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 Lexie N Hopkins Volleyball, soccer previews coming this weekend Michael A Cheek Discover Ohio’s Ancient Cultures during Archaeology Day at Serpent Mound Summer Reading Program ends as new school year approaches Lady Hounds preparing for 2017 volleyball campaign, looking for more improvement A servant’s hands Oh my, nothing better than a sweet tooth Rec Park hosts All-Star Sunday A Saturday night peek at a gridiron future McDowell, McCarty awarded Farm Bureau Scholarships Adams County Medical Foundation awards Dr. Bruce Ashley Legacy Scholarships Your kid on heroin Jerry W Olinger Douglas R Burchett Wayne Cowles Shirley Collins Jack L Yates Wayne Grooms Sr Adams County Building and Loan merging with Southern Hills Community Bank Ahead of Sales Tax Holiday, Attorney General DeWine offers tips for consumers Delores L Cook Harold L Smith Pell, Seas have high hopes for new SSCC campus ‘We prayed and believed it was going to happen’ 4-H Scholarships awarded during Fair Week Showmanship Sweepstakes concludes Junior Fair Competitions Junior Fair Crops are a Premium Show Southern Ohio’s only blackberry farmer wants to make berry pickin’ fun again Challenges ahead for new MLSD Superintendent SAY Soccer celebrating 50 years North Adams hosts Youth Football Mini-Camp Lady Dragons host Soccer Shootout 38 years later, Indians football returns It’s time Ten years and twenty goats later When nobody is watching When a blackberry wasn’t just a cell phone, but delicious Heroin user’s mom says addiction is a disease, not a choice Mary A Wallingford Rickey L Vincent Pauline Ertel William Bryant ACOVSD announces 2017-18 policy for free and reduced lunches What we are made of When summer really arrived Horse project 4-H members head to Ohio State Fair Defender hosts annual Cornhole Tournament George’s Brave Shave’ benefits other Year of planning, work pays off for 2017 fair Local teen opens new business Why can’t you stop? Camp first step in preparation for 2018 Greyhounds on the gridiron Young awarded SEDAB Scholarship Fair hosts Hall of Fame broadcaster Peebles goes back-to-back at the Barnyard The sport of goats

Frost and freeze cause forages to change

I saw this short reminder about the issues that we will soon be dealing with. That first frost and/or freeze is not too far into our future. The issues can be dangerous and this information from Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist, Bruce Anderson addresses the concerns and how to deal with it. Some of the forages he mentions are not common to Southern Ohio, but the information and concerns are the same. Instead of shattercane and milo, we may be more likely to have johnson grass which is also in the Sorghum Family.

When plants freeze, changes occur in their metabolism and composition that can poison livestock. But you can prevent problems.

Sorghum-related plants, like cane, sudangrass, shattercane, and milo can be highly toxic for a few days after frost. Freezing breaks plant cell membranes. This breakage allows the chemicals that form prussic acid, which is also called cyanide, to mix together and release this poisonous compound rapidly. Livestock eating recently frozen sorghums can get a sudden, high dose of prussic acid and potentially die. Fortunately, prussic acid soon turns into a gas and disappears into the air. So wait 3 to 5 days after a freeze before grazing sorghums; the chance of poisoning then becomes much lower.

Freezing also slows down metabolism in all plants. This stress sometimes permits nitrates to accumulate in plants that are still growing, especially grasses like oats, millet, and sudangrass. This build-up usually isn’t hazardous to grazing animals, but green chop or hay cut right after a freeze can be more dangerous.

Alfalfa reacts two ways to a hard freeze, down close to twenty degrees, cold enough to cause plants to wilt. Nitrate levels can increase, but rarely to hazardous levels. Freezing also makes alfalfa more likely to cause bloat for a few days after the frost. Then, several days later, after plants begin to wilt or grow again, alfalfa becomes less likely to cause bloat. So waiting to graze alfalfa until well after a hard freeze is a good, safer management practice.

Frost causes important changes in forages so manage them carefully for safe feed.

Local Tire Collections

Last week I discussed some of the dates that were coming up for disposing of tires that are scrap in the area. The list of locations has expanded since last week. Here are more details about the locations, dates and some specifics that need to be known if you plan to bring tires.

The scrap tire collection for Adams County is Oct. 16 and 17 (Friday and Saturday) from 9 a.m. -4 p.m. at Adams Waste and Recycling, 95 Trefz Road, West Union, OH 45693. Locals may know the site as the old county quarry.

The scrap tire collections for Brown County are:

Saturday, Oct 10 – 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Park on South Third in Ripley and the Firehouse in Aberdeen

Saturday, Oct. 17 – 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Perry Township Hall in Fayetteville

Saturday, Oct. 24 – 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Adams Brown Recycling in Georgetown

The collections in Brown County are limited to 10 tires. There is a new requirement this year that larger farm tires (34 inch rim size and over) must be cut into quarters to be accepted. Tires will not be accepted from tire retailers or other businesses that collect or use tires as part of their normal business operations. Questions for tire collections in both counties can be directed to Adams Brown Recycling, 937-378-3431.

Black Walnuts

This year the hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. until noon. The starting date was Oct. 5 and they plan to buy through the month of October. This year the price is $14 per hundred, but is subject to change. Call for current price at the Seaman Farm, Garden and Pet Center. The phone number is 386-2134. The store is on SR 247 near the railroad tracks, about 1 mile north of SR 32.

Free Master Gardener Sessions

Another year has started for the free Master Gardener programs held on the third Thursday of the month. Please mark your calendars for our Oct. 15 garden seminar at the Mt. Orab campus of Southern State Community College in room 107.

Please note that we have changed the time of the seminar to start at 7 p.m. and end at 8 p.m.

Brown County Master Gardener Volunteer, Doug Dyer, will talk about fall lawn care and other tasks on our fall “chore” list!

Schedule:

Oct. 15 – Doug Dyer – Fall Lawn Care

Nov. 19 – Carol Cartaino – Coyotes

Jan. 21 – Christine Tailer – Maple Syrup

Feb. 18 – Susan Barber – Starting a garden

March 17 – Bob Thobaben – Birds

April 21 – Herb Society – Herbs

May 19 – Prairies

Dates to Remember

Pesticide Testing Old Y Restaurant at noon. Pre-register with ODA at 800 282-1955 or go to http://pested.osu.edu Exams are normally given on the second Monday of every month. However, because of Columbus Day, the exams are given on the third Monday in October.

Nov. 3-5 -COBA Select Sires AI class at United Producers 6 p.m. Call 614-878-5333 for more information or to register.

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