Local business donates shotguns to WUPD Senior Profile: Shannon Runyan Reds employees recognize Dr. King’s ‘Spirit of Service’ Saving Adams County’s power plants North Adams High School announces annual Science Fair Winners Board of Developmentally Disabled holds Jan. 11 swearing-in ceremony Peebles Elementary honors December Students of the Month Adams County villages receive Bike Racks and Fix-it Stations College Credit Plus Program available to high school students Wenstrup selected as Chairman of Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health 2017 Manchester Homecoming is ‘Super’ Lions put damper on Manchester Homecoming West Union athletes honored by OSSCA Senior Profile: Story Kremin Bickett, Runyan lead Lady Dragons to victory in Manchester Indians improve to 8-3 with Saturday night rout of Portsmouth West Farm Bureau scholarships available to HS seniors Wilbur named to the Wilmington College Dean’s List Opal Van Hoose Ruby Yazell Chris Volk North Adams High School holds annual Homecoming ceremonies Six workers injured in power plant explosion Commissioners hold proclamation ceremony for 4-H Week Senior Profile: Shyanne Tucker Coach Young Classic is Saturday at NAHS Helen Kerr Anna L DeMint The garden that got us through the winter months Virginia L Fricker JV Devils top Northwest 51-34 Senior Profile: Caitlin Young North Adams moves to 7-5 with 16-point Homecoming win over Northwest Held to a higher standard Claudia J Purtee Shaylee E Prewitt Questions still linger in Stuart explosion Richard Holsinger J Ruth Madden Frank E Swayne Robert Bechdolt Sara D Hatfield Barbara Goodwin Jeffrey Frederick Grace E Myers Johnny A Sullender Sr. Senator Joe Uecker sworn-in for second term Wenstrup sworn in for third term in House Ronald L Chochard Patrick P Clift Samuel W Freeland Senior Profile: Casey Mullenix Lady Dragons win ugly, taking Classic consolation game over Manchester, 48-45 Greyhounds roll by West Union to take Classic consolation game, 82-58 History made as Ward takes oath of office Peter A Bennington Tangela R King McDonald’s Classic crowns 2016 champions MVP Arey leads Peebles to McDonald’s Classic title, Indians outlast North Adams 82-76 in double overtime thriller Lady Devils get Classic three-peat, make it 10 of 11, 14 titles for Coach Davis Senior Profile: Raegan Dick Teaching students the power of giving Kids at Children’s Home gifted with shopping spree Marion Liming Dorothy Huff John R Murphy Michael L McAninch Rita Rogers Edward L Combs Ronald W Staggs Mary H Grooms Gladys Wilson Donald Barnhill Monda Van Vorren Deborah Spires Senior Profile: Andre Wolke Indians pull away in second half, get past Manchester 71-58 in Classic semis On home floor, Lady Indians move to Classic title game North Adams handles West Union, Devils move to Classic finals with 68-53 victory Lady Devils roll into Classic championship Beth E Rowley Leatrice Lewis Senior Profile: Justin Aldridge Mary Helterbridle Wanda Huffman PES Performing Arts entertains at Hometown Christmas Adams County Manor sends holiday wishes Peebles Lions Club hosts Christmas breakfast Elusive Elf on a Shelf makes a return visit to PES Santas in blue spread Christmas cheer in a very special way Senior Profile: Aubrey McFarland WUHS holds Hall of Fame induction ceremonies WUHS Academic Team has undefeated season Serving those who served their country From Pearl Harbor to ‘America’s Got Talent’, 93-year-old WWII vet is still going strong Yester Years brings a touch of old to the new Merry Christmas to you all North Adams Elementary announces Spelling Bee winners Peebles High School hosts Homecoming ceremonies Children in need receive gifts at PES

Time for some crop scouting

With the amount of rainfall that we have seen in recent weeks, crops are stressed as much or more than the farmers. Well, I guess the crops being stressed may have led to some of the farmer’s stress.

