4-H Cloverbuds Celebrations!!!

4-H Cloverbud member Walter Mosley competes in the virtual stuffed animal competition.  Walter has graduated from the Fairfield County 4-H Cloverbud program and will be a 4-H member in 2021!

Listen in as 4-H Educator Aubrey Fowler shares all about the Cloverbud Virtual Stuffed Animal exhibition and the Cloverbud Graduation..Interested in the  4-H Cloverbud program?  Find more information here go,


More Fairfield County Fair mementos for sale….

Want to Relive the 2020 Fairfield County Fair?

Want to relive the 2020 Fairfield County Fair shows? Go to YouTube and search ‘Fairfield County Fair 2020’ and find videos from all the show’s including the pre-recorded band performances.  If you would like to purchase a species specific thumb drive contact the Fairfield County Ag Society at 740-653-3041.  Preorders will be taken  thru late October.   For example you can purchase all of the goat shows including pygmy, dairy, breeding and market goat shows plus the market goat auction.  Would make a great stocking stuffer!!

Junior Fairboard Clothing Fundraiser includes the Round Barn…

Looking for a nice sweatshirt for chilly Fall and Winter days ahead?  The Fairfield County Fair  Junior Fairboard is extending their Fairfield County Fair Round Dairy Barn Fund Raiser thru November 11th.  The Fairfield County Fairboard will receive 20% of all sales.  You can choose from a classic or v-neck tee, a raglan tee shirt, or a classic hoodie or crew neck sweatshirt .  In addition you can purchase a sweatshirt stadium blanket.  For more details and prices, contact Leslie Cooksey at 740-277-4625 or via email at

PLANTING GARLIC..NO, it is not too late!!

If you have ever wanted to try your hand at growing garlic now is the time to think about planting it.  Garlic should be planted between Halloween and Thanksgiving and you will want to start with a good seed source from a reputable seed company.  Garlic is a relative of the onion, shallot, and leek. Garlic and onion can be differentiated by their leaves — garlic leaves are flat while onion leaves are round and hollow. A head of garlic is composed of individual cloves enclosed in a papery bulb cover. Each clove is actually a small bulb; that bulb is a collection of unexpanded leaves.

Your soil should be a well-drained sandy loam with a pH between 6.0 and 7.0.  Garlic needs Continue reading

Ohio’s Fair Queen…

Listen in as we talk with Ohio’s reigning Far Queen Mackenzie Hoog, as she tells us what is has been like to to visit County Fair’s across the State during Covid 19.  MacKenzie is an insipiration as she is making the best of difficult year!!!



New Ohio Customer Rate released for 2020

Ohio Farm Custom Rates

Farming is a complex business and many Ohio farmers utilize outside assistance for specific farm-related work. This option is appealing for tasks requiring specialized equipment or technical expertise. Often, having someone else with specialized tools perform a task is more cost effective and saves time. Farm work completed by others is often referred to as “custom farm work” or more simply, “custom work”. A “custom rate” is the amount agreed upon by both parties to be paid by the custom work customer to the custom work provider.

Ohio Farm Custom Rates- This publication reports custom rates based on a statewide survey of 377 farmers, custom operators, farm managers, and landowners conducted in 2020. These rates, except where noted, include the implement and tractor if required, all variable machinery costs such as fuel, oil, lube, twine, etc., and the labor for the operation. Some custom rates published in this study vary widely, possibly influenced by:

Type or size of equipment used (e.g. 20-shank chisel plow versus a 9-shank)

Size and shape of fields,

Condition of the crop (for harvesting operations)

Skill level of labor

Amount of labor needed in relation to the equipment capabilities

Cost margin differences for full-time custom operators compared to farmers supplementing current income

Some custom rates reflect discounted rates as the parties involved have family relationships or are strengthening a relationship to help secure the custom farmed land in a cash or other rental agreement. Some providers charge differently because they are simply attempting to spread their fixed costs over more acreage to decrease fixed costs per acre and are willing to forgo complete cost recovery.  The complete “Ohio Farm Custom Rates 2020” is available online at the Farm Office website:

Authors: Barry Ward, Leader, Production Business Management
  1. John Barker, Extension Educator Agriculture/Amos Program
Eric Richer, Extension Educator Agriculture & Natural Resources, Ohio State University Extension

Karen Kraft Crutcher not only supports Jr. Fair Livestock sales but serves on the sale Committee too!

Listen in to our chat with Karen Kraft Crutcher as we learn more about her commitment to the Junior Fair Youth and the Auction by not only bidding on their livestock but giving of her time to the Fairfield County Junior Fair Livestock Sale Committee….All good stuff on the  88.9FM WLRY Farm Page where we  CELEBRATE GOOD KIDS DOING GOOD THINGS, and adults too!!!!!