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Cecily Preston, the president of the chapter, opened the banquet and introduced the evening's guest speaker who was Sargent Matt Dyer of the Ohio State Patrol Lima Post. He told about his experiences in the USV school and how the community came together to help him and encouraged the FFA members to help someone that needs it as much as possible.
 
During the awards presentation, Greenhand, Chapter, State and American Degree recipients were recognized. Peyton Dyer, Tyler Skidmore, and Blake Stephens will all be receiving their State Degrees at the State Convention in May. Jacob Parker will be awarded with his American FFA Degree at the National Convention later this year.
 
FFA Members were recognized for their participation in Career Development Events and for participation in the chapter's annual fruit sale that raised $20,000 this year.
 
USV staff member Mary Trudgeon was awarded her Honorary FFA Degree for her service to the chapter.
 
In special awards, the Star Greenhands were Liam Preston and Lydon Aldrich. The Star Chapter awards were presented to Sean Hurley and Katherine Moore. The Outstanding Senior was Cecily Preston.
 
Several Proficiency Awards were given out. Ross Thompson was recognized for his beef production proficiency, Kylie Hites for swine production, Sean Hurley for goat production, Wesley Lowery for sheep production, Jay Taylor, and Grant Smith for poultry production.
 
 
To end the evening, the new officer team was installed. The new officers are, President, Peyton Dyer; Vice President, Faith Holbrook; Secretary Mirandia Holbrook and Assistant, Lydon Aldridge; Treasurer Garret Royer; Sentinel, Alexa Lowery; Reporter Amy Manns and Assistant, Liam Preston.

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  The Boots and Buckles 4-H group met on Monday April 18, 2016 at the Ledley Dairy farm at 6:30 p.m.The meeting was called to order by president Kolt Buchenroth. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Luke Anderson and the 4-H pledge was led by Lane Underwood. Secretary Ashley Cyrus took attendance and the question for attendance was what was your favorite ice cream. There was no old business, so announcements were then discussed. Dairy Beef Feeder registration papers will come in the mail and need to be signed then returned to the extension office or given to advisers. County quality assurance will be June 15th from 6:30 to 8:00PM The Boots and Buckles 4-H club's quality assurance will be at our June 20th meeting. All livestock members must attend. Additionally, any project changes need to be taken care of by May 1st. Meeting was then adjourned. Emma Arver did a demonstration on how to feed a baby cow. Members also got to watch the Ledley's milk cows. Recreation was eating a donut on a string and the game "Will you marry me?". Next meeting will be on Monday, May 2nd at the Sullivan's house at 6:30.

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Reed Canary Grass (Phalaris arundinacea) is a non-native wetland grass that arrived from Asia and Europe in the 1800s for hay, forage, and erosion control.  Both strains of native and non-native reed canary grass have been planted in the U.S. with the non-native grass being more aggressive.  The native grass is not easily distinguished from the Eurasian grass as there is no easy way to tell the two apart.  The grasses can grow in soils that are saturated for most of their growing season in roadside ditches, shallow marshes, river dykes, and levees.  However, it can tolerate periods of dryness.  It produces creeping rhizomes (roots) to form dense stands that displace all other species from large areas of wetlands. 

 

 

Reed canary grass is a large, coarse grass that grows 2-7 feet tall and is one of the first grasses to sprout in the spring.  It has erect, hairless stems with rough, textured, tapering leaves that can grow up to 3 ½ - 10 inches long and ¼ - ¾ inches wide.  Dense and compact spike-like flowering clusters are green to purple.  In May to mid-June these flowering clusters slowly turn beige.  Seeds ripen and are dispersed by water, animals, humans, and machines.  Growth peaks in early summer with a second growth spurt in the fall.  The shoots collapse in mid to late summer and form a dense mat of stems and leaves.
 

Control: Hand pulling can be effective in small areas.  All of the plant should be removed and taken off-site.  Herbicides produce control up to 2 years at the most.  A treated area may re-colonize from its seed bank or nearby stands of grass.  Some studies have shown that timed burning works as well.  Burn in the late spring, early to mid-summer, or early to mid-fall.  Early spring burning stimulates shoots.  Wet area herbicides need a penetrating or sticking agent, so be sure to use a non-ionic surfactant and as always, the herbicide needs to be approved for wetland application.

