Sustainable ag team kicks off summer tour

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COLUMBUS — Ohio State University’s Sustainable Agriculture Team kicks off its summer tour series June 19 with a look at modified relay intercropping — a good-yielding, earth-friendly system in which soybeans are planted into standing wheat.

The free program runs from 7 to 9 p.m. at Unger Farm, 970 Nevada Road in Bucyrus, Ohio.

Six years of tests of the system have gone on there, says tour organizer Steve Prochaska of Ohio State University Extension’s Crawford County office.

The tests, he notes, have seen favorable average yields of both crops and the need for few if any pesticides.

Call 419-562-8731 for more information.

Other dates

Also in the series:

— June 28, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Grazing Meat Goats, featuring a holistic, sustainable grazing system that reduces internal parasites and enhances the animals’ performance.

Event takes place at Amazing Graze Boer Goat Farm, 4395 Richland Road, Pleasantville, Ohio.

Preregistration is $10. For more information, call 740-468-1042.

— July 31, 9-11 a.m., Beneficial Insects/Soybeans is a chance to compare certified organic soybean plots, to see and discuss the interactions between insect pests and beneficials and to get the latest recommendations.

Event takes place at Agricultural Incubator Foundation at Ohio State’s John E. Hirzel Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Site, 13737 Middleton Pike Road (state Route 582) in Bowling Green, Ohio. This is a free event. Call 419-354-9050 for more information.

— Aug. 19, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Grazing Systems Field Day, featuring grazing expert Jim Gerrish and livestock-behavior specialist Fred Provenza.

Located at Shamrock Vale Farms, 8002 Merline Road in Kensington, Ohio.

This event is free, but preregistration required; call 330-627-4310.

— Aug. 28, 1:30-4 p.m., Organic Field Crops Field Day is an update on research by Ohio State’s Organic Food and Farming Education and Research program at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center’s West Badger Farm, Apple Creek Road in Wooster, Ohio.

Among the topics: organic corn variety trial, specialty small grains, organic disease biocontrol and organic no-till. This event is free. Call 330-202-3534 for more information.

— Aug. 28, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Organic Horticultural Crops Field Day is taking place at Fry Farm on Oil City Road near Wooster.

Transition strategies for weed control, season extension with high tunnels and ecologically designed polyculture systems will be among the topics. This event is free. For information, call 330-202-3534.

Information

Find the complete schedule — 29 tours and workshops plus six festivals — at http://www.oeffa.org/pdfs/08farmtourweb.pdf.

To find out more, contact Mike Hogan at the OSU Extension, Carroll County office, 32 W. Main St., Carrollton, OH 44615; 330-627-4310; or hogan.1@osu.edu.

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