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  1. Conditions Favorable for Sclerotinia Stem Rot in Soybeans

    July 20, 2017

    Soybean growers need to be aware that recent weather conditions have been favorable for possible development of sclerotinia stem rot in soybeans.  In the following paragraphs, Anne Dorrance, OSU Extension soybean pathologist, outlines the disease potential and steps growers can take to reduce the impact of this disease.

  2. Mindful Time Management

    July 20, 2017

    “Something precious is lost if we rush headlong into the details of life without pausing for a moment to pay homage to the mystery of life and the gift of another day.” (KENT NERBURN)

    This appeared in my e-mail this week and it caused me to stop and reflect.  Life is busy for all of us.  We have many opportunities for spending time with family and friends.  We spend time with activities and obligations.   But at some point we also need to slow down and savor the blessings that we have.  

  3. Milking Excellence

    July 12, 2017

              It is a rough go for dairy farmers these days.  While milk price has improved a little from the disastrous prices of a couple of years ago, the current price is very close to breakeven production costs for many dairy farms.  Profitability depends upon managing costs and doing things that improve production and milk quality.  Dianne Shoemaker, OSU Extension Dairy Production Economics Field Specialist, is able to show that each year, regardless of milk price, the top 20 to 25 percent of dairy producers are able to show some profit per cow.  In low price years, the average producer...

  4. Food Waste

    July 11, 2017

    While traveling and enjoying all the family events over the last couple of weeks, I find it a challenge to keep the food managed in the refrigerator.  I even took a cooler with many items in it, but I still had a small amount that didn’t get used before it needed to be discarded.  Here are some insights from my co-worker Donna Green that challenge me to do a better job of monitoring what I purchase and utilize on a regular basis, I hope it motivates you as well.

  5. Spotted Wing Drosophila

    July 11, 2017

    Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) fruit flies have been captured in traps placed in fruit as part of the Wayne County Extension Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program in several locations within the county over the past couple of weeks.  The presence of SWD indicates that fruit growers, especially those who produce any kind of raspberries, blackberries, blueberries or grapes need to take preventative action.

  6. Controlling Pasture Flies on Cattle

    July 07, 2017

              Horn flies and face flies are the two most common flies that bother cattle in pasture settings.  From an economic standpoint, horn flies cause the most damage.  Research indicates that a good horn fly control program can result in 12 to 20 pounds of additional weight gain for calves as well as reduced weight loss for nursing cows.  The economic threshold for horn flies is generally considered as equal to or more than 100 flies/side or 200 per animal.

  7. Selling Food from the Farm: Is a License Necessary?

    June 27, 2017

    Peggy Hall, OSU Agriculture and Resource Law Program director answered the question regarding selling food from the farm and licensing requirements in a recent Ag law blog post:

    Many producers may be considering selling produce, meats, cottage foods and baked goods directly to consumers at the farm property. A question we often hear from farmers thinking about these types of farm food sales is, “do I need some type of license or inspection to sell food from the farm?” The answer to this question depends upon the type of food offered for sale:

  8. What Is Your Pasture Score?

    June 27, 2017

    Pasture is a critical component for some livestock production systems.  Like any resource, pasture will respond to management.  One necessary aspect of pasture management is pasture measurement.  There must be some kind of systematic measurement and evaluation of pastures to help the manager determine how to improve a pasture.  Recently, Clif Little, Extension Educator in Guernsey County, wrote a good article on pasture scoring that I will share in this column.

  9. Assets for Children

    June 27, 2017

    Last week I mentioned the work of the Search Institute, and while I was doing some research I realized they have some new research that I’d like to share.  Their goal is to identify what children need to have in life to succeed.  They work to build on children’s strengths rather than deficiencies and emphasize the possibilities for common good.  Based on some recent data there are five top strategies they believe to assist children in being successful in their futures.  This research was conducted nationwide to more than 1,085 3-13 year olds.  When parents report that they have stronger...

  10. 2017 Dairy Service Unit Twilight Tour

    June 20, 2017

    The evening of July 18 is the date for the 2017 Dairy Twilight Tour.  This year’s host farm is Rosedale Farms, located on TR 405 near Jeromesville.  Paul and Olivia Keener own and operate the farm.  Tour attendees will see a farm that milks approximately 600 cows and that is one of the highest production herds in the state.  The rolling herd average is in excess of 32,000 pounds per cow.  To achieve that production level, management on the farm focuses on keeping cows healthy and comfortable.

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