Durbin Farms is recognized

Durbin Farms is recognized

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Durbin Farms LLC of New Philadelphia received a 2021 Friend of Extension Award from Ohio State University Extension and the extension professional society, Epsilon Sigma Phi.

This is the highest recognition presented by ESP to a nonextension person, business or organization and is designed to recognize outstanding support and personal involvement in extension efforts. The announcement was made at the recent OSU Extension annual conference.

Durbin Farms is a multi-generational farm outside of New Philadelphia. Matt and Luke, father and son, raise approximately 2,500 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat and hay. In addition to the cropping operation, Luke maintains a commercial herd of beef cattle. Durbin Farms is a recognized leader in technology adoption, attention to detail and management.

Durbin Farms has always been a strong extension supporter and recognizes the value OSU Extension brings to their farm and farmers across Ohio. Whether it’s hosting a field day, seeking input to solve problems or planning for their future, they have always recognized the importance of life-long learning and developing a partnership to foster learning from which they and all of agriculture can benefit.

The farm has been involved in various on-farm research projects including providing soil for nutrient testing, submitting grain for analysis, planting a hemp research plot and participating in the Ohio State University eFields program.

Durbin Farms participated in on-farm research that was used to revise the Tri-State Fertility Recommendations for Corn, Soybeans, Wheat and Alfalfa. This bulletin was originally published in 1995.

In addition to small-plot data, the revised bulletin incorporated analyses of soil and grain from Ohio farms to further refine fertilizer recommendations. The Tri-State Fertility Recommendations for Corn, Soybean, Wheat and Alfalfa bulletin is used by farmers, consultants and advisors to make accurate fertility recommendations on farms in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan.

In 2017 Durbin Farms was asked to participate in the Ohio State University eFields On-Farm Research Program. eFields is a program dedicated to advancing precision agriculture by utilizing field-scale research. Matt and Luke agreed to be a partner farm and have been with the program each year since.

eFields on-farm research conducted by Durbin Farms has focused on corn and soybean seeding rates. They also participated in a multi-state study to evaluate soybean seeding rate, fungicide and insecticide use.

Matt and Luke have made management changes based on the results of research they have conducted. Reducing soybean seeding rates is one of several actions they have taken because of their eFields participation. As a result, they have been able to reduce their input cost without sacrificing yield and revenue.