Agronomy workshop, expo Feb. 11

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Keeping nutrients in the field, improving corn and soybean yields, and boosting soil health are critical to an agricultural producer’s success, according to officials at the Delaware Soil & Water Conservation District.

They are inviting farmers to attend the third annual “Agronomy Workshop & Expo” to hear the latest from researchers from Ohio and the Midwest.

The workshop is on Thursday, Feb. 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at All Occasions Catering in Waldo. The workshop fee is $10 per person, which includes a continental breakfast and lunch.

The event is sponsored by the Delaware, Knox, Licking and Morrow soil & water conservation districts, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the USDA Agricultural Research Service, the Ohio Federation of SWCDs, the Delaware County Farm Bureau, the city of Columbus and the Upper Big Walnut Creek Water Quality Partnership.

Some highlights of this year’s program include:

• Chad Penn of Oklahoma State University, on removing phosphorus from drainage water with phosphorus removal structures and PhROG.

• Laura Lindsey of The Ohio State University, on maximizing soybean production and management.

• Bruce Atherton, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Ohio, on reducing nitrates in surface water.

• Pierce Paul, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, on fungicide use in field crops.

• Rob Clendening of the Knox Soil & Water Conservation District, on Ohio Nutrient Management Record Keeper mobile app.

• Rod Dunn and Lorraine Winters of the city of Columbus, giving Columbus’ watershed update.

Continuing education credits will be available for certified crop advisers. Vendor displays will enable participants to engage in discussions on cover crops, equipment, nutrient management, herbicides and other topics. Participants will also be able to network with ag producers from around Ohio.

Reservations are due by Feb. 5.

Visit or call 740-368-1921 for a complete agenda and reservation form. Space is limited.

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Information for this story was provided by the Delaware Soil & Water Conservation District.

Information for this story was provided by the Delaware Soil & Water Conservation District.