OSUE Butler County to Host Women’s Tractor Operation & Safety Program – June 2

Women’s Tractor Operation & Safety Program

 

Brown’s Family Farm Market

11620 Hamilton Cleves Road

Hamilton, OH 45013

 

Saturday, June 2, 2018

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

 

This event empowers women to:

·     become more comfortable with agricultural equipment.

·     have a greater knowledge of general operation.

·     become more safety minded while operating equipment.

 

Deadline to register is Friday, May 18, 2018

 

Click here for the flyer with more information and registration form!

CORN Newsletter

April 17, 2018 – April 23, 2018

Corn Newsletter Online

2018-10

Adjusting Corn Management Practices for a Late Start Steve Culman, Peter Thomison As prospects for a timely start to spring planting diminish, growers need to reassess their planting strategies and consider adjustments. Since delayed planting reduces the yield potential of corn, the foremost attention should be given to management practices that will expedite crop establishment. The following are some suggestions and guidelines to consider in dealing with a late planting season.https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2018-10/adjusting-corn-management-practices-late-start

Using the Slake Test to Determine Soil Crusting Alan Sundermeier, CCA An easy to use test can be done to predict potential soil crusting on farm fields.? All you need is some chicken wire, water, a glass jar, and a dry clump of soil.? When you immerse the clump of soil in the jar of water, the longer it holds together, the better the soil structure to resist crusting.?

The slake test compares two chunks of topsoil in water to see how well and how long they will hold together. Here are the steps according to NRCS Newsletter article #14:https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2018-10/using-slake-test-determine-soil-crusting

Soil Temperatures, Accumulated GDD and Corn Emergence Greg LaBarge, CCA, Peter Thomison

We have been tracking soil average 2 inch average bare soil temperatures since 4/1/18 from regional representative stations in the OARDC Weather System. The soil temperature information from 4/1 to 4/22 is shown in the chart below.

https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2018-10/soil-temperatures-accumulated-gdd-and-corn-emergence

Some improvement for the next 2 weeks

Jim Noel

Air and soil temperatures remain below normal across Ohio with most soil temperatures below the critical 50 degree level. There is a risk of some frost this Thursday morning and some frost and near freeze conditions this weekend especially north of I-70. This will keep pressure on soil temperatures warming too fast.https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2018-10/some-improvement-next-2-weeks

Chance to view Ohio?s 2018 Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference video sessions Sarah Noggle For those of you who did not attend the 2018 Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference in Ada, Ohio in March, or you want to learn from concurrent sessions you missed, here is another chance.? Sixty-six recorded video presentations are available at https://fabe.osu.edu/CTCon/ctc-2018-archive.? Topics from the conference included: regenerative agriculture, climate change, healthy soil, water quality, research reporting of data, cover crops, federal policy, and nutrient management.? Plan now to attend in 2019 on March 5-6.?https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2018-10/chance-view-ohio?s-2018-conservation-tillage-and-technology

 

Inversion and Drift Mitigation Webinars available Cindy Folck, Amanda Bennett The recorded webinars from the?Inversion and Drift Mitigation Workshop held in April are available online here.??

The recordings include:?https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2018-10/inversion-and-drift-mitigation-webinars-available

 

Contributors(s):

Debbie Brown, CCA (Shelby County)

Sam Custer (Darke County)

Dennis Riethman (Mercer County)

Jim Noel (National Weather Service)

Peter Thomison (Extension Specialist, Corn Production) Anne Dorrance (Extension Specialist, Soybean Diseases) Elizabeth Hawkins (Field Specialist Agronomic Systems) Jeff Stachler (Auglaize County) Sarah Noggle (Paulding County) Beth Scheckelhoff (Putnam County) Garth Ruff (Henry County) Bruce Clevenger, CCA (Defiance County) Chris Zoller (Tuscarawas County) Amanda Douridas (Champaign County) Harold D. Watters, CPAg/CCA (Field Specialist Agronomic Systems) Greg LaBarge, CCA (Field Specialist, Agronomic Systems) Mary Griffith (Madison County) Clifton Martin, CCA (Muskingum County) Lee Beers, CCA (Trumbull County ) Dean Kreager (Licking County) Ted Wiseman (Perry County) Greg LaBarge, CCA (Field Specialist, Agronomic Systems) John Schoenhals, CCA (Williams County) Mark Badertscher (Hardin County) Alan Sundermeier, CCA (Wood County)

4-H Chick Quest

We have 4-H Chick Quest starting today!

