Sunday, August 13, 2017

OHIO NOTEBOOK: Learn how to test your soil at Aug. 31 Field Day

Ohio State Extension

Healthy soil is one of those invaluable things that is often taken for granted. But the healthier the soil, the more nutrients a plant can soak up. Franklin Roosevelt recognized soil’s importance when he said, “The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.”

Growers can learn best practices for their soil at the Soil Health Testing Demonstration Field Day on Aug. 31 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 10492 E. Poe Road in Bowling Green. The event will focus on obtaining and maintaining healthy soil and will discuss the importance of chemical, physical and biological field tests and how they work.

Co-sponsors of the event are The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, the Wood Soil and Water Conservation District, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Speaking will be Rafiq Islam, soil and bioenergy program leader at Ohio State’s South Centers in Piketon, Jim Hoorman, soil health specialist with USDA’s National Resources Conservation Service and conservationist Abby Wensink of the Wood County Soil and Water Conservation District.

“This field day is important to farmers, gardeners and landowners to better understand the latest soil health measurements and management recommendations. This will, in turn, improve soil productivity from test results,” said Alan Sundermeier, agriculture and natural resources educator in Ohio State University Extension’s Wood County office. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college.

Topics of discussion during the field day will include:

* Soil health field measurements
* Chemical, physical and biological tests
* Active carbon
* Infiltration
* Compaction
* Solvita soil testing
* 360 Soilscan nitrogen testing
* Cover crop plantings

The field day is free of charge, and lunch will be provided. Preregistration is required by Aug. 28 and can be done by contacting Alan Sundermeier at 419-354-9050 or

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Basics of Dove Hunting Workshop offered in Southwest Ohio

The public is invited to attend a free workshop on August 22 in Warren County focusing on the basics of dove hunting according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

Topics to be covered by ODNR Division of Wildlife personnel include identification, habitat, equipment, techniques, and regulations. After the discussion participants will be able to shoot trap at the Spring Valley Wildlife Area Range. Equipment will be supplied.

The workshop will begin at 6 p.m. at the Spring Valley Wildlife Area Range. The range is located just south of Xenia at 3450 Houston Rd., Waynesville, OH 45068.

Pre-registration is required by August 21st, as space is limited. Please contact Brittany at (937) 372-9261 or by e-mail at

Ashland University President elected to The 50 Club of Cleveland

Dr. Carlos Campo, president of Ashland University, was elected to the 50 Club of Cleveland, a nonprofit group dedicated to furthering the understanding of pressing local, regional and national issues through dialogue and debate.

“I am very humbled and honored to be nominated and elected to this wonderful organization,” said Dr. Campo. “I am looking forward to gaining deeper insights into the challenges that are facing Northeast Ohio and the country.”

The 50 Club of Cleveland is made up of top business executives, corporate lawyers and other well-known Cleveland figures who meet to hear prominent speakers and engage in strictly off-the-record, frank discussion.

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