Tips and Events for the Week of Aug. 6

Tip 1: Growing hops: As craft beer brewing grows in Ohio, so does the growing of hops, a key ingredient in that beer. In August, the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University is hosting three Hops Field Nights for new and experienced growers. The events will feature talks by CFAES scientists, tours of hop fields, and demonstrations of practices and equipment. The dates are Aug. 8 in Piketon, Aug. 15 in Bowling Green and Aug. 23 in Wooster. CFAES Horticulture Specialist Brad Bergefurd, who does research on growing hops in Ohio and is education advisor for the Ohio Hop Growers Guild, will be the host of all three events. Media members are welcome to attend any of the three. Contact Charissa Gardner at gardner.1148@osu.edu or 740-289-2071, ext. 132, to make arrangements.

Tip 2: Composting tour: CFAES’s annual Composting in Ohio: A Tour of the Industry, set for Aug. 9, features two innovative large-scale composting facilities. Lima’s Allen-Oakwood Correctional Institution Compost Complex, which opened earlier this year, composts food scraps collected on-site as well as food scraps, manure, yard waste and other materials brought in from up to 85 miles away. Andre Farms Composting in Wauseon turns dairy manure, food scraps and yard waste into a plant-friendly soil amendment. Members of the media are welcome to attend the tour. To make arrangements, contact Mary Wicks, wicks.14@osu.edu, 330-202-3533.

August 2018 events

7 Turfgrass Research and Technology Field Day, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ohio Turfgrass Foundation Research and Education Facility, 2490 Carmack Road, Ohio State, Columbus. Registration, which includes lunch, is $20 for OTF members and $40 for nonmembers. More information and online registration: go.osu.edu/CVNb.

8 Hops Field Night, 5:30-9 p.m., Research Building Auditorium, Ohio State University South Centers, 1864 Shyville Road, Piketon. Registration is $15 and includes dinner. Register by contacting Charissa Gardner, gardner.1148@osu.edu, or 740-289-2071, ext. 132. Details: go.osu.edu/CW77.

9 Ohio Lawn Care Association (OLCA) Summer Seminar, 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., Ohio Turfgrass Foundation Research and Education Facility, 2490 Carmack Road, Ohio State, Columbus. Registration for OLCA members: $55. Registration for nonmembers: $100. More information and online registration: go.osu.edu/CVNd.

9 Composting in Ohio: A Tour of the Industry, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring tours of the Allen-Oakwood Correctional Facility Compost Complex in Lima and Andre Farms Composting in Wauseon. Meet at Allen-Oakwood Correctional Facility, 2338 North West St., Lima; or ride in free van leaving from the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster. Registration is $40, or $20 for students; includes lunch. More information: wicks.14@osu.edu, 330-202-3533, or go.osu.edu/CVNg.

9 Whiz Bang Science Show, 7-8:30 p.m., John Streeter Garden Amphitheater, Secrest Arboretum, OARDC, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster. Free, fun science show for kids. Cancelled in case of bad weather. More information: go.osu.edu/CVPx.

10 A Day in the Woods: Introduction to Woodland Stewardship Opportunities, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Vinton Furnace State Forest, McArthur. $12. More information: go.osu.edu/woodsday.

11 Guided Bird Walk, 9-11 a.m., Seaman Orientation Plaza, Secrest Arboretum, OARDC, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster. Free. More information: go.osu.edu/CVPs.

14 Northwest Ohio Precision Planter Day, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fulton County Fairgrounds, 8514 State Route 108, Wauseon. Register for $30. More information: go.osu.edu/CVcd.

14 Southwest Ohio Corn Growers and Fayette County Agronomy Club Field Day, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fayette County Airport and Demonstration Farm, 2770 State Route 38, Washington Court House. Free. More information: go.osu.edu/cornfielday.

15 Hops Field Night, 5:30-9 p.m., Agriculture Incubator Foundation, 13737 Middleton Pike, Bowling Green. Registration is $15 and includes dinner. Register by contacting Charissa Gardner, gardner.1148@osu.edu, or 740-289-2071, ext. 132. Details: go.osu.edu/CW77.

