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Upper Scioto Valley FFA Chapter Holds Ag Day

​​This past Tuesday, May 9th, the USV FFA held their annual Ag Day.

 

The chapter hold this event to teach kids what FFA is all about. Also, an educator from the Ohio State University Extension Office was there to teach kids about healthy eating.

 

There were also other activities for people to enjoy such as, butter making, cow milking, edible soil and grass planting.

 

They were also taught ATV and tractor safety along with proper animal care.

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April Rainfall Report Released From OSU Extension

According to a release from OSU Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator, Mark Badertscher, For the time period of April 15-30, Extension rainfall reporters recorded an average of 3.16 inches of rain in Hardin County.  Last year, the average rainfall for the same time period was 1.46 inches.  Rainfall for the April 15-30 time period is 1.12 inches more than the ten year average rainfall during the same dates.

 

Blanchard Township received 4.50 inches for the time period, the most of any of the township sites.  Marion Township received 2.32 inches the least of any of the township.  There was a window of opportunity in April that enabled several farmers to begin planting corn, before rains began late in the month.  This dry period in April also allowed for some spring tillage and herbicide applications, as well as fertilizer and manure applications to provide nutrients for the crops.


With the end of April bringing wet conditions and then cool temperatures, planting halted around the county.  A few soybean fields that were planted in April did not show much progress in growth.  Very little corn has emerged and some is a pale yellow color due to the excess moisture and cool temperatures.  Heavy rains caused ponding in some fields, raising concerns about the possible need for replanting.  Farmers are hoping for warmer temperatures and good drying conditions to allow previously planted crops to grow, and to resume planting corn and soybeans.  Once this activity begins, herbicides and/or tillage will need to be adapted to manage weeds that have advanced in growth due to inactivity in the fields since the rains in late April.

 

 

Township

Reporter

April 15-30, 2017

Growing Season (from Apr. 15-2017)

Blanchard Township

Crop Production Services

4.50

4.50

Buck Township

Heritage Cooperative/Kenton

3.31

3.31

Cessna Township

Steve Lowery

3.05

3.05

Dudley Township

Dale Rapp

2.55

2.55

Goshen Township

Brien Bros. Farm

3.19

3.19

Hale Township

Travis Ramsey

2.45

2.45

Jackson Township

Rick Weber

3.89

3.89

Liberty Township

Phil Epley

3.14

3.14

Lynn Township

Jan Layman

4.13

4.13

Marion Township

Mark Lowery

2.32

2.32

McDonald Township

Jerry Stout     

2.65

2.65

Pleasant Township

Robert McBride

3.29

3.29

Roundhead Township

Mike Lautenschlager

2.55

2.55

Taylor Creek Township

Silver Creek Supply

3.65

3.65

Washington Township

Randy Preston

2.76

2.76

 

Average

3.16

3.16

 

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Flooding, Compaction, Pneumonia Concerns of Region's Farmers

As much as 6 inches of rain has fallen since tractors entered the fields. Rob Wilson of Dunkirk says that the main concerns are flooding and soil compaction.

 

“The big thing is the flooding, it can deplete the oxygen in the soil and it has compacted the soil a lot. The extra wet conditions can cause the seed to rot, but from what I’ve seen, it looks like the seed is growing and the sprouts are coming. A lot of the corn is still growing like normal, but we have some compaction now.” Said Wilson.

 

Wilson comments on the rollercoaster temperatures impacting the area.

 

“We first thought that the cold temperatures weren’t really good. The ground temperature needs to be at least 50ºF for the corn to germinate and grow. It looks like the corn is growing. If we would’ve had real hot temperatures, it would’ve baked the soil and made it harder.

 

Wilson has some advice for young 4-H and FFA members raising livestock in this weather.

 

“Spend a little time with the animals. When you’re feeding them, listen for coughing, abnormal behavior, make sure they’re eating properly, and any signs of pneumonia. The sooner you catch it, the easier it is to cure.”


Click here to listen to my complete discussion with Wilson.

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Region's FFA Chapters Have Successful Convention

Ada

  • State degree recipients: Ashley Bridenbach, Maddie Gossard, Justin Light, Caitlyn Stover, and Hunter Purdy.

 

Kenton

  • Gold rated chapter - top 10% in the state.
  • Jared McNeely - 4th Place - Agricultural Services Proficiency.
  • Lauren Johnson - 4th Place - Agricultural Processing Proficiency.
  • Kolt Buchenroth - 1st Place - Agricultural Communication Proficiency.
  • Mackenzie Stover - Gold Rated Secretarires Book.
  • Delaney Althauser - Gold Rated Treasurers Book.
  • David Heilman - Gold Rated Reporters Book.
  • State degree recipieints: Kelli Haudenschield, Dillion Rall, Layne Taylor, Erin Unger, and Lauren Johnson.

 

Ridgemont

  • One of the top ten Chapters in Ohio.
  • Top ten in Building Communities and Strengthening Agriculture divisions.
  • #1 in growing leaders division.
  • State degree recipients: Meadow Cromer, Dillon Beiler, Nathan Rigdon, Dalton Tackett, Keaton Fout, Isaac Davis, and Alexis Elliott.
  • Nole Gerfen - 3rd Place - Swine Production Proficiency, 2nd Place - Forage Prodcution Proficiency, 1st Place -Diversified Agriculture Proficiency, Ohio Star Farmer.
  • Shaye Creamer- 2nd Place - Agriculture Education Proficiency.
  • Nathan Stacklin - 1st Place - Diversified Horticulture Proficiency.
  • Keaton Fout -1st Place - Forage Production Proficiency.

 

How did your chapter do at state convention? Do you have FFA news? Email it to kolt@wktn.com!

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