OSU Extension educator relocates

Hello, Trumbull County. As many of you already know, this is David Marrison’s last week with OSU Extension in Ashtabula County. He will not be leaving OSU Extension, but he has accepted the Ag and Natural Resources Extension Educator position in Coshocton County.

He will be getting married on Sept. 3, and the new job will be much closer to his future wife, Emily. Married on Sept. 3, and a new job on Sept. 10 — a busy two weeks!

David has been the Ag and Natural Resources Extension educator in Ashtabula for 21 years following in the footsteps (and tradition) of Lanny Anderson. Ashtabula County has only known two Ag Educators in the last 50 years — Lanny Anderson and David Marrison.

In 2009, David also took on the responsibility of developing agricultural programs in Trumbull County until I was hired in 2015. David’s dedication to the NE Ohio agricultural community is second to none. It seems as though he knows every farm, farmer, FFA kid, and 4-H member in our region.

We all wish David the best of luck in his next adventure, and he as assured us that he will be back on a regular basis to help his replacement get up to speed. Good luck, David.

If you are tired of the humidity, I wish I had better news for you. It looks like humidity levels will be higher than normal as we head into harvest season in September and October. The humidity will be accompanied by higher than normal temperatures, and we could see the highest temperatures of the year in the next couple of weeks. This is according to Jim Noel of the Weather Service in Wilmington. Hot weather will really speed up the browning of plants, but humidity may make the soil a little sticky in lower lying areas.

Crop conditions generally look good around the area considering the challenging spring and early summer conditions. Corn yields will be all over the place and will really depend on the planting date and where the rain fell this summer. There is some fantastic looking corn out there, but there are more than a few fields that were planted late and then missed the rains in August that may suffer at harvest.

Soybeans are also looking pretty good and there have not been many reports of disease that I have heard of. This is the time of year that white mold, sudden death, and Diaporthe stem canker will start to appear so I will continue scouting fields and you should too. Insects appear to be a bigger issue in soybeans this year. Japanese beetles, aphids, and now Mexican bean beetle are causing significant injury throughout Ohio. Fortunately, Mexican bean beetle has only been found in southern and central Ohio. Aphids are in our area and I have received several reports from local farmers, but both instances the fields were not infested severely enough to cross the economic threshold. Knowing those thresholds are key to making decisions based on economics given tight crop budgets this year.

For information about farming, gardening, the Master Gardener program or any other program, call the OSU Trumbull County Extension Office at 330-638-6783 or visit

­­­­trumbull.osu.edu. Don’t forget to check out and “Like” OSU Extension Trumbull County’s Facebook page for current programs and up to date information.

Lee Beers can be reached at beers.66@osu.edu or 330-638-6738