The excessive moisture has greatly damaged hundreds or thousands of acres of soybeans, hay, and tobacco. Most of the corn looks pretty good from the windshield, except some of the later planted corn that is most likely planted for silage. The results of the excessive water will play out over the next couple of months. In some cases crops will not recover at all, in some a partial yield may be there in the end. In addition the water damage is the lack of weed control. Regardless if we are talking about herbicides or mechanical weed control, it just could not be done in the mud. Not even walking through with a hoe in a tobacco patch or a backyard garden for that matter.

So, you have water stressed, weedy crops, now what? Well, moisture and heat typically are a recipe for diseases. I have had calls about garden plants like tomatoes and vine plants for a couple of weeks, but the row crops are most likely dealing with disease issues, too. Be on the lookout for crop diseases by scouting closely. If fungicides are still an option, remember most all fungicides are more of a preventative than a cure. Now is a great time to scout crops closely. Timely applications can’t be stressed enough.

One good example might be a practice that has been recommended for the past few years with tobacco production. Target spot is a disease that appears most years once tobacco starts to close in and air flow and sunshine is limited. This disease can cause 200 to 300 pounds of loss if conditions are right and no preventative fungicide is used. A single application of eight ounces per acre when crop is too big to cultivate has proven to be very effective in controlling this issue. The same can be said for other crops, and other problems. Some insecticides can be applied early to prevent rather than rescue, but insecticides will control insect problems after an outbreak if you can get the product applied.

Pesticide Disposal Site and Date

The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) schedules several collection dates and locations each year for farmers to dispose of unwanted pesticides. This service is free of charge for farm chemicals only. The ODA currently has three disposal events scheduled. For more information, contact the ODA at 614-728-6987.

On Aug. 18, from 9:30 a.m- 2 p.m. is the date for the one that is closest to us. It will at the Ross County Fairgrounds which is located at 344 Fairgrounds Rd. Chillicothe, Ohio 45601.

Master Gardener Training

Master Gardener Training will be offered in the coming months. If interested in knowing more about the Master Gardener Program with OSU Extension go to: http://mastergardener.osu.edu

If you are interested in the training this fall, contact me at dugan.46@osu.edu or call (937) 515-2314. The program consists of 50 hours of training.

Southwest Corn Growers Field Day

The Southwest Corn Growers Annual Field Day will be held on Aug. 11 at the Fayette County Airport and Demonstration Farm located just north of Washington Court House on SR 38. The program is free and begins at 9:30 a.m. and will run until about 3 p.m.

Presenters during the sessions will include Ohio State Crop Specialists and Industry Specialists from various companies. The topics will include: Nitrogen Uptake, Nutrient Management, Drought Tolerant Varieties, Nutrient Timing, Variable Rates of Nutrients, Cover Crops and much more.

Estate Planning

I posted a few stories in the past weeks concerning Estate Planning. I did that to spark some interest and I have had several calls. I am still working on it, but it is coming together a little slower than I had hoped. I hope to have final details soon. I will have it in the newspaper and on local radio once everything is set.

Dates to Remember

Aug. 1 -Brown County Farm Bureau Family Fun Night and Annual Meeting. Starts at 4 p.m. and you must RSVP at 378-2212.

Aug. 10-Pesticide Testing at Old Y Restaurant at Noon. Pre-register at http://pested.osu.edu or call 800-282-1955

Aug. 11 -Highland County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting

Aug: 25- Adams County Soil and Water/ Farm Bureau Annual Meeting

Aug. 27 -Beef and Forage Field Night at Jackson Research Farm (OARDC)

Sept. 3- Adams County Junior Fair Beef Barbeque

Sept. 5-12- Highland County Fair

Sept. 14- Pesticide Testing at Old Y Restaurant at Noon. Pre-register at http://pested.osu.edu or call 800-282-1955

Sept. 22-24- Farm Science Review

Sept. 28- Oct. 3- Brown County Fair

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