Fayette County is known for its rich heritage in the agricultural industry. What better place for agricultural organizations such as Ohio State University Extension, Southwest Ohio Corn Growers Association, Fayette County Agronomy Club, Fayette County Soil and Water District, Fayette County Airport and Fayette County Chamber of Commerce to come together on one day to showcase how important the agriculture industry is to its community.
On August 13th 2019, the Southwest Ohio Corn Growers Association, in conjunction with the Fayette County Agronomy Committee and the Fayette County Extension Office, will hold their annual field day and agronomy plot demonstrations. The event will be held at the Fayette County Demonstration Farm, located north of Washington CH on Old Route 38, at the Fayette County Airport. The field day will be from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. It is free to attend and will include lunch. Certified Crop Advisor credits and Private Pesticide recertification credits will also be available for this event.
Continuing this year, we will begin the event promptly at 9:00AM in the Equipment Building with our keynote speakers, Aaron Wilson and Scott Schearer. Aaron Wilson is the climatologist for The Ohio State University Extension and will discuss “Our Changing Climate: Farming with Weather Extremes”. Scott Schearer is the department chair and a professor for the Department of Food and Biological Engineering at The Ohio State University. He will be discussing “Cropping Systems of the Future”. After our keynote speakers, there will be a variety of other educational sessions in tents around the exhibit area. These will include a diagnostic demonstration of soybean insect pests with Kelley Tilmon, soybean diseases with Anne Dorrance, and soybean cover crops with Keeley Overmyer. Additionally, Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers will give an update reflecting the information included in the 2019 Farm Bill.
Beyond the educational sessions, agricultural equipment, technology, lending, marketing, seed, and chemical companies will be available throughout the event to answer questions and display their newest, innovative products. If you are interested in being an exhibitor, there is still availability to join. Additionally, voting for Soil and Water District Directors will be held during the event.
The Fayette County Health Department and Fayette County Hospital will also be present and are proud to offer complimentary health screenings. Please fast prior to the health screening for blood testing. Ohio State University Extension will also offer complimentary skin damage screenings, known as Derma Scans. Airport personnel are offering plane rides throughout the day. Please contact the Fayette County Airport to register: 740-335-2430.
Stick around after the field day, as there will still be activities as the evening progresses. The expanded schedule includes the Chamber of Commerce “Business after Hours” event, which is a monthly event in Fayette County that highlights different businesses and organizations. The Ohio State University Extension Office and Fayette County Airport will be the highlighted businesses at this August event. The “Business after Hours” will take place from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.