LONDON, Ohio – Despite a late start to the growing season and seven-tenths of an inch of rain less than 24 hours before show time, corn harvest is on as scheduled at Farm Science Review 2011, according to General Manager Chuck Gamble.
“We have basically a third as much corn as normal, but we’ll be shelling corn this afternoon,” Gamble said prior to the show’s open Tuesday.
Farm Science Review kicked off Tuesday at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center outside London, and runs through Thursday, Sept. 22.
Along with the 80-acre exhibit area, the Farm Science Review farms 2,100 acres near and around the show grounds in Madison County.
“We don’t have any beans ready this year because of the late planting, but we will have corn harvest demonstrations each day of the Review.”
Gamble said the corn plots that would have been scheduled for harvest during Tuesday’s demonstrations in the Trotter Field Plots would instead be shelled over the three days of the Review.
Field demonstrations at the Review include presentations on corn harvest, precision farming, tillage, and field drainage installation. Demos start at 12:30 p.m. each day, and run roughly 90 minutes each. A full schedule of events, including the schedule of the Trotter Field Demonstrations, is available at the Farm Science Review website.
“We were done planting corn on June 2, and we were done with soybeans June 8,” said Nick Zachrich, FSR site manager. The persistent rainfall during the month of May kept the Review staff from planting as early as normal, typical of farmers across the Eastern Corn Belt.
Gamble said the field demonstration crops are typically shorter-season varieties to accommodate the early harvest in conjunction with the show. Even so, this season is one of the few in recent years when soybeans won’t be harvested along with corn.
Even organizers expect farmer turnout to be especially strong this year, as few will be in their own fields harvesting a crop.
Farm Science Review is sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, OSU Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. It attracts upwards of 140,000 visitors from all over the country and Canada, who come for three days to peruse 4,000 product lines from 600 commercial exhibitors, and learn the latest in agricultural research, conservation, family and nutrition, and gardening and landscape.
Farm Science Review pre-show tickets are now on sale for $5 at all OSU Extension county offices. Tickets will also be available at local agribusinesses. Tickets are $8 at the gate. Children 5 and younger are admitted free. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 20-21 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 22.