Brown helps at fair food stands

By Deborah Reinhart Brown - Ag update

Well, I made it to the Shelby County Fair last week; helped with the Cattlemen’s Ribeye Stand, the Pork Producer’s Sausage Barn, and the Dairy Boosters Ice Cream Wagon. Those went well and I got to talk to lots of folks!! It was good and the weather was beautiful! A bit warm, but always with a breeze and not blazing hot!

Special Thanks to our Master Gardeners who have done an excellent job of keeping the Memorial Garden at our office and the gardens at the fairgrounds up-to-date! They also organized a “Kids Craft” for the fair and helped where needed! The Hotline continues to be manned Mondays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through September. Be sure to call or bring your questions!!

Well, Field Day Season is in full swing! On Tuesday, Aug. 14, the Southwest Ohio Corn Growers and the Fayette County Agronomy Club Field Day will be held at the Fayette County Airport and Demonstration Farm outside Washington Court House. This event is free and runs 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is always a good event with a good meal!!

Some of the highlights of the day include corn and soybean show plots, Two $500 gift certificate drawing for Ohio Corn Grower Members, a Trade Show, Plane rides from FCA Flight Training (at an additional charge and pre-registration), and Health Screenings. Topics and speakers include Matt Roberts from Kernmantle Group, Tri-State Fertilizer Guide and Nitrogen Decisions by Steve Culman, Gibberella Diagnostic Demonstration and Research Project with Pierce Paul, Using On-Farm Research to Make Production Decisions with Elizabeth Hawkins, Diagnostic Demonstration of Corn and Soybean Insect Pests with Kelly Tillmon, an update on the 2018 Farm Bill, and the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association Update.

CCA Credits, Fertilizer re-certification (Private and Commercial) and Private Pesticide re-certification credits will be offered. For more information visit

Also on Aug. 14, in the opposite direction, the Northwest Ohio Precision Planter Day will be held at the Fulton County Fairgrounds in Wauseon, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year the event will focus on precision planter technology and will feature discussions and demonstrations from leading equipment, seed, and technology professionals. Learn about variable rate seeding, precision placement with your planter, planter downforce options and high speed planting. In the afternoon there will be planter demos in the field. The cost is $20 for those registered by Aug. 3; $30 after that date. For more information visit

OK, not everything we do is field-crop related!! There is a program at the OSU Mansfield Campus on Friday, Aug. 17, on Common and Uncommon Woodland Pests. This program will run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Ovalwood Hall on University Drive.

The goal for many woodland owners is to keep their woodland healthy. That can be difficult if one is unfamiliar with what is common to see in a woodland and is unusual. This class will cover what some of those common insect and disease issues are and what, if anything, you should do about them. In addition, discussion will also be held on some of the uncommon insects and diseases that we all hope you rarely see in your woodland. This program is $35 and includes lunch and materials. For more information and to register, go to

There will be a Pumpkin Field Day on Thursday, Aug. 23, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Western Agricultural Research Station, near South Charleston (south of Springfield on state Route 41). At this point, I don’t have a lot of information, but if you’re interested, you can contact Jim Jasinski at for registration costs and detailed information.

By Deborah Reinhart Brown

Ag update

The writer can be reached at the OSU Extension office (937-498-7239) or by email at

The writer can be reached at the OSU Extension office (937-498-7239) or by email at