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By Jerry Mahan Woodlot Management

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Pictured are Pat Migliozzi talking with landowner Jim Byrd.

If you are wanting help with managing a woodlot for better timber production or are going to be harvesting some trees in the near future get in touch with our Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources Forester Pat Migliozzi.

As service forester Pat provides technical assistance to landowners on forest management, watershed protection, insect and disease control, tree planting and wildlife habitat development.

He also has information on timber sales and companies buying timber. He is the Service Forester for Greene, Butler, Warren and Hamilton counties. Pat’s office is located at 777 Columbus Ave., 5-A, Lebanon, Ohio 45036. He can be reached at 513-932-6836 and his email is: pat.migliozzi@gmail.com.

Pat gave an excellent talk on woodlot management at our July Farm Forum meeting. He also commented on the importance of controlling non-native invasive plants like honeysuckle in your woodland and handed out copies of the OSU Ext. factsheet titled “Controlling Non-Native Invasive Plants in Ohio Forests: Bush Honeysuckle”- fact sheet F-68-10.It can be found at: http://ohioline.osu.edu/for-fact/pdf/0068.pdf. These invasive plants can literally take over a woodlot and crowd out more desirable species if left uncontrolled.

With August Comes

The month of August bring many changes to our farm fields and backyards. This month will again be the determining factor in this year’s corn and soybean crops. The rainfall we receive will go a long way in completing corn ear growth and filling the soybean pods for what is a good looking crop at this time. August is also the month many weeds make their presence known by the color (Queen Anne’s Lace or Wild Carrot-white) or just size of the plant (giant ragweed). For those of you with lawn problems crabgrass is doing well as is yellow nutsedge.

Crabgrass is an annual that is difficult to control this late in the summer and will be killed by the first hard frost. Best control is obtained with the use of a pre-emergence crabgrass killer applied in early April. If control of this weed is wanted now I suggest contacting a lawn care company as they have access to some products more effective than those available to homeowners. Make note of those areas where you have a lot of crabgrass to help you decide if application of crabgrass control is needed next year. Yellow nutsedge is that light green perennial plant with a triangular shaped stem. It can grow to 1.5 feet tall if left unmown. Yellow nutsedge is hard to kill and multiplies by rhizomes and tubers.

Some research done in the Midwest indicates one plant can produce up to 1900 new plants in one year under ideal conditions. Tubers can remain dormant for up to ten years. If you have a lot of these weeds contact a lawn care company for control options. If you are not sure what weeds you have do a Google search or send me a picture via email (mahan.2@att.net).

Farmers have been battling weeds all summer with the constant rainfall. Weeds like giant ragweed, marestail and foxtail are growing above the canopy in soybeans and in the case of corn giant ragweed is nearing the height of corn plants. Most are too big to control short of mechanically cutting or pulling them out which is near impossible. This task is similar to the homeowner trying to pull or cut out the dandelion plant.

The roots go deep in the ground and many times grow back. For perennial weeds in the lawn like dandelion, ground ivy, plantain, the best time to control them is in the fall. At this time the weed killer sprayed on the plants is transferred to the roots and has a good chance of killing the weed.

Those of you with pastures are seeing thistles, ironweed, curly dock, poke weed among others growing above the grass. Poison hemlock has long since died back and we will soon see new plants emerging for next year. Only the dried seed stalks remain. Again the fall is a good time to control them.

You can help control the amount of weed seed produced in many plants through mowing. Mark Loux, OSU Ext. Weed Specialist made a point at the recently held Agronomy Field Day at South Charleston of suggesting farmers with the weed palmer amaranth walk their fields and individually pull and dispose of the seed heads of any of these weeds if possible. Each plant can produce up to a million seeds. Similar recommendations could be made for fields having a few Johnsongrass or shattercain plants. Easier said than done this time of year I know.

Scholarship Fundraiser

Greene County Farm Forum members are working hard to sell tickets and solicit donations for their annual Scholarship Fundraiser and Picnic on Sat. Sept. 13.Funds raised from the picnic go towards scholarships for graduating seniors wanting to pursue a degree in some field of agriculture. In 2014 the organization awarded four $1000 scholarships to Destiny Miller, Haleigh Spahr, Matt Heiser and Samantha Boeck.

To purchase tickets contact Dave Wolodkiewicz at 937-919-4065, Jerry Mahan at 937-372-5711 or any Farm Forum member by Sept. 5. Tickets are $15 for adults and $9 for youth age 12 and under. The picnic starts at 4 p.m. on the 13th and will be held at the Greene Co. Career Center Agricultural Research Center located at 551 Brush Row Rd., Xenia. The evening includes a meal and music by the Mad River Bluegrass Band. If you would like to make a donation to the scholarship fund send a check made out to Greene Co. Farm Forum c/o Cliff Beegle, 44 W. Harbine Ave., Xenia 45385.

Upcoming Events

Sept. 2 - Get the latest information on CAUV (Current Agricultural Use Value) in Greene County. Why are farm real estate taxes going up? These and other questions will be addressed at the Sept.2 meeting to be held in the Assembly Hall on the Greene Co. Fairgrounds from 7-9 p.m. Speaker will be Larry Gearhardt, OSU Ext. Field Specialist Taxation . Our Auditor David Graham will also be present to answer questions. Program sponsored by OSU Ext.

Sept. 3 - Greene Soil and Water Conservation District Annual Meeting. Topic: cover crops. Location: Agriculture Research Center on Brush Row Rd. For details call 372-4478.

Sept. 16-18 - Farm Science Review at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London, Ohio. Hours are 8-5 Tues. & Wed. and 8-4 on Thursday. Save yourself a few dollars by getting your tickets pre-sale at the OSU Ext. Greene Co. Office for $7 through Sept. 15 vs. $10 at the gate. Children 5 and younger get in free.

If you want to rent or bring a golf cart log on to the FSR website now: http://fsr.osu.edu. There are a lot of changes in recent years as to what carts are allowed and who can use them. Those utilizing a cart must show the need for one with a doctor’s letter or paperwork completed in obtaining a hang tag for a disabled person for a vehicle. For rental information call the Golf Car Co. rental at 800-873-1055.

Jerry Mahan is a retired OSU Extension Educator Agriculture and Natural Resources for Greene County. He can be reached by email at: mahan.2@att.net.

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