As if on cue we got a couple of nice rains during the fair, but is sure seemed to dry up pretty quick. Even though the moisture didn’t do much for settling the dust on the fairground it should sure help the soybean crop as pods fill across the county. I have also heard of some isolated instances of hail damage from one of the fronts that came through, at this point hail can certainly be devastating to crops especially if stalks or stems are damaged.
Believe it or not today marks the end of the end of my second Henry County Fair and Jr. Fair Livestock Sale. Be sure to come on out to the fairgrounds show arena and support the youth of the county. They have put (in some cases, quite literally) blood, sweat, and tears into these projects over the course over the summer and even longer for some. Speaking from personal experience the youth remember the support the receive over the years.
When we get back to normal next week in the office, come and see us to purchase 2018 Farm Science Review tickets. New this year to the show is an expanded exhibit area with over additional acres of displays. Also improved this year is the livestock and grazing presence at the Gwynne Conservation center. I will be at the Review on Tuesday and Wednesday, stop by the Small Farms Center, the Gwynne, or the Ag Crops Team plots and I’ll be glad to take a minute to visit.
Is it really Farm Science Review time already? Where did summer go? School will be back in session shortly and before long we will be talking about winter programs. That being said, there are still some things that can be done in the garden and landscape. We can still fill in short season crops such as beets, radishes, and fall pickles. As the garden winds down in the coming weeks we should also consider a rye cover crop from the garden, a crop that will store nutrients, particularly excess nitrogen and reduce soil erosion while the plot is barren over winter. This will also add organic matter to the soil once tilled under next spring.
Once again come out and take in the final day of the Henry County Fair and support the youth at the livestock sale. “You can never pay back, so you should always try to pay forward”, Longtime Ohio State football coach and legend, Woody Hayes. That what the county fair is all about. Have a great week.
Sept. 17/19 – Farm Science Review