Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are now into our third and final year for fertilizer applicator certification for those applying fertilizer to 50 acres or more. Ohio State University Extension will be busy with meetings for Fertilizer Certification again this coming winter months, also known as meeting season. In 2014 and with further extensions in 2015, legislators have imposed new regulations on nutrient applications in Ohio. We just learned that the Ohio Department of Agriculture has certified more than 11,000 applicators in Ohio, with maybe another 6,000 to 8,000 to go before the September 30, 2017 deadline.Training programs for the certification are provided by the Ohio State University.To find meeting plans for your area of Ohio, go to: http://nutrienteducation.osu.edu. Information is also there to understand who needs the certification, and where to sign up for and attend meetings.If you have a Pesticide Applicators license, then likely you will also need to be certified for fertilizer application; over the next winter as you re-certify for your pesticide license you can also choose to be fertilizer applicator certified at a two-hour meeting. If this is your year for pesticide license re-certification then you can find those meeting locations here: http://pested.osu.edu/Private_recert.For those new or younger folks who will be applying fertilizer, you will attend a three-hour long program; check the Nutrient Education website and just look for those comprehensive three-hour meetings.And as we get closer to winter meeting season we will post those regional and area agronomy and update meetings. Our Agronomic Crops Team calendar is pretty thin now, but will be full before Christmas. So check our website: http://agcrops.osu.edu/events/calendar, for the events and their locations. A couple of events on my calendar for crop producers include:• The Ohio No-Till Conference is December 7th at the Der Dutchman Restaurant, 445 S. Jefferson, Plain City. For more information: https://ohionotillcouncil.com/2016/11/15/2016-winter-conference/.• And the annual Ohio Grain Farmers Symposium on December 20, 2016, at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus. Register today at www.ohiograinfarmerssymposium.org.