1. Mindful Walking

    May. 18, 2021

    Those of you that know me know that I would much rather be outside than in.  I enjoy the sunshine, working in the dirt for a garden, the mulch around the flowers, and the paths in the woods.  I feel so blessed when I can spend time with friends and our horses on a ride through the woods.  What is it that you enjoy that gives you a boost in your energy? 

  2. Thank You for the Wayne County Welcome

    May. 18, 2021

    Hello everyone! I’m glad to be able to introduce myself. My name is Haley Zynda, and I am thrilled to serve as the new Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator in Wayne County. I am a Michigan native (but that will be our little secret!) and I grew up about an hour north of Detroit. Although I was not raised in a production agriculture setting, a lifelong love for horses sent me to the University of Kentucky for a Bachelor of Science Degree in equine science.

  3. Time Management

    May. 11, 2021

    This week I was reminded of my father’s saying “haste makes waste”.  While there were a variety of events (locking my keys in the vehicle, forgetting a task, needing to get things ready for a new hire, etc.) that I was trying to juggle, the more I tried to get accomplished, the longer the list became.  In other words, I was less than “mindful” this week.  As part of a mentoring course I was taking, I participated in a really good session on priorities and time management.  Here are some of the highlights that I’m hoping to put into practice and maybe some that you might find helpful as...

  4. Bloat in Livestock

    May. 11, 2021

    Bloat in ruminant livestock ranges from mild cases of animal discomfort to a life-threatening situation. Bloat occurs when gases are trapped in the rumen of livestock. Normally, these gases produced by gut microbes escape from the rumen by traveling up the esophagus during the processes of cud chewing and belching.

  5. 4-H Camps Return This Summer

    May. 04, 2021

    This summer Wayne County 4-H will offer two summer camp opportunities – Cloverbud Day Camp and Junior Camp – both following recommended and required COVID safety protocols developed by the CDC, Ohio Department of Health, and The Ohio State University.  Both camps are open to all youth in Wayne County even if they’re not a current member of 4-H, however, priority registration will be given to 4-H members through June 1st. This year the camp counselors have selected “County Fair Camp” as the theme for both camps!

  6. Spring Forage Outlook

    Apr. 27, 2021

    Activity is starting to pick up in our forage crops. Alfalfa stands are starting to put on new growth, grass species are starting to green up and the fields are starting to look more productive with each passing day. As the plants begin to come out of dormancy, so too do the insect pests.

    The alfalfa weevil is one of the first pests of the season for alfalfa growers to be concerned about. Even though we ran into some cold temperatures, we are still running above average on heat units and accumulated growing degree days.

  7. Food Safety Before, During, and After a Power Outage

    Apr. 27, 2021

    Power outages can occur for a variety of reasons but as the possibility of severe storms increase, so might the chance of experiencing a power outage. Fortunately, there are steps to take before, during, and after an outage that can keep foods from becoming unsafe. The OSU Extension office often receives questions about food safety so I thought it might be helpful to share some tips and resources on this topic related to power outages.

  8. Callery Pear - A Beautiful Tree That's Causing a Stink

    Apr. 20, 2021

    Did you know that April is designated as Ohio Native Plant Month? House Bill 59, a bill which Representative Scott Wiggam (District 1) of Wayne County was the Lead Sponsor of, was signed into law by Governor Mike Dewine in 2019. This bill designated April as Ohio Native Plant Month and is made to increase the public awareness of Ohio’s native plants and the many benefits that they provide to pollinators, Ohio’s economy, and the health of Ohio’s environment.         

  9. Spring Activities

    Apr. 20, 2021

    The sun is bright today but the wind is still a little brisk with spring this year.  Think of all the things we might be doing if we were outside today or the things that are on your list.  I’ve enjoyed working in the yard picking up sticks, looking for new buds on the trees or flowers, or just taking the dog for a walk.  With many of our responsibilities, it’s easy to let the time slip away through the day without getting a little exercise and fresh air.  When we spend time outside with our children, they have a wonderful classroom of new experiences and we can enjoy the moments of...

  10. Planning for Your Tax Refund

    Apr. 13, 2021

    We have been so blessed by an usually warm and beautiful spring.  I love the scents and colors that brighten the landscapes and in a way motivate me to get started on the spring tasks a little earlier than usual.  What are you looking forward to?  Thinking about what we want to accomplish and putting them on paper is a great way to get started.  Setting goals and accomplishing them is a great mood enhancer as well as motivator to get things accomplished that you have on your to do list.  What do you want to accomplish in 2021?  What do you want your money to do for you in 2021?