There are 32 dozen fertilized eggs ready to go to many different teachers and schools around Greene County.  In 21 days, there should be many new chicks born!  We have Cornish Cross, Golden Comets, Rhode Island Reds, Plymouth Rock, and Araucana eggs.

What can we learn from a chick? Find out with ChickQuest, a Science Alive 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, these lively activities pique curiosity, encourage collaboration and communication, and provide young scientists with unforgettable experiences.

Click here for more information!

This is a great opportunity for youth to learn about lifecycles.  If you are interested in bringing this program to your school, contact Rebecca at supinger.5@osu.edu and we will make sure you can participate in this program for the 2018-2019 school year!  You will love it!

2018 4-H Endowment Challenge

The Greene County 4-H Endowment has a CHALLENGE waiting for you!!!

Why have a Greene County 4-H Endowment?   Interest accrued from our Endowment can provide numerous opportunities for the youth of Greene County and our wonderful adult volunteers that simply would not be possible through our basic Extension operating funds.  These endowment funds are invested throughout the Ohio 4-H Foundation, part of The Ohio State University.  The endowment fund is different from annual types of gifts and contributions received to support our program because the funds are permanently invested and we spend only the annual earned interest.

Interest from this 4-H Endowment will be used to support a variety of 4-H educational efforts such as 4-H award celebration, scholarships for camp, 4-H and Cloverbud promotional materials, leadership training, volunteer training, scholarship for statewide workshops such as 4-H Conference, Carving New Ideas, Sea Camp, etc., and for materials to assist volunteers in presenting educational programs and up to date information for their 4-H members.

A donation to the Greene County 4-H Endowment is a tax-deductible gift.

If you are interested in helping with or contributing to the endowment, contact the Extension Office.  Many kinds of gifts can be given to our Endowment including cash, property, gifts-in-kind, life insurance, securities, bequest, charitable trusts, and memorials.

The challenge is for clubs or families to donate money in the amount of the current year.  This year, the amount challenged to our clubs and families is $20.18 for the 2018 year.

 

As always, thank you for your support.

Please make checks payable to the Greene County 4-H Endowment and in the memo put fund #242714.

 

Should I Continue Farming?

Should I Continue Farming?

(From Ohio Ag Manager Blog)

by: Chris Zoller, Extension Educator, ANR  Tuscarawas County

 Introduction

Given the low prices of many farm commodities and a price outlook that may not be positive in the near term, you may be considering exiting agriculture.  Making a decision to sell part or your entire farm is not easy and brings with it a great deal of emotions.  Farmers have told me they worry about being seen as a failure, the impact a sale will have on family and employees, or what they will do with their life after the sale.  These are realistic concerns.  It’s important that you don’t let emotions drive the decision-making process.  Sometimes difficult business decisions must be made to preserve what is still left and plan for the future.

Finding someone you trust, who has good listening skills, and with whom you are comfortable discussing the details of your business, finances, goals, and options can be very helpful.  That person may not have the answers to all of your questions, but if they are willing to listen, they can offer advice and suggest people who can help.

Think of the following pages as a framework from which to begin the process of selling some or your whole farm.

Evaluate

Financial situation – What is the total amount of all debt obligations, to whom do you owe money, and how much is owed to each creditor?  What is your net worth?  Knowing the answers to these basic questions is important, regardless of your business or performance, and necessary to evaluate what and how many assets will need to sell.

