Tip 1: Getting ready for the growing season: Farmers and producers in Ohio can expect to see a wet April followed by a warmer and not as wet May that includes the possibility of normal or even a bit below normal rainfall. Early indications for the summer growing season include normal or slightly above normal temperatures and possibly a bit wetter weather than normal; however, June could be a bit drier. That’s according to Jim Noel, with the National Weather Service. Noel’s weather updates are featured in the Crop Observation and Recommendation Network’s C.O.R.N Newsletter, which is offered by agronomists and educators with The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).
Tip 2: Lake Erie Watersnake roundup: A team of researchers, animal enthusiasts, and volunteers were among those who took part in the annual Lake Erie Watersnake census, an effort to collect data about watersnakes on Ohio’s South Bass Island. The team was led by Kristin Stanford, education and outreach coordinator for The Ohio State University Stone Laboratory. The lab, which is part of CFAES, is located at Put-in-Bay on Lake Erie. Data has been collected from nearly 35,000 captures of snakes over 38 years, with information on everything from population size and density to growth rates and survival in the tagged individuals that are found repeatedly over the years. Read more in an April 12 story on the CFAES Stories website. For more information about the snake roundup effort and Stone Lab, contact Christina Dierkes, outreach specialist, at614-292-8913 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
16 Nathan Fechheimer Memorial Lecture Series in Animal Breeding and Production, “Dietary Manipulation of the Dog and Cat,” 11 a.m., 122 Gerlaugh Hall, OARDC, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio, with videolink to 212 Animal Science Building, Ohio State, Columbus, Ohio. Features Kelly Swanson, professor, Department of Animal Sciences and Division of Nutritional Sciences, University of Illinois. Free. Details: go.osu.edu/CqzZ.
17 Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Training,4–7 p.m., Drake Hall, 33 Greeley St., West Salem, Ohio. Covers GAPs that reduce the risk of on-farm produce contamination. Registration: $30. Registration deadline: April 10. Details: 330-264-8722, go.osu.edu/Cqzj.
18 Russell Klein Memorial Nutrition Research Symposium, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Ohio State, Columbus, Ohio. Three guest speakers from the Cleveland Clinic, University of Arizona, and University of California-San Francisco. Registration deadline: April 5. Details: go.osu.edu/Cr8b.
20 Family Passport to Fishing, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens adjacent to Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Ohio State, Columbus, Ohio. Free fishing, with rods and bait provided, plus skill stations teaching casting, knot tying, rigging, and fish handling. Free admission with lunch included. Registration limited to 50 youth. Register by April 6 by emailing BuckeyeAFS@gmail.com. Details: go.osu.edu/CuEN.
23 Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training Course, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Perry Public Library meeting room, 3753 Main St., Perry, Ohio. Designed to meet the Produce Safety Rule training requirement of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Free for Ohio residents; $85 for out-of-state residents. Registration deadline: April 12. Details: go.osu.edu/CuEQ.
26 Arbor Day Celebration, 10 a.m., Kottman Hall west entrance, 2021 Coffey Road, Ohio State, Columbus, Ohio. A celebration of trees and the people who plant and care for them hosted by Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens, featuring speaker Joe Blundo, columnist with the Columbus Dispatch. Free admission and refreshments. Details: go.osu.edu/CuEV.
27 Spring Gardening Workshop, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Canfield Fairgrounds,Arts and Crafts Building, 7265 Columbiana-Canfield Road, Canfield, Ohio. Registration: $40; includes lunch and proceedings. Register ASAP by calling 330-533-5538. Details: go.osu.edu/CpkZ.
28 Spring Migration Birding Event, 8 a.m., Shenango Wildlife Area, State Route 7, Kinsman, Ohio. Observe and photograph the variety of migratory birds at one of Audubon’s important bird areas in Ohio. Meet at Shenango Wildlife Area parking lot off of Milligan East Road. Free event held rain or shine. Details: go.osu.edu/Cpkd.
30Ohio Fertilizer Applicator Certification, 6–9 p.m., Mahoning County office of OSU Extension, 490 S. Broad St., Canfield, Ohio. $30 per person. Call 330-533-5538 to register. Details: go.osu.edu/Mahoningfertcert.
