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Northwest Ohio Agronomy Day

Northwest Ohio Agronomy Day

By Alan Leininger

Henry County will be hosting the 2023 Northwest Ohio Agronomy Crops Day on February 8th, 2023. This year’s event will feature Dr. Pierce Paul, Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Plant Pathology at the Ohio State University. He will be presenting on the topic of Development and Management of Ear Rots, Mycotoxins, and Tar Spot. Also featured is Dr. Laura Lindsay, Associate Professor in the Department of Horticulture & Crop Science at Ohio State University. She will be presenting the topic of Soybean Planting Date and Management Interactions. Aaron Wilson, Assistant Professor, Ag Weather and Climate Field Specialist for Ohio State University Extension & State Climatologist of Ohio will present an Agricultural Weather & Climate Update.

Other Speakers include Sarah Noggle on Livestock & Forage Pest Update, Alan Leininger discussing Grain Management & Fumigation, Dr. Erdal Ozkan, Professor, Department of Food, Agriculture, & Biological Engineering at Ohio State University presenting sprayer nozzle selection, and Glen Arnold, Professor and Field Specialist, Manure Nutrient Management, Ohio State University Extension, will be sharing his work in manure management including applying swine manure in corn.

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