Goals/Needs – Do you need to sell all or part of your assets?  Can you retain assets to farm part-time?  Is there another enterprise worth investigating?  Does it make sense to relocate and start a new business?  Are you at a stage in life where it’s best to retire and enjoy time with family, travel, or enjoy a hobby?

Life after farming – What skills do you possess?  You are more than ‘just a farmer’ – you probably have skills and/or education as a mechanic, electrician, carpenter, mason, nutritionist, agronomist, etc.  You have worked with livestock and machinery.  You may have an advanced degree that you can put to use.  You certainly have a great deal of practical, hands-on experience.

Your experiences, training, education, and skills will help you focus on finding your next career.  Maybe now is a time to take classes to increase your skills to enter a new career.  Talk to neighbors, family, and friends to let them know you are looking for a job.  State and county governments, as well as private companies, can assist you with identifying skills and job openings.

Decisions:

You and your business partners have agreed that a sale of assets is the best available option, but you don’t know where to begin.  The following can help you get the process started, answer questions, and/or raise issues you might not have considered.

Begin with a current balance sheet.  A balance sheet will provide you with a snapshot of your assets and liabilities at the time the inventories were recorded and values placed on them.  The balance sheet will also show your current and non-current debt obligations.

Determine whether you will sell all of your assets or a portion.  If only a portion, which ones?  If you are going to focus on crop production, you may want to retain a tractor(s), tillage equipment, planter or drill, harvest equipment, etc.

If assets are listed as collateral for loans, start talking to lenders immediately about how to handle the sale, discharging the lien, and the use of sale proceeds.

Meet with a farm appraisal real-estate professional to determine a reasonable value for the acres and any real estate assets you plan to sell.  Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of a private sale, going through a realtor, or having a public auction.  If you use a realtor or auctioneer, determine the cost, services provided, and what is expected of you. Talk to more than one real-estate professional, request references, and ask that terms discussed be in writing.

Will the projected sale income be enough to cover debt obligations?  If not, what is the next plan of action?  If the sale of livestock isn’t enough to pay your debts, what else needs to be included?  Maybe it’s milking equipment, stalls, feed mixer.  While it provides a one-time cash infusion, the sale of timber or minerals may provide extra income.  The sale of real estate is an option.  You may not want to sell all of your acreage, but maybe there are a few acres you could sell.

Involve an attorney.  Contact one early and make them aware of your plans.  There may be issues related to the sale you hadn’t considered (for example, say you plan to divide a parcel into building lots, there may be zoning or other regulations to follow and associated court filings).

Meet with your tax advisor/accountant.  There are going to be tax implications from the sale of assets.  How many dollars must be set aside to meet tax obligations or liabilities?  A tax professional can help you implement strategies to minimize the tax bill.  As a financial advisor once told me, the difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion is about seven years!

Help is available

Coming to and making a decision to exit farming is not easy and is filled with a great deal of emotions.  There are people and agencies/organizations that can help, including:

Summary

Arriving at the decision to sell will not be easy.  Find someone with whom you can share your feelings and don’t see yourself as a failure.  Talk to professionals, get answers to your questions, and make the best possible decisions.  There are many people who can help you through this process!

 

Reviewed by:

David Marrison, Associate Professor and Extension Educator, ANR, Ashtabula County

Peggy Hall, Legal Educator, Ohio State University Extension

Dianne Shoemaker, Extension Specialist, Dairy, Ohio State University Extension

Susan Crowell, Editor, Farm and Dairy Newspaper

BYGL Weekly News for April 16, 2018

BYGL Weekly News for April 16, 2018

The following articles were compiled during the last 7 days by members of the Extension, Nursery, Landscape, Turf (ENLT) team to benefit 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.  Access the BYGL website for additional information on other seasonal topics at: http://bygl.osu.edu

For more pictures and information, click on the article titles.

