Private Pesticide REcertification; Different This Year!

Deadline for REcertification has been extended until July 1

One more casualty of the pandemic is Private Pesticide REcertification, at least as we’ve known it in the past. With face-to-face meetings hosted by OSU Extension presently on hold, at this time it’s impossible to speculate when a traditional Private Pesticide REcertification session may even be scheduled. However, there has been a recent change in the deadline for REcertification, and also several ‘virtual’ opportunities are in the planning stages for 2021.

First, it’s important to note that recently Governor DeWine signed Ohio House Bill 404 extending both the Commercial and Private Pesticide REcertification and Fertilizer REcertification deadline until July 1, 2021. This means Private and Fertilizer Applicators who expire in March 2020 or March 2021 now have until July 1, 2021 to renew and recertify. Commercial applicators expiring in 2020 now have until July 1, 2021. The deadline for commercial applicators expiring in September 2021 is not changed by this bill.

Considering the current inability to offer face-to-face REcertification opportunities, in Fairfield County we are offering two different ‘virtual’ alternatives for gaining REcertification on-line.

The first is a Continue reading

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

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

Missing the Junior Fair Livestock Contests at the 2020 County Fair? Find all the details to watch the shows on-line here!

If part of your Fairfield County Fair experience has always been visit the Junior Fair Livestock shows don’t worry you can still do that from the comfort of your favorite easy chair!!! Thanks to the support of several generous sponsors Innerphase Video will be on site to  bring you all of the Junior Fair Livestock Shows, beginning on Sunday October 11.   Listed below is the complete show schedule for the 2020 “Junior Fair Only”  Fairfield County Fair.

Sunday October 11th

8 a.m. Dog Show Registration and Show – Feeder Creek Vet Show Arena

10 a.m. Companion Animal Show – Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building

1:00 p.m. Junior Fair Queen Contest -Art Hall

4 p.m. Swine Showmanship – Feeder Creek Vet Arena

Monday October 12th

8 a.m. Opening Ceremony & Queen Announcement with Attendants –  Ricketts Hall

8:30 a.m. Market Swine Show – Feeder Creek Vet Arena

9 a.m. Poultry Show (Turkey & Showmanship) – Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building

11 a.m. Pygmy Goat Show – Round Cattle Barn

12:30 p.m. Poultry Show (Market & Breeding) – Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building

3 p.m. Cakes, Pies, and Candies Judging – 4-H Display Barn

Tuesday, October 13

8:30 a.m. Dairy Feeder Show – Round Cattle Barn

9 a.m. Dairy Goat Show – Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building

10 a.m. Beef Show, Breeding, Feeders, Steers – Feeder Creek Vet Show Arena

12 p.m. Meat Doe & Market Wether Goat Show – Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building

Wednesday October 14th

8:30 a.m. Horse Show Competition (Classes 1 through 33) –Horse Show Outdoor Arena

8:30 a.m. Sheep Show – Feeder Creek Vet Show Arena

8:30 a.m. Market Rabbit Show – Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building

10 a.m. Dairy Cattle Breeding Show and Showmanship – Round Cattle Barn

12:30 p.m. Rabbit Showmanship – Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building

Thursday October 15th

9 a.m. Horse Show (Classes 34 through 64) – Outdoor Horse Arena

10 a.m. Alpaca Show – Round Cattle Barn

12 p.m. Rabbit Breeding Show – Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building

5 p.m. Junior Fair Livestock Auction Session 1 – Feeder Creek Vet Arena(Market Beef, Dairy Products, Dairy Feeders and Market Swine)

Friday October 16th

10:00 a.m. Junior Fair Livestock Auction Session 2 – Feeder Creek Vet Show Arena  (Market Lambs, Market Rabbits, Market Poultry, Dairy Goat Products, Market Goats)


  1. Fairfield County Fair Facebook Page
  2. Innerphase Video Facebook Page
  3. Local Spectrum Channel 1021
  4. YouTube (Search CLN, Your Hometown Network)
  5. Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV (Search Boxcast, then IVP (Innerphase Video)
  6. Visit for the direct links in order to view it on the web.

Please note all of the Feeder Creek Vet Show Arena shows and those occurring in the Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building will be streamed live.  Those shows taking place in Round Cattle Barn and the Outdoor Horse Arena will be recorded for viewing following the completion of the live shows in the Feeder Creek Show Arena.     

