This time of year is always full of activities focusing on agriculture, and this year is no different. In the upcoming weeks there will be many events and so I thought I would highlight a few that many of us could participate in.
The first is right around the corner with the Southwest Ohio Corn Growers & Fayette County Agronomy Field Day set for Tuesday, Aug. 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fayette county farm, 2770 SR 38, Washington Court House.
This year will be a great event. One of the features will be our Keynote Speaker, Brian Klippenstein, Senior Policy for Sonny Perdue, Secretary of Agriculture.
Another activity will be a panel of key leaders that will provide grass roots information to inform our growers of what they would want to see in the farm bill and what is needed in the trade bill.
Other topics and speakers for this event will include:
• Spray Drift and Spray Nozzle Selections — Erdal Ozkan, The Ohio State University
• Follow-up for 2018 Farm Bill Listening Session – Jed Bower, Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers
• Corn Seeding Rates and Emergence — John Fulton, The Ohio State University
• Corn Ear Rot, Diagnostic Demonstration — Paul Pierce, The Ohio State University
• Using On-Farm Research to Make Adaptive Nitrogen Decisions – Elizabeth Hawkins, The Ohio State University
• Cover Crops for Pollinators — Denise Ellsworth, The Ohio State University
• Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association Update
• Programs available to plant Pollinator Strips — Katie Maust, USDA Farm
Service Agency and Will Newman, Pheasants Forever
All-day events will include:
• Corn and Soybean Show Plots
• Two $500 gift certificate drawing for Ohio Corn Grower members
• Trade show
• Plane rides from FCA Flight Training, $30/person for a 30-minute flight (Must register at 740-335-2430, payment in cash or check made to FCA Flight Training)
• Health screenings in the morning (Please fast prior for blood testing)
• CCA Credits and Private Pesticide re-certification credits offered
Another great event that literally thousands participate in is the annual Farm Science Review held at the Molly Caren farm just outside of London, Ohio Sept. 19-21.
Like every year this event has something for everyone. There is of course all the big farm equipment on display, in-field demonstrations, plots and educational events focusing on large scale farm production, small farm production to even the hobby producer or gardener.
Some of the highlights will include The Ohio State Agronomy team plots, where OSU crops team will share plot work, trends in agronomy agriculture and provide pesticide recertification opportunities each day.
“Ask The Expert” sessions will be back again covering many topics from farm management, ag-law, livestock disease updates, land values and budgets, tax reform and much more.
There will be special sessions held pertaining to Ag Safety and Health, Animal Health, Economic Contribution of Ag and Food in Ohio, Production Strategies and more.
The Small Farm Center will have many different presentations each day. Each presentation will last up to 50 minutes with opportunity for questions and Answers with presenters.
The Utzinger Memorial Garden will be set up with Master Gardener volunteers to answer any gardening questions.
There will be several sessions for the kids as well such as Science and Technology in AG, Hands-On learning and much more.
And finally the shuttle bus tours will travel to the Gwynne Conservation area, to the field demo area and as well three tours offered daily pertaining to Nutrients and Water Best Management Practices, Nutrient Use Efficiency, and Precision Ag, Compaction and Herbicide Platforms.
Pre-sale tickets are available at the Clinton County Extension for $7 each.
Finally, another annual event is the Clinton Soil and Water annual meeting and Banquet set for Thursday, Aug. 24 beginning at 5:30 pm. This year besides a great meal and the annual election of county Supervisor, the key program component will focus on grain markets and marketing presented by Consolidated Grain and Barge.
This annual meeting is open to the public. The meal is $12 per person and reservations can be made by calling 937-382-2461, ext. 101.
Tony Nye is the state coordinator for the Ohio State University Extension Small Farm Program and has been an OSU Extension Educator for agriculture and natural resources for 29 years, currently serving Clinton County and the Miami Valley EERA.