 

Turf Tips
Managing Crabgrass in Turf

Date Published: April 9, 2018
Authored by: Jeff Stachler

 

With these rains the lawn is beginning to grow and the weeds are not far behind.  Some of the earliest emerging broadleaf weeds have begun to emerge.  The biggest problem with weeds in turfgrass is reduced aesthetic value, although some weeds can out compete turfgrass when management is reduced.  Smooth and large crabgrass, yellow foxtail, and annual bluegrass are the most frequent annual grass weeds in turfgrass.

 

Smooth crabgrass emerges in the spring before large crabgrass.  Smooth crabgrass emergence begins slowly when soil temperatures in the upper inch of soil reaches 54F for seven days and moisture is available.  This 54F soil temperature occurs many times when the dogwood begin to flower and the forsythia flowers begin to fade.  The current soil temperature for Columbus, Ohio is 41F which is 7.6F lower than the 5-year average!  Visit this website to track soil temperature for your area: http://www.greencastonline.com/tools/soil-temperature .  Based upon the current 10 day forecast, crabgrass preventer does not need to be applied until sometime after April 10th and likely much later.  Waiting to apply crabgrass preventer until just before emergence will ensure control of smooth and large crabgrass later into the season.  Peak crabgrass emergence is from mid-May to July 1st.  Crabgrass preventer must be applied before plants emerge, otherwise it will not be effective.  After applying the crabgrass preventer irrigate the lawn to get the herbicide incorporated into the soil.

If crabgrass densities are high, a postemergence herbicide application may be required.  If you have used preemergence crabgrass preventer for many years and have successfully controlled the crabgrass, it may be wise to stop applying the crabgrass preventer and scout to see whether any crabgrass will emerge.  If it does emerge then apply a postemergence herbicide.  Crabgrass can be controlled with some postemergence herbicides, but timing and rate are very important to effectively control crabgrass.  Effective postemergence herbicides include Dimension, Methar 30, Acclaim Extra, MSMA Turf Herbicide, and Drive 75 DF, but some of these may be difficult to obtain.  Acclaim Extra can injure certain bluegrass varieties.  When applying postemergence herbicides be sure to obtain thorough coverage and do not mow for two days before and after the herbicide application.

 

 

 

Tigers on the Prowl

Date Published: April 14, 2018
Authored by: Joe Boggs

 

I spotted one of my favorite insect predators darting about on forest trails yesterday:  Six-Spotted Tiger Beetles (Cicindela sexguttata).  Their common name is well justified as these tiny “tigers” hunt, kill, and eat other insects.

 

The shiny beetles are more emerald green in color than Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis) (EAB) causing them to be commonly mistaken for the non-native borer.  Indeed, these tiger beetles have excellent eyesight, quick speed, and they are agile flyers; traits that make it difficult for people to get a close look for accurate identification.

 

Six-Spotted Tiger Beetles have a curious affinity for hanging out on woodland trails; they can certainly liven up a walk in the woods.  The beetles have elongated bodies with the thorax about half the width of the front wings and abdomen.  They have long legs and their bulging black eyes (the better to see you with, my dear!) make them look like they’re wearing dark goggles.

 

As the common name implies, six-spotted green tiger beetles have white spots that are arranged along the trailing edge of the wing covers, three spots per side.  The spots are small and sometimes obscured by light bouncing off their highly reflective shiny green bodies.

 

This ferocious predator sports powerful sickle-shaped mandibles that are used to grab and dispatch luckless arthropod prey; a trait that is shared with other tiger beetles (family Carabidae (Ground Beetles); subfamily Cicindelinae (Tiger Beetles)).  A word of caution:  these carnivores can also use their impressive mandibles to deliver a painful bite to the hand of the overly curious.

 

Even the larvae of this tiny tiger are predators.  However, instead of actively hunting their prey, they conceal themselves in vertical burrows in the soil to await hapless victims.  When a meat item such as insects or spiders walks past, the tiger larva springs forth like a jack-in-the-box to grab dinner with their powerful mandibles.

