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  1. Tomatoes and the Wayne County Fair

    Sep. 14, 2021

    The fair will be in full swing when you read this and I’m guessing that many of you have made plans to visit and enjoy special events on the fairgrounds.  I realize that for some of you, it’s a family tradition and for others actually a vacation that you plan for every year.  Returning to the full fair this year will allow many to reconnect with people that we only see once a year, make sure to take advantage of the moments together.  I’m guessing that we will all appreciate the in-person opportunities whether it’s a livestock show, visiting with the vendors or Grange demo.  Here’s what’s...

  2. Grain Bin Preparation

    Sep. 14, 2021

    With corn and soybean harvest on the horizon, it is time to start preparing grain storage for this year’s yields. Likely, the grain will be stored for a lengthy period of time in these bins, meaning that a poorly prepared storage may lead to quality loss in the grain. The aim for the grain storage facility is to prevent mold, damage, or insects from spoiling otherwise good-quality grain.

  3. Lessons from the Wayne County Fair

    Sep. 08, 2021

    Last week I had the privilege of being in the office while some of the older 4-H youth participated in the Junior Fair King and Queen contest.  I can honestly say I haven’t been in the presence of youth with more manners, charisma, and passion as they arrived to speak with the judges and to share their 4-H and FFA experiences.  Their example makes not only their family, club, school and community shine but gives them such a head start on a life will many opportunities towards life goals.  I have no idea which ones will be crowned (you can come see for yourself on Saturday evening Sept.

  4. Silage Season

    Sep. 08, 2021

    I talked about preparing for silage season back in the July edition of the Buckeye Dairy News. Well, the time for preparation is dwindling and the time for harvest is here. Harvest can be stressful and tiring, but amidst the quick pace of the operation, it is also important to slow down and take inventory of the risks around you. Many accidents can be prevented by being cognizant of the equipment that is being run and the spaces you are working in.

  5. Extension Programs at the Wayne County Fair

    Aug. 31, 2021

    The Wayne County Fair, September 11th - 16th, is just around the corner and Ohio State University Extension is once again presenting free programs and demonstrations for your enjoyment in the Grange Rotunda building. Our programs are offered Monday through Thursday of the fair, and we are excited to share all that we have planned this year!

    Monday, September 13th

  6. Farm Science Review

    Aug. 31, 2021

    Today marks three weeks until the kickoff of the 59th Annual Farm Science Review in London, Ohio. The Molly Caren Agricultural Center has been the location of the Review since 1982 and is comprised of 2,100 acres for field demonstrations, conservation, and crop production. Fourteen hundred acres alone are dedicated to crop production of corn and soybeans. Last year the Review was  virtual, but the Ohio State University is excited to have it back in person for 2021.

  7. Living a Marginal Life

    Aug. 24, 2021

    Within Extension, we have a wonderful network of peers who write and share material.  Shannon Carter from Fairfield County has served with me on several teams and has written many articles that speak to the “full” lives we live, and you can find many of them on “Live Smart Ohio” at  With her permission, here’s what she wrote on living a Marginal Life with the hope that it might resonate with you as well.

  8. The Matter of Dry Matter

    Aug. 24, 2021

    The title says “dry matter,” but I’m going to start with talking about water. Why? Well, because without water, we wouldn’t have dry matter. I mean yes, we would, but you understand what I’m getting at. Dry matter (DM) and water go hand-in-hand because all feeds have some percentage of moisture that needs to be removed prior to analyzing the feed. Some folks may reference “moisture content” instead of DM, but they are simply the inverse of each other. One describes the percent of nutrients left after the water is removed, and one describes the amount of water in a feed.

  9. Corn Smut

    Aug. 17, 2021

    The other day I was walking a corn field and a couple of ears caught my eye. Large silvery and smooth blobs, for a lack of a better word, had taken over the top half of the ear. This was none other than common smut. Common smut is one of three smuts that can affect corn; the other two are head smut and false smut. All three smuts are caused by different species of fungus and are outlined below.

    Common Smut

  10. Compassion Fatigue

    Aug. 17, 2021

    It’s refreshing to look back over the spring and summer and recognize some projects that were accomplished.  While cleaning out one of the girls’ rooms, I ran across this from one of their classmates: “Learn from your past, but do not dwell in it, instead dwell in the present for what you do in the present becomes our past tomorrow”.  The days of summer are quickly fading and we find ourselves ready to launch into the fall activities of school, sports, band, and of course the Wayne County Fair.  Within each of those events there are volunteers, teachers, parents and others who have stepped...