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 Adams County Manor holds annual Door Decorating Contest WUHS celebrates with numerous Christmas activities Halftime lead quickly vanishes, Dragons fall to Northwest 73-62 in Saturday night non-conference match up Tammy S Scott Oscar Hilterbrandt Neil R Swayne Beulah M Daniels McDonald’s Classic begins Dec. 27 Letters to Santa Senior Profile: Tyler Swearingen Leadership Adams donates to local outreach programs North Adams student/athletes are part of Holiday Sharing Event Senior Profile: Kylie Lucas West Union Elementary holds Academic Fair on Dec. 2 WUES holds annual Spelling Bee NAHS Art students help out the Humane Society Peebles Elementary announces Spelling Bee winners CTC FCCLA / Culinary Arts class holds Cancer Awareness Drive Amen receives Distinguished Service Award ‘Tis the season for family-past, present, and future MHS Computer Class aces MOS Exam WUES recognizes November Bus Riders of the Month NAHS Beta Club sponsors canned food drive Peebles Elementary announces November Students of the Month Crisis text line reaches out during the holidays Paul Wesley Ailshire

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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