 

The bottom line is that six-spotted tiger beetles are highly effective and important predators throughout their life cycle.  So, keep your eyes peeled for and hands away from these tiny tigers prowling our woodland trails … and don’t kill them since they are good guys!

 

For More Info:

·         University of Kentucky, Kentucky Critter Files

http://www.uky.edu/Ag/CritterFiles/casefile/insects/beetles/tiger/tiger.htm

 

 

Browned Boxwoods

Date Published: April 13, 2018
Authored by: Joe Boggs

 

Boxwoods with light brown to golden brown leaves are common this spring in Greater Cincinnati.  Some of the leaf browning is due to winter injury with foliage at the tips of branches, particularly at the tops of plants or on the windward side of plants, most heavily affected.

 

Some was caused by salt damage either directly with “ice melt” or rock salt inadvertently thrown onto foliage, or indirectly with “salt spray” carried onto foliage from nearby roadways.  Salt damage is sometimes, but not always, concentrated on wide side of the plant.

 

However, a close examination may also reveal the telltale blister-like leaf symptoms caused by the boxwood leafminer (Monarthropalpus flavus).  Leafmines may be found throughout the plants although the highest concentration also occurs on foliage at branch tips.

 

Normally, the blister mines turn brown a bit later in the spring.  However, I’m noticing this year that the blister mines are turning brown much earlier and there appears to be a connection to widespread winter injury.  I’m not certain if winter injury is magnifying the leafmining damage, or vice versa.

 

Gently separating the upper and lower leaf surfaces (the leafminer had already done most of the work!) will reveal the bright yellow leafmining larvae (maggots) of this midge fly wiggling around in their blister mines.  The larvae will soon complete their development and pupate.  The pupae are also bright yellow at first, but turn orangish-yellow as this stage nears completion.

 

This non-native midge fly was accidentally introduced into North America from Europe in the early 1900s and is now common throughout Ohio, particularly in the southern and central parts of the state.  Adults emerge at around the same time red horsechestnuts (Aesculus × carnea) and doublefile viburnums (Viburnum plicatum) are in full bloom (440 GDD).  Except for their bright orange abdomens, the adults superficially resemble miniature mosquitoes.

 

Females use their needle-like ovipositors to insert eggs between the upper and lower leaf surfaces of boxwood leaves.  Each leaf may contain multiple oviposition sites with several eggs per site.  These sites will become individual leafmines producing the blister-like leaf symptoms.

 

Eggs hatch in early-summer and the resulting larvae spend the remainder of the season consume interior leaf tissue as they develop through the 1st and 2nd instar stages.  Winter is spent as 3rd instar larvae inside the leafmines.  The larvae resume feeding in the spring and develop through a 4th instar stage.

 

Much of the leaf damage occurs in early spring with the ravenous larvae rapidly expanding their leafmines.  Multiple leafmines in individual leaves may coalesce causing the upper and lower leaf surfaces to delaminate over the entire leaf.  Individual mines may turn reddish-green at this time of the year with heavily mined leaves turning from yellow to orangish-brown causing the leafmining damage to be mistaken for winter injury.

 

A close examination of the leafmines at this time of the year may also reveal small translucent “windows” created by the larvae in the lower leaf surface.  The pupae will wiggle through these weak points to ease emergence of the fragile adults.

 

This pupal activity is responsible for one of the most unusual features of this midge fly:  reports of hissing, crackling, or rustling sounds coming from heavily infested boxwoods.  I’ve reported on this strange phenomenon in past BYGLs.  So, reports from gardeners or landscapers that they’ve heard boxwoods going snap, crackle, and pop should be taken seriously as the odd sounds are an indicator of a heavy boxwood leafminer infestation.

