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Attendance up for the 2013 Farm Science Review

The 51st annual Farm Science Review closed its gates this evening after welcoming 129,864 visitors during the course of the three-day event at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center, which was an increase from last year’s attendance of 114,324.

“Exhibitors are very pleased and farmers were out there smiling,” said Chuck Gamble, Farm Science Review Manager, of this year’s show. “It’s a great time to be in agriculture, especially knowing that the global food demand will reach 9 billion by the year 2050.”

After what seemed like a washout due to persistent rain in the area during the morning
hours, Thursday’s afternoon crowd picked up and brought in 24,608 visitors. Tuesday’s
opening day attendance was reported as 46,656 while Wednesday was the highest attended
day with 58,600 visitors.

Some highlights of this year’s Review included two presentations by the Peterson Farm
Brothers on Tuesday, the first-ever demonstration of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)
at a farm show, three new inductees into the Farm Science Review Hall of Fame, and
early soybean yield results are showing 58 bushels per acre on average and 222
bushels per acre on average for corn.

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Innovative drainage ditch design featured at FSR

A new, innovative drainage ditch design that includes self-forming channels that can be used by farmers to address drainage needs essential for crop production, may also preserve important water resources, according to Farm Science Review organizers.

Farmers and producers can see the new ditch design at work during this year’s Farm Science Review along the west edge of the grounds, said Matt Sullivan, Farm Science Review assistant manager.

The self-forming channel demonstration area – a new feature of the Review this year – was completed by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources – Division of Soil and Water Resources during the summer months after receiving funding through a Conservation Innovation Grant from the Ohio Natural Resources Conservation Service, Sullivan said.

He said the Review is the ideal venue to showcase the innovative drainage ditch design.

“We’ve been working to improve the Farm Science Review’s water management plan year-round, so it seemed natural to partner with ODNR’s Division of Soil and Water Resources on this project,” Sullivan said.

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The intelligent sprayer developed at OSU making debut at FSR

The intelligent sprayer, developed by Engineers at the College of Food Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State, and engineers at USDA-ARS at Wooster campus of the College (OARDC), is making its début at the Farm Science Review. This is the only sprayer of its kind in the world. It discharges pesticide sprays only when there is a target tree in sight, and it matches the pesticide spray rate to the target tree characteristics (height and leaf density) in real-time. A high speed laser scanner provides canopy characteristics of a tree. The intelligent sprayer is displayed at Farm Science Review, just south of the Farm Science Review Headquarters office.

Variable-rate applications using this intelligent sprayer can greatly reduce pesticide use and off-target contamination of environment for nursery and orchard growers. Field experiments demonstrated that compared to conventional sprayers, the intelligent sprayer provided more uniform spray coverage and deposition inside canopies with different foliage densities at different growth stages.

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Berries offer profit possibilities

Commercial growers looking for options to increase their farm profits may want to consider adding blackberries, says an expert from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).

New production techniques and new, more winter-hardy varieties, have made blackberries a more viable option for commercial growers to add to their portfolios, said Gary Gao, an Ohio State University Extension specialist and associate professor of small fruit crops at the Ohio State University South Centers.

Gao will discuss commercial blackberry production in Ohio during a workshop Sept. 18 at 9 a.m. during this year’s Farm Science Review, Sept. 17-19 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio. Gao’s presentation is part of a series of workshops to be offered at the Review’s Small Farm Center over the three-day agriculture industry trade show.

With the growing consumer demand for locally grown, healthier foods, blackberries can be a good option for growers who want to find ways to potentially increase their farm profits, he said.

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Gwynne Conservation Area full of information

Landowners, farmers and agricultural enthusiasts looking to learn the latest in natural resource management tips and techniques from experts with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) may want to schedule to spend some time at the Gwynne Conservation Area during this year’s Farm Science Review .

The Gwynne Conservation Area is comprised of 67 acres of natural resource demonstration areas, where visitors can see different conservation practices they can use on their land, said Marne Titchenell, an Ohio State University Extension wildlife program specialist. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college.

“We offer a broad array of educational talks featuring topics focused on woodlands, wildlife and aquatics with the goal of appealing to as many people as possible,” she said. “The Gwynne is unique to anything else seen at the Farm Science Review; it’s almost like coming over to a different world.

“Visitors will see tree plantings, native warm season grasses and prairie plantings, examples of nest boxes for wildlife, an embankment pond and a dug-out pond, native plant landscaping, a butterfly garden, and much more.

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Uh-oh: Road closed for Farm Science Review

I was quite distraught last week when I noticed that State Route 29 was closed at I-70. This is my favorite “sneaky back way” to dodge some of the heavy traffic when getting to and from the Farm Science Review. The bigger problem is that this way is not really all that sneaky and many other people use it as well. Not this year folks.

The resulting problem is the decrease of three primary exits from I-70 down to two. There will probably be increased bottlenecking of traffic on 42.

Here is the official report on the exit closure from http://www.pavingtheway.org/i-70/.

Beginning Sept. 9, SR 29 will close at I-70 for 30 days to allow crews to complete work on the new roundabout at the west interchange. Two ramps will also close: I-70 west to SR 29 and SR 29 to I-70 west. Detours will be posted.

SR 29 west detour: US 40 west to US 42 north to SR 29.


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Plenty to see at Farm Science Review

By the show’s very nature, visitors can always expect to see the most up-to-date research, equipment and technology at the Farm Science Review.

As always, there will be a number of other interesting and fairly new features to check out at this year’s Farm Science Review.

