Ryan, Sowards lead Lady Indians to easy win in season opener, 57-36 over Felicity Senior Profile: Wes Hayslip Justice off to hot start at VSU County boys’ squads on display in annual SHAC Preview Night ‘Operation Christmas Child’ collects 1,707 shoe boxes for needy children Two animal cruelty cases investigated in Adams County DP&L considers closing power-generating plants in county Holiday spirit makes an early appearance in Adams County Chester A Mann Jeffrey A Daley Sr Michael G Tincher DAR sponsors Good Citizen Award Ohio’s young hunters harvest nearly 6,000 deer during Youth Gun Season Senior Profile: Kayle Thomas Helen N Hiestand Rev Walter R Egnor Sr Betty Beam Jamie L Corrill Jeffrey L Heppard Edsel L Massey Jr It is time to stop and take time to give thanks on a special day Another year to be very thankful for Senior Profile: Savannah McCoy McCoy signs to continue golf career at SSU North Adams hosts SHAC Girls Preview DAR commemorates 50th anniversary of Vietnam War Historical Society honors veterans Star Wars routine leads Fancy Free Cloggers to ‘America’s Got Talent’ A Day at the Opera Eagle Creek draws community to Thanksgiving celebration Ward ekes out victory over Worley in county commissioner race Mary A Garman Ronald L Palmer Joseph S McClanahan II Emma O Hayslip Devils slip by Georgetown in Foundation Game Hupp, Hunter, Wolke named OSSCA Second Team All-State Senior Profile: Kain Turner Lady Devils romp in Foundation Game Oh, those aromas coming from Mom’s kitchen What Became My Biggest Project Deer gun season set to begin ‘Trees to Textbooks’ shares revenues with local schools and communities BREAKING NEWS Winchester’s Baxter wins Miss Ohio USA 2017 pageant Genny Elkins Pauline S Stevenson Donald E Lewis Sr Charlotte R Seaman Ruth Prater Bennie Skaggs Gertrude Swayne West Union High School hosts impressive Veterans Day ceremonies Peebles Elementary hosts ceremony to honor local veterans Duke Energy exits Killen and Stuart Plants GE Aviation hosts annual Veterans Day celebration Senior Profile: Logan Gordley Jeffrey A Brown Sr Peebles Library welcomes local author and survivor on Nov. 19 Homer C Eldridge Robert W Schomberg One Commissioner race too close to call in unofficial count Voters approve majority of county levies on Tuesday’s election ballot NAES Sixth Graders practice the democratic process Honoring one who gave the ‘last full measure of devotion’ Overcoming adversity, veteran of Iraq War opens local business Senior Profile: Ben Figgins Senior Profile: Macy Mullenix SHAC Basketball Previews are set for Nov. 18 and 25 Trio of local golfers finish careers with trip to the highest level of high school competition Peebles sophomore Jenny Seas finishes sixth in OHSAA state cross-country meet Upset win sends Trump to the White House ACRMC awarded plaque for 50 years of service Peebles Elementary releases Honor Roll for First Nine Week Grading Period BREAKING ELECTION NEWS! Senior Profile: Jordyn Kell Orlie H Kirker Military homecoming at NAES Second half spells doom as Greyhounds fall to Hillcrest 42-12 in finale Senior Profile: Sarah McFarland WU’s Horton will continue golf career at SSU Lady Devils’ season ends in heartbreak with 3-2 loss in District championship battle Christine R. Ritchey Operation Christmas Child begins Nov. 14 Mental Health levy on tomorrow’s ballot Wanda L. Nixon David Rogers Robert “Bobby” Leonard Keneth Waters Commissioner Worley seeks re-election Republican challenger vies for Commissioner’s seat Charles Cooper Thelma J White Kayleigh L Crothers AEP Ohio employees support Breast Cancer Awareness Month WUHS holds annual Beta Club and Honor Society inductions When Saturday mornings belonged to the kids of the house Senior Profile: Gloria Purdin Green-White Night, OHSAA Meeting at WUHS on Nov. 9

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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