 

Damaging boxwood leafminer infestations can be suppressed through applications of neonicotinoids such as imidacloprid (e.g. Merit, Xytect, Marathon, and generics) or dinotefuran (e.g. Safari, Transtect, Zylam).  However, application timing has been modified in recent years to avoid negative impacts on pollinators.

 

Boxwood blooms attract a wide range of pollinators; blooming plants can literally buzz with their activity.  Therefore, the insecticide applications must be delayed until AFTER boxwoods bloom.  Some minor miner damage will occur, particularly with the imidacloprid that is taken-up more slowly compared to dinotefuran.  However, this is a small price to pay for protecting pollinators.

 

You may find recommendations for topical applications of pyrethroid insecticides such as bifenthrin (e.g. Talstar) to target adult leafminer females before they lay eggs.  However, adults typically emerge in Greater Cincinnati while boxwoods are in full bloom, so I no longer recommend this application.

 

Plant selection provides a more long term solution to the depredations of boxwood leafminer by removing insecticides from the management equation.  A helpful research-based listing of the relative susceptibility of boxwoods to the leafminer was published in 2014 by the American Boxwood Society in their “The Boxwood Bulletin” [see More Information below].

 

For More Info:

·         American Boxwood Society, Boxwood Leafminer Evaluation

http://www.boxwoodsociety.org/uploads/54_1_2014_Summer.pdf#page=9

 

 

Watch Your ASH!

Date Published: April 16, 2018
Authored by: Thomas deHaas

 

Many of the Green Ash trees, Fraxinus pennsylvanica are dying in Perry, Ohio – Lake County. Why?

Green ash is popular as a shade tree in residential areas because of its good form and adaptability to a wide range of sites.

 

It is susceptible to Emerald Ash borer, an invasive species.

 

Emerald ash borer (EAB), Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire, is an exotic beetle that was discovered in southeastern Michigan near Detroit in the summer of 2002. The adult beetles nibble on ash foliage but cause little damage.

5449380 Debbie Miller, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org

 

The larvae (the immature stage) feed on the inner bark of ash trees,

5471796 Kenneth R. Law, USDA APHIS PPQ, Bugwood.org

 

disrupting the tree’s ability to transport water and nutrients.

Emerald ash borer probably arrived in the United States on solid wood packing material carried in cargo ships or airplanes originating in its native Asia. As of August 2017, it is now found in 31 states, and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec. Since its discovery, EAB has:

·         Killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in North America.

·         Caused regulatory agencies and the USDA to enforce quarantines and fines to prevent potentially infested ash trees, logs or hardwood firewood from moving out of areas where EAB occurs.

·         Cost municipalities, property owners, nursery operators, and forest products industries hundreds of millions of dollars.

http://www.emeraldashborer.info/

Symptoms include defoliation, D-shaped exit holes in the bark,

wood pecker damage (as they hunt for the larvae)

and ‘blonding’, which is large portions of bark that fall off the tree reveal a patch of wood that looks ‘blond’ in color.

A tree that shows severe infestation will die within the year. The danger is these trees soon become a fall hazard and need to be removed before injury or property damage occurs. It is recommended that you hire a tree removal service that is ISA certified and/or bonded.

 

Now that the Emerald Ash Borer has infested Lake County, Ohio, many Green Ash trees in the landscape and forest woodlots have died. But the real danger is right overhead.

 

With dead trees and wind combinded, it can be a costly and deadly combination. A tree that shows severe infestation will die within the year. The danger is these trees soon become a fall hazard and need to be removed before injury or property damage occurs.

 

Our understanding of how EAB can be managed successfully with insecticides has advanced since this bulletin was initially published in 2009. This version has been revised to address frequently asked questions and reflect the current state of understanding of insecticide options for controlling EAB and their effectiveness. It is important to note that research is an ongoing process. Scientists from universities, government agencies, and companies will continue to make discoveries and advance EAB management and ash conservation.

http://www.emeraldashborer.info/documents/Multistate_EAB_Insecticide_Fact_Sheet.pdf

 

 

They’re Baaack!

