‘In Service Season’ begins for educators

By Deborah Reinhart Brown - Ag update

What a busy week … for me, not necessarily for you! It was wet, so not much harvesting being done. That means you’ve all been kicked back, relaxing, catching up on those magazines and naps, right?!? Not so on this front: Remember, I told you it’s now “In-Service Season” for educators … I was been in Columbus two days for two different trainings last week … and more meetings this!

Last week’s topics were good: Sprayer nozzle selection and calibrations on Wednesday and Thursday was Organic Production and the challenges/advantages. Good Info, both! I do have a better idea of what nozzles are better for which situations, and I also have a better understanding of Organic Agriculture in Ohio and the country … So, if you have questions, give me a holler … and I’ll try to get the “right” answer for you!! (Of course, “It depends” is also valid!)

There are not a lot of meetings/conferences/programs coming up in the immediate future. However, if you’re interested in “Trees for Ohio Landscapes,” there is a program on that topic being held in Springfield on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the Snyder Park Gardens and Arboretum Clubhouse at 1900 Park St. This program will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will address the following topics: Replacing Ash Trees, Underutilized Native Trees, Invasive Species, and Trees for the Landscape.

The cost is $40 and includes lunch. Deadline for registration is this Friday, Oct. 20. You can get a copy of the flier at clark.osu.edu under the “calendar” listings on the right-hand side of the page. We also have fliers in our Extension office.

Just a reminder that the Shelby County Forestry Field Day will be on Sunday, Oct. 22, at the Ryan and Erika Kemper Farm on Patterson-Halpin Road, just north of state Route 47 west of Sidney. This fun-and-educational, free, family-friendly event will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

In addition to learning about habitat improvement, timber management, and tree identification, you can see a woodland soil pit exhibit and hike woodland trails, visit with wood carvers, enjoy a honey bee display, and observe a portable sawmill in action. There will also be free hot dogs, apples, and beverages available. Our Master Gardeners will be on-site for a scavenger hunt for the kids and Smokey Bear is to arrive about 2:30p.

This is a great opportunity for kids, grand-kids, parents, grand-parents to spend some quality time together, outside in beautiful surroundings!! It’s also a nice way to do some “hands-on” learning! Add it to your calendar, along with all the other things you’ve got to do – with a bit of luck, the afternoon of Sunday, Oct. 22, will be open and you can come out and enjoy this day!!

Just a “heads-up:” The West Central Ohio Monthly Dairy Luncheon Series will begin in November: Third Wednesday of each month from November through March at the Pizza Hut, south side of New Bremen. 11:30 a.m. (or whenever you can get there!) is lunch on-your-own with the programs beginning at 12 noon and running about an hour. This is a great opportunity to join with other farmers to visit, catch up, and find out what’s happening in the dairy industry. I’ll give you the topic for November as it gets closer; in the meantime, pull out that calendar/ phone, and jot it down!


By Deborah Reinhart Brown

Ag update

The writer can be reached at the OSU Extension office (937-498-7239) or by email at brown.1522@osu.edu.

The writer can be reached at the OSU Extension office (937-498-7239) or by email at brown.1522@osu.edu.