July 26, 2013

Good afternoon,

I hope you have been enjoying the cooler weather we’ve been having this week. This week three Western Bean Cutworm Traps have been placed around Hardin County for monitoring. So far I have not found any adult WBC moths in the traps. I have attached a fact sheet about this corn pest that does most of its damage as a larva during the tassel or silk stage of corn growth. Although most WBC moths have been detected in extreme northwest or west central Ohio, they are moving eastward so we are monitoring them before they may become an economic factor.

OSU WBC fact sheet

Ag Council is scheduled for Friday, August 2 at Henry’s Restaurant in Kenton. We will have breakfast at 7:00 am and then the program is on “How OSU Extension impacts Ohio Agriculture and Natural Resources.” We hope you can join us for this as well as other reports from agribusiness and county officials. We have plenty of extra seats and the meal is only $5.00. Ag Council is held monthly in the banquet room in the back of the restaurant.

The most popular horticulture calls to the Extension office remain Japanese Beetle damage that has been occurring to trees and landscape plants. I have also received several calls about issues with Maple trees so I am looking into these problems. There was a very interesting educational program held this week at the Field Crops Field Day at the Northwest Ohio Agricultural Research Development Center station near Hoytville. There have only been a few Hardin County people at these programs, so it would be great to see some more local farmers at upcoming events.

I have been working to get information posted on the Ohio Foodshed website to promote locally grown fruit and vegetables. So far, the Scioto Valley Produce Auction information has been included. Hopefully addition information about our Farmers Markets around the county will be listed. Support the local growers when you can for high quality locally grown produce at reasonable prices. You can access the website at Ohiofoodshed.org/wordpress.




Gateway Garden Jubilee– August 3 – 8:30 – 1:30 pm – 4400 Gateway Blvd., Springfield
OSU Extension, Clark County and the Master Gardener Volunteers of Clark County will hold the final Garden Jubilee at the current location (4400 Gateway Blvd., Springfield, Ohio). The event is from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and is held rain or shine. For additional information, go to http://bygl.osu.edu/content/come-gateway-garden-jubilee-springfield-ohio-0.



Corn Pollination Overview – Peter Tomlinson
Pollination is well underway in most Ohio corn fields. According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service for the week ending 7-21-13, 63% of the state’s corn was silking. The pollination period, the flowering stage in corn, is the most critical period in the development of a corn plant from the standpoint of grain yield determination. Stress conditions (such as hail damage and drought) have the greatest impact on yield potential during the reproductive stage. Check out the rest of this article at http://corn.osu.edu/newsletters/2013/2013-23/corn-pollination-overview-1 for some key steps in the corn pollination process.



Management of Frogeye leaf spot on Susceptible Varieties in Ohio – Anne Dorrance
Several reports and samples this past week with frogeye leaf spot on leaves in the upper/mid canopy. You will be able to find pictures and a detailed factsheet of this soybean disease at http://www.oardc.ohio-state.edu/ohiofieldcropdisease/t01_pageview3/Soybean_images.htm And for those that prefer facebook https://www.facebook.com/OsuSoybeanPathology. To read more about Frogeye leaf spot, click on http://corn.osu.edu/newsletters/2013/2013-23/management-of-frogeye-leaf-spot-on-susceptible-varieties-in-ohio.



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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