Plan to attend Farm Science Review ’22

September is here, and that means it’s time for the Ohio State University Agricultural Science Review.

This monumental event — sponsored by Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) — takes place September 20-22 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center, 135 State Route 38 NE, in London, Ohio.

The 60th FSR will focus on ‘Embracing Time and Change’. Viewing hours are 8am to 5pm on September 20-21 and 8am to 4pm on September 22.

There is always so much to do, see and learn while visiting Farm Science Review. Whether you’re a large grower, small grower or just a farming enthusiast, there’s plenty for everyone.

Farm Science Review highlights agriculture, showcasing many products and equipment, services and education to improve profitability and sustainability.

This week I want to highlight the educational programs during FSR that will focus on specialty crops and smallholder agriculture. The special harvest tent will be located on Friday Avenue.

Tuesday will highlight squash production and pest control, improving tomato fruit quality with cultural management techniques, pollinators for specialty crops and an update on spotted lanternflies in specialty crops.

Wednesday will focus on nitrogen management in hops, wine grape production opportunities in Ohio, fungicides and disease control in fruits and vegetables, herbicide options in fruits and vegetables and elderberry production in Ohio.

Thursday will conclude FSR with presentations focused on specialty crop recipe nutrient management, cultivating customer relationships with social media for enhanced sales, updating key findings from the 2022 specialty crop listening sessions, and cooperative marketing of special crops.

The Small Farm Center will be located at 155 Beef Street (corner of Corn Avenue and Beef Street). Be sure to visit the New and Beginning Farmer Help Desk and speak with OSU Extension professionals and USDA representatives. There will also be several presentations.

On Tuesday, September 20, come and listen to presentations on long cane raspberry production, sweet corn production, beef cattle genetics, livestock fencing dos and don’ts and the easiest cut flowers for beginners .

For Wednesday, the Small Farm Center sessions will focus on health considerations for small sheep and goat operations, USDA programs for beginning farmers, making hay on your farm, raising livestock on five acres or less, and what you need to know for soil lead management.

Thursday’s programs will include “Does Your Hive Have Good Genes,” exploring weather observations and equipment options, garlic production, home processing of food animals, developing successful SARE grant proposals, using EPDs and genomic testing for a small beef herd and use of Caterpillar tunnels for the Extension season.

A new mobile ticketing option will allow visitors to print tickets at home or save them on a mobile device for entry. Presale tickets priced at $10 will be available online at fsr.osu.edu and at participating sales locations, such as OSU Extension district offices and participating agribusinesses, until midnight Monday, Sept. 19.

Tickets can still be purchased online during Farm Science Review (FSR) for $15. Children under 5 are free. Visitors can still buy paper tickets with cash or credit card at the gates. Parking is free.

As always, the premier agricultural education and industry expo will provide valuable information to farmers and growers while focusing on continuing education for the future.

More than 100,000 people are expected to attend the event, which will feature more than 100 educational sessions, including Ask the Expert talks, the most comprehensive demonstrations of Polish cultures in the United States, 600 exhibits, a career exploration fair and immersive virtual reality videos of agricultural activities.

Tony Nye is the State Coordinator of the Ohio State University Small Farm Program and has been an OSU faculty member in Agriculture and Natural Resources for over 30 years, currently serving Clinton County and EERA in the Miami Valley.

Focus “Embracing Time and Change”

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