Date Published: April 10, 2018
Authored by: Joe Boggs

 

Last Friday, Larry Parker (Cincinnati Parks) sent to me the images below of Boxelder Bugs (Boisea trivittata, order Hemiptera) hanging out on a park building.  ‘Tis the season.

 

These boxelder bugs didn’t fly to the building this spring; they were already there.  This fall home invader overwintered somewhere in the building (walls, attic, etc.) and spring temperatures are beginning to roust them from their winter barracks.  The bugs were clustered as they awaited outdoor temperatures that will support their flight; they were gone from the building as of yesterday.

 

The bugs Larry photographed had successfully made their way outside, but this is not always the case.  Occasionally, they become confused by warm indoor temperatures and find their way into homes and other structures.  They don’t bite or represent a threat to anyone or anything inside a structure, but they can be serious nuisance pest as they frantically crawl or fly around looking for a route to the great outdoors.

 

This is the first report I’ve received this spring of boxelder bugs emerging from their overwintering sites.  However, with the predicted warm-up this week, I’m sure this is just the beginning.

 

We can also expect other fall home invaders to soon make their spring appearances.  These include Western Conifer Seed Bugs (Leptoglossus occidentalis); Multicolored Asian Lady Beetles (Harmonia axyridis); and the notorious Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (Halyomorpha halys).

 

Boxelder bugs range in size from 1/2″ – 3/4″ long.  They are narrow-shaped, flat-backed, and dark gray or dark brownish-black.  They have three highly visible orangish-red stripes running lengthwise on the pronotum, the area behind the head; “trivittata” is Latin for “three-striped”.

 

The bugs are seed-feeders and are so-named because of a strong association with Acer negundo; however, both the adults and nymphs will commonly use their piercing-sucking mouthparts to draw juices from the seeds of other trees in the Acer genus.  They have also been observed feeding on alder, apple, buckeye, cactus, geranium, grape, honeysuckle, lilac, linden, oak, peach, plum, spirea, strawberry, and tulip.  I’m aware of boxelder trees being cut down in an attempt to eliminate the bugs; however, their wide-ranging feeding activity illustrates why this management effort may fail.

 

The best offense against these and other fall home invaders buzzing or lumbering around inside homes and other structures is a strong defense.  Large openings created by the loss of old caulking around window frames or door jams provide easy access into homes.  Such openings should be sealed using a good quality flexible caulk.

 

Poorly attached home siding and rips in window screens also provide an open invitation.  The same is true of worn-out exterior door sweeps including doors leading into attached garages; they may as well have an “enter here” sign hanging on them.  Venture into the attic to look for unprotected vents, such as bathroom and kitchen vents, or unscreened attic vents.  While in the attic, look for openings around soffits.  Both lady beetles and stink bugs commonly crawl upwards when they land on outside walls; gaps created by loose-fitting soffits are gateways into home attics.

 

For More Info:

·         University of Minnesota Fact Sheet

https://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/insects/find/boxelder-bugs/

Greene County Local Food Council Meeting – April 17

Interested in local foods or where your food comes from? The Greene County Local Food Council invites you to their next meeting on Tuesday, April 17th (from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.) at the OSU Extension Greene County Office (100 Fairground Road, Xenia, Ohio 45385). As always, all are welcome even if you have never attended. Questions may be directed to Trevor at corboy.3@osu.edu.

2018 Small Grains Field Day is June 12

2018 Small Grains Field Day is June 12

The OARDC Schaffter Farm located at 3240 Oil City Rd., Wooster, will be the host location for the 2018 Small Grains Field Day. Participants will have the opportunity to walk through research plots, take part in hands-on activities and view equipment demonstrations.

The cost is $25 per person if you register by June 4. Beginning June 5, registration will be $35 per person. Lunch is included in the registration fee. Both commercial and private pesticide applicator credits as well as Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) credits will be offered to field day participants.

