Soybean cyst nematode (SCN) remains the most economically damaging soybean pathogen in North America. If SCN levels are above damage threshold, significant yield reduction can often take place without visible symptoms. To know if the nematode is present in a field, soil sample for SCN testing must be properly collected. The presence of SCN in a field, but most importantly, the SCN numbers will determine the best management strategy. Therefore, you need to test your fields to know your SCN numbers.
Autumn is one of the better times to collect a soil sample and get it sent to the lab. The Extension Office is just one of many resources to help get this done. We have soil test kits ready at the office available for $9.
We loan soil core probes for a $10 deposit, returned on receipt of the tool back to the office.
Resources to help include:
If lawn care is part of your routine, make your time and dollars count by fertilizing your lawn in the fall. If you need to renovate any part of your lawn with new grass seed, right now is the time.
Here are a few great resources for your lawn care questions:
OSU Turfgrass Program Youtube Channel (a deeper dive into the world of turf at Ohio State)
eBarns is new in 2022, focusing on applied livestock, forage, and manure management research across Ohio. The report can be found online at go.osu.edu/ebarns2022.
Within the report readers will find forages, dairy, beef, small ruminants, manure nutrients, and swine research projects highlighted and summarized in a user-friendly format.
Quick links to resources available for black vulture-livestock conflicts.
Managing Vulture Damage Fact Sheet, USDA APHIS Wildlife Services
Black Vulture Control; New permitting process, OSU Beef News April 2022
How to Deter Vultures, UK Extension
Late Last Spring Freeze Date
20F: Apr 6
25F: Apr 16
28F: Apr 29
30F: May 4
32F: May 14
35F: May 22
40F: Jun 1
There are numerous reports of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) throughout the East Coast in wild bird populations which is a threat to poultry producers of all sizes. See Ohio Department of Agriculture: Ohio Poultry Producers Encouraged to be Alert and Practice Enhanced Biosecurity
For a quick primer on the history and background see this newly published fact sheet from OSU: Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza
Also, see quick tips for the backyard poultry flock in this video:
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