April 18, 2014

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Spring colors appearing
Written by Stephanie Groves   
Wednesday, April 09, 2014 8:14 PM
After a long hard winter, flower corms and bulbs are now finally feeling the warmth of the sun and pushing new foliage above the soil and mulch which blanketed them. This colorful display of Crocus tommasinianus — also known as ‘tommies’, early crocus or woodland crocus — began sporadically popping up a few weeks ago. It has since carpeted a small naturalized garden habitat. (Delphos Herald/Stephanie Groves)
Allen County Retired Teachers meet June 5
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Wednesday, April 09, 2014 8:12 PM

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The Allen County Retired Teachers Association will meet at 11:30 a.m. on June 5 at Immanuel United Methodist Church, 699 Sunnydale Drive, Elida.

The program will feature Jaki Waggamon - Four Paws for Ability.

Master Gardeners to hold plant sale
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Wednesday, April 09, 2014 8:11 PM

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VAN WERT — The Annual Ohio State University Extension Van Wert County Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Sale will be held April 26, opening at 8 a.m. The Plant Sale will be held in the Junior Fair Building on the fairgrounds.

The proceeds through the sale of plants will benefit the OSUE Van Wert County Master Gardener Volunteers’ projects, such as the Garden for the Senses, Children’s Garden and their continuing educational activities.

Friends of Ohio Barns to hold 15th annual Ohio Barn Conference
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Wednesday, April 09, 2014 8:09 PM

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MT. VERNON — Come join barn enthusiasts, barn owners and maybe even a few barn “huggers” at Ohio’s only annual barn tour and conference to be held in the heart of Ohio, Knox County.

The conference will be in Mt. Vernon from April 24-26. Please join Friends of Ohio Barns for another barn adventure starting Thursday with a pre-conference workshop at The Barn in Mt. Vernon for a discussion on re-purposing an old historic barn into an event space.

Different factors determine best crop cover
Written by James Hoorman   
Wednesday, April 09, 2014 8:08 PM


Putnam County Extension

Ag Educator


While most farmers have purchased their corn and soybeans, they may not have purchased cover crop seed grown after wheat harvest. Now is the time to start making decisions on buying seed because cover crop seed supplies are in short supply.

The most common question I get on cover crops is: What is the best cover crop? It depends on what you want to accomplish. My favorite cover crop after wheat is Sorghum Sudan (SS) grass. Why? Because SS grass reduces soil compaction and improves soil structure; it adds carbon or soil organic matter (SOM); and it is a supplemental forage crop for beef, dairy and sheep. Livestock eat it like candy!