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The annual Hardin Northern FFA banquet was held on April 14, 2016 at 6 p.m. at Hardin Northern High School. The banquet was catered by Special Occasions Catering from Upper Sandusky. New officers were officially installed and the students received many awards for their hard work throughout the year. Congratulations to everyone who was recognized for their hard work! We gave out five Honorary Degrees this year as well. Those recipients were; Mr. James Redman, Mr. Maverick Liles, Mr. Tom Coleman, Mr. Jay Hellwig, and Mr. Wes Potter.  We would like to thank them for everything they do to support us. Also, thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate our accomplishments this year!

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The evening started out with the introduction of the retiring officer team. During dinner, the annual year in review slideshows were played showcasing the chapters numerous activities over the past year. The Senior Slideshow was also played and the Sr.'s were thanked for their hard work and leadership. 
 
Members were recognized for their participation in Career Development Events throughout the year.
 
The State and American Degree recipients were recognized for their achievement. Kolt Buchenroth, Haylie Sheldon, Jared McNeely, Kameron Kaylor, Hayden Sherman, and Sarah Thomas will all be receiving their state degrees in May at the State convention. Morgan Bloom will be receiving her American Degree at the National Convention in November. 
 
In the special awards: Tira Lawrence was this years Honorary Degree recipient. Kody Buchenroth was recognized as the star greenhand. The Outstanding sophomore was Delaney Althauser. Jared McNeely was the Outstanding Junior and the Outstanding Senior was Hannah Heilman. She has won the outstanding award throughout all of her FFA Career. Heilman was also presented with the Outstanding Agricultural Achievement Award sponsored by Delkab. The 110% award, which is sponsored by Ag Credit, was won by Kolt Buchenroth.
 
It was also announced that the Chapter received a gold rating. This means that they are in the top 10% in the state. The chapter has only applied for this award the past three years and has been award the gold rating two of the three.
 
Then, the retiring officer team thanked their adviser, Mrs. Shalie Logan for her dedication to the chapter.
 
 
Finally, The New officer team was installed. They are: President Jared McNeely, Vice President Kolt Buchenroth, Secretary Mackenzie Stover, Treasurer Delaney Althauser, Reporter David Heilman, Student Adviser Buchenroth and Sentinel Chase Fleece.
 

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The evening began with the introduction of the 2015-2016 officer team. Keith Stevenson gave a response in appreciation of the Hardin Northern FFA Chapter. He recognized the changes that the origanization has made from the time when he was in High School.He also commended the chapter for having a positive impact on youth in the school.
 
The Senior members were recognized for their leadership and hard work as were their parents. A year in review slideshow was also played.
 
Jodi Hassan of the Hardin Northern FFA Alumni continued with the presentation by inviting those in attendace to join the Alumni Organization.
 
Jim Redman, Maverick Lyles, Tom Coleman, Jay Hellwig, and Wes Potter were all awarded with honorary degrees for their service to the chapter.
 
In special awards, The Star Greenhand was Jessica Acton, The Star in Natural Resources was Ashton Stevenson, Stevenson was also named the Distinguished member Stehpanie Acton was named the Star in Ag Business. The Star Chapter farmer was Morgan Madison. The winner of the 110% award was Mikalea Ayers. 
 
FFA members were recognized for their participation in various activities and Career Development Events.
 
 
The new officer team for the 2016-2017 school year was then installed. They are: President, David Allen; Vice President, Mikalea Ayres; Secretary, Holly Wilson; Treasurer, Sarah Morris, Reporter, Clair Wilson; Sentinal, Shelby Alloway; Student Advisor, Will Poling; Historian, Lance Lease; and Parlimentarian, Cassidy Deckling. 

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A native of Europe and Asia, Field Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis) probably traveled to the Southeast in the 1700s in imported grain.  It spread throughout the West in the 1900s and now is considered one of the most noxious weeds in 45 states.  It is a major weed in corn and wheat.  A member of the Morning Glory family, it has some of their traits: the extensive root system, the climbing and wrapping around plants and objects, and a creeping stem growth that can form dense, tangled infestations 10 feet across.

