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May 6, 2017 5:00 AM

Farmers can, and do, contribute to high fashion

We have all been aware of the recent fashion trend of wearing "distressed" jeans. People pay high prices for jeans that are ripped, frayed and have holes in them. Numerous TV actors and movie stars show up on talk shows wearing them and especially seem to like the holes in the knees.

By Barb Lumley Columnist
May 6, 2017 5:00 AM

Plant your corn deeper, rather than shallower

I haven't seen much corn planted yet here in Wayne County at the end of April, but that will change soon. Growers should make sure planters are adjusted to put corn in at a proper depth.

By Rory Lewandowski Osu Extension Wayne County
Apr 29, 2017 5:00 AM

Controlling early season grape black rot

Every year I get calls into the Extension office from grape growers wondering what happened to their promising grape crop.

By Rory Lewandowski Columnist
Apr 29, 2017 5:00 AM

Taste makes eating a pleasurable experience

As I sit here this morning, I am drinking a cup of coffee that smells and tastes really good and eating a banana that doesn't taste good because it is a little too green. I am eating it anyway because it is a healthy food and good for me.

By Barb Lumley Columnist
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Wayne County Junior Dairy Princess chosen
Apr 22, 2017 5:00 AM

Wayne County Junior Dairy Princess chosen

Laney Hunsberger, a Triway Junior High student and the daughter of Mike and Janice Hunsberger, was selected as the 2017 Wayne County Junior Dairy Princess during the annual Wayne-Ashland County Dairy Service Unit Annual meeting held in Wooster.

By Joyce L. Ritchie Special To The Daily Record
Apr 15, 2017 5:00 AM

Dairy manure storage inventory survey results

In early January, the Wayne County Extension office in partnership with the Wayne County Farm Bureau, Wayne County SWCD and NRCS, the Wayne County Ag Success Team and the Wayne-Ashland Dairy Service Unit, mailed a survey to 339 Wayne County dairy farms to determine the current manure storage capacity on those farms.

By Rory Lewandowski Columnist
Apr 15, 2017 5:00 AM

Spending this week with Lily

It was the kind of phone call that most grandparents receive at one time or another. My youngest granddaughter was on the other end of the line. After exchanging a few pleasantries came the question, "Grandma, can you babysit for me?

By Barb Lumley Columnist
Apr 8, 2017 5:00 AM

Milking a hippopotamus

If you are asked the question, "How do you milk a hippopotamus?" the answer should be, "Very carefully!" I recently read a story in a local Sunday newspaper titled, "The science behind milking a hippo.

By Barb Lumley Columnist
Apr 8, 2017 5:00 AM

Rory Lewandowski: Cover crop termination before planting

Rory Lewandowski is an OSU Extension Agriculture Natural Resources educator and may be reached at 330-264-8722.

Apr 8, 2017 5:00 AM

Time to enroll in Holmes County 4-H

MILLERSBURG -- Now is the time to enroll youth in the Holmes County 4-H Program for 2017. Youth are able to join 4-H at any time; however, in order to participate in the 2017 Holmes County Fair, club enrollment must be received by April 15.

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Apr 1, 2017 5:00 AM

Greening up means spring nitrogen application

Wheat is greening up and starting to grow, which means that spring nitrogen can be applied as soon as field conditions permit. Research has shown no yield reduction as long as nitrogen is applied before Feekes growth stage 7, which is two visible nodes.

By Rory Lewandowski Osu Extension, Wayne County
Apr 1, 2017 5:00 AM

3-year-old Landon daughter tops Daffodil Dairy Sale

A warm spring evening greeted dairy families and friends as they attended the 42nd Daffodil Dairy Sale held Saturday evening, March 25, 2017, at the Carroll County Fairgrounds, Carrollton.

By Barb Lumley Columnist
Mar 25, 2017 5:00 AM

W. Holmes FFA goes to national convention

WEST HOLMES DISTRICT -- West Holmes FFA Chapter sent 15 members to National Convention.

Mar 25, 2017 5:00 AM

Pay attention to dairy cow stocking density

In a dairy free-stall barn, stocking density is most typically defined in terms of cows per stall or used as a percentage. For example, 1 cow/stall is equal to a 100 percent stocking density and 1.3 cows/stall is equal to a 130 percent stocking density.

By Rory Lewandowski Osu Extension, Wayne County
Mar 25, 2017 5:00 AM

Just thinkin' about registered Holstein cows

Dairy Agenda Today recently asked the question "Are we getting it right when it comes to type evaluation?" There were several responses and comments and I found them to be very interesting. It started me thinking about Holstein cows and classification.

By Barb Lumley Columnist
Mar 18, 2017 5:00 AM

Planter preparation for the 2017 season

A few weeks ago you probably could have taken some bets about corn getting planted in March this year. Our current weather is our reality check. However, now is the time to make sure that planters are ready to roll when planting season truly arrives.

By Rory Lewandowski Osu Extension, Wayne County
Mar 18, 2017 5:00 AM

Ohio Holstein Convention sale averages $3,070

Lot 1, Pine-Tree 9882 Gate 7345-ET, sold for $32,000 and was the top-selling consignment at the Ohio Holstein Convention Sale, which took place Friday, March 10, 2017, at the Holmes County Fairgrounds, Millersburg. The buyer was Gordon Lamb, Oakfield, N.Y.

By Barb Lumley
Mar 11, 2017 5:00 AM

FFA briefs

FFA chapter from Wayne and Holmes counties report on chapter activities.

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Mar 11, 2017 5:00 AM

Early season forage seeding considerations

I have been getting questions about seeding forages, both frost seeding and drilling, and this year's weather pattern needs to be considered when making a seeding decision. Generally, March is a good time in our area to consider frost seeding. Frost seeding works better some years than others.

By Rory Lewandowski Osu Extension, Wayne County
Mar 4, 2017 5:00 AM

Drive a little, learn a lot at two conferences

There are two good OSU Extension conferences in March a short drive away at the R.G. Drage Career Center, 2800 Richville Drive SE, Massillon, that offer some good learning opportunities.

By Rory Lewandowski Osu Extension Wayne County