Planting season begins; help near

Hello, Tribune Chronicle readers. So very glad that May is here. Hopefully, our April showers bring May flowers and lots of warmer and drier weather. A lot of progress was made in the fields over the past 10 days. This was a great way to start May.

Today, I would like to offer information on a webinar, two publications, a weekly e-news publication, and a gardening program that might interest a variety of our county residents.

Ohio State University Extension will hold an hourlong webinar starting 1 p.m. May 15 for landowners titled “Regulating Agriculture at the Local Level: Zoning, Building Codes and Other Hot Issues.” The featured speaker will be OSU Extension Ag Law Specialist Peggy Hall.

The webinar will provide information on how Ohio law treats agricultural activities and whether there is regulatory authority at the local level.

The webinar will include information on zoning, building codes and Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) laws as applied to agriculture activities. Instructions for signing into the live webinar are online at aglaw.osu.edu/webinars.

The webinar will also be archived on the site after the presentation.

It is corn planting time and our office has two must-read publications for crop producers. They were published this past year from our counterparts at Iowa State University.

The “Corn Growth and Development” book can be purchased for $15 plus tax and includes chapters on plant development stages, vegetative stages, reproductive stages, dry matter accumulation and nutrient accumulation.

The “Corn Diseases” publication can be purchased for $5 plus tax and has high quality pictures and descriptions of our major foliage diseases, stalk rots and ear and kernel rots of corn.

I would like to remind agricultural producers and agricultural industry personnel that I publish an electronic agricultural newsletter each Tuesday.

This publication keeps local farmers abreast of what is happening in the agricultural industry across northeast Ohio. It includes crop updates, information on workshops and webinars, and provides information on the top ag stories from across the region and state.

To subscribe to the Northeast Ohio Agri-Culture Electronic newsletter, just send me an email at marrison.2@osu.edu.

Hey vegetable gardeners, would you like to take your gardening skills to the next level? If so, take the quick drive to Cortland on May 21 to hear a presentation titled, “Taking Your Vegetable Garden to the Next Level.” This presentation will feature Amy Enfield, a consumer horticulturalist from Scotts Miracle-Gro Company in Columbus.

Enfield will share ways to make your vegetable garden more productive, sustainable, nutritious and fun. She will also highlight new vegetable varieties and share information on organic practices and products. Call 330-638-6783 to reserve your spot.

To close, I would like to share quote from by Marla Gibbs, who stated, “I truly believe that everything that we do and everyone that we meet is put in our path for a purpose. There are no accidents; we’re all teachers – if we’re willing to pay attention to the lessons we learn, trust our positive instincts and not be afraid to take risks or wait for some miracle to come knocking at our door.”