Bee Help!

Have you discovered a bee swarm on your property?

Honeybees tend to swarm around the month of May.

The Extension Office receives many messages regarding bees and many questions about who can remove beehives.  A swarm of bees can often be easily moved. If the queen bee can be collected, most of the other bees will follow her into a new hive.

Agriculture and Natural Resource Educator, Gigi Neal, maintains a swarm list, which is organized by county, to help homeowners. Download the list here.

Visit Southwestern Ohio Beekeepers Association for more information about apiary science (beekeeping).

4-H Baseball with the Buckeyes

Play ball! It’s time again for 4-H Baseball with the Buckeyes. Bring your friends on April 29, as the Bucks take on Nebraska at Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus. General admission tickets are just $5. It’s Youth Day at the stadium with games and inflatables. Pick-up tickets across the street at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center prior to the 3:05 p.m. game. Details at http://www.ohio4h.org/events/baseball-buckeyes

LOOK to Clermont Summer Leadership Experience

Summer Leadership Experience – June 19 to 23, 2017

The LOOK summer program will consist of 5 consecutive full days of leadership training. The primary focus will be on team building, personal finance, public safety, and community development. Embedded in this experience will be a service learning project; allowing students to put their leadership skills to action in furthering the Clermont County community. The experience will include a college visit to The Ohio State University main campus. At the end of this experience students will participate in a commencement exercise.  The LOOK to Clermont Summer Leadership Experience is June 19-23, 2017.  Cost is $300 and  includes meals and programming materials.   Download a registration form or contact OSU Extension Clermont County at 513-732-7070 to RSVP by June 1.

4-H Science in the Classroom

Meadowview Elementary (Milford) students are excited to begin their ChickQuest adventure.  ChickQuest is 4-H School Enrichment program that challenges youth to use science, technology, engineering, and math skills to investigate the life cycle of an embryonic chicken egg. From monitoring living eggs to observing fluffy chicks, students use a logbook to record data and observations.

Eggs were set in incubators today and are estimated to hatch on May 3rd.

Chocolate Stains Happen

With Easter baskets come the treats that children of all ages enjoy and the chocolate stains that they bring.  Chocolate on dresses and dress shirts seem to be inevitable.  Enjoy the holiday knowing that there is an easy way to get rid of those chocolate stains!

Check out this step-by-step approach from ACI for removing fresh chocolate stains or those that may ended up in the laundry hamper overnight.

Roundup for Lawns???

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Homeowners and gardeners will be excited for this NEW product. But beware that you are purchasing the correct container as they are similar name, bottle and branding.

You may have seen the advertisements for “Roundup for Lawns” which is a NEW product. It is the same brand name and similar packaging as traditional Roundup, but this new product has a 4-way broadleaf and grassy herbicide combination that does NOT kill grass.

 

DO NOT GET THE TWO MIXED UP!

  • Roundup: The herbicide active ingredient in Roundup is glyphosate, which if sprayed on the lawn will kill not only the weeds but the lawn. This is a nonselective herbicide that controls any green plant on which it is applied.
  • Roundup For Lawns: The new Roundup For Lawns does not contain glyphosate. The herbicide active ingredients in Roundup For Lawns are MCPA, quinclorac, dicamba and sulfentrazone. These herbicides are effective on a broad range of weeds that might infest the lawn such as dandelion, crabgrass and nutsedge. When used properly it will not kill the desirable turfgrasses in the lawn. This is a selective herbicide that controls specific weeds, but not lawn grasses.

For additional information, read Michigan State University Extension’s fact sheet on “What’s the Difference Between Roundup and Roundup for Lawns.”

Raise Your Hand Ohio!

Are you a 4-H Alum? Raise your hand to pay it forward at:  www.4-H.org/RaiseYourHand

Raise Your Hand, it doesn’t cost a thing and the State with the most Alumni this spring will get $20,000 to use towards 4-H programming!

In 4-H, we believe in the power of America’s youth to succeed in life; however, only one in three kids say they have the skills they need to handle what life throws their way. That’s why 4-H created “Raise Your Hand.” A nationwide call to action for alumni to “raise their hands” to empower our nation’s youth with the skills to lead for a lifetime. Help us grow the next generation of True Leaders—because every child deserves the opportunity to succeed.

Questions? Contact the Ohio 4-H Foundation via e-mail at ohio4hfoundation.osu.edu

Clermont Jr. Fair Update (4/11/17)

Hog packets/tags are now available for pick up in the extension office. Also, Dairy Goat, Pygmy Goat, Fancy Poultry, Small Animal, Beef Cattle Stall Forms, and Goat Stall Forms have been mailed out. If you need one of the above forms and did not receive them. Please let a Junior Fair Board Consultant know as soon as possible.

All Rabbit forms will be available at the Rabbit Fun Show Sunday, April 30th beginning at 12noon.

Weigh/ tag in for market lambs, breeding ewes, market goats and meat breeding does is May 13, 2017 from 8am-10am.

All forms listed above are due at the weigh on May 13, 2017 between 8am-10am. Also due that day are all rabbit forms.

Don’t forget that feeder steer, feeder heifer, and breeding heifer weigh/tag in is Saturday May 20, 2017 from 8am-10am. Also any Dairy Cattle forms are due at the May 20th weigh in by 10am.

Any questions please contact a Junior Fair Board Consultant.