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OSU extension hosts Quality Assurance
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 9:00 PM

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VAN WERT — Quality Assurance is a state required training program for any 4-H or FFA member who is exhibiting livestock at the junior fair (excluding rabbits).

The Ohio State University Extension is hosting the final QA in 2014 at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds from 6:30-8 p.m. today. Members should start stations no later than 7 p.m. in order to complete.

 
Waiting to plant in optimum conditions will benefit seeds, plants
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 8:59 PM

JAMES HOORMAN

Putnam County Extension

Ag Educator

 

Soil temperatures are still relatively cool due to the wet spring with temperatures only in the low 40s until this week. The following information came from the Ohio State University CORN free newsletter which is published weekly (http://corn.osu.edu/).

Ann Dorrance said, “Cool, wet soils promote the growth of one of the major seed and seedling pathogens of corn and soybean, Pythium. Some of the more than 25 different species of Pythium are particularly favored by these cooler temperatures. When the soils become saturated, Pythium are actually attracted to germinating seeds and growing roots. When seeds are planted into cool soils, and we have some low temperature nights, the seeds themselves can be injured.

“To avoid Phythium, plant in as close to optimum conditions as possible. Don’t try to beat a major storm front – in Ohio that is a classic set up for replant conditions. Keep monitoring soil temperatures because you only want to plant once. Plant on well-drained soils and use a seed treatment with one or more of metalaxyl/mefenoxam, strobilurin or the new fungicide ethaboxam. Long periods below 50 F and extensive saturated soils can overwhelm the root system in germinating plants. Resistance to Phytophthora sojae (with warmer temperature ) is well known for all of the varieties that you purchase. It is not known how resistant the varieties are to Pythium because there are too many to test.” (Dorrance, CORN 2014-10)

 
YMCA selling geraniums
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 8:59 PM

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VAN WERT — Have you bought your Mother’s Day gift yet? Geraniums make a great gift for Mom! Plants are hardy root geraniums sold in 4½-inch pots for $3 a plant. Colors available are red, white, lavender, fuchsia, pink and light salmon.

All pre-orders and payment must be received by 9 a.m. Monday.

Don’t miss this opportunity to beautify your yard and support the YWCA this Mother’s Day!

 
From the Archives — April 24, 2013
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 8:58 PM

One Year Ago

Members of Roger’s Rangers, a homegrown community service group, picked up trash in the Grone field off Elida Road Monday and Tuesday. The group was formed by Roger Jones and includes his son, Ben Jones, Andrew Kohorst, Junior McClaskey and Sherman Jones. The group also lends its time to Community Unity events and the American Legion.

25 Years Ago – 1989

Three young bowlers were selected for the Ollie Gengler Award which is presented to junior bowlers for achievement, average, attitude and attendance. Alice Gengler, widow of Ollie Gengler, presented the awards to Josh Young, Jenny Horstman and Michelle Schaeffer. Delphos Lions Club sponsors the bowling program.

 
Public Forum addresses 60 questions submitted by residents
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 8:56 PM
About a dozen Delphos residents joined city employees Wednesday at the Public Forum to discuss the proposed 3-year, 1/4-percent Income Tax Increase Levy the city has placed on the May Primary Election Ballot. (Delphos Herald/Nancy Spencer)

BY NANCY SPENCER

Herald Editor

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DELPHOS — Satisfaction may not have been reached by all submitting questions for the 2-hour Public Forum Wednesday evening to address a proposed 3-year, 1/4-percent Income Tax Increase Levy at the May Primary Election polls. A similar levy with funds going directly into the General Fund with no earmark was turned down by voters in November.

Sixty questions in total from Delphos residents were addressed at the forum. Some questions were directed specifically to council and will be answered during a council meeting. Council members Kevin Osting, Josh Gillespie, Joe Martz and Jim Fortener, along with City Law Director Clayton Osting, attended the meeting. Since council was not “in session,” they were not permitted to directly respond to questions.

Questions answered by Mayor Michael Gallmeier, Auditor Tom Jettinghoff, Police Chief Kyle Fittro and Fire Chief Kevin Streets varied from the cost of doing business, to budget carry-overs, to emergency services and the 11th police officer alluded to (but not hired) in the 2014 Budget.

The majority of questions dealt with how the additional revenue created in the General Fund if the levy passes and the money generated is used for the Parks and Rec Department would be spent.

 
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