The branching stem is smooth, shiny green and often purple tinged.  When the seed leaves grow to 6 inches tall, the plant bends over and becomes a growing vine varying from 1 to 6 feet long.  Leaves are shaped like a blunt arrowhead, have smooth edges, and a rounded tip.  The leaves grow up to 2 inches long, 1 inch wide, and have an alternate growth pattern along the stems.

In spring through late summer, 1 inch single funnel-shaped blooms appear on stalks located in crooks or leaf/stem joints.  The white or pink petals usually have dark pink steaks running down along the mid veins.  An egg-shaped seed capsule with 1-4 seeds forms in four weeks.  One plant can produce as many as 550 seeds with 90 percent viability.  The seeds can remain in the soil up to 20 years, so plants may appear long after you think the infestation has been controlled.

Identifying hints in look-alike plants: Hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium) or (Convolvulus sepium) is a native perennial and has green leaf like structures that are one inch long, attached to the base of the flower.  Wild buckwheat (Polygonum convolvulus) is an annual and has small greenish flowers along the stems.  Tall morning glory (Ipomeoa purpurea) is an annual and also has funnel-shaped flowers along with heart-shaped leaves. 

 

Control: The root system can be immense so the weed may take years to control.  Even when the top growth is under stress, the roots contain enough stored energy to sustain the plant.  The best time to cultivate is 16 days after shoots emerge and in 3-4 weeks intervals afterward.  Rotation of crops will shade emerging shoots.  Alfalfa is one of the best smother crops and others are rye, buckwheat, and sorghum.  Post emergence herbicides only kill the tops without affecting the root system.  Apply systemic herbicides when the weed is actively transferring materials to the roots.  This is when the plant is in bud or in the early bloom stage.  Do not apply herbicides during droughts or when the plants are close to dormancy.

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Recently there were five members from the Riverdale FFA Chapter that competed in the state judging contests. Four members competed in the Equine Management contest. The Equine Management contest consists of equine evaluation, general equipment identification, and general knowledge test. There were 398 individuals that competed at the contest. Natalie Snook got 50th, Jessica Pfiester got 257th, Lindsay Nichols got 371st, and Cara Pauley got 373rd. The team got 57th out of 123 teams. One member competed in the Wildlife Management contest which teaches members about fish and wild life management, such as mammal, game fish, cover plants and equipment identification. There were 71 teams and 285 individuals. Justin Hartman got 191st. Great job in the contest and keep up the hard work.

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This past year, two Corn Response to Nitrogen plots were studied in Hardin County through OSU Extension.  One plot was near Alger and the other was near Dola.  These nitrogen plots were in addition to 11 other sites around the state studying the same question centering around ‘how much nitrogen is required to produce a corn crop?’  These On-Farm Corn N rate Trials were part of a larger effort to revise agronomic fertilizer recommendations for Ohio, as well as a larger effort of updating the Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations.

2015 was the first year for corn nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, while 2014 was the first year for soybean phosphorus and potassium research as part of this effort that will take place for multiple years.  The majority of this research in Ohio is on-farm involving farmers, Extension Educators, and crop consultants cooperating with Dr. Steve Culman, Assistant Professor and State Specialist in Soil Fertility with The Ohio State University.  Funding has been made available from the Ohio Corn and Small Grain Marketing Programs and Ohio Soybean Council.

In a normal year, nitrogen is added to a corn crop with fertilizer and mineralization of residue and soil organic matter.  Nitrogen is then removed from crop uptake, leaching into the soil, and denitrification into the air.  For the Hardin County test plots, strips of nitrogen were applied at rates of 0, 50 (one plot), 100, 150, 200, and 250 lbs per acre.  These rates were repeated randomly for a total of three times in each plot.  The plot which had the 50 lb N application rate also had 28 lb of starter nitrogen across the field.  The other plot had 0 lb of starter nitrogen, but had over 24% organic matter across the field.

Data collected in each field included management information, a soil test including a pre-sidedress nitrate test, a R1 corn leaf nitrate tissue test, both V8 and V12 crop N remote sensor tests, a late season stalk nitrate test, and a grain moisture and yield test.  An excessive amount of rain fell in June with over 6 ½ inches more than the 10 year average for Hardin County.  This high amount of rain slowed root development and nitrogen uptake during a time when the corn crop normally starts to use the most amount of nitrogen.  Constant rains continued through mid-July before drying off for an extended period of time.

