Growing barley for malting will be the chief topic when CFAES holds its Small Grains Field Day on June 12 in Wooster. CFAES scientists will share new information about barley varieties, contracts, diseases and more. Malted barley is used to make beer.
The annual program, the same at each location, will feature educational sessions on maple production. It’s timed to help producers prepare for the coming season, which in Ohio may run from January through mid-March, depending on the weather. Both hobby and commercial producers are welcome.
The event’s sponsor is CFAES’s Ohio Maple Program.
The Western Agricultural Research Station of OARDC, CFAES’s research arm, is holding its Pumpkin Field Day for growers on Aug. 17. What’ll you get? Research updates by OARDC scientists on weed, disease and pest management and on new pumpkin and winter squash varieties.
Registration is $5. You can register to attend online.
Ohio’s 2016 pumpkin crop, 6,700 acres in all, had a production value of more than $16 million, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
OARDC’s Western branch is in South Charleston, about 40 miles west of Columbus.
As Ohio’s craft beer market continues to grow, it’s a prime time to tour a field of hops and learn what it takes to start one. (Photo: Hop cones and leaves, iStock.)
Joseph Swain and Rachel Tayse’s Swainway Urban Farm in Columbus brings in $150,000 on less than a half-acre footprint. How? Find out from 2 to 4 p.m. this Sunday, Aug. 21, on the Organic Niche Micro-Farm Tour, part of the Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. (Hint: Through microgreens, mushrooms and more.) Get details here on p. 36.
CFAES’s Brad Bergefurd, who’s got hops, headlines the Northwest Ohio Hops Field Day this Thursday, Aug. 18, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The free event is at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation in Bowling Green in northwest Ohio, where a one-year-old planting of hops is in place. You’ll learn about cultivars, production practices, pest control and more. Grab the details with the same vigor as, say, the Cavaliers’ Tristan Thompson, “Canadian Dynamite,” grabs an offensive rebound here on p. 25. The tour is part of the Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series.
Six groups with interests in organic farming and sustainable agriculture, including OSU Extension’s Sustainable Agriculture Team, have announced this year’s schedule for the always informative Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. View or download the series brochure here. The series goes from June through November. OSU Extension is CFAES’s outreach arm.
… on the first Fridays of May, June and July at CFAES’s Ohio State University South Centers in Piketon.