Annual Corn and Soybean Day program set

The annual Corn and Soybean Day is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 20 in Founders Hall at Sauder Farm and Craft Village from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The program has a variety of speakers, a farmer to farmer panel made up of local producers and nearly 30 exhibitors sharing information on management practices for the 2017 crop production season. This year’s Corn and Soybean Day offers the 3 hour Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training, (FACT), pesticide applicator credits for private and commercial applicators and CCA credits.

Topics for the day include: Managing for Western Bean Cutworm with Dr. Chris DiFonzo, MSU Entomologist; The Toledo Waterways Initiative with Chuck Campbell, Toledo Division of Water Treatment; Ear Molds, Stalk Rots and Leaf Diseases in Corn with Dr. Pierce Paul, OSU Plant Pathology; On Farm Research for Nitrogen Managementwith Eric Richer, OSU Extension Educator, Fulton County; Phosphorus Management in the Western Lake Erie Basin with Glen Arnold, OSU Field Specialist; and Quality Soil Sampling Procedures with Sarah Noggle, OSU Extension Educator, Paulding County.

In addition, exhibitors from seed and input suppliers, banking, crop insurance, grain marketing and the machinery industry will be on site to share information about products and programs.

The following continuing education credits for pesticide and fertilizer applicators are offered throughout the day:

• Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training: 3 hours, which will fulfill the requirement for applicators who do not have a Pesticide Applicator license. Fertilizer applicators and farmers who apply their own fertilizer are required to have this training by September 30, 2017.

• Private Pesticide Applicators: 1.5 hours for Category 1 (Grain and Cereal Crops)

• Commercial: .5 hours of 2D, and 1 hour of 2A

• Michigan: 5 hours

• Certified Crop Advisors: 5.5 hours IPM, SW, CM, NM, MM

Pre-registration is $40 and should be postmarked by Jan. 11. Later registrations and at the door registrations are $60, space permitting. A more detailed agenda and registration information can be found at

Contact Eric Richer, Extension Educator, Agriculture & Natural Resources, 419-337-9210 or [email protected] for more information.