host the Northeast Ohio Agronomy Day from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Williamsfield Community Center in Williamsfield. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m.

During the school, participants will learn the best management practices of renting farm ground in northeast Ohio, learn about current land rental prices and how to become the preferred tenant, and learn more about flexible leases.

Participants will also learn the best management practices to achieve consistent corn yields and will learn more about hybrid selection and input applications.

Participants will also learn more about the top insect pests for corn and soybeans. Learn about the return of spider mites, soybean aphids, stinkbugs and western bean cutworm. Producers will also learn about the potential resistance of the corn rootworm to the BT Gene in corn.

One of the hottest issues in Ohio is the increasing phosphorus levels in the Lake Erie watershed. Learn how what is happening in western Ohio may have an affect on northeast Ohio farmers. Learn more about dissolved phosphorus and how it is affecting water quality.

Information on Ohio’s 4R Principles-Right Fertilizer, Right Rate, Right Time and Right Placement will be shared. Don’t be caught off guard on some of the changes coming in the future.

We have a great lineup of state and local speakers for the event. Speakers include yours truly, David Marrison, and Dr. Peter Thomison, Dr. Ron Hammond and Les Ober from The Ohio State University, and Nathan Paskey from the Ashtabula County Soil and Water Conservation District.

The registration fee is $10 per person. Pre-registration for the program is required by today. Registration information and reservations can be made by calling the Ashtabula County Extension office at 440-576-9008.

A reminder that the Natural Resources Conservation Service is sponsoring a “Women in Farming” workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Trumbull County Extension, 520 W. Main St., Cortland.

This meeting will have many areas of interest for women that are involved in farming in northeast Ohio. Additionally, each participant will receive a packet of resource information.

Although the seminar is being presented for women in farming by women in farming, gentlemen are invited to attend. Preregistration is required by Friday by calling the Trumbull County Service Center at 330-637-2056, Ext. 109, or by email to wynea.buford@

Have a good and safe day!

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