Farm Science Review: So much to do

The annual Farm Science Review will soon be upon us — Sept. 19-21 1in London, Ohio at the Molly Caren Farm Facility.

One of the areas that I will be working in during the review is the Ohio State University Agronomic Crops Team area. This area will once again be welcoming visitors on the east side of the grounds between the parking lot and the exhibit area.

Themes for this year and demonstration plots that will be focused on will include:

• Nutrient management

• Precision crop management

• Soil health and quality

• Pest management

If you are one of the many farmers arriving early to Farm Science Review to beat the traffic, be sure to stop by. This year we will reward those early risers with Pesticide Recertification credits at 7:30 and 8 a.m. Stop in for coffee, a donut and pesticide credits at the Agronomy plot tent.

Other talks we will have at 9 a.m. and at 1 p.m. include Managing Manure for Crop Use, Soil Quality and Soil Health, Adaptive Nutrient Management and talks on Corn and Soybean management.

While at the Agronomy plots – ask about our hourly and daily drawings. We will be highlighting the new Ohio Agronomy Guide and the Weed Control Guide, an AgCrops logoed seed corn digging tool and an AgCrops logoed Yeti product.

Sign in for the C.O.R.N. newsletter with your county, email and a text number so we can let you know to pick up your prize

The Agronomic Crops Team also supports the work of Certified Crop Advisers in the state. So, with many farmers and their advisers coming to Farm Science Review we will have several places across the grounds for CCA continuing education credits.

Areas to look for CEUs are in the:

• Agronomy plots at the east end of the exhibit area.

• The Small Farms Centers in the northwest corner of the grounds.

• The Gwynne Conservation area. The Gwynne has really increased their activities and the number of CCA CEUs there shows this.

Another area to visit at the review is the Ohio State University’s Agricultural Safety and Health program that will offer live demonstrations Sept. 19-21, and will include the following farm safety displays and demonstrations.

New to the Review this year is the Farm Safety Scene, a tabletop hazard hunt depicting a farm. People can inspect the mini farm scene to determine the number of safety hazards they can find, such as mishandling farm equipment or standing in an unsafe area.

The Safety in Agriculture for Youth (SAY) project will offer a free bottle of water for completing a quick survey about chores teens are doing on the farm. SAY is a grant project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to develop safety and health curriculum for youth involved in agriculture.

Stop by the Grain C.A.R.T. (Comprehensive Agricultural Rescue Trailer) for a live demonstration on grain safety awareness at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon on all three days of the Review. Grain kept in on-farm bins or at commercial grain elevators can pose a risk if employees don’t follow safe work practices.

Ohio State University Extension offers training on how to avoid that scenario and what to do in an emergency.

Safety gear for ATVs will be on display, featuring a newly designed lightweight helmet and a “crush bar” that provides protection in the event the vehicle flips over.

The ATV crush bar is a small, hairpin-shaped hoop that is mounted to the tow bar to prevent the operator from being pinned during a roll-over. The bar is designed to be unobtrusive and to not catch on low hanging obstacles or limit rear cargo capacity.

The newly designed ATV helmet is lightweight, has ventilation ducts and lets the wearer see and hear clearly. The helmet has been recommended for occupational use with ATV’s and UTV’s.

Tickets for the Review are available for $7 at the Clinton County Extension Office at 111 S. Nelson Ave., Wilmington.

Tony Nye is the state coordinator for the Ohio State University Extension Small Farm Program and has been an OSU Extension Educator for agriculture and natural resources for 29 years, currently serving Clinton County and the Miami Valley EERA.

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By Tony Nye

OSU Extension