1. Considerations when selecting 2018 corn hybrids

    Dec. 12, 2017

    Corn harvest 2017 is about wrapped up in our area and while some 2018 corn hybrid decisions have already been made, others are still debating choices and selection.  Peter Thomison, OSU Extension corn specialist provides the following comments regarding 2018 hybrid selection.          

  2. Pesticide License Testing

    Dec. 05, 2017

    OSU Extension Wayne County has set up testing dates with the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) to allow private and commercial applicators to obtain a pesticide applicators license. To obtain a license, applicators must take and pass a core exam plus one or more specific category exam(s). The cost of a private applicator license is $30 and a commercial applicator license is $35.  ODA personnel administer the tests and all testing will take place in Fisher Auditorium at OARDC from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm on the following dates:

  3. Become A 4-H Volunteer Today!

    Dec. 05, 2017

    Do you enjoy working with youth and teens to make a positive difference in their lives and our community?  Were you ever a member of 4-H?  Even if you were not you could still become a 4-H volunteer.  Do you have specialized skills or are you just a well-rounded caring and fun-loving adult?  Regardless of who you are, if you like working with kids and want to make a difference, there are many exciting roles you can choose from as a 4-H volunteer.

    Here are just a few of the key volunteer roles and duties you could choose from:

  4. Dairy Teat Health and Management During the Winter

    Dec. 05, 2017

    Although we have had some mild temperatures recently winter and its colder temperatures is on our doorstep.  For the lactating dairy cow, the biggest challenge to winter weather is teat health.  While the teat has naturally occurring oils that help to prevent skin chapping, cracking and damage in cold weather, the process of milking involving washing, pre and post dips can remove those oils and expose wet teat tissue to cold temperatures.  Never a great combination.  This week, Dr.

  5. Thanksgiving with the Family

    Nov. 21, 2017

    What a blessing to celebrate Thanksgiving this week with family and friends.  Though the year has passed quickly and has had many challenged filled opportunities, in reflection, I am blessed.  I hope that before the day is filled with all the “to do’s” on your list you also, might find a moment to pause and count the good things in your life.  I also acknowledge that there will be a void without our loved ones, and may we honor their lives with positive memories and stories.  This is also a wonderful time to talk about gratitude, how can we implement being thankful every day?  Here are...

  6. Cold Weather Calf Care

    Nov. 21, 2017

    Late fall and winter weather present some challenges for raising new born and young dairy calves.  A newborn calf has a lower boundary thermal neutral zone (TNZ) of 50-60 degrees F, while the lower boundary TNZ of a month old calf is in the 32 to 40 degree range.  These figures are important because when temperatures drop below the lower thermal neutral zone boundary the calf needs more energy and calories to stay warm.  Regardless of the season, the goal is to keep calves healthy, keep them growing and keep them gaining weight.  However, in cold weather if calves don’t get extra energy,...

  7. Zero Weight Gain Challenge Log

    Nov. 17, 2017

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  8. 4-H Volunteer Applications Now Available!

    Nov. 14, 2017

    Our Wayne County 4-H Volunteers are what make the program so great. We have such a wonderful program that impacts children for the rest of their lives by the help of our volunteers. If you would like to help with the 4-H program and become a volunteer, please fill out the application or contact the office. The link below will take you to the application to be filled out and returned by April 1st, 2018! 


  9. Applying the 4 R's to Winter Hay Feeding

    Nov. 14, 2017

    For any livestock business that is pasture based, the approaching winter season typically represents the time of highest production cost.  Especially in a cow-calf or spring lambing operation, the cost of feeding hay is a big determinant to overall profitability.  This week Alan Gahler, Extension Educator in Sandusky County, provides some perspective on how to best utilize hay by drawing comparisons to the 4 R’s of nutrient management with the 4 R’s of feeding the cowherd.  The same concepts also apply to a sheep flock.

  10. Health Challenge, Mindful Eating

    Nov. 14, 2017

    November marks the beginning of the holiday season.  Merchants are anxious to promote the newest gifts for consumers, families find a few more events on the calendar and I find myself beginning to listen closer to add to “wish lists” for family.  I love this time of year, but one of my greatest challenges is the enjoyment of the special foods and treats that tend to add more than a few extra calories.