The Southwest Ohio Corn Growers Association & Fayette County Agronomy Committee’s annual field day and test plot demonstrations will take place on Tuesday, August 12, 2014. The field day will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fayette County Demonstration Farm at 2770 State Route 38, in front of the Fayette County Airport.
The public is invited to this free event to hear from expert speakers and attend the trade show. Services offered to the community include health screenings by the Fayette County Health Department & Fayette County Memorial Hospital from 9 a.m. to Noon, skin damage screenings by The Ohio State University Extension Office of Fayette County, also from 9 a.m. to noon, and the Ohio Department of Agriculture: Clean Sweep Program pesticide collection from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The morning session will feature Dr. Peter Thomison of Ohio State speaking ondrought tolerant corn hybrids in Ohio, Greg LaBarge of Ohio State Extension, discussing Senate Bill 150 and the fertilizer certification update, Dr. Anne Dorrance of Ohio State will give an update on soybean diseases in Ohio, Tony Dobbels of Ohio State speaking on Palmer amaranth, and David Brandt of Brandt Farms, leading a plot tour and discussing cover crop management. Also the morning session will offer participants the opportunity to observe the latest in precision agriculture and environmental technology by attending one of the unmanned aerial vehicle sessions or by visiting the mobile solar unit display to see how capturing sunlight can help save on utility bills.
Lunch is provided during the noon session. Dr. Bruce McPheron, Vice President for Agricultural Administration & Dean, will give his thoughts on the 100-year anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act and the role he believes agriculture and Extension will play in the future. The Ohio Corn Growers Association (OCGA) Executive Director will give an update on the OCGA. After lunch will be a drawing for two $500 gift certificates for Ohio Corn Grower Members. Memberships for the OCGA will be available all day at the event check-in table. See www.ncga.com for more information regarding membership.
For further questions regarding the Southwest Ohio Corn Growers & Fayette County Agronomy Field Day, contact the Fayette County Extension Office at 740-335-1150. CCA Credits will be offered.