News tips and events for the week of June 3

Tip 1: Ohio State student farm: Some Ohio State students are spending their summer helping fight hunger. Working at the 4-acre Ohio State Student Farm, located at CFAES’ Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory in Columbus, the students are growing more than 30 varieties of fruits and vegetables, are learning about and practicing urban farming, and are donating some of what they grow to local food security efforts. Read more about the farm in “Crops for change” on our CFAES Stories website, go.osu.edu/CyXd, and on the farm’s website at go.osu.edu/CyXb.

Tip 2: Cicadas emerging in parts of Ohio: Millions of 17-year cicadas are emerging in Stark, Trumbull, Jefferson, Mahoning, and Columbiana counties in northeast Ohio. The big, buzzy bugs are mostly harmless but definitely loud. “It’s a big entomological event,” said Dave Shetlar, insect scientist with The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), in a recent CFAES news release. For more information, read the news release at go.osu.edu/CyXJ and a CFAES cicada fact sheet at go.osu.edu/CyXQ. Or contact Shetlar at shetlar.1@osu.edu; or Eric Barrett, an educator in the Mahoning County office of CFAES’ Ohio State University Extension outreach arm, at barrett.90@osu.edu or 330-533-5538.

June 2019

7 Hydrangea School, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Jack and Deb Miller Pavilion, Secrest Arboretum, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. Workshop on selecting and growing hydrangeas. Registration: $40 for members of Friends of Secrest Arboretum; $45 for nonmembers. Details: go.osu.edu/Cw7G

8 Plastic Pot Recycling, 7:30–11:30 a.m., Howlett Hall Turnaround, 2001 Fyffe Court, Ohio State, Columbus. Free recycling of plastic flower pots and trays. Sponsored by CFAES’ Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens. Details: go.osu.edu/CyWG.

8 Guided Bird Walk, 9–11 a.m., Seaman Orientation Plaza, Secrest Arboretum, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. For birdwatchers of all skill levels. Led by members of Greater Mohican Audubon Society. Free. Details: 330-263-3761, go.osu.edu/Cw7J

12 Tree Walk, 1–2 p.m., Seaman Orientation Plaza, Secrest Arboretum, 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: go.osu.edu/CyW9.

13 Ohio Lawn Care Association Northeast Seminar, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Arden Shisler Conference Center, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. Professional development program for lawn care professionals. Registration fees vary. Details and link to register: go.osu.edu/Cw7N.

13 Whiz Bang Science Show, 7–8 p.m., John Streeter Garden Amphitheater, Secrest Arboretum, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. Free and open to the public. The show will be canceled in the event of severe weather. Contact: Gwen Zimmerly, 330-263-3761, zimmerly.30@osu.edu.

14 A Day in the Woods: Woodland Critters, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Vinton Furnace State Forest near McArthur, Ohio. Learn about the life histories and habitat requirements of nongame forest wildlife such as gray treefrogs and flying squirrels. Registration: $12; lunch and handouts provided. Details: go.osu.edu/CyWg or apsley.1@osu.edu.   

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 Gardener volunteers. Contact: Amanda Bennett, 937-440-3945, bennett.709@osu.edu

18 Lake Erie Science at Lakeside Chautauqua: Talking Trash in Lake Erie, 2–3 p.m., Pavilion West Deck, 236 Walnut Ave., Lakeside, Ohio. Ohio Sea Grant presentation on plastics and other types of marine debris, their effects on Lake Erie, and what can be done to prevent such pollution. Details: go.osu.edu/CyWJ.

19 Guided Summer Walk, 2–3 p.m., Seaman Orientation Plaza, Secrest Arboretum, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. Guided walk featuring seasonal highlights and best practices for the landscape. Free admission. Details: go.osu.edu/CyWN.

20 Field Crops Field Day, 9–11:30 a.m., Northwest Agricultural Research Station, 4240 Range Line Road, Custar, Ohio. Free and open to the public. Contact Matt Davis, 419-257-2060, davis.1095@osu.edu

21 Dairy Margin Coverage Program: What’s New? 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Mahoning County office of OSU Extension, 490 S. Broad St., Canfield, Ohio. Learn about new features of the program, which was reconfigured in the 2018 Farm Bill. Will include a demonstration of various decision-making tools. Presented by Diane Shoemaker, OSU Extension, and Jill Ritchie, Farm Service Agency. Cost: $10 per person. Registration includes program and handouts. Details: go.osu.edu/Cxps

22 Large Acreage Conservation Demonstration and Education Site Tour, 10 a.m. to noon, Gwynne Conservation Area, Molly Caren Agricultural Center, 135 State Route 38 NE, London, Ohio. Tour featuring land management practices that promote soil, water, woodland, and wildlife conservation. Demonstration area includes pollinator plots, cover crop plots, and streambank restoration area. Presented by Ohio State’s Sustainable Agriculture Team. Free admission. Part of the 2019 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Details: oeffa.org/news/farm-tours-2019.

25 The Wondrous World of Lichens, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Jack and Deb Miller Pavilion, Secrest Arboretum, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. Cost: $40, $45 for nonmembers. Contact: Paul Snyder, 330-263-3761, snyder.1062@osu.edu.

25 Lake Erie Science at Lakeside Chautauqua: Mayfly Madness, 2–3 p.m., Pavilion West Deck, 236 Walnut Ave., Lakeside, Ohio. Ohio Sea Grant presentation on Lake Erie mayflies and their importance as water quality indicators. Details: go.osu.edu/CyWS

26 Diversified Crop and Production Field Day, 2 p.m., Ohio State University South Centers, 1864 Shyville Road, Piketon, Ohio. Tour featuring aquaponics, climate-smart agriculture, long-term tillage and cover crops, berries, pumpkins, paw paw trees, organic farming, and more. Presented by Ohio State’s Sustainable Agriculture Team. Free admission. Part of the 2019 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Details: oeffa.org/news/farm-tours-2019.

