Harold Watters could not believe what he found in a Paulding County corn field in mid-August of 2019.

Congratulations to Harold Watters on his retirement!

By Laura Lindsey, Ohio State University Extension

After 20+ years at Ohio State, Harold Watters retired earlier this year. Most recently, Harold was an Ohio State University Extension Field Specialist for Agronomic Systems, but his history at OSU dates back to 1975 when he was a student employee at the Farm Science Review. In his own words, Harold’s goal has been “…to do the work that needed to be done for row crop farmers — whether it was in response to drought in 2012, or floods and late planting in 2015…or the concerns of nutrient management and water quality.”

I cannot even begin to list Harold’s involvement, achievements, and impact he has had on Ohio’s agricultural community (and also international work in the Ukraine). Harold was co-leader of the OSU Extension’s AgCrops Team from 2004 through 2019. He helped move the team forward into the digital age with a website, easier transfer of the CORN newsletter, and provided lots of support for agronomic crops meetings. Harold served on the Ohio Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) board. He provided CCA training and actively encouraged and supported many extension educators to become CCAs. Harold was also actively involved in the AgCrops Team demonstration plots at Farm Science Review and agronomic programming at the Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference. In addition he was a long-time regular contributor to Ohio’s Country Journal. Thank you, Harold, for everything that you’ve done for all of us over the years. You are a great agronomist, field specialist, and friend.

Harold plans on spending this winter skiing as much as possible, but I’m sure he’ll be around in the field this spring. Congratulations!

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