Field night helps farmers spot disease

I cannot believe how fast the month of July flew by. Where did the month go? Although I must say there were a few nights a week ago that I could have sworn it was September.

Today, I would like to provide details on a great soybean field night we will hold Aug. 11 in Gustavus. I would also like share the journey of a cell phone and let farmers know how they can subscribe to my Electronic Ag News.

Assessing soybean diseases and insect pressure can be difficult without proper training and experience. The Trumbull County Extension office is pleased to offer a Soybean Disease and Insect Field Night from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 11 in Gustavus. Farmers and crop consultants are invited to attend a two-hour, in-field session with Dr. Anne Dorrance and Dr. Andy Michel.

During the field night, participants will have the opportunity to identify insects and diseases and discuss when spray applications should be made. Participants will learn more about white mold, brown spot, frogeye leaf spot, soybean aphids, bean leaf beetle, brown marmorated stink bugs and soybean aphids.

The field night will be held in a soybean field planted by W.I. Miller & Sons, state Route 87 in Gustavus Township. Look for the OSU Extension field night signs. Please dress for the weather as the program will be held rain or shine. Walking is required. If special assistance is needed, please call in advance. No pre-registration is required to attend this field night.

I would like to thank W.I. Miller & Sons for hosting this field night for producers. A special thanks is also extended to the Ohio Soybean Council for helping to sponsor this event. More information about this program can be obtained by calling the Trumbull County Extension office at 330-638-6783 or the Ashtabula County Extension office at 440-576-9008. A flier about this field night can be found at

Earlier this month, I saw a story that I am sure anyone who has lost a cell phone will appreciate. Kerry Willis from “The Today Show”?posted a story about Kevin Whitney, a farmer in Oklahoma who dropped his cell phone in a grain pit last year. Kevin thought he would never see his cellphone again as the pit he dropped it into was filled with 280,000 pounds of corn. Imagine his surprise when he got a call in June from a guy who found his phone in Japan. The cellphone travelled halfway around the globe on a series of ships over the past few months, until it landed in a Japanese grain mill. Kevin Whitney got his phone back, complete with all his photos, including precious pictures of his daughter’s wedding. Indeed it is a small world.

At the beginning of each week, I publish an email agriculture newsletter. In this newsletter, I try to update producers on critical crop issues and information on upcoming programs. For instance, last week’s E-news included articles on the soybean disease and insect field night, Northeast Ohio Twilight Grape Tour, Trumbull County’s School to Farm Road Trip, 2014 Ohio Forage Enterprise Budgets, how to scout for Western Bean Cutworm Eggs and how to identify Frogeye Leaf Spot. If you are not getting this newsletter and would like to, just drop me an email to and I will add you to our list. Past editions of the E-news can be found at: .

Marrison is associate professor and extension educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Ohio State University Extension. He can be reached at 440-576-9008 or