|Farmer meetings, learning opportunities fill winter|
|Wednesday, December 25, 2013 9:00 PM|
BY JAMES J. HOORMAN
As we enter the winter season, there are a number of farmer meetings and banquets to be offered. The Putnam County Beef Banquet will be held on Jan. 22 at the Kalida Knights of Columbus hall. The program starts at 6 p.m. and the cost is $10. Entertainment will be provided by Al Felkey’s Mixed Up band.
The Pork Banquet will be held on Feb. 17 with more details to come.
The Putnam County Agronomy Night is Jan. 23 at the Kalida Knights of Columbus hall. The program includes two Ohio State University graduate students talking about soybeans. Grace Bluck will discuss the effects of soybean planting date and starter fertilizer on soybean quality and yields using no-till. Matt Hankinson will discuss agronomic practices that maximize soybean yields. Albert Maag, Putnam County Soil and Water, will give a 10-minute summary of the Putnam strip till plots conducted in 2013. After a light meal, Dr. Andy Michael will share information on current corn and soybean insect concerns, while Dr. Steve Prochaska will discuss three keys to high-yielding corn: hybrids, population and pest control.
The program is free; however, a $15 fee will be charged for farmers wanting pesticide applicator credits for one and a half hours of category 1.
The 44th annual Ohio Power Show is held at the Ohio Expo Center at the State Fairgrounds in Columbus from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 24-26, 2014. Discount ticket prices are $2 from at the Putnam County Extension office. This show includes agricultural equipment, construction equipment, outdoor power equipment, educational seminars, kiddie tractor pull, cooking demonstrations and much more.
Farmers are now receiving a notice that informs them that their current pesticide applicator license will expire at the end of March 2014 and that they must complete their continuing education hours to renew before this date. The cost of renewal has increased since the last time and it will now cost $65. Thirty dollars is sent to the Ohio Department of Agriculture for the license itself and $35 to OSU Extension at the time of training for the continuing education requirement.
Farmers must have a private applicator license to apply restricted use pesticides on their farm or for an employer’s crops. A commercial license is required for individuals who apply products on fields other than their own or as a business. The Environmental Protection Agency determines whether a product is designated restricted use or general use. Restricted-use products may be organic or traditional pesticides. To obtain a private applicator license, a farmer must pass a series of exams that test their competency in pesticide safety and application knowledge. They also must be certified in one or more of seven categories, such as grain and cereal, forage and livestock, fruit and vegetables and fumigation.
A license must be renewed every three years by completing three hours of continuing education. Re-certification training emphasizes effective management strategies that enhance crop productivity, encourage responsible use of products and promote safe practices for applicators, public and environment.
OSU Extension offices will offer re-certification programs early next year to fulfill the three hours of continuing-education requirement for license renewal.
These Pesticide Applicator Training (PAT) programs will be offered on the following dates:
— 9 a.m.-noon Jan. 30, 2014, Hancock County Agricultural Services Building, 7868 CR 140, Findlay, 45840 – all categories.
— 9 a.m.-noon Feb. 11, 2014, Knights of Columbus hall, 718 Napoleon Road, Kalida, 45853 – categories 1, 2, 3, 6 and 7.
— 6-9 p.m. Feb. 27, 2014, Hancock County Agricultural Services Building, 7868 CR 140, Findlay, 45840 – all categories.
— 6-9 p.m. March 11, 2014, Delphos, site to be announced – all categories.
— 6-9 p.m. March 18, 2014, Knights of Columbus hall, 718 Napoleon Road, Kalida, 45853 – categories 1, 2, 3, 6 and 7.
Training dates for other counties in northwestern Ohio may be found at the following address: pested.osu.edu/privaterecert.html.
The private applicator license is another way that farmers show good stewardship in caring for our land and raising our food.
The Conservation Tillage Conference at Ohio Northern University, Ada, will be March 4-5. More than 900-1,000 farmers and consultants attend this conference and certified crop consultant credits are available.
Merry Christmas to all of you and Happy New Year!