SH2 Sweet Corn Trial Reports

MikeGastier, Ohio State University Extension, Huron County, Ohio
Bob Shaw and Frank Thayer, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Fremont, Ohio

Sweet corn is an important crop in both the fresh market and shipping market in North Central Ohio, where a
significant percentage of Ohio vegetables are grown. Many different varieties of sweet corn are grown by
producers with fresh market roadside stands, and still others are grown for early, mid, and late season shipping
and processing markets, meaning growers demand a diverse selection of sweet corn varieties and maturities.
Growers have indicated this diversity should focus on SH2 varieties with different stages of maturity, and
variance in other traits. Many new varieties are becoming available to meet these grower demands, and this
study sought to determine which ones would perform acceptably in Northern Ohio, and which would have the
desired traits growers are seeking. For this trial, 25 SH2 varieties were grown in 4 replicated plots at the Ohio
State University’s North Central Agricultural Research Station near Fremont, Ohio.

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USDA offers in-person training sessions about new Controlled Environment Crop Insurance

Is the new Controlled Environment crop insurance right for you? Find out with USDA’s Risk Management Agency.

The USDA is introducing a new Federal Crop Insurance program designed to provide greenhouse growers an opportunity to insure against losses due to destruction orders based on detection of plant disease vectors. USDA is hosting an in-person public session on OCT. 12 in HUDSONVILLE, MICH., to introduce the program and answer any questions you may have. Learn more and see the schedule of the session’s exact time and location. Learn More

Pawpaw Day at the 2023 Farm Science Review

Authors: Carrie Brown

Pawpaw Day at the 2023 Farm Science Review on September 19!

On Tuesday, September 19, The Gwynne Conservation area is teaming up with the North American Pawpaw Growers Association to bring you a fun-filled day packed with pawpaw talks, walks, demos, and tastings! Events run throughout the day, 10:30am-3:00pm, and will be located at the Gwynne Conservation Area at Farm Science Review.

Are you familiar with Farm Science Review and the Gwynne Conservation Area? The Gwynne is a 67-acre conservation area where conservation demos, talks, displays, and tours are held during Farm Science Review, September 19-21, in London, Ohio. Featuring a pond, wetland, tallgrass prairie, stream, pawpaw orchard, and forage plots, the Gwynne offers a little something for everyone.

Though September 19th is dedicated to Pawpaws, talks on a variety of natural resource topics will be held throughout each of the three days of Farm Science Review. And new to the Gwynne this year, the “Ask a Master Gardener” table will be on site to answer all of your horticultural questions!

The 2023 Small Farm Conference Registration Deadline is Quickly Approaching

The deadline to register for the 2023 Small Farm Conference is quickly approaching.  If you haven’t registered for this great event yet, you still have time, as registration is open until March 3rd.

Follow this link for session descriptions, conference details and registration

We hope to see you there.


2023 Small Farm Conference Registration is Open!


Greetings the OSU Extension – Small Farm Team is excited to announce that the registration for the 2023 Small Farm Conference is open.  We hope to see you all there.

Ohio State Extension announced plans to host a Small Farm Conference in Mansfield Ohio on March 11, 2023.  The theme for this year’s Mid-Ohio Small Farm Conference is “Sowing Seeds for Success.”

Conference session topics are geared to beginning and small farm owners as well as to farms looking to diversify their operation.  There will be five different conference tracks including: Farm Office, Horticulture and Produce Production, Livestock, Agritourism/ Marketing, Natural Resources.

Some conference topic highlights include: How to purchase our family farm, food animal processing, bee keeping, sweet corn, blueberry and pumpkin production, small ruminant nutrition, agritourism laws, fruit tree pruning and cut flower diseases.

Anyone interested in developing, growing or diversifying their small farm is invited to attend including market gardeners, farmers market vendors, and anyone interested in small farm living.

Attendees will have the opportunity to browse a trade show featuring the newest and most innovative ideas and services for their farming operation. The conference provides an opportunity to talk with the vendors and network with others.

The Conference will take place from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Mansfield OSU Campus in Ovalwood Hall, just minutes from I-71 and US Rt 30.

For conference and registration call OSU Extension Morrow County 419-947-1070, or OSU Extension Knox County 740-397-0401.

Please follow this link for conference details and to register:




The Ohio State University

More with Less Energy
January 26-27, 2023

Shisler Center, OSU Wooster Campus

– in-person and virtual options –

Topics focus on fundamentals and ways to reduce energy use while producing quality greenhouse crops, including:

  • Pros and cons of cool nights
  • Grower’s perspective of LED vs HPS lighting
  • Lighting and temperature strategies to improve energy efficiency
  • Energy efficient improvement grant/guaranteed loan program
  • Research and commercial greenhouse tours
  • And, more!

Speakers include Dr. Jennifer Bolt (USDA);  Dr. Luis Canas (OSU); Dr. Kale Harbick (USDA); Dr. Chieri Kubota (OSU); Dr. Peter Ling (OSU); Randel Monhemius (USDA); Dr. Erik Runkle (MSU); Octavio Rodriguez (Nature Fresh); Gregg Short (Greenhouse Design); Dr. David Short (Ridder Corp.); Dr. Anna Testen (USDA); Dr. Jan Westra (Priva)

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FREE soilborne disease testing for high tunnel soils

Soilborne pathogens nibble away at plant roots and your profits.  Follow this link to learn more about identifying soil born diseases in tomato and this link for a soil health and root rot checkup.    These pathogens are particularly bad in high tunnel vegetable production with limited crop rotation. The Ohio State Vegetable Pathology Lab along with USDA-ARS in Wooster, OH are offering free soilborne disease testing for high tunnel soils.  The submission form can be found here:

Pesticide Calculations for Small Acreages

This week in the Kentucky Pest News from UK Extension they had an article about calculating pesticides for small areas.  Sometimes we need to spray an area that is smaller than an acre and this article explains how to calculate rates for areas small than an acre.  Continue Reading