Field crop farmers will have two opportunities this February to get up to speed on new research and technology from Ohio State University experts as they make plans for the 2012 growing season.

Northern Ohio Crops Day, to be held Feb. 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Gibsonburg, Ohio will include topics pertaining to all major row crops and forages. And for those producers who want more in-depth information on Ohio's number one crop, there's the Feb. 14 Soybean Workshop, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Custar.

Northern Ohio Crops Day presentations are:

  • "Phosphorous and Lake Erie: What Has Changed Since 1995"
  • "Pesticide Application: Making Sure You Hit the Target"
  • "Problem Weeds in Row Crops and Forages"
  • "Using All the Tools for Growing Corn"
  • "Precision Agriculture"

Private and commercial pesticide recertification credits, as well as continuing education credits for certified crop advisers, will be available. Cost for private credits is $25; cost for commercial credits is $15 per hour.

There's no cost for attending the Northern Ohio Crops Day, but a $10 donation will be accepted at the door to help cover expenses. Lunch will be provided, and each attendee will receive a copy of the 2012 Ohio and Indiana Weed Control Guide.

Location for the event is Ole Zim's Wagon Shed, 1375 North State Route 590, Gibsonburg. For more information, contact the Sandusky County office of OSU Extension at 419-334-6340, or Mark Koenig at koenig.55@osu.edu

Meanwhile, the Soybean Workshop will include presentations on Ohio State soybean population research, using cereal rye cover crops, cultural practices to improve yield, northwest Ohio soybean diseases, genetic disease resistance, thresholds and fungicide use, and future soybean disease issues. There will also be a hands-on soybean disease identification session.

Registration for the Soybean Workshop is $50, includes lunch and materials, and is due by Feb. 7. To register, fill out the form available at http://go.osu.edu/HUZ and mail with a check payable to OSU Extension to Alan Sundermeier, OSU Extension, 639 Dunbridge Road, Ste. 1, Bowling Green, OH 43402.

The event, sponsored by OSU Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, will be held at OARDC's Northwest Agricultural Research Station, 4240 Range Line Road, Custar.

For more information about the Soybean Workshop, contact Sundermeier at 419-354-9050 or sundermeier.5@osu.edu