What is the ideal condition under which to make an herbicide application to minimize the possibility of drift? Certainly, high wind speeds can cause drift issues and move herbicides off target. Should the goal be to spray herbicide during those times when it is calm, with no wind?
It turns out, some wind movement is desired to make a good herbicide application and to minimize drift. Calm conditions can mean an inversion is present. An inversion is a weather situation that allows spray droplets to remain suspended in the air and can lead to those droplets traveling considerable distances when that inversion begins to break up.
The Ohio IPM program is sponsoring an Inversion and Drift Mitigation Workshop April 10 from 10 a.m.-noon. This workshop is available in a webinar format to allow interested pesticide applicators to attend the workshop virtually. Topics that will be covered in the workshop include:
» Understanding Inversions and Weather Conditions by Aaron Wilson, OSU Extension weather specialist and atmospheric scientist;
» Using Tools for Applications in the Ohio Sensitive Crop Registry (recently merged with FieldWatch) by Jared Shaffer, plant health inspector, Ohio Department of Agriculture.
There is no cost to attend the workshop but pre-registration is required. Registrants will receive a link to the workshop. Register at go.osu.edu/IPM.
Women in Agriculture Conference
Ohio State University Extension will host the fifth annual East Ohio Women in Agriculture Conference. The conference is April 6 from 9 a.m.–3:45 p.m. at the RG Drage Career Technical Center, 2800 Richville Drive SE, Massillon. All women and young women (high school age) who are interested, involved in, or want to become involved with food, agricultural or natural resources production or small business are encouraged to attend.
The conference program features a networking fair, 16 breakout sessions, and two extended breakout sessions presented by OSU Extension educators, producers and partner agencies. Sessions are focused around five themes: Business & Finance, Plants & Animals, Communication, Home & Family and Special Interest (branding and online marketing). The keynote speaker will be Rose Hartschuh — farm wife, mother, Agvocate and recent winner of the American Farm Bureau Excellence in Agriculture Award.
Registered participants, community organizations or businesses interested in sponsorship information, and/or securing an information/vendor table, should contact the OSU Extension Coshocton County office at 740-622-2265.
Interested individuals can register for the conference online at go.osu.edu/eowia2018. Cost of the conference is $55 for adult participants and $30 for students. Conference fee includes conference participation, continental breakfast, lunch and conference handouts. A special discount is available for those women and students who also plan to attend the Northeast Ohio Small Farm Conference (go.osu.edu/NEOHSmallFarms) on Saturday, April 7. Deadline for registration is Friday, March 23.
Malting barley information meeting
There is growing interest around Ohio for malting barley production to meet the demand of the local craft beer and micro brewing businesses around the state. DKG Seed Farms along with Origin Malts and Malting Seed Producers have scheduled an informational grower meeting here in Wayne County for Monday, March 19 at the Wayne County Schools Career Center, 518 Prospect St., Smithville, 44677. The meeting is scheduled from 1-4 p.m. Topics that will be covered include About Origin Malts, Malting Barley Agronomy and Best Practices, Specialty Contract Expectations, Economics of Growing Malting Barley.
Interested persons are requested to pre-register on an Eventbrite website at: http://tiny.cc/Waynemaltingbarleyreg. Additional information and materials will be sent out via email to those who register. For more information, contact Tom Ramsey, executive director, Malting Seed Producers, at 937-303-8082.
Home fruit pruning workshop
Wayne County Extension is sponsoring a home fruit pruning workshop Saturday, April 14 from 10 a,m.-noon at the Matt Martin residence, 2968 W. Pleasant Home Road, Burbank, 44214. This workshop is limited to 25 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Register through the Wayne County Extension office at 330-264-8722. Cost is $20 per person. Registration cost includes a hand pruner and handouts.
The pruning workshop is for the homeowner or backyard grower. At the workshop, we will demonstrate pruning techniques for apple, pear and peach trees, covering both young and overgrown, neglected trees. We also will cover some basic pruning of brambles (blackberries and raspberries), blueberries and grapes. In addition, there will be a discussion on some basic pest management care of fruit trees and small fruit, covering some of the important insect and disease pests.
This is an outdoor event, to be held rain or shine, so dress appropriately. Contact Christine Smedley at the Wayne County Extension office (330-264-8722) for more information.