OSU Extension of Paulding County – We have an App for that

See what we just launched! Over the past few months, Michael and I have been working with a company to get all of our Paulding County OSU Extension information in one place.  Thanks to the great sponsorship from Haviland Drainage Product and Haviland Plastic Products. This app will include Ag, Master Gardener, and 4-H News.  As our new position for Family and Consumer Sciences is added in 2021, there will content relating to that program area. Search Paulding County Extension and you should find the app.  In the app, it includes our blog posts, calendars, YouTube Page, Facebook information, Twitter, LinkedIn and so much more.  You can upload horticulture questions for our Master Gardener Volunteer Hotline.  This will also include registration forms and upcoming events.  Don’t miss out on this valuable information for Paulding County.

Additional Information From ODA About The Mystery Seeds

Americans Receive Mystery Seeds in the Mail, Mostly From China - WSJPlease note: Paulding County has received various packets of seeds.  Please follow the directions below or contact Sarah at the Extension Office (419-399-8225) to arrange a drop off of the seeds.  

The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is asking Ohioans to please send in unsolicited seeds.

After increasing reports of Ohio citizens receiving packages of unsolicited seeds in the mail, the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is again urging the public to report and submit any unsolicited seed packets to ODA. In partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Plant Protection and Quarantine Office, ODA is working to investigate the number of seed packets sent to Ohio, what type of seeds they are, and where they were mailed from. Continue reading

Join us for the September 4th – Escape to the Forest

From Marne Titchenell, OSU Extension, Wildlife Program Specialist

Join us Friday, September 4th for our webinar on The Impacts of Climate Change on Forests and Wildlife.

Registration is available here and at the homepage of the Woodland Stewards website

The climate is changing, and it is impacting forests in many ways. The magnitude of continued accelerated change requires adaptation strategies that aim to maintain healthy and productive forests. As forests are placed under additional stress it is also critical that we consider how wildlife may respond to a shifting climate and important forest habitats that they depend on. For birds, there is a natural ecological link to the importance of trees and forest structure and in many cases, birds are often used as indicators of forest conditions and management goals. Therefore, understanding how bird and tree species habitats may respond to ongoing climate change will be critical to meeting conservation and management goals.

Presenter: Steve Matthews, Associate Professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources

Bacterial Canker Showing Up in Tomatoes this Summer

Bacterial canker symptoms inside a tomato stem.

Bacterial canker is a systemic disease of tomatoes caused by the bacterium Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. michiganensis. It can occur in fresh market and processing tomatoes, in open fields, and in protected culture systems like greenhouses and high tunnels. Symptoms are stunting of whole plants, which never reach their full potential, plant death, foliar lesions, “firing” on leaf margins, and raised scabby lesions on fruit. Seeds are a major means of introducing the canker pathogen into a tomato crop, but the bacteria can survive in the field for several years, as well as on surfaces such as greenhouse walls or floors, tools, stakes, clips or ties, etc. Several cases of tomato canker have come into our diagnostic lab this summer; since the bacteria clog the plants’ water-conducting vessels, the stunting symptom may be more severe in the hot, dry weather we’ve experienced for much of this year’s growing season.

Bacterial canker on tomato leaves.

Peppers are also susceptible to bacterial canker, but the disease is not systemic in peppers so the stunting symptom does not occur. However, the firing of the leaf margins and leaf and fruit lesions do occur. Symptoms of bacterial canker on peppers are different than those on tomatoes (see figures). The bacteria that infect

Start with clean seed – For purchased seeds, buy certified, disease-free seed or sanitize seed with hot water (recommended), dilute bleach, or hydrochloric acid. It is especially important to sanitize saved seeds, such as for heirloom varieties. Here is a link to the OSU fact sheet for Hot Water and Chlorine Treatment of Vegetable Seeds to Eradicate Bacterial Plant Pathogens. In place of water baths for the hot water treatment, relatively inexpensive Sous Vide – type digital water heaters can be used to heat and maintain the water at the prescribed temperature. There are no bactericides or other products that control this disease once it is in the field or greenhouse. This disease is managed primarily through sanitation.

