1. 4-H News and Notes for June 5, 2015

    Jun. 05, 2015

    Dear 4-H Members, Parents, and Advisors:

    A couple of important 4-H reminders are listed below - click the headlines below for more details!

  2. Avian Influenza

    Jun. 05, 2015

    If you were not aware of the seriousness of the recent outbreaks of the avian influenza and the huge and devastating losses it is causing to some poultry producers and the U.S. poultry industry, perhaps the announcement by the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) last week to cancel all live bird exhibitions at county and independent county fairs in 2015 grabbed your attention.  You may be asking; what is this avian influenza and how widespread is it?  Does it pose a risk to poultry in Ohio and Wayne County?  What is the human risk? 

  3. Reaping the Benefits of the Garden you Sow

    Jun. 05, 2015

    Sun, rain, better temperatures  and gardens are off to a great start!  If you are growing your own garden  in a container or the backyard there are additional benefits beyond the actual produce.  Being able to “dig in the dirt” is a great way to let go of stress in your life.  Whether you are weeding, or turning the soil it has a way of releasing the tension while providing exercise at the same time.

  4. Local Sheep Association Pasture Walk and Picnic

    Jun. 05, 2015

    Our local Ohio Heartland Sheep Improvement Association (OHSIA) invites anyone with in interest in sheep production to consider attending either or both of two upcoming events.  The first event is a pasture walk at the Phil Maasz farm located at 8001 Blough Road, Sterling Ohio beginning at 6:30 pm.  In addition to discussing pasture management, there will be discussion on Phil’s program of feeding barley fodder to his sheep. 

  5. Wayne County 4-H Statement Regarding Decision to Cancel 2015 Poultry Exhibitions

    Jun. 02, 2015

    Dear Wayne County 4-H Members, Parents, and Advisors,

  6. Livestock Need Good Quality Drinking Water

    Jun. 01, 2015

                    As temperatures increase, so does the water requirement of our livestock.   Most livestock owners know the nutrient content of the grains and forages they are feeding their livestock and can tell you if the feedstuff is low, medium or high quality.  Do you know how your livestock water quality measures up?  Water is the most essential of all nutrients required for our livestock but often other than making sure that water is available in sufficient quantity, little thought is given to the quality of that water.  A lactating dairy cow has the highest daily water requirement...

  7. Support Wayne County 4-H

    Jun. 01, 2015

    The Wayne County 4-H program is a true point of pride for our community.  The program annually reaches more than 1,500 youth through involvement in 4-H community clubs where youth can choose from more than 200 different self-directed learning projects.  Youth also hone their leadership and life skills during club meetings and group learning activities.  Additionally, Wayne County 4-H reaches more than 200 youth through our 4-H camping program, which includes a day camp for Cloverbuds (youth ages 5-8) and an overnight camp for youth ages 8-13.

  8. Water Quality Can Affect Pesticide Performance

    Jun. 01, 2015

                Do you know your water quality numbers?  A few years ago in our private pesticide applicators winter recertification classes I asked that question.  Typically, only a few in every group raised their hand as an affirmative response.  Water quality of groundwater is measured by several factors such as pH, hardness, alkalinity, turbidity, and temperature.  These measures of water quality are important because they are all factors that can affect the performance of pesticides such as herbicides,

  9. It’s All About Perspective

    May. 19, 2015

    Everywhere you look there is color thanks to the spring showers and nature’s flower template.  It’s also a time to enjoy a walk in the woods to look for the elusive morel mushroom.  Recently while visiting my parents I took off on a hike to review the possible hiding spots I remembered from my childhood.  While trapesing through the fields to the woods, I encountered the red and white faces of the cattle that had also brought much joy through the years.  When my search ended, empty handed, I returned to tell the story only to discoverer the cattle were not to be in that field.  Working...

  10. Forage Harvest Guidelines

    May. 19, 2015

    Our mechanical forage harvest season has begun.  Forages are mechanically harvested for use as stored feed.  We have 3 basic forage harvest systems that are used: dry hay, silage, and wet hay or baleage.  Within each of these harvest systems there are some principles or guidelines that should be considered and followed to minimize losses and keep forage quality as high as possible.  I’ll summarize these harvest guidelines from a forage harvest presentation given by Bill Weiss, OSU Animal Sciences Department at a meeting this past winter.