There is no cost to view any of the above shows, no subscription fees thanks to our show sponsors Also, thumb drives containing each of the daily show schedules will be available for purchase.  Cost of the thumb drives that will include all the activities of each day of competitions is $20.00.  Pre-orders will be taken at the Fairfield County Agricultural Society Office beginning  Friday, October 10.  Thumb drives will be available for pick-up during the week of the Fairfield County Fair, October 11-16 at the Senior Fair Office .  For more details or questions, please contact Jim Marcinko, Fair Manager at 740-653-3041.

As a reminder, the 2020 Fairfield County Fair is a JUNIOR FAIR only Fair.  There will be no Open Class Livestock Shows, No Grandstand Entertainment, No Art Hall Exhibits,  No AgMazing Agriculture Building, No Rides and very limited food vendors and No Free Day on Sunday, October 11.  Admission to the grounds is not permitted to the the public.  Only Junior Fair Exhibitors and their immediate families will be permitted to the Livestock Shows.      

The 2020 Fairfield County Fair – COVID 19 Style

Chilly temperatures, leaves changing color, Fall is in the air which means it must be time for the Fairfield County Fair. The dates for this year’s Fair are October 11-17 and it is a “Junior Fair Only” event.   The 170th edition of the annual tradition will look much different this year due to health restrictions put in place by the by the Senior Fairboard orders from Governor DeWine’s, the Ohio Department  of Health and the Fairfield County Board of Health.

What you will NOT see at this year’s fair:  No rides, No games, very limited food vendors, No demolition derby, No entertainment of any kind.  If one of your traditions was to meander through the Art Hall and look at the baked goods, fresh farm products those contests will not be happening.  The Art Hall will be closed this year.  Also, the Fairfield County  4-H Endowment will not be having their Sunday morning pancake breakfast.

What you WILL see this year:   Beginning on Saturday, October 10 Trucks and Trailers will be seen on all roads leading to the Fairgrounds. A “Junior Fair Only’ means all 4-H and FFA Youth who have diligently been working towards completing their projects this past year will be bringing their animals for exhibition.  The length of time they will spend at the Fairgrounds will be limited to no more than 2-3 days for most of the animals, their exhibitors, and immediate family.   There are approximately 900 plus entries of livestock at this year’s “Junior Fair only” Fairfield County Fair.  A few local food vendors will be on the grounds to feed the exhibitors.

Masks will be expected to be worn on the grounds.  The Fairboard has asked that everyone on the grounds be respectful of the 10 pm curfew during the week of the County Fair. 

Who Can Enter the Fairgrounds?

Only exhibitors and their immediate families will be permitted to be on the grounds during the week of the Fairfield County Fair.  Wristbands will be issued to those who can come to watch and support the youth and their project work.  There will be no general admission at this year’s County Fair.

Will there be campers at the Fair ?

Campers will be permitted on the grounds for those families that have a camping spot previously reserved for the 2020 County Fair.  Camping is restricted to only current exhibitors and their families, the Fairboard Directors and OSU Extension Staff.   No grandparents, 4-H advisors or visitor camping is allowed.  Cost is $125.00 for the week.

Can we view the livestock shows? 

Yes, the Fairboard is working with Innerphase Video to broadcast every livestock event held at the 2020 Fairfield County Fair.

Will there be a Livestock Auction?

Yes, the Sale Committee is making plans to hold auctions for those youth exhibiting Market project on Thursday, October 15, and Friday October 16.  Those auctions will also be available to be viewed as well.  If you would like to support youth who will be marketing their projects at auctions you can find more details at

Supporting the Fairfield County Ag Society

If you want to continue to support the Fairfield County Agricultural Society as they try to give our Junior Fair exhibitors the best possible experience you could become a Community sponsor of the Junior Fair Show and Sale Broadcast.  For more details, please contact Fair Manager, Jim Marcinko at 740-653-3041.

Be sure to check back next week as we will have the complete show schedule for all the livestock as well as details on viewing the various shows and livestock auction with Innerphase Video .

Want to extend your gardening season?