Bacterial canker lesions on pepper fruit.
  • Keep transplants clean and healthy – Scout tomato and pepper plants daily and destroy plants with canker symptoms once a plant disease diagnostic laboratory has confirmed the disease. Apply one or two preventative copper fungicide applications and one application of streptomycin (conventional systems) to the plants before transplanting them into the field.
  • Use clean equipment and tools – Clean and disinfect all tools and farm equipment prior to working with the transplants or plants. Good sanitation practices are critical to prevent contamination and cross-contamination of plants by the bacterial canker pathogen. Quaternary ammonium products and 10% chlorine bleach are suitable disinfectants.
  • Start with a clean field – The bacterial canker pathogen can survive in the field as long as there is infected crop debris present. Rotate with a non-host before re-planting the field with a tomato. Ideally, a 3-4 year out of crops in the same family as tomato (pepper, eggplant) should be implemented. Plant into a field free of weeds or volunteer tomato plants.

    Bacterial canker symptoms on pepper leaves.
  • Use best cultural practices – Use management strategies that maintain reduced-stress growing conditions. Provide plants with adequate but not excessive nitrogen, improve the organic matter content of the soil through the use of composted green or animal waste or cover crops, use well-drained soil and avoid overhead irrigation if possible.

The Annual Pumpkin Field Day Goes Virtual!

For over 20 years the pumpkin field day held at the Western Ag Research Station in South Charleston has hosted growers from around the state giving them a wide array of production and pest management research, demonstration, tips, and tricks. Instead of driving over to the research station, participate virtually from your home, business, or favorite coffee house/brewery!

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, we won’t be able to hold a field day in person this year, but we are working hard to bring you the results of several demonstrations and research projects via a pre-recorded video stream that will air on the OSU IPM YouTube channel on August 27 at 6 PM.

3D field-scale model of pumpkin hybrid trial – dollhouse view.

Registration for the virtual event will be necessary so we can send out the viewing links between August 26-27 for the roughly hour-long field day. Please register at the link below by the deadline of August 25 at 8 PM. Continue reading

Tree and Wood Harvesting in the Area

From John Mueller, District Manager, Division of Forestry – Findlay

As our economy changes and reshoring from foreign countries takes place, there are some disruptions in the wood supply.  This is leading to mid-west wood and wood box suppliers looking for alternative supply sources.  We have received letters in the county from these suppliers looking to come directly to your wooded property and provide you a quote to purchase your trees with a commitment on the spot. Please know that you DO NOT have to commit at that time and you can receive help and advice on this if you prefer.  There is competition for your wood and perhaps you could get a better price.

Comment from Sarah – Believe it or not, we have a division of Ohio Forestry over Paulding County.  They will be a neutral party in any discussions and make sure that you are not being taken advantage of in these critical decisions. If this is a topic that you would like education on, I would be willing to set up a virtual informational countywide meeting. 

Reach out to

John Mueller, District Manager– Division of Forestry- Findlay, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, 952 Lima Avenue, Findlay, OH 45840, Office Number: 419-424-5004,,

Fall Webworm

Overwintered fall webworm (Hyphantria cunea) eggs are hatching and first-generation nests are appearing in southwest Ohio.  Look for these hairy caterpillars inside small silk nests enveloping just a few leaves.  The nests will rapidly expand over the next few weeks to include more leaves and become more evident. Continue reading

Recycling is back open in Paulding County

From Shannon Ruschel, Paulding County WMEA

Recycling for Paulding Fairgrounds, Grover Hill, Scott, and Haviland resumed on Sat, June 6.  Paulding and Grover Hill will be from 9 AM-11 AM and Scott/Haviland will be from 11:15 AM-11:45 AM. There are new guidelines for the proper preparation of your recycling processing. Please, please, please absolutely no dumping of your recycling. Wait for our trailer to arrive and the Boy Scouts will unload for you.


  • Plastics – We accept only Plastics Numbers 1 and 2. Please check the bottom of the container for the number in the triangle. The plastics need to be separated based on the number. These types will include: Water Bottles, Milk Jugs (clear/opaque ones need to be separated from the solid white ones), Pop Bottles, Juice Containers, Detergent Containers, Bleach/Vinegar bottles, Vitamin/Prescription bottles
  • Newspaper and Inserts – Please lay flat or placed flat in a paper bag. Bundle and tie together or place in boxes
  • Cardboard – Collapsed and flattened
  • Magazines/Catalogs (glossy finish) – Please lay flat or placed flat in a paper bag, bundle and tie together or place in boxes
  •  Aluminum Cans pop/energy drinks – Please rinse out
  • Steel Cans (soup, fruit, vegetable, etc..) – Rinse out cans to avoid bugs/odors

Please call 419-399-3630 with any questions