Backyard Maple Production

It’s time to think about making maple syrup!

Are you someone with a few maple trees and you want to make your own syrup?  This class is for you.

Backyard Maple Production will be held Jan. 29th at the Event Center on the Warren County fairgrounds.  We will approach this class from the perspective of just a few trees on your property that you want to try to produce some syrup.  We will also have the opportunity for you to purchase a few buckets or bags with spiles and other pieces of equipment if you catch the fever and want to go home and get started.  There may even be a few maple treats to get your mind thinking about possibilities.

Registration is open hereWe hope to see you there!

Maple Bootcamp and Maple Grading Workshop

Maple Enthusiasts!  We would like to draw your attention to a couple of upcoming programs being offered by our partners at Penn State University.  The two workshops are listed below with links to the registration page for each.

First, we are offering a maple grading workshop on September 6th


Second, it is Penn State’s turn to host Maple Bootcamp.  The camp will run from September 6th – 8th  and cover all things maple.


These are being offered as part of a USDA ACER grant between Penn State, Ohio State and Future Generations university.








The History of American Agriculture

by: Haley Zynda, OSU Extension – Wayne County

Happy Independence Day, U.S.A! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend celebrating our great nation’s independence with a good, old-fashioned cookout. To me, one of the best summer meals is a cheeseburger with all the fixings, pasta salad loaded with fresh veggies, and sweet, sun-ripened watermelon. In the midst of the thanks for our country, it’s important to also understand and give thanks for the farmers that keep food on our table and our bellies full. As my dad likes to say, “Farming is everybody’s bread and butter.” With that, let’s take a look at the history and statistics of American agriculture. The following is summarized from USDA’s “Growing a Nation.”

In 1790, 14 years after the Declaration of Independence was signed, the U.S.A was largely an agrarian society, with 90% of the workforce being farmers. The year 1790 is also significant because it is the year that potash was patented for creation by Samuel Hopkins. The formulation hasn’t changed but has certainly changed how farmers can deliver nutrients to their crops.

In 1796, the Public Land Act was created to encourage settlers to move west. Plots of a minimum of 640 acres were sold to the public at a whopping price of $2 per acre. Continue reading

Rainfast Intervals, Spray Additives, and Crop Size for Postemergence Soybean Herbicides

Mother nature is finally cooperating, allowing us to get some corn and beans in the ground.  Later this summer it will be time for postemergence herbicide applications.  The table below from the “2022 Weed Control Guide” lists important information on rainfast intervals, spray additives and crop size  for soybean postemergence applications.Click on the table to print a camera ready copy