45th annual Farm Science Review is this week


Farm Science Review, Ohio’s premiere agricultural event, is just right around the corner. The 45th annual event will be held Sept. 18-20 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London and features research, demonstrations and exhibits on agricultural topics, conservation and natural resources, nutrition, family and consumer sciences, horticulture, and community development.

Below is a sneak peek of what visitors can look forward to this year:

• Purdue University returns for its third visit. The collaboration between Ohio State University and Purdue University is becoming a permanent aspect of Farm Science Review. With agriculture similar in the two states, combining expertise, demonstrations and exhibits from both universities is an invaluable asset to Farm Science Review visitors, says Review assistant manager Matt Sullivan.

• Growing continuous corn and not sure how to handle the additional crop in storage? Farm Science Review will offer a comprehensive series on grain systems handling. Topics will include: grain storage, insect control, grain drying, grain handling, grain management and grain safety. Farm Science Review also will showcase a new grain dryer, being built on the Molly Caren Agricultural Center grounds, as part of the grain operation demonstration efforts.

• From ethanol to wind power to hydrogen fuel cells, interest in bioenergy continues to grow. Look for a wide variety of bioenergy topics from both Ohio State and Purdue universities during the event. The exhibits will be housed in the Firebaugh Building on Friday Avenue, as well as in the Energy Education tent at Alumni Park.

• Have a field crop disease or odd-looking insect you can’t identify? Bring a sample to Farm Science Review and have the experts from the C. Wayne Ellett Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic analyze it. The clinic is Ohio State University’s innovative facility for the diagnosis and identification of plant disease, insect and plant-health problems.

• Farm Science Review will continue with its Ohio Land Improvement Contrac-tors Association (OLICA) water manage-ment project with additional controlled drainage structures. OLICA installed several structures on the FSR grounds last summer to help control the level of the water table throughout the growing season. The structures are designed to reduce erosion, improve water quality and make crop production more profitable.

• OSU Extension horticulturists are bringing back the Millin’, Chillin’, and Grillin’ event at Utzinger Garden. Pick the brains of garden experts, chat with media personalities or sample foods from cooking demonstrations.

Farm Science Review also will continue with its daily field equipment demonstra-tions, sprayer demonstrations at the chem-ical load rinse pad, and turfgrass research plots. Visitors can also choose from a plethora of agriculture programs at the Small Farm Center, economic sessions during Question the Authorities, natural resource programs at the Gwynne Conservation area, and family and consumer sciences information in the McCormick Building.

Farm Science Review is sponsored by Ohio State University Extension, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

Tickets are $8 at the gate or $5 in advance when purchased from county offices of OSU Extension or participating agribusinesses. Children 5 and younger are admitted free. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept 18-19 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 20. For more information on Farm Science Review, log on to http://fsr.osu.edu.

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