Sign up for August pesticide disposal collection in BG
REYNOLDSBURG - Ohio Department of Agriculture is to sponsor a collection for farmers wishing to dispose of unwanted pesticides 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Aug. 27 at the parking lot of the Wood County Junior Fair Building, 1380 W. Poe Road, Bowling Green.
The collection and disposal service is free, but only farm chemicals are to be accepted. Paint, antifreeze, solvents and household or non-farm pesticides will not be accepted.
Collections are sponsored by the department in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
To register or for more information, call (614) 728-6987.
Fruit, veggie tour and field day set for June 27
COLUMBUS - Ohio Produce Growers & Marketers Association invites fruit and vegetable growers and marketers to participate in its annual educational and networking event, the association's Summer Tour & Field Day, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. June 27 at three locations in Sandusky and Huron counties.
The tour is to begin at Eshleman Fruit Farm, 781 E. Maple St., Clyde. A family-owned business since 1977, the farm features more than 200 acres of orchards. Tours of the farm take place 8-11:30 a.m. At noon, the association is to host a brief session during lunch, which is to be available for sale onsite. Average cost for lunch is $6-$9, with only cash accepted.
Attendees then can drive about 30 miles to visit the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center's Muck Crops Agricultural Research Station, 4875 SR 103 South, and Buurma Farms, 3090 Kok Road, both in Willard.
The OARDC Muck Crops station is dedicated to improving fresh market vegetable production through research by Ohio State scientists.
Buurma Farms harvests more than 4,000 acres of produce, packaged under the "Buurma Farms" and "Holland Brands" labels.
Register for the program at www.opgma.org/tour. Cost for members is $20 for the first attendee from a company or farm and $10 for each additional attendee from the same operation. Registration for non-members costs $25 for the first attendee and $10 for each additional attendee. Children 12 and younger can attend free.
For more information, contact (614) 487-1117 or email@example.com or visit the website.
ODA may issue quarantine to protect walnut trees
REYNOLDSBURG - In an effort to protect Ohio's walnut trees, Ohio Department of Agriculture is proposing an exterior state quarantine regulating the transportation of walnut products from areas of 12 other states to prevent the introduction of thousand cankers disease.
The disease affects black walnut trees, as well as other species of walnut, and is caused by a fungus transported by the walnut twig beetle. The pest spreads the fungus when it bores into the branches and trunk tissue of walnut trees, which are killed by repeated infections by the fungus.
Thousand cankers disease was first found in Colorado in 2003, and has been detected in 11 other states - Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and Washington. Walnut materials originating from infested counties within these states would be regulated under the exterior state quarantine.
The quarantine would restrict walnut materials from entering Ohio from areas where the disease has become established. Restricted products originating from or traveling through the regulated areas include walnut nursery stock, unprocessed walnut lumber, or any other walnut material, such as logs, stumps, roots, branches, mulch, wood chips, other products created from walnut trees, and hardwood firewood.
Exemptions to quarantine are nuts, nut meats, hulls, processed lumber (100 percent bark-free, kiln-dried with square edges) and finished wood products without bark, such as walnut furniture, instruments and gun stocks.
Although not yet detected in Ohio, landowners and homeowners are encouraged to watch for signs of the disease on their walnut trees. Symptoms vary, but commonly include thinning crowns, yellowing or wilted leaves in the crown, leaves that are smaller than normal and recently dead limbs.
People who see signs on their walnut trees should contact ODA at (614) 728-6270 or firstname.lastname@example.org.