Hardin County Crop Walk

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 Tuesday, July 23 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 17051 Township Road 199, Mt. Victory.  It is open to all fruit and vegetable producers, whether they are commercial or home gardeners.

OSU plant pathologist Dr. Sally Miller will provide information on managing plant diseases with vegetables.  OSU plant pathologist Melanie Ivey will provide information on managing plant diseases with fruits.  Hardin County OSU Extension Educator Mark Badertscher will provide information about Driftwatch.  Driftwatch is 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.  It is not a substitute for any state regulatory requirements.

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 patch and high tunnel greenhouse, pointing out fruit and vegetable issues and steps to properly manage them.  There is no cost to attend this event.

Hardin County Crop Walk

By Mark Badertscher – Hardin County OSU Extension, Agriculture and Natural Resources

Hardin County – Are you a commercial fruit and vegetable grower who is looking for ways to manage pest issues in your produce? Maybe you raise vegetables in your home garden have spots on the leaves.  Do you have berries growing on your property or fruit trees in your yard that are not producing like they should?  Hardin County OSU Extension has planned a fruit and vegetable Crop Walk program on Tuesday, August 15 from 6:00-8:00 pm to help answer these concerns.  This program will include an emphasis on fruit and vegetable production.  The location of the program will be 21613 County Road 200, Mt. Victory.

OSU Extension entomologist Dr. Celeste Welty and OSU Extension Horticulture field specialist Jim Jasinski will be providing information about insect identification and recommendations, along with Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques for fruit and vegetable production. Graduate students from OSU Plant Pathology and Weed Science have been invited to help growers with plant disease problems and weed control methods in produce.  Hardin County OSU Extension Educator Mark Badertscher will provide information on labeling honey, registering bees with the Ohio Department of Agriculture, and steps beekeepers and commercial produce growers can take to register their bees and crops with the Sensitive Crop Registry.

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 for questions and answers.  The program will conclude with walk through a produce patch, pointing out fruit and vegetable issues and steps to properly manage them.

For more information about OSU Extension, Hardin County, visit the Hardin County OSU Extension web site at hardin.osu.edu, the Hardin County OSU Extension Facebook page or contact Mark Badertscher, at 419-674-2297.

Hardin County Report – Late June

The rainfall in Hardin County varied from 0.5 to 6 inches in one week. Cucumber beetles are the biggest concern right now. There are also some squash bugs in the first pumpkin plantings. Thrips were found in some strawberries earlier, causing damage. Blueberries, red and black raspberries are now being picked.

There was a report from a grower of tomatoes wilting and dying in a hoop house. Some of the plants had root rot along with Fusarium wilt. Nitrogen levels were high from plant tissue tests. A sample plant was sent to the lab. Upon slicing open the stem of an affected plant, there was brown vascular tissue blocking the flow of water throughout the plant. Sanitation in the house will hopefully help prevent the spread of the pathogen. Possible anaerobic soil disinfection and grafting of disease resistant varieties may be utilized in this situation on a trial basis to measure effectiveness.

Mark Badertscher – OSU Extension, Hardin County

Levi Yoder – Scioto Valley Produce Growers – contributor

Fusarium Wilt of Tomato

 

 

Hardin County Report – Early June

The heavy rains over the first weekend of June and low temperatures at night slowed things down. Strawberries were being harvested with lower than normal yield.  Strawberry prices were very good at the auction, and growers wished they had more available for sale.  Growers are cultivating and tying up tomato plants in their hoop houses.  There are a few tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions coming out of the hoop houses.  Pests of concern right now are cucumber beetles that are working on the vine crops.

Mark Badertscher – OSU Extension, Hardin County

Levi Yoder – Scioto Valley Produce Growers – contributor