I got a call last weekend (July 23) from one of our local Crop Consultants about finding spider mites in a field east of Fort Loramie. With the recent hot and dry weather, these situations could explode! Please visit http://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter to read about spider mites, thresholds and treatments! Thanks for the “heads-up,” Mark!
Just a reminder that the North American Manure Expo is this week, Wednesday and Thursday (Aug. 3-4) at the Farm Science Review Site near London, Ohio. The Expo grounds open at 3 p.m. on Wednesday with educational sessions from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The Expo is free, but tours that morning are $20 and pre-registration is required: go.osu.edu/2016ManureExpoReg.
On Thursday, Aug. 4, the grounds open at 7:30 a.m. with field demonstrations beginning at 9 a.m. Educational sessions are held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with more field demonstrations from 3 to 5 p.m. For more information, go to manureexpo.org.
On Thursday, Aug. 18, the Pumpkin Field Day will be held at the Western Agricultural Research Station, 7720 State Route 41, south of Springfield, from 6 to 8 p.m. Topics for this event will focus on research updates regarding disease, insect, and weed control as well as state-of-the-art demonstrations on the use of drones for more efficient pest detection.
State specialists will be on hand to answer questions about disease, insect, and weed control issues from farmers and crop consultants. In addition to pumpkins, the field day also addresses issues related to other important cucurbit crops such as cucumbers, squash, cantaloupe, and watermelon.
Pre-registration for the field day is required by Aug. 15. There is a $5 per person fee, payable at the event. Registration includes handouts and liquid refreshments. To preregister, send an email to Jim Jasinski at email@example.com or leave a message on the research station’s voicemail at 937-462-8016.
Well, another Shelby County Fair is behind us! It was fun, and (at least by the date of this writing) no disasters!! My thanks to the Cattlemen’s Association, the Pork Producers, and the Dairy Boosters for letting me help with their food stands! What better way to see lots of people and get a chance to visit than when serving Good Food!?! Good to see all of you!
And, yes, it’s been an interesting and busy time on the home-front, too. The kids/grandkids moved out of their house in Columbus Saturday, July 23 and are now living … with us! I figure it’ll be the end of August (at the earliest) ‘til the farm house is ready. (Every time I get an update, a new renovation/project has been added to the list!) The good news is Stanley and I come and go as normal; Kimberly’s taken over the kitchen, the grandkids have the run of the house, and James is dong his commute.
My pastures are dried up – about like everybody else’s. That means feeding hay (which I need to get!), which takes a bit more time every day. SirLoin and Happy Meal are still doing well. Unfortunately, I really haven’t had any extra time to spend with them … The chickens are doing well with all the extra veggie/fruit/cereal/etc. scraps from the house! They really do like melons!
On top of all that, we’re trying to get Mom and Dad’s house in order! Mom should be coming home from rehab in a week or so; we need to get it uncluttered, cleaned, and new (non-tripping) flooring in the kitchen. Does it seem like everything piles up at once?? Welcome to the World of Farming-and-Beyond! Yep, we’ve all been here! Oh, yeah, Auglaize County Fair is this week and I plan to take the grandkids! Add another thing to the list!
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