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The Nuts and Bolts of Corn and Beans: Agronomy School Begins Jan. 16 in Mt. Vernon, Ohio

January 10, 2012
MT. VERNON, Ohio -- Six Monday evenings in January and February will provide farmers and certified crop advisors (CCAs) with the most comprehensive, up-to-date crop production and agricultural technology information available today, just in time to begin planning another growing season.

Organized by Ohio State University Extension, the 2012 Central Ohio Agronomy School will meet Jan. 16, 23 and 30, and Feb. 6, 13 and 20 from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Knox County Agricultural Center, 1025 Harcourt Rd., Mt. Vernon, Ohio.

Cost for the six-week program is $50. Fifteen CCA continuing education credits are available for an extra $50. Also available are Pesticide Recertification Credits (five private, 2.5 commercial) for an additional $25.

To register, fill out the form available at and mail, along with a check payable to OSU Extension-Knox County, to OSU Extension-Knox County, 1025 Harcourt Rd., Mt. Vernon, OH 43050.

"This school is designed with everyone in mind: part-time or full-time producer, beginner or CCA agronomist," said OSU Extension educator John Barker. "Within each subject area we will teach the basic concepts and progress to the most advanced agronomic principles."

Topics and speakers include:

-- Jan. 16, "Cover Crops," Jim Hoorman, OSU Extension educator.

-- Jan. 23, "Weed Control," Mark Loux, weed specialist, OSU Extension and Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC).

-- Jan. 30, "Precision Agriculture," Scott Shearer, chair of Ohio State's Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering; and Tim Norris, CEO, AgInfoTech.

-- Feb. 6, "Soil Fertility," Robert Mullen, Potash Corp.

-- Feb. 13, "Marketing and Outlook," Matt Roberts, agricultural economist, OSU Extension and OARDC.

-- Feb. 20, "Field Drainage," Larry Brown, agricultural engineer, OSU Extension and OARDC; and Rob Clendening, Knox County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Program details are available at

For more information, contact Barker at 740-397-0401 or


Mauricio Espinoza