The plot near Alger reached its top yield of 167 bushels per acre (bu/acre) at the 150 lb N rate.  Other yields were 102 bu/acre at 0 lb N rate, 136 bu/acre at 100 lb N rate, 129 bu/acre at 200 lb N rate, and 132 bu/acre at 250 lb N rate.  This plot has parallel drainage and was under water for 6 days straight in June.  The pH of the soil was 5.3 with 24.2 % organic matter.  Phosphorus levels were in the maintenance range while potassium levels were high.

The plot near Dola reached its highest yield of 152 bushels per acre (bu/acre) at the 250 lb N rate.  Other yields were 39 bu/acre at 0 lb N rate, 72 bu/acre at 50 lb N rate, 95 bu/acre at 100 lb N rate, 115 bu/acre at 150 lb N rate, and 133 bu/acre at 200 lb N rate.  This plot has perpendicular tile drainage and was not under water in June.  The pH of the soil was 5.9 with 1.8% organic matter.  Phosphorus and potassium levels were in the maintenance range.

In conclusion, higher rates of nitrogen were needed in 2015 to reach maximum yields compared to most years.  This indicates a large degree of nitrogen loss and/or that excessive rainfall negatively impacted root development.  It is uncertain which factor was the biggest driver of yield loss.  Most nitrogen rates at the majority of sites around the state yielded below optimal levels for corn stalk nitrate and R1 ear leaf tissue nitrate levels.  Although OSU recommends nitrogen rates based on economic models (maximum economic return to nitrogen), this article only considered agronomics. 

 

In 2016, OSU soil fertility work will continue directly with growers and Extension Educators, but also with crop consultants, ag coops, and agronomists to help facilitate on-farm strip trials.  This research will also include nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, and sulfur trials in corn, soybean and wheat.  OSU Extension appreciates the cooperation of the farmers involved in these studies, including those in Hardin County.  For further information about this study or in conducting a field trial of your own, contact Mark Badertscher, Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator at 419-674-2297.

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Mrs. Emmy Beeson, the superintendent, welcomed those in attendance to the banquet and praised the chapter and Advisor Stephanie Jolliff for another outstanding year.
 
This year's Honorary Degree Recipients are Zach Blach, Sally Henrick, Ray Prayter and Norm Newman.
 
Two Members of the chapter will be awarded their American FFA Degree. Those students are Adam Wagner and Kimmie Tackett. Shaye Creamer, Nole Gerfen, Nathan Stacklin, Nicole Sutherland, and Alex Ramsey will all be awarded their state FFA Degree at the State Convention in May. 
 
FFA members were recognized for their participation in Career Development Events as Service Learning Accomplishments. 
 
Clay Gerfen is nominated for a Proficiency Award in the areas of Diversified Agriculture and Swine Production. 
 
"Depending on what profficieny it is, depends on what project you put into the proficiency. I'm up for Diversified Crop this year which would by my corn projects and my soybean projects. I'm also up for swine placement which is where I work for my mom and dad on the farm for our swine operation." Clay said.
 
His brother, Nole Gerfen, is also up for the same honor in the areas of Diversified Agriculture, Swine Production, and Forage.
 
"This year at state convention, I will be applying for Forge which is feeding silage to my cows and for hay, I rent hay from the city of Marion. They put grass seed on what used to be the old dump in Marion. Now we bale it and feed it to the cows and put some good use to it. For my swine one, I have about 25 sows that produced 300 head of swine this year and Diversified Ag which would be my crops and my livestock.
 
Adam Wagner was recognized for his Proficiency in Ag. Education and Sheep Production.
 
The Star Chapter Farmer award was presented to Clay Gerfen, The Star Chapter Placement went to Nole Gerfen the Star Greenhand was Alexis Elliott, The recipient of the 110% award was Dillon Beiler, The Lauren "Grandpa" Ledley Legacy award went to Nicole Sutherland.
 
The Freshmen Leadership awards went to Troy Cameron, Jackie Ramsey, Justin Powell, Adam Johnson, and Mackenzie Rader. The Sophomore Leadership Awards went to Lyndon Roof, Priscilla Howland, Dillon Beiler and Amaya Cummins. Jr. Leaders were Grace Richardson, Eva Martino, Nathan Stacklin and Nashley Robinson.  
 