If you would like to extend your Fall gardening season by adding a little spinach, a few turnips, radishes and maybe a little buckwheat as a cover crop to your garden, the Fairfield County Master Gardeners have seeds for you.   Stop by the Fairfield County Ag Center, at your convenience located at 831 College Avenue, Lancaster Ohio and pick up a Victory Garden Seed packet.   Check  by the front entrance where you will find black covered tote labeled with Free Victory Garden Seeds. For more information or planting tips check out:

The Victory Garden program is an effort to get seeds into the hands of interested gardeners conducted by the Ohio Department of Agriculture and the Ohio State University Extension Master Gardener program. Let’s Grow Ohio!!! 

Do you know when to take down your hummingbird feeder?

Hummingbird Feeder Etiquette

The RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD (Archilochus colubris)  will begin migrating through Ohio beginning in September and we may continue to see hummingbirds passing through into October.  Hummingbird migration can sometimes last into November.  Homeowners often wonder when they should take their hummingbird feeders down for the year.  Should all feeders be down by the end of the summer so as not to discourage hummingbirds from migrating?  Will a hummingbird forgo the long, treacherous journey south in the face of a feeder full of sugary sustenance?  The answer is no.

It is a common misconception that leaving hummingbird feeders up during the migration season will encourage hummingbirds to stay and not migrate.  This is at risk of starvation.  Simply not true – a hummingbird, whether a seasoned veteran or spring chicken, knows when it is time to head south.  What a feeder full of sugary goodness will provide is energy and fuel to begin or continue that long journey.

Migration is extremely difficult, especially for such a small bird, but hummingbirds that are able to find good supplies of nectar or feeders have an easier time of it.  Homeowners can leave feeders up through October, or when they no longer see hummingbirds visiting the feeder, and then take them down for the year.  When should the feeders go back up?  Hummingbirds usually return to Ohio in April, sometimes earlier depending on the weather, so have feeders cleaned and ready to go by mid March.



Time to re-seed those bare spots in your lawn is now….

Fall Lawn Care Tips

Late summer is the preferred time to undertake lawn renovation projects.  This would include over-seeding existing turf or replacing problem areas with sod or re-seeding.  As a general guideline, if problem areas or more than 50% weeds or undesired turf, then replacement is recommended.  If there is still over 50% desirable turf, then over-seeding and selective weed control could bring the lawn back into good condition.

Areas to be replaced should first be cleared of existing growth with a non-selective herbicide or by physically removing the layer of turf and weeds; a sod-cutter can aid in the removal.  After the herbicide does its work, seeding may be accomplished using a mechanical slice-seeder (= slit-seeder), or by first using a cultivator to till the dead organic matter into the soil and then using a seed spreader to broadcast the seed.  Whether or not to cultivate depends on a number of factors including whether or not there is a thick thatch layer that will interfere with seed-to-soil contact and seedling establishment.  A thatch layer that’s greater than 3/4″ thick should be removed.  Maximum germination of turfgrass seed occurs when the seed is in direct contact with the soil but still exposed to sunlight.

Over-seeding thin turf takes less preparation and involves spreading new turf seed over the top of existing thin turf.  As long as there is good seed-to-soil contact, over-seeding can be very successful.  Seed-to-soil contact is critical for the overall  success of re-seeding.

Turf renovation should also include soil testing to assure the nutritional health of the new grass plants.  Also, seeding should be finished by late September to give the young turf plenty of time to get established before winter.

Learn more about the 4-H Project book completion….

4-H Project Book Completion deadline nearing

Did you know you  that every youth is required to complete a project book for exhibition at the 2020 Fairfield County?  It is recommended that a new project book be completed every year.  It is a great way for our youth producers to keep an accurate record of expenses, feed intake, rate of gain, health concerns and other important records with their animal projects.  In 2020, the books will not be scored for additional  premier exhibitor points but evaluated for completion of project work by the Fairfield County 4-H staff with return date anticipated in December, 2020.

4-H and/or FFA project books are required to be completed through September 18, 2020.  4-H and  may turn in their books to the OSU Extension by way of the 4-H/r beginning on September 21st. Last day to turn in books is Friday, September 25th 4 p.m.  For more details or additional information, please contact 4-H Educator, Leslie Cooksey at   FFA members will want to check with their respective advisors to have their records checked prior to County Fair  competitions.