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Annual Plant Sales this Weekend in Columbus and Wooster.

Tip 1: Plant Sales in Columbus and Wooster.

Two arboretums, owned and operated by The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, are having plant sales and auctions on May 10 and 11. The Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens, located on Ohio State’s Columbus campus, will present its Spring Plant Sale on May 11 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on May 12 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The sales will be held at the corner of Lane Avenue and Fred Taylor Drive, just east of State Route 315. Casey Sclar, executive director of the American Public Gardens Association, will be a special guest on Friday from 10 a.m. to noon. Contact Mary Maloney, director of Chadwick, 614-688-3479, The Friends of Secrest Arboretum on CFAES’s Wooster campus will hold their annual Plant Discovery Day at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 12, with a silent auction from 9-11 a.m. The sale will be held in Fisher Auditorium, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster. Contact Gwen Zimmerly,, or Jason Veil, Secrest curator, 330-263-3761,

Tip 2: When should commodity crop producers start planting this year?

With the unseasonably late cold and snow conditions coupled with record rainfalls in recent weeks, just when can Ohio corn and soybean producers start spring planting? Will the weather play any role in getting crops planted on time this spring? In general, Ohio soybeans planted between May 1 through mid-May result in better yields. Laura Lindsey, an Ohio State University Extension specialist, soybean and small grains production, can speak on soybean production. Contact her at 614-292-9080 or The optimal time to get corn planted in southern Ohio is between April 10 and May 10 and in northern Ohio between April 15 and May 10, says Peter Thomison, an OSU Extension agronomist. Contact him at 614-292-2373 or OSU Extension is the statewide outreach arm of CFAES.

May 2018 Events

5 OSU ATI Commencement. Ohio State’s Agricultural Technical Institute will hold its 45th Commencement May 5 at 11 a.m. in Fisher Auditorium, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster. This year’s commencement speaker is Tom Price, owner of Delaware, Ohio-based Price Farm Organics.

7-8 National Conference on Diversity, Race and Learning, Hale Hall, The Ohio State University, 154 West 12th Ave., Columbus. Pre-conference Diversity Training with Eddie Moore Jr. on May 7, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 8 session at The Fawcett Conference Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration for the preconference workshop: $125. Registration for the conference: $185. To register:

8 Environmental Professionals Network breakfast program, “May Is All About Maple! Perspectives on the Maple Industry Through the Lens of Forestry, Business and Policy Development,” 7:15-9:30 a.m., Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, on Ohio State’s Columbus. Registration, which includes breakfast, is $10 or free for Ohio State students. Registration required. Details and link to register:

11 Plant Discovery Day Pre-Sale for members of the Friends of Secrest Arboretum. Fisher Auditorium, OARDC, 1680 Madison Ave., CFAES’s Wooster campus. Free admission. Details:

11-12 Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens Spring Plant Sale and Auction, northwest corner of Lane Avenue and Fred Taylor Drive, just east of State Route 315 on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. May 11, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; May 12, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. More information:

12 Plant Discovery Day Plant Sale, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fisher Auditorium, OARDC, 1680 Madison Ave., CFAES’s Wooster campus. Free admission. Details:

15 Environmental Policy and Outlook Conference, Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. Free. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. More information:

23 CFAES Alumni Society’s Scholarship Fundraiser, 5:30-8 p.m., Land-Grant Brewing Company, 424 W. Town St., Columbus. Ten percent of every drink purchased will go to support scholarships for CFAES students. Details:

June 2018 Events

8 A Day in the Woods: Breeding Birds, Vinton Furnace State Forest, Township Highway 6, McArthur, Ohio. The event starts at 8 a.m. Registration fee: $12. Start the day exploring the Vinton Furnace for songbirds. Learn about identifying birds by song, breeding bird ecology and the important role breeding birds play. Contact Dave Apsley,  

12 Small Grain Field Day, 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., OARDC Schaffter Farm, 3240 Oil City Road, in Wooster. The cost is $25 per person and includes lunch for those registered by June 4. Contact Rory Lewandowski at or 330-264-8722. For more information and to register, go to The event will feature sessions on malted barley, wheat and double-cropping soybeans with small-grain production.




Sherrie R. Whaley