Hardin County – There is a segment of agriculture in southeastern Hardin County that specializes in commercial fruit and vegetable production. Hardin County is also home to the Scioto Valley Produce Auction near Mt. Victory where much of this produce is sold. Hardin County OSU Extension has planned a Fruit and Vegetable Crop Walk program on Friday, July 30 from 6:00-8:00 pm to help with fruit and vegetable production issues. The location of the program will be on a produce farm at 19809 County Road 200, Mt. Victory. It is open to all fruit and vegetable producers, whether they are commercial or home gardeners.
OSU Extension Integrated Pest Management Coordinator Jim Jasinski will provide information on managing insects with produce. OSU plant pathologist Melanie Ivey will provide information on managing plant diseases with fruits. OSU State Vegetable Production Specialist Matthew Kleinhenz will provide an update for growers on vegetable production. Hardin County OSU Extension Educator Mark Badertscher will provide information about Driftwatch; a voluntary communication tool that enables crop producers, beekeepers, and pesticide applicators to work together to protect specialty crops and apiaries through use of mapping programs.
The program will be held outside so bring your lawn chair and umbrella in case of rain. There will be a diagnostic table so be sure to bring along any weeds, plant nutrition problems, plant diseases, and insect specimens in a sealed plastic bag for questions and answers. The program will conclude with a walk through a produce field, pointing out fruit and vegetable issues and steps to properly manage them. There is no cost to attend this event