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Get Ready For Home Canning Season
Home canning has been passed on from my grandmother to my mother to me and our girls. There’s just something special about being able to replicate flavors from the seed to the table. With that in mind, it’s a great time to get your equipment in working condition so that when your produce is ready, you are too! Here’s a quick list to get you started:
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When is the last time you enjoyed a family picnic? Food always seems to taste better when enjoyed outdoors, but there are precautions that we need to take to make sure we keep it safe. Here are a few tips for you to consider:
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The Wayne County Extension integrated pest management (IPM) scouting program has a new web site where weekly scouting report summaries are posted along with photos and links to information on diseases, insect pests and weeds that IPM scouts are finding in grower fields
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County News
The Wayne County Extension integrated pest management (IPM) scouts are reporting gray leaf spot in many of the corn fields that they scout. Some corn varieties are more susceptible to the disease and in these varieties the disease is progressing up the corn plant. The fungus responsible for gray leaf spot overwinters on corn residue on the soil surface. Pierce Paul, OSU Extension Corn and Wheat pathologist says that gray leaf spot develops best at temperatures between 70 and 90 F, especially when conditions are consistently wet and humid. Infection occurs when the leaf surface is wet for 11 to 13 hours and relative humidity in the canopy is at or above 90% for an uninterrupted period of 12 to 13 hours.
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The 2014 farm bill makes some big changes in the way commodity crop programs will be administered and in how potential payments will be made. Crop growers will have some important decisions that must be made to take advantage of program options. In order to help growers understand some of the basics of the farm bill programs and what will be required of them, a series of introductory Farm Bill Commodity Crops meetings has been scheduled around Ohio. The meeting for our area of the state will be held on August 18 at 1:00 pm at the Fisher Auditorium located on the OARDC campus in Wooster.
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State News
Find recent "Grazing School" presentations on-line here!
The "Pastures for Profit" grazing school is a comprehensive course in Management Intensive Grazing
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Do Wildlife enjoy your Garden more than you do?
When planning your garden, don't forget your plan to exclude the wildlife!
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