Fairfield County Cattlemen will host an annual banquet

The Fairfield County Cattlemen are pleased to announce that they will be hosting the 33rd Annual Banquet on Saturday, March 12 at the Fairfield County Ag Center. Registration will begin at 6 p.m. followed by dinner with beef brisket! Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Children 5 and under are free. Plus, all 2020 and 2021 Fairfield County Junior Beef Exhibitors will be admitted free! For reservations, contact OSU Extension at 740-653-5419 Join us at 4-H Day!

Don’t miss 4-H Day this Saturday!

4-H Day is held the first Saturday in March from 1-3 p.m. at the AAA building at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds. This free event is open to everyone. Now is the perfect time to register to become a 4-H member. The traditional clubs are open to young people from 8 years old and in 3rd year or 9 years old until young people who have not exceeded their 19th birthday on 1 January. Youth ages 5 and kindergarten through 8 on January 1 are eligible to participate in the Cloverbud program, an activity-based program to introduce prospective members to 4-H. There are lots of fun things you can do and learn in 4-H. For more information, contact the Fairfield County Extension Office at 740-653-5419.

Interest in Fertilizer and Pesticide Licenses

Growers wishing to receive a new fertilizer or pesticide license should call OSU Extension in Fairfield County at 740-653-5419. We are currently trying to gauge interest within the county for an ODA training and testing program to be held at the Fairfield County Agricultural Center in the near future.

Lawn diseases in late winter and spring

Remember that the majority of turf problems are not caused by disease, but are the result of two key factors.

1. Adverse weather conditions that are not conducive to the growth of cool season grasses.

2. Injury or damage to grass plants due to use and wear and/or improperly performed maintenance procedure.

Let’s focus on some of the common infectious diseases that can occur in Ohio in the spring. These are caused by fungi and often weather conditions are the determining factor in the development and degree of severity. Keep in mind that the different grasses that make up a lawn, sports field, golf course, park, etc. vary in their susceptibility to different diseases.

Common thread: Cool, mild temperatures, wet, overcast periods typical of wet Ohio springs provide the best environment for disease development. Prolonged leaf wetness and slow turf growth also contribute to disease development and severity. The red lead is more severe under low nitrogen and/or phosphorus levels. In Ohio, red thread has been recorded as being active every month of the year, but most of the time, in the spring and early summer or fall, the disease is most active.

Management and control policy options

In general, any practice that encourages optimal turf growth should be employed, such as maintaining a balanced fertility program, good drainage, good light, etc. Increased N and P fertility has been correlated with decreased sensitivity to red thread.

Adequate phosphor is essential to minimize and manage red lead. Analyze the soil for available phosphorus levels and correct if necessary. For more details on soil testing, contact OSU Extension in Fairfield County at 740-653-5419 or stop by our office located at the Fairfield County Ag Center located at 831 College Avenue, Lancaster, OH.

Leaf spots: Another problem that occurs in early spring is leaf spot. Over the past few years it has been an ever growing problem. The reason leaf spot is such a recurring problem is that there are many different types of leaf spot pathogens. They cover the temperature range from hot to cold but have one thing in common, excess water. Long periods of wet leaves are ideal for the disease. Spring showers bring more than May flowers!

Management and Control Strategy – To manage, consider the following. Increase the height of cut, mow frequently to avoid stressing the turf, avoid excess nitrogen but provide adequate thorough fertilization, avoid frequent watering and wet turf, and select more disease resistant cultivars.

The OSU Extension Office Update is compiled by Connie Smith, Program Assistant and Master Gardener Coordinator at The Ohio State University Extension Office in Fairfield County.

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