Water quality research

Recent heavy rains in the Midwest stress the need for proper water management plans like that of the Farm Science Review’s year-round effort to improve the water quality at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center, which will be emphasized with the continuing installation of drainage lines and structures during the 2013 Review by the Ohio Land Improvement Contractors Association (OLICA).

“We have actually already started testing the water that is coming out of our drainage lines,” Sullivan said. “We’re testing Deer Creek before any water goes in from our tile and we then test the water after it leaves our farm. The objective is to find out where a raindrop goes when it hits our farm, what happens to it and are we losing nutrients.”

This systems approach to evaluating water allows research at FSR to begin at the application of nutrients to growing and harvesting the crop and then seeing what the water quality is at the end of a season.

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FSR by the numbers

 

  1. Number of acres farmed – 2100 acres in the facility *
  2. Number of tractors used at show – 73 **
  3. Number of workers during the show  – 275 ***
  4. Number of exhibitors at the 2013 show – 602
  5. Number of acres of exhibits – 80 acres
  6. Dates corn was planted this year – May 3 – 9
  7. Dates soybeans were planted this year – May 3 – 15
  8. Five year average yield for corn – 172 bu/acre
  9. Five year average yield for soybeans – 51 bu/acre
  10. Wheat yields this year – estimated 98 bu/acre

 

*No. 1 includes 1416 acres tillable, 127 acres CREP, and lots of mowing – 250 acres

**No. 2 includes 5 used on the farm, 48 in field demos, 16 for shuttle buses and 4 tile plows

**No. 3  includes full-time staff, student staff, temporary staff, and volunteers

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Palmer amaranth gaining ground in Ohio

The Farm Science Review could be a great place to find out more about the Palmer amaranth that has been making plenty of ag headlines lately. This nightmare of an herbicide resistant weed threatens to change weed management as most farmers know it. They could be trading in their big sprayers for a hand hoeing crew.

Ohio State University Extension weed control specialist Mark Loux is increasingly concerned about this monster weed in Ohio.

“There appears to be somewhat of an epicenter of new Palmer amaranth infestations in an area southwest of Columbus, bordered roughly by Midway on the north and Washington Courthouse on the south. There is a dairy in the area that has been using cottonseed products for feed and a local grower has been transporting these products to the dairy from somewhere in the south,” Loux said in a recent CORN Newsletter. “There are Palmer amaranth plants in a number of fields in the area and also on the grounds of the dairy. 

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Cleared for takeoff at the Farm Science Review

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…what is it?

There is good possibility that, if it is buzzing around over an agricultural field at the Farm Science Review, it is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). These devices clearly appeal to the fancy gadget fascination so prevalent in agriculture but can also serve a number of important and cost-saving purposes in a wide array of agricultural operations.

One of the advantages of the Farm Science Review being a part of an Extension land grant university is the ability to cross reference one portion of campus with another. UAVs (or drones) are one example of an exciting collaboration will be seen buzzing overhead at this year’s event.

“The aeronautical personnel in the engineering department said they needed a nice, wide open space to fly new drones,” said Matt Sullivan, Assistant Manager of the Farm Science Review. “We couldn’t think of a better place than the 1,200 acres at The Molly Caren Ag Center.”

After going through the process of getting clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the aeronautical folks at OSU plan to fly these unmanned vehicles for display during Farm Science Review.

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Harvest demonstrations always a highlight

With corn and soybean harvest being on the minds of many growers this time of year, being able to see new harvesting methods and tools up close at this year’s Farm Science Review Sept. 17-19 is a valuable opportunity that could save growers significant expenses, an agronomist from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences said.

For more than 50 years, Farm Science Review field demonstrations have allowed farmers to go out and see farm equipment run side-by-side, said Harold Watters, an Ohio State University Extension agronomy field specialist and coordinator of the university’s Agronomic Crops Team.

And with recent advances in precision planting technology, the opportunity to see the demonstrations and learn new harvesting, manure and tillage techniques is a significant benefit for growers, said Watters, who is also a coordinator of the agronomic field crops demonstrations at the Review.

“The corn harvest is what everyone is thinking about right now,” he said.

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FSR highlights aplenty

From teaching techniques to help growers improve water and soil quality to helping farmers and producers learn how to combat invasive species, experts from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) will seek to “break new ground” during this year’s Farm Science Review.

Following the theme “Breaking New Ground,” the event will emphasize the best agricultural research, resources, information and access for farmers, said Chuck Gamble, who manages the Review.

“How do we protect the soil, how do we improve water quality are just some of the issues farmers are facing now because so much of what is going on today in agriculture is oriented around water quality,” he said. “Invasive species are also a huge issue for Ohio. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that people don’t understand or know what it is when we talk about invasive species.”

Invasive species, which can include trees, beetles, shrubs, mussels, fish, fungi, weeds or pigs, are those that aren’t native to a place but arrive through people’s actions, either by accident or on purpose.

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Invasive pest information important for rural Ohio

While emerald ash borer is a growing problem for homeowners, arborists, and workers in Ohio’s forest industry, and Asian longhorned beetle could be looming on the horizon, there are several options available that could help people manage the issues, according to an expert from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) who will discuss these pests and eradication efforts during this year’s Farm Science Review.

One effective way to help stem the problem is make sure people are well aware of these tree-killing borers and the damage they can cause as well as the options that are available to deal with the invasive pests, said Joe Boggs, an Ohio State University Extension educator.

Exotic emerald ash borer, an invasive tree pest, has killed tens of millions of Ohio’s native ash trees. If it continues unchecked, it could wipe out all of the state’s and North America’s native ashes.

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