August 12, 2011
You know that the Delaware County Fair is just around the corner when we start talking about the Farm Science Review. Seems that this summer has flown by as we are fast approaching the first day of school for our kids and football two-a-days have been going on. We have survived the heaviest rains in our state in more than a century, and the crops overall are looking pretty good around the county.
This year’s 49th Farm Science Review theme, “Where Farmers Go to Dream,” will put the emphasis on agricultural innovation, with an effort to spark new ideas and long-term vision for farmers and the agricultural industry.
Once again the Review will be held at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, the FSR is set for Sept. 20 to 22. There will be field demonstrations according to Chuck Gamble, Farm Science Review Manager.
“We were able to have all the corn and soybeans planted by June 8, so it’s possible depending on the weather that the crops may be ready for harvest during the Review,” he said. “Regardless of whether we’re harvesting at that time, attendees will see field demonstrations, such as tillage and GPS.”
In addition to the field demonstrations, attendees will also be able to see:
- The latest in agricultural technology
- Livestock handling equipment
- Grain and machine storage and other outbuilding structures
- Natural resource practices and programs at the Gwynne Conservation Area
- Ohio Land Improvement Contractors Association demonstrations of drainage systems, if harvest takes place.
More than 600 exhibitors will have their products and services on display to help farmers learn about and adopt the newest technologies to improve their on-farm efficiency and profitability.
Tickets are available here at our office, 149 N. Sandusky St., until Sept. 16 for $5. It will be $8 at the gate. Children age five and younger are admitted for free.
The Farm Science Review is sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, Ohio State University Extension, and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. It attracts more than 140,000 visitors from all over the country and Canada for three days to learn the latest in agricultural research, conservation, family and nutrition and gardening and landscape.
Screening common and giant ragweed populations for herbicide resistance
According to Mark Loux, OSU Extension Specialist, to get a better idea of the current herbicide resistance situation in Ohio, they will be screening ragweed populations for response to glyphosate and other herbicides this fall/winter in the greenhouse.
“We will be collecting seed and soliciting seed collections from fields where the response to glyphosate has decreased over time, or where resistance is suspected,” said Loux.
If you have a field or fields where this is the case, or collect mature seed and send to OSU. Fields must have been treated with an appropriate glyphosate program to begin with. This essentially means that the field was weed free at the time of planting, and glyphosate was then applied postemergence one or more times at a reasonable weed size. Fields where ragweed survived burndown, or where glyphosate was used as the only burndown herbicide this year do not generally qualify, since weeds were large and old by the time burndown herbicides could be applied due to wet conditions. Fields with a several-year history of glyphosate response problems also qualify. For more information, contact Mark Loux, 614-292-9081.
Rob Leeds is the OSU Extension Educator for Delaware County.