2008 Farm Focus Field Day Slated July 29 in Van Wert
VAN WERT, Ohio – Learn how to fight record-high fertilizer prices with manure at the fourth annual Farm Focus Field Day, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesday, July 29, at the Marsh Foundation Home Farm, 1229 Lincoln Highway, Van Wert. Admission and lunch are free.
"With the growth of the livestock industry in northwestern Ohio and the drastic increase in commercial fertilizer prices, there is a great deal of interest in manure and how it can be applied to crops to reduce the need for buying fertilizers," said Farm Focus Program Manager Gary Prill. "It's no longer just a matter of getting rid of waste byproduct."
There will be field demonstrations of new equipment and of liquid manure application equipment; a presentation titled "Pricing Crop Inputs and Grain in a Volatile Market Environment" by Barry Ward, an agricultural economist with Ohio State's Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC); and workshops on soil structure and compaction by soil specialists from OARDC, Ohio State University Extension, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Participants can earn 4 hours of Certified Crop Advisor Continuing Education Units by attending – specifically, 1 hour, Nutrient Management; 1 hour, Soil and Water; 1 hour, Crop Management; and 1 hour, Professional Development.
For more information, contact Prill in OSU Extension's Van Wert County office, (419) 238-1214 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://farmfocus.osu.edu/.
OARDC, OSU Extension and Farm Focus Inc. are the sponsors.
The Marsh farm is on the northeast side of Van Wert at the corner of state routes 30 and 127. Look for the bright-orange signs.
The 300-acre farm has hosted Farm Focus since 1994, first as a two-day show, now with on-going research there.
Upon registering, participants will receive a free lunch ticket and will be divided into four smaller groups, each to attend a different, concurrent session.
A rotation schedule will let participants attend all four sessions, running every hour starting at 8:45 a.m. Shuttles will transport participants to session locations starting at 8:30 a.m.
The first field demonstration will focus on new equipment, showcasing machinery by Archbold Equipment (Case IH), Heritage Farm Equipment Store (Massey Ferguson and Salford), and Kennedy-Kuhn (John Deere).
The second session will cover liquid manure application. Demonstrators will be Barnyard Supply (Aerway), Bambauer Equipment, and Jerry Niese, a Putnam County farmer and commercial manure applicator. Jon Rausch, an OSU Extension specialist, also will be involved.
The soil structure and compaction workshop "will be centered on soil pits dug in a field equipped with subsurface irrigation capabilities," Prill explained. "Soil structure and compaction issues are always relevant and sometimes forgotten by farmers because they are underground out of sight. With farmers taking on more acres and often needing to perform field work in less than ideal conditions, this workshop will help to uncover this potentially yield-robbing problem."
In the final session, Ward will address how farmers may need to change their purchasing of crop inputs to take advantage of price breaks and how to price grain in a market experiencing new price plateaus and unpredictable, day-to-day market swings, Prill said.
Lunch will be at 12:35 p.m. Afterward, wagon tours will go to various research plots, or participants can take self-guided tours to plots of specific interest.
Lunch and beverages will be provided compliments of the event's financial sponsors, which include Ag Credit, Archbold Equipment Co., Bambauer Equipment, Barnyard Supply, First Bank of Berne, Heritage Farm Equipment Store, Kenn-Feld Group, Qualisoy, Van Wert County Foundation, Wells Fargo Bank and Williamson Insurance Agency.
OARDC and OSU Extension are the research and outreach arms, respectively, of Ohio State's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
Gary Prill, Farm Focus; OSU Extension, Van Wert County