July 2019

9 Wood Destroying Insect Inspection Training, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Ohio Department of Agriculture, 8995 East Main Street, Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Preregistration: $90 (lunch included), on-site registration $100 (lunch not included). Details: go.osu.edu/Cv5D

9 Lake Erie Science at Lakeside Chautauqua: Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! 2–3 p.m., Pavilion West Deck, 236 Walnut Ave., Lakeside, Ohio. Ohio Sea Grant presentation on aquatic invasive species and how to prevent their introduction and spread. Details: go.osu.edu/CyWb

10 Tree Walk, 1–2 p.m., Seaman Orientation Plaza, Secrest Arboretum, 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.

11 Lake Erie Harmful Algal Bloom Forecast, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Ohio State University Stone Laboratory, Put-in-Bay, Ohio. Annual harmful algal bloom forecast for western Lake Erie by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Features presentations by scientists from NOAA, Heidelberg University, and Stone Lab. Free. Details: go.osu.edu/CyWd

11 Whiz Bang Science Show, 7–8 p.m., John Streeter Garden Amphitheater, Secrest Arboretum, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. Free and open to the public. The show will be canceled in the event of severe weather. Contact: Gwen Zimmerly, 330-263-3761, zimmerly.30@osu.edu.

12 A Day in the Woods: Woodland Stewardship Opportunities, 2–3 p.m., Vinton Furnace State Forest near McArthur, Ohio. Details on techniques, resources, and assistance available to landowners for improving their woods. Registration: $12; lunch and handouts provided. Details: go.osu.edu/CyWg or apsley.1@osu.edu.   

13 Ohio Sheep and Hay Day, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Jackson Agricultural Research Station, 019 Standpipe Road, Jackson, Ohio. Cost: $15 for Ohio Sheep Improvement Association members, $25 for non-OSIA members. Contact Brady Campbell, 740-434-3252, campbell.1279@osu.edu.

13 Pioneering Urban Farm Tour, 10–11:30 a.m., Four Seasons City Farm, 931 E. Mound St., Columbus, Ohio. Tour featuring plantings and programs at the oldest operating urban farm in Columbus. Presented by Ohio State’s Sustainable Agriculture Team. Free admission. Part of the 2019 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Details: oeffa.org/news/farm-tours-2019.

13 Insect Night, 8–10:30 p.m., Secrest Arboretum, OARDC, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. For children of all ages and their families. Free. Bring a flashlight, good walking shoes, and a clear jar to collect insects. Details: go.osu.edu/Cv5G

16 Lake Erie Science at Lakeside Chautauqua: Walleye, Perch, Bass, Oh My! 2–3 p.m., Pavilion West Deck, 236 Walnut Ave., Lakeside, Ohio. Ohio Sea Grant presentation on Lake Erie’s unique fish species, including game fish and species threatened by changing ecological conditions. Details: go.osu.edu/CyWs.

17 Western Agronomy Field Day, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Western Agricultural Research Station, 7721 South Charleston Pike, South Charleston, Ohio. Free and open to the public. Contact: Joe Davlin, 937-462-8016, davlin.1@osu.edu.

18 Summer Grafting Workshop, 8 a.m. to noon, Jack and Deb Miller Pavilion, Secrest Arboretum, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. Registration: $35 for Secrest members, $45 for nonmembers. Preregistration is required. The hands-on workshop will focus on summer grafting of tree species. Rootstocks and scions will be provided. Details: go.osu.edu/Cv5J

19 Sharpening Your Scouting Skills for Invasive Species, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ovalwood Hall, 1760 University Drive, Ohio State Mansfield campus, Mansfield, Ohio. Registration: $40; includes lunch and materials. Details: go.osu.edu/invasivescouting

21 Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens Open House Celebration, 1–4 p.m., Chadwick Arboretum North Site, northwest of the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Ohio State, Columbus. Includes tours of research lake, energy-efficient enCORE solar house, pollinator garden, monarch butterfly planting, and native Ohio trees. Free admission. Details: go.osu.edu/CyWv

23 Lake Erie Science at Lakeside Chautauqua: Aquatic Bugs Don't Bug Me! 2–3 p.m., Pavilion West Deck, 236 Walnut Ave., Lakeside, Ohio. Ohio Sea Grant presentation on aquatic insects, from tiny macroinvertebrates to colorful dragonflies. Details: go.osu.edu/CyWz.

25 Muck Crops Field Day, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Muck Crops Agricultural Research Station, 4875 State Route 103 South, Willard, Ohio. Free and open to the public. Contact: Bob Filbrun, 419-709-7485, filbrun.12@osu.edu.

30 Lake Erie Science at Lakeside Chautauqua: Snakes at the Lake! 2–3 p.m., Pavilion West Deck, 236 Walnut Ave., Lakeside, Ohio. Ohio Sea Grant presentation on the snakes of the Lake Erie region and the good they do for ecosystems, and also featuring live specimens. Details: go.osu.edu/CyW7.

31 Name That Tree, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ovalwood Hall, 1760 University Drive, Ohio State Mansfield campus, Mansfield, Ohio. Cost: $40; includes lunch and class materials. Spend the day getting familiar with tree identification terminology, walk through a dichotomous key, and finish the day with hands-on practice in the field. Join CFAES’ Jim Chatfield and Kathy Smith for a day of tree-focused information: go.osu.edu/Cxp7.