The Top Freshmen Scholars were Mackenzie Rader and Cassidy Knapp. The Sophomore scholar was Alexis Elliott, the Junior was Taylor Cronley and the Sr. was Taylor Hardin.
 
After the awards, the Year In Review and Senior Slideshows were played. 
 
Advisor Stephanie Jolliff thanked the crowd for attending and also presented the officer team with a token of her thanks for their efforts in the past year.
 
The new officer team was then installed. The 2016-2017 Officer team is as follows: President: Shaye Creamer, Vice Presidents Alexis Elliott and Nole Gerfed, Secretary Meadow Cromer, Treasures Isaac Davis and Dalton Tackett, Reporters Ashley Cyrus and Larrah Lones, Student Advisor Alex Ramsey, Sentinel Ryker Drumm and Historian Blake Simcox.

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Officers from left to right: Abby Cyrus as treasurer, president Kolt Buchenroth, secretary Ashley Cyrus, vice president Lane Shirk, and reporter Chloe Anderson. 

 

The Boots and Buckles 4-H group met on Monday, April 4, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at advisor Jolene Buchenroth’s house. The meeting was called to order. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Jed Fulton and the 4-H pledge was led by Marina Fox. The question for attendance was what was your favorite movie. There was no old business, so unfinished business was then discussed. Unfinished business is that members need to pay dues if not already done. If dues are not paid, that member will not be able to go to 4-H camp. New business is that the Boots and Buckles 4-H group will be holding a bake sale and petting zoo on Saturday, April 16, from 10-1 at TSC. Upcoming events is April 15 is the enrollment deadline and May 1st is the final day for enrollment changes. Dairy Beef feeders possession and registration form deadline is May 15thMay 28th is the Dairy Beef Feeders weigh in at the Hardin County Fairgrounds from 8:00-10:30 AM. Finally, June 1st is 4-H camp sign up. Next there were demonstrations by Lane Shirk on how to make a grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwich, Abby Cyrus on how to draw a 3D snake, Morgan Kohl on how to make an origami crane, Brenna Shirk on how to weigh your market turkey, and last but not least, Lenore Kohl on how to properly lunge your horse. The meeting was then adjourned. Recreation was Human Hungry Hippos. Next meeting will be on Monday, April 18, at the Ledley Farm at 6:30PM.

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The annual Ada FFA banquet was held Wednesday March 30th in the cafeteria at Ada High School. During the meal, Kaitlyn Long presented our annual slide show. The slide show was the highlight of the evening. It gave parents, as well as community members, a chance  to see what the FFA really does throughout the year.

 

Members of the Parliamentary Procedure teams, Public Speaking, Job Interview and Soil Judging contestants were recognized.

 

Leadership and scholarship pins were also handed out to those who qualified. In the area of proficiency awards, the following members received recognition:

 

Kaitlyn Long- Ag Education, Goat Production

Chase Sumner- Ag Mechanics

Caitlyn Stover- Beef Production, Poultry, Diversified Livestock

Ashley Breidenbach- Grain Production

Blake Willeke- Oil Crop

Maddie Gossard- Sheep Production

Hunter Purdy- Swine Production

Justin Light- Vegetable Production, Fruit Sales

 

The outstanding freshman award was presented to Nathan Mattson, sophomore-Justin Light, junior-Hunter Purdy, and senior-Ashley Sumner.

 

From there, FFA Advisor Tony Dyer presented the top chapter awards. The 110% award was given to Hunter Purdy.  Nathan Mattson received the Outstanding Freshmen award, Outstanding Sophomore was Justin Light, Hunter Purdy was named Outstanding Junior, and Ashley Sumner received Outstanding Senior. DeKalb Award was Blake Willeke. Emma Jameson earned the Star Green Hand award, while Kaitlyn Long received the Star Chapter Farmer award.

 

Kaitlyn Long was recently named the Ada FFA Star Chapter Farmer. Long, a junior at Ada High School, received the award based on FFA activities, leadership and SAE projects.

 

As the evening was coming to an end, the 2016-2017 officers were installed into their new offices. This included President  Ashley Breidenbach, Vice President Chase Sumner, Secretary Caitlyn Stover, Reporter Emma Jameson, Sentinel Hunter Purdy, Student Advisor Maddie Gossard, Chaplain Raina England, and the Treasurer Nicole Lehsten.

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