Hello, Ashtabula County! The Ashtabula County Fair is underway! I hope to see many of you at the fair this week. I would encourage you to stop out on Saturday afternoon and bid on an animal at the Junior Fair Market Livestock Auction, which begins at 1 p.m. Our youngsters really put a lot of effort into their projects. It is a great way to support our youth and to fill your freezer!
While we are busy at fair, there will be whole host of additional events that will take place this month for our agricultural producers. These events are being squeezed in this month because before you know it, harvest will be upon us! So today, I would like to share details on three of these events. See you at the fair!
• Each year officials from the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s (ODA) Pesticide and Fertilizer Regulation section organize the Clean Sweep Pesticide Disposal program across Ohio. This program assists farmers with a free of charge, safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of unusable and outdated pesticides.
We are excited that the ODA will be hosting a “Clean Sweep Pesticide Collection Day” 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 16 at Perry Coal and Feed located at 4204 Main St. in Perry.
Unused or unwanted pesticides will be accepted from all commercial and private pesticide applicators. Please note that is clean-up is not intended for homeowners. For more information about this programs, applicators can contact Tom DeHaas at the Lake County Extension office at 440-350-2269.
• A reminder that OSU Extension will be sponsoring an “Insect & Disease Field Night 6:30-8 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Dave Millard Farm, 6151 Woodard Road in Andover.
During this event, OSU entomology and pathology state specialists will provide hands-on training in scouting for diseases and insects in corn and soybean. The Millard farm is a great location as it is home to both a corn as well as a soybean test plot which feature a whole host of varieties from Centerra Co-op. Not only can you learn about bugs and diseases, you will also be able to see the growth of different soybean and corn varieties.
Pesticide and Certified Crop Advisor Credits have been obtained for producers who are in attendance. Please dress for the weather as the field night will take place rain or shine. There is no registration fee to attend. However, pre-registration is requested so that program handouts can be made. Refreshments will be provided by Centerra Co-op. Call 440-576-9008 today to make your courtesy reservation.
• Another great local tour that beef producers will want to put on their calendar is a Pastured Beef and Conservation Easement Farm Tour, which will be 3 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Marsy Meadows Farm in Windsor. This farm, located a 7490 Noble Road, is owned by Mardy Townsend.
Mardy does a great job raising certified grass-fed beef and this tour will focus on the challenges of grazing in the Lake Erie snowbelt. Following the walking tour of the farm, attendees will learn more about how beginning farmers can use conservation easements to help purchase farm land from Alex Czayka, Western Reserve Land Conservancy Eastern Field Director. The Ashtabula Local Food Council and the new Ashtabula County Community Harvest Food Hub will also be on hand to share marketing options with producers.
This tour is being sponsored by our friends at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association, the Western Reserve Land Conservancy and the Ashtabula Local Food Council. More information can be obtained by accessing the program brochure at: http://www.oeffa.org/documents/2018farmtours.pdf
• To close, I would like to leave you with a quote from Charles R. Swindoll who stated, “We cannot change our past. We cannot change the fact that people act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.” Have a good and safe day!
DAVID MARRISON is associate professor and extension educator, agriculture and natural resources, Ohio State University Extension. Marrison can be reached at 440-576-9008 or email@example.com.