August 2, 2013


Hardin County Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Educator Kathy Oliver asked me to get the word to find out if there are any people out there who would be willing to conduct a hayride this fall for the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Goo Crew program. If you are interested in providing a wagon and tractor or team of horses, please call her at 419-674-2297.

I just got back from checking the Western Bean Cutworm traps and there are no adult moths to report so far. No news is good news in this case. This week I put out a fourth trap in the eastern edge of the county so now there are traps in the northern, southern, eastern, and western parts of the county.

This week also produced a few calls about weed control problems in ponds. White Amur (grass carp) are a good biological method that can help control the weed growth. Information about White Amur can be found at If chemical control is necessary, go to to learn more about using aquatic herbicides for managing these problems. When using chemicals to kill weeds in ponds in warm weather, be sure to only treat a portion of the pond as decomposition of dead weeds depletes oxygen in the water that could result in a fish kill. It is recommended to wait 3-4 weeks for additional treatments, depending on the temperature.

Listed below are some events and timely information that may be of interest to you.




Master Gardener and Christmas Tree College – August 20, 2013 – 4971 Cackler Rd, Delaware, OH 43015 from 7:00 -9:00 pm. The event will be hosted by Cackler Family Farms and there is no charge to attend.



Share the Road with Animal-Drawn Vehicles – Dewey Mann – Safety Research Associate
Ohio averages 140 crashes per year where animal-drawn vehicles and motor vehicles collide. It is projected that the Amish population (not including other horse and buggy groups) will double in less than 25 years, with over 10 new settlements around the country EACH YEAR. What will this mean for rural areas of Ohio? We could expect new areas of the state to see cultures who use horse and buggies as their primary transportation. Ohio counties such as Holmes, Wayne, and Geauga that have large settlements will continue to grow.

What does this mean for horse and buggy drivers? As there are more animal-drawn vehicles on the roadways, there is an even greater need for proper lighting and marking. Increased lighting and marking allows motorists an opportunity to identify the slow moving vehicle, and act accordingly. Fact sheets providing recommended lighting and marking are available from the Agricultural Safety and Health office and online at: and

What does this mean for motor vehicle drivers? Always be on the look-out for slow moving vehicles (farm machinery, animal-drawn vehicles, etc.). From discussions with horse and buggy Amish in northern Ohio, their perception is that out of town tourists often exhibit more patience and observe proper roadway laws (not passing on a double yellow line) better than some local motorists.

As new horse and buggy communities integrate into our rural communities, let’s work with our new neighbors to keep our communities a safe place to live. An award winning video on safe driving around animal-drawn vehicles can be found online at:



Soybean Aphid Update – Ron Hammond and Andy Michel
Surveying fields in areas of northern Ohio suggests that the soybean aphid continues to build up in numbers and in fields infested. A revisit in a field near Toledo indicated that over half the plants in that field are now infested, albeit at low numbers. Scouting in Geauga, Wayne, and Wood Counties suggests that aphids are probably also throughout northeast Ohio. However, these newer finds showed very low aphid numbers, with only a small portion of the fields infested at the current time. Most aphids are being found in the new growth at the top of the plant. To continue reading this article, go to



2013 Ohio Wheat Performance Test Preliminary Results Now Available On-Line – Rich Minyo and Laura Lindsey
Preliminary results from the 2013 Ohio Wheat Performance Test are now available on line at Single and multi-year yield results are currently available for all locations. The results can be accessed by following the links on the left side of the page. Information regarding the growing season, evaluation procedures and disease resistance will be available shortly. Additional varieties will be added as soon as marketing information becomes available.



August Is An Opportunity To Establish Perennial Forages – Rory Lewandowski and Mark Sulc
Rain and wet soil conditions condensed the spring planting season this year and some planned alfalfa plantings got moved to the back burner. August provides another window of opportunity to establish a perennial forage stand and it fits nicely into rotations after wheat grain harvest. Typically the main risk with an August planting is a question of sufficient moisture for seed germination and plant growth. This year if soil moisture is a concern, it is from the standpoint of too much rather than too little moisture. For more information, click on



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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