To register or for additional details, visit https://go.osu.edu/2018SmallGrains.

 

Agenda

9:30 am -10:00 am: Registration

10:00 am: Welcome / Introduction

10:15 am – Noon: Morning Sessions (choose 2)
• Soybean Production With Small Grains
• Growing Malted Barley: Varieties and Research Update
• Barley Economics: Contracts and Budgets
• Barley Agronomic Considerations: Disease and Fertility Management

12:15 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch (included in registration)

Afternoon Sessions (choose 1)
1:15 – 2:45 pm
• Snyder Farm – Wheat Variety Development/ Disease Management
• USDA Soft Wheat Quality Lab: Tour and Demonstrations

Sad News to Share

We are sorry to share the passing of former 4-H Agent in Greene County, Susan Hodson Rinehart.  Please see below for obituary.

 

Susan Hodson Rinehart, 59 of Logan, OH passed away April 11, 2018 at the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus. She was born Dec. 8, 1958 in New Vienna, Ohio,
daughter of Robert A. and Dorothy M. Ellis Hodson of Hillsboro, Ohio. Susan was married to Wm. Bill Rinehart who survives.

Upon graduation from Hillsboro High School she attended and graduated from Otterbein University. Later she attended Ohio State University receiving her PhD
degree in Agricultural Education. During her working years she served as the 4‐H Extension Agent for Greene, Jackson and Hocking Counties. As the County 4‐H
leader she worked with hundreds of children and their parents.

In her younger years she had a strong devotion to horses, both in showing and training youth in equine science. Always a lover of animals remained with her
throughout her life.

She was always active in community affairs usually in leadership roles. She served on the boards of the Logan Hocking and Tri County Vocational School`s, The
Hocking Hills Chamber of Commerce, The Hocking Co. Community Improvement Corporation, The HVCH Foundation, The Hocking Holl Foundation, The Brighten Your Future Board, The LHS Choir Boosters and the Hocking Co. Horse Committee. She was a member of the Logan Church of the Nazarene.

In addition to her parents and husband, she is survived by a son, Lance Robert Rinehart and a daughter, Tori Elizabeth Rinehart, both of Logan. She is also survived by two brothers, David (Judy) Hodson of Cornelius, NC and Jeffrey (Phyllis) Hodson of Washington Court House. Also surviving is her beloved cat Molly.

Celebration of Life Services will be held at 2:30pm Sunday April 22, 2018 at the Logan Church of the Nazarene with Rev. Thomas I. Gates II and Pastor Andy Good
officiating.

In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions be made to the American Cancer Society 5555 Frantz Rd., Dublin, Ohio 43017. Attention: Relay for Life
Hocking Co.

Arrangements are by the Cardaras Funeral Home, Logan

4-H Night at the Dayton Dragons

The Dayton Dragons and Ohio 4-H are proud to announce that there will once again be a 4-H Night at Fifth Third Field this upcoming season.  Over 500 people came out to support 4-H Night last season, and we would love your support to surpass that mark this year.  This year’s event will be on Saturday, May 19th, 2018. 

The festivities will begin at 5:00 PM, where folks can begin picking up their t-shirts and tickets.  At 6:00PM we will head into the stadium to begin lining up for the on-field pre-game parade with all 15 counties.  This was very cool last year, and we are excited to make it bigger and better for this year.

If you are interested in participating in 4-H Night at the Dragons once again, please fill out the enclosed order form and return it to the Dragons at PO Box 2107, Dayton, OH 45401-2107, fax it to (937) 228-2284, e-mail it to carl.hertzberg@daytondragons.com, or give him a call at (937) 228-2287 ext. 160.

Final deadline to order and receive a t-shirt has been extended to Friday, April 20th.  The t-shirt order will be placed Monday, April 23.

We hope to see you back out at Fifth Third Field on May 19th, for our Sixth Annual 4-H Night!