1 Leadership Institute: Effective Coaching and Emotional Intelligence, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Ohio State, Columbus, Ohio. Registration: $415 for the general public, $395 for Ohio State employees. Details: go.osu.edu/Cr8d.
8 Challenges and Opportunities for Economic Development in Ohio, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fawcett Event Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road, Ohio State, Columbus, Ohio. Presentations by speakers from CFAES, Ohio State, and local government. Keynote talk titled “Does an Urbanizing World Still Need Rural America?” by CFAES’ Mark Partridge, Swank Chair in Rural-Urban Policy; professor, AEDE; and president, Regional Science Association International. Free admission; lunch included. Registration deadline: May 2. Details: go.osu.edu/CuEn.
8 Tree Walk, 1–2 p.m., Seaman Orientation Plaza, Secrest Arboretum, OARDC, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. Features a range of tree-related topics including selection, planting, pests, and diseases. Free, no reservations required. Details: 330-263-3761.
9–11 Spring Plant Sale and Auction Fundraiser, northwest corner of Lane Avenue and Fred Taylor Drive, Ohio State, Columbus, Ohio. Plant sale and auctions benefitting Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens. May 9, 5:30–8:30 p.m.: Presale and preview party for Friends of Chadwick Arboretum members only; unusual tree and shrub auction at 6 p.m. May 10, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Public sale; unusual tree and shrub auction at 4 p.m. May 11, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Public sale; unusual tree and shrub auction at 10 a.m. Free admission. Details: go.osu.edu/CuGD.
10 Plant Discovery Day Presale, 3–4 p.m., Secrest Welcome Center, Secrest Arboretum, OARDC, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. Plant sale presale and free admission for members of Friends of Secrest Arboretum only. Proceeds benefit CFAES’ Secrest Arboretum. Details: go.osu.edu/CuGV.
11 Plant Discovery Day Plant Sale and Secrest Welcome Center Open House, Secrest Welcome Center, Secrest Arboretum, OARDC, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Plant sale and auctions benefitting Secrest Arboretum. 1–3 p.m.: Open house for new Secrest Welcome and Education Center. Talks, food trucks, and arboretum tours throughout the event. Free admission. Details: go.osu.edu/CuGg.
16 Private Pesticide Applicator Testing, testing begins at 10 a.m., Portage County Office of OSU Extension, 706 Oakwood St., Room 101, Ravenna, Ohio. Details: go.osu.edu/Cr8z.
18 Simply Nature for Families, 10:30–11:30 a.m., Secrest Welcome Center, OARDC, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. Children will be led through several outdoor activities and receive a take-home kit to connect the park experience with backyard nature. Activities are free, but please call 330-263-3968 by May 15 to register. Intended audience is children ages 5–10, accompanied by parents, grandparents, or other caregivers. Details: go.osu.edu/Cr8v.
22 New Pesticide Applicator Training, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Ohio Department of Agriculture, 8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Cost: $35 morning session, $30 afternoon sessions. Preregistration encouraged; on-site registration by cash or check only. Details: go.osu.edu/Csqn.
22 Herbs and Perennials Workshop, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Miller Pavilion, Secrest Arboretum, OARDC, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. Cost: $40 arboretum members, $45 nonmembers. Details and to register: go.osu.edu/Cr85. Contact: Paul Snyder, email@example.com, 330-263-3761.
13 Whiz Bang Science Show,7–8 p.m, John Streeter Garden Amphitheater, Secrest Arboretum, OARDC, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. Free, open to the public. The show will be canceled in the event of severe weather. Contact: Gwen Zimmerly, 330-263-3761, firstname.lastname@example.org.
15 In the Garden Seminar,8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bravo Room, Hobart Arena, 255 Adams St., Troy, Ohio. Topics will include diversifying your landscape, new conifers, encouraging communities to support pollinators, and others. Cost: $40, $32 for master gardeners. Contact: Amanda Bennett, 937-440-3945, email@example.com.
25 The Wondrous World of Lichens,9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Jack and Deb Miller Pavilion, Secrest Arboretum, OARDC, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. Cost: $40, $45 for nonmembers. Contact: Paul Snyder, 330-26