Ohio Maple Days on tap Jan. 18-20

2018’s Ohio Maple Days will be on Jan. 18 in Morrow County, on Jan. 19 in Wayne and Holmes counties, and on Jan. 20 in Geauga County.

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.

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How to grow barley for beer in Ohio

“We’re looking forward to beer made from Ohio-grown barley,” says CFAES scientist Eric Stockinger, a co-author of CFAES’s Management of Ohio Winter Malting Barley, a new guide for growers. “It’s taken us a lot to get to this point.”

Winter malting barley is new to Ohio.

Download the guide.

It’s a great Pumpkin Field Day, Charlie Brown

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.

Earning major revenue on a micro-farm

cube calendar for august on wooden background with copy spaceJoseph 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.

Hops-growing interest is soaring, learn about making the leap

Basketball Player Slam Dunk SilhouetteCFAES’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.

No mystery, it’s a magical tour

Farm tour brochureSix 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.