VANDALIA, Ohio - Vegetable growers seeking information on various field crop insects, weeds, diseases, animal control and production practices can attend the first annual Ohio State University Extension Sweet Corn Tour.
The tour, sponsored by the OSU Extension Vegetable Team, will be held June 19 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will include three farm tours and presentations by OSU and United States Department of Agriculture researchers. The event is free.
"The purpose of the tour is to introduce growers to each other, expose them to different production styles and practices, and educate them on various kinds of management," said Jim Jasinski, Southwest District OSU Extension agent. "The VegTeam usually offers a few field days a year on various crops. This year it happens to be sweet corn."
Farms included in the tour will be Fulton's Farm, Troy; Brentlinger's Farm, Springfield; and DeVoe's Farm, Xenia. At each stop, OSU and USDA researchers will give presentations on various vegetable topics, including weed control, pheromone trapping, and gray leaf spot management. OSU researchers expected to be on hand for the tour are horticulturists Doug Doohan, Bob Precheur, Brad Bergefurd, and Matt Kleinhenz; plant pathologist Mac Riedel; and entomologist Celeste Welty. Charles Lovell, from the USDA, will also be present to discuss animal control.
Each stop on the tour will last about an hour. Growers are invited to attend any or all three of the tours. For more information, contact Jasinski at (937) 454-5002, or Bob Precheur at (614) 292-3857, or log onto to http://www.ag.ohio-state.edu/~swest/ipm/sweetcorn.htm. The website contains information about the tour, as well as maps to each farm.