Facebook – a growing marketplace for local entrepreneurs When kids know best Giving some love to those dog days Junior Fair BBQ again a big success Beulah B James Senior Profile: Josie Myers Lady Indians place second at Ohio Classic in Hillsboro MVCA dominates Greyhounds in 45-0 triumph For Lady Devils, SHAC streak goes to 55 matches 9/11: Sixteen years later Gertrude Gibson Defender Bowl coming Sept. 16 Joyce A Walker Virginia R Young Senior Profile: Abby Campton West Union hosts 2017 Dragon Run New gridiron history begins for Peebles Trout, fire, and blueberry fields forever Senior Profile: Baylee Justice Lady Devils win SHAC thriller at Eastern Brown From Blue Creek to the Beaneaters Tough loss for Greyhounds in season opener Turning tragedy into hope What we learn from failure Absolutely had to get the wrinkles out Frances S Kidder Leo Trotter 41st Bentonville Festival set to begin Sept. 8 Winchester celebrates its history during three-day street fair Cruisefest returning to streets of Peebles Blue Creek- a community in transition honors its history and heritage Cuteness Galore – Winchester Homecoming Festival Baby Show Ronnie L Day Cast your vote for the Adams County Fairgrounds Nelson E Atkinson Ryan L Colvin Richard Tackett William L Tadlock Penny Pollard Wendell Beasley West Union soccer drops pair at Mason County Lady Indians go down in straight sets Senior Profile: Michael Gill Senior Profile: Katie Sandlin Royals dominate in big win over North Adams Dragons continue County Cup domination Archaeology Day returns to Serpent Mound Hourglass Quilt Square is back up again Manchester family hosts International Guests History, farming, and family- the bedrock of Cherry Fork’s community Bus drivers, emergency responders prepare for coming school year Working up a real good sweat What’s behind the motive? Rondal R Bailey Jr Thelma J Yates She’s all grown up now Scott A Yeager Soccer talent on display at 2017 SHAC preview Baseball community mourns the loss of Gene Bennett Winchester Homecoming Festival is Aug 25-27 Eleanor P Tumbleson Felicity man killed in Ohio River boating accident WUHS golfers take Portsmouth Invitational It was pretty cold that day Volleyball kicks off with SHAC Preview Night Young awarded Women’s Western Golf Foundation Scholarship One Mistake Senator Portman visits GE Test Facility in Peebles Adams County school districts facing some major challenges for the coming year Family, friends, and roots: the ties that bind residents of one Adams County village What is your strength? Just the chance to take a look back Ronnie L Wolford Dale J Marshall Herbert Purvis Great American Solar Eclipse coming Aug. 21 BREAKING NEWS: West Union wins fifth consecutive County Cup Wallace B Boden John L Fletcher Lady Indians golfers learning the links North Adams, West Union golfers open 2017 seasons This Labor Day, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Blanton announces candicacy for Court of Appeals Local student attends Congress of Future Medical Leaders MHS welcomes new principal Made in America When it feels like you’re spinning plates Bonfires and “building” a farm Lady Devils looking to take that next step 50 years of Bengal memories Ag Society delivers donation to Dragonfly Foundation Young Memorial Scholarship awarded to a pair of local seniors ‘Musical passion is in his blood’ Naylor named NAHS Principal Boldman retiring after 17 years as Homeless Shelter director Manchester concludes another River Days celebration Drug Treatment vs. Prison James R Brown Bobby Lawler Jr Adams County man charged with killing estranged girlfriend

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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