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.
Over the three days of the Review, 100 educational seminars and talks and 600 exhibits are planned, featuring 4,000 product lines. The exhibit booths alone sprawl over almost 100 acres! There will also be live field demonstrations including corn and bean harvest, tillage, nutrient and lime application, and drain installation. The machinery present at the review is both new and old, totaling over a million dollars. There will be plenty of hot-off-the-line tractors, implements, and combines, as well as an antique equipment show in the William L. George building. The antique collection features 1,600 pieces from 1800 to 1930, so make sure to stop in to take a peek!
Even if production agriculture isn’t your forte, there is still plenty more in store. The Gwynne Conservation Area features 67 acres of land dedicated to natural resource management practices. At the Gwynne, options for water management and soil erosion are demonstrated through constructed wetlands, stream crossings, grassed waterways, riparian buffer areas, and streambank stabilization (just to name a few!). Alternative land-use examples can also be seen in the conservation area. Walnut and pawpaw plantations and timber are planted as examples of crop trees. Additionally, wildlife food plots and prairie grasses are established to showcase habitats and ecosystems you can plan for your own property.
Tickets to the 2021 Farm Science Review are available until September 20th for $7 at the Wayne County Extension Office at 428 W. Liberty St., Wooster, OH. Tickets may be purchased at the gate during the event for $10 and children under 5 are free. Over 100,000 spectators visit the Review each year, and I would love to see a great Wayne County presence there. I will be in the Livestock booth on September 22nd and the Pesticide Booth on the 23rd so please come and say hello!
In other news, our agricultural and natural resources program assistant, Matthew Nussbaum, has left our office. He has been an valuable asset to our team, from teaching Beef Quality Assurance, to planning the Dairy Twilight Tour, to scouting fields for the IPM program. I know Frank, myself and the rest of the office will miss him, but we wish him all the best in his future endeavors.
Haley Zynda is an OSU Extension Agriculture & Natural Resources Educator and may be reached at 330-264-8722.
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