About Agriculture and Natural Resources
Wayne County has a rich agricultural history and is noted for the strength and diversity of its agricultural economy. Wayne County has approximately 1750 farms totaling about 242,000 acres of farmland. The OSU Extension program in Wayne County seeks to strengthen farms and farm enterprises by providing educational resources and programs.
County Agriculture and Natural Resources News
Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) have been captured and positively identified in trap locations around Wayne County. To date (July 25) those captures have been from traps placed in raspberry and blueberry plantings. SWD is a destructive fruit fly that is able to lay eggs into fruit as it is ripening. Within a few days of being laid, the egg will hatch into a larva that begins to consume and damage the fruit. Without preventative treatment, numbers can quickly build to high levels and fruit will be un-marketable. More information about the SWD and its lifecycle, along with a chart of insecticides that can be used to control the pest and timing of insecticide applications can be found by clicking on the following link:
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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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State Agriculture and Natural Resources 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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