The Art of Linking – July 5, 2013

Good afternoon,

I hope you had a great 4th of July holiday. I have attached a copy of the June 2013 Rainfall Report for Hardin County to this email. Now if we could just get the rain to stop for a while so that the wheat harvest can begin. This message also includes information about the BYGL, which is the Buckeye Yard & Garden onLine. Different from the C.O.R.N. newsletter, the BYGL newsletter contains timely information on a weekly basis that is useful to horticulturists. You can check it out online and if you wish, then subscribe to the weekly emails for detailed information. Finally, I have also included a link to the latest Ohio Beef Cattle Letter. I hope you find some or all of this information useful.


Extension Rainfall Report for June 2013 – by Mark Badertscher, OSU Extension Educator

Ohio State University Extension, Hardin County – In the month of June, Extension rainfall reporters recorded an average of 4.21 inches of rain in Hardin County. Last year, the average rainfall for June was 1.63 inches. Rainfall for the current month is 0.09 inches less for the month than for the ten year average rainfall in the month of June. Cessna Township received 6.27 inches for the month, the most of any of the township sites. The least rain in June, 2.45 inches was collected in Liberty Township. For the growing season since April 15, the average precipitation in all the townships was 9.13 inches, with a wide range from 6.54 inches in Dudley Township to 12.17 inches in Cessna Township. Much needed rains came in late June as rainfall was spotty earlier in the month. Corn roots have grown out into the nitrogen bands of fertilizer and the plants have grown significantly and turned a dark green color. Soybeans have begun to canopy, but are showing stress in areas from too much rain all at once. Wheat harvest will be delayed because of wet weather and needs hot, dry days before farmers can begin to combine the crop. See the attached press release and chart for further information.

June 2013 summary

BYGL (Buckeye Yard & Garden online) – Buckeye Yard & Garden onLine provides timely information about Ohio growing conditions, pest, disease, and cultural problems. Updated weekly between April and October, this information is useful for those who are managing a commercial nursery, garden center, or landscape business or someone who just wants to keep their yard looking good all summer. Read the current issue of the BYGL at

Items in the July 5 issue include:

1. PLANTS OF THE WEEK: Annual (Cannas or Canna Lilies); Perennial (Stokes’ Aster); Woody (Ginkgo); Vegetable (Carrots); and Weed (Birdsfoot Trefoil).
2. HORT SHORTS: What Causes Raspberry Fruits to be so Small?; Secrest Arboretum Dedication: OSUE Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) Turn the Table on Ken Cochran; Need to Batten Down the Hatches Against Bats?; Sssssssssnakes and More Snakes; and OSU/OARDC Researcher Recipient of Prestigious Grant.
3. BUG BYTES: Yellow Poplar Weevil – Round 2; Cottony Maple Scale Puffing-Up; Lace Bugs Revisited; Bagworm Alert; Grasshoppers Abound; and Monitor for Clipped Coneflowers (Sunflower Head-Clipping Weevil).
4. DISEASE DIGEST: Bacterial Fireblight; Disease Time Bombs Ready to Go Off!; and The Name Game of True Disease Discernment.
5. TURF TIPS: – Get Rough on Bluegrass.
6. INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: Black Vine Weevil Landscape Challenge; Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) Update; and Get Your Green Industry Fix Webinar: July 10.
7. WEATHERWATCH: Weather Update.
8. COMING ATTRACTIONS: Southwest Ohio BYGLive! Diagnostic Walk-About; Diagnostic Walkabout for the Green Industry; Thousand Canker Disease of Walnut Workshop; and Youth Scientist Adult Education Class.

Ohio BEEF Cattle Letter is now posted to the web at:

Many times in recent years in this publication and also during our winter Beef Cattle Management Schools, we’ve posed the somewhat rhetorical question, “Seriously . . . can we each afford to be raising our own replacement beef females?” This week, John Grimes announces a bred beef female sale for this fall where we hope to graphically answer that question.

Articles this week include:
• OCA to Host Replacement Beef Female Sale
• Transporting Cattle
• Fence Building Workshop Offered by OFGC
• Forage Focus: Spiny Pigweed in Pastures
• 2013 Cattle Markets at Mid-Year

Mark A. Badertscher
Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator
OSU Extension Hardin County
1021 W. Lima Street, Suite 103, Kenton, OH 43326
419-674-2297 Office

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