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Northern Ohio Crops Day is Feb. 10 in Gibsonburg: Yields, Pests, Crop Insurance Among the Topics

January 18, 2011

GIBSONBURG, Ohio -- Timely presentations by university experts and information from a variety of exhibitors await farmers at this year’s Northern Ohio Crops Day, Thursday, Feb. 10 in Gibsonburg, Ohio, just in time to plan for this year’s growing season.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ole Zim’s Wagon Shed, 1375 North State Rt. 590, not far from U.S. Rt. 20 in Sandusky County.

Registration costs $10. Additional fees of $20 or $15 apply to those seeking private or commercial pesticide recertification credits, respectively.

“I truly think that producers are going to get a good review about how important the basics are in producing a good crop,” said Mark Koenig, Ohio State University Extension educator. “Attendees will get some great information on a variety of topics that are crucial to their farming operations in this part of the state.”

Presentations include:

-- “Growin’ Good Corn: Rocket Science or Common Sense?” R.L. (Bob) Nielsen, corn specialist and professor of agronomy, Purdue University.                              

-- “Cover Crops: Can We Cut Down on Pesticides?” Alan Sundermeier, OSU Extension educator.

-- “Wheat: Going for the Best Yields,” Pierce Paul, plant pathologist, OSU Extension and Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.   

-- “Western Bean Cutworm,” Christina DiFonzo, field crops entomologist, Michigan State University.                       

-- “Private Pesticide Licenses?” Dennis Mills, OSU Extension state program specialist, plant pathology and pesticide education.

-- “Crop Insurance Update,” Dennis Lenhart, Hartlen Insurance.

“The western bean cutworm is an insect that is starting to have presence here in northern Ohio, and Chris DiFonzo has been working with it in Michigan, where it has caused economic damage,” Koenig pointed out. “The private pesticide license categories have changed, and there are new updates with crop insurance.”

For more information and to register, contact Koenig at 419-334-6340 or

OSU Extension and OARDC are the outreach and research arms, respectively, of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.


Mauricio Espinoza
Mark Koenig