Budget process for 2014 set to begin

It is harvest time in Trumbull County. Our farmers have made great progress this month in getting soybeans and corn harvested. Here is hoping the rest of the fall treats us to favorable weather so we can wrap up harvest in a timely manner.

As we continue to move harvest, I would like to share a few items which may interest local farmers.

It is no secret that the corn and soybean markets have moderated back this summer and fall. It will be very important for our local farmers to look at their numbers as they make year-end purchases and lock in prices for next year.

The Ohio State University Extension has had a long history of developing “Enterprise Budgets” that can be used as a starting point for producers in their budgeting process.

Barry Ward from Ohio State has reported that the preliminary enterprise budgets for 2014 Ohio field crops have been completed and posted to the Farm Management website of the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics. The budgets updated include “Corn-Conservation Tillage” “Soybeans-No-Till (Roundup Ready),” and “Wheat-Conservation Tillage (Grain and Straw).”

I like these budgets because they are compiled as downloadable Excel spreadsheets that contain macros for ease of use. Users can input their own production and price levels to calculate their own numbers in easy to use color coded cells. This make it easy to calculate bottoms lines for different scenarios. These budgets can be viewed and downloaded from the following website: aede.osu.edu/research/osu-farm-management/enterprise-budgets.

It is not too early to think about winter. For the farmers who head south for the winter, it always conflicts with keeping their private pesticide applicator license renewed.

To help our snowbird farmers with this predicament, OSU Extension in northeast Ohio has planned a special private pesticide applicator session. This session will be held at the Geauga County Extension office located at 14269 Claridon Troy Road in Burton from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 26.

Get your re-certification done early so you can stay in Florida longer.

The registration fee of $35 per person is required by Nov. 18. Make checks payable to OSU Extension and mail to OSU Extension-Geauga County, PO Box 387, Burton, Ohio 44021.

More information can be obtained by calling 440-834-4656 or your local OSU Extension office. Private Pesticide Applicators from any county in northeast Ohio are welcomed to attend this session.

Additional sessions will be held in 2014 on Jan. 17 and 31 and Feb. 27 in Ashtabula, Geauga and Lake counties.

I have been covering the agricultural extension duties on a limited basis during the past three years. I am excited to announce the Trumbull County Extension office is looking to hire a part-time OSU Extension educator for agriculture for Trumbull County. A master’s degree is required for this position and the successful applicant should have an educational background in agriculture. Applications are being taken until Nov. 17.

More details about this position can be obtained by calling the Trumbull County Extension office at 330-638-6783.

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 marrison.2@osu.edu