Visit OSU staff at the Shelby County Fair

By Deborah Reinhart Brown - Ag update

Yes, the Shelby County Fair started yesterday. Our office at 810 Fair Road in Sidney will be closed this week due to the fair. You can still call in, leave a message, and we will return your call, but it might be next week … We’ll all be somewhere on the grounds at some point; you can visit with us there! Our Master Gardeners will be supervising the Horticulture Building on Tuesday, so that would be a good time to stop by to ask questions and see all the fun stuff they do!

The Shelby County Cattlemen’s Association will be serving up ribeye sandwiches on Tuesday and Saturday beginning at about 11a near Show Arena 1! The price is the same as last year; stop by and enjoy Good beef!

The Pork Producers will be open all week in the “Pork Barn,” also near the Show Arena. On Friday, you’ll want to be sure to get there early enough to get one of their “famous” pork loin sandwiches!!

The Dairy Boosters will be serving ice cream during the dairy shows at the arena and also shakes, cones, and cups at their stand near the grandstand area. Great Stuff!!

With Influenza A Virus H3N2 being found at the Clinton County Fair last week, there are some things you as exhibitors and visitors can do: Keep sick hogs at home; Keep an eye on your hogs at the fair and look for signs of illness; Wash your hands after leaving the barns; Avoid eating or drinking in the barns (no pacifiers, bottles, toys, or strollers in the barn). Those under 5, over 65, pregnant, or immune-compromised should avoid hogs and the swine barns. With a bit of luck, we’ll not see any problems in Shelby County, but we can all take precautions to avoid issues!!

The 2017 Ohio State University Manure Science Review is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 2, at the Stoller Brothers & Sons farm in Paulding County. The farm is located at 9257 Rd. 144, Paulding. The review will begin at 8:45 a.m.; the afternoon activities should end by 3:30 p.m.

The morning sessions in the farm shop will focus on effectively capturing manure nutrients, an update on the manure application regulations, what Edge of Field studies are revealing about the movement of manure nutrients, panel discussion with local farmers on using cover crops, best management practices for handling poultry litter, and staying safe around manure structures.

Afternoon field demonstrations will include sidedressing emerged corn with both a manure tanker and a soft drag hose, solid manure calibration, smoking subsurface drainage tile to reveal preferential flow, viewing cover crop plots, poultry litter application demonstrations, and using of frac tanks to hauling manure greater distances.

CEUs are available for Certified Crop Advisors, Certified Livestock Managers, Professional Engineers, and Indiana State Chemists.

Registration is $30 per person. Coffee, donuts, and lunch are included with the registration fee. The flyer with additional information and the registration form can be found at or at our OSU Extension display at the fair.

There will be a Hops Pre-Harvest Field Night this Thursday, July 27, at the South Centers in Piketon from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Some of the topics at the field night: a hops mechanical harvesting demonstration, a drying demonstration, scouting and management of insects and diseases, petiole sap analysis and drip irrigation management.

The field day is $25 per person and $40 for a family up to three and includes dinner. Pre-registration is required. The deadline is Tuesday, July 25. For more information or to register, contact Charissa Gardner at or 740-289-2071, ext. 132.

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