16 Agronomic Crops and Forages Field Day, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Ward Campbell Farm, 11440 Palmyra Road, North Jackson. Register for $15. Details: go.osu.edu/CW73 or 330-533-5538.

16 Southern Ohio Soil and Water Field Day, 5-9 p.m., Ohio State University South Centers at Piketon, 1864 Shyville Road, Piketon. Free. More information: go.osu.edu/CW9j.

17 Common and Uncommon Woodland Pests, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ovalwood Hall, 1760 University Drive, Ohio State, Mansfield. Registration, which includes lunch and materials, is $35. More information: go.osu.edu/commonpests.

19 Urban Community Garden Serving Homeless Men Tour, noon to 1:30 p.m., Friends of the Homeless Garden, 924 E. Main St., Columbus. Free admission. More information: go.osu.edu/CW7x or Mike Hogan, 614-866-6900, hogan.1@osu.edu

22 Agricultural Diversification Research Tour, 6-8 p.m., Mellinger Research Farm, 6889 W. Old Lincoln Way, Wooster. Free. More information: go.osu.edu/CVcj.

23 Expanded Aquaculture and Vegetable Farm Tour, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Project AquaStar Farm at St. Stephens Community Center, 1500 E. 17th Ave., in Columbus. More information: go.osu.edu/CW7x or Mike Hogan at 614-866-6900 or hogan.1@osu.edu.

23 Beef and Forage Field Night, 5-8:30 p.m., Jackson Agricultural Research Station, 019 Standpipe Road, Jackson. Preregistration is $10, includes dinner and is needed by Aug. 20. Details: go.osu.edu/CW75 or Scott Payne, 740-286-3803, payne.252@osu.edu.

23 Hops Field Night, 5:30-9 p.m., OARDC Horticulture Research Unit 2, 5082 Oil City Road, Wooster. Registration is $15 and includes dinner. Register by contacting Charissa Gardner, gardner.1148@osu.edu, or 740-289-2071, ext. 132. Details: go.osu.edu/CW77.

23 Pumpkin Field Day, 6-8 p.m., Western Agricultural Research Station, 7721 South Charleston Pike, South Charleston. Register for $5. More information: go.osu.edu/CW7v.

29 Precision Ag Day: Data Management, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Integrated Ag Services, 24320 Woodstock Road, Milford Center. Free, but registration is required for lunch. To register, call 937-484-1526 or email douridas.9@osu.edu. More information: go.osu.edu/CVcb.

September 2018 events

8 Stone Lab Open House, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Stone Laboratory, Gibraltar Island and Put-in-Bay. Free. Details: go.osu.edu/CW8G or Erin Monaco, monaco.25@osu.edu.  

10 Advanced Biobased Systems Workshop: Pipeline to Commercialization, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nationwide and Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Ohio State, Columbus. Registration is $60 by Aug. 20 and $75 after Aug. 20. Networking event on Sept. 9. More information: go.osu.edu/CWsg.

12 Urban Landscape Pest Management Workshop, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Nationwide and Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Ohio State Columbus. $95. More information: go.osu.edu/CWsd.

13 Understanding Algal Blooms: State of the Science Conference, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Stranahan Center, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo. Registration is $40. Student registration is $10. Details: go.osu.edu/CW79 or Erin Monaco, monaco.25@osu.edu.

13 Local Foods Farm Tour: Hugus Fruit Farm, 6:30-7:30 p.m., 1960 Old Rushville Road, Rushville. More information: go.osu.edu/CWsj

14-15, Chadwick Arboretum Fall Native Tree Sale, 3-7 p.m. Sept. 14, 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 15, south of the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Ohio State, Columbus. Free admission. Details: go.osu.edu/CW8S.

14 A Day in the Woods: Timber Harvesting, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Zaleski State Forest, CCC Camp, State Route 278, Zaleski. Registration is $12. Details: go.osu.edu/CW8Q.

18-20 Farm Science Review, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Thursday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Molly Caren Agricultural Center, London. Tickets are $7 in advance, $10 at the gate. More information: fsr.osu.edu.

19 CHAIRE Presents an Evening With Jack Hanna, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Nationwide and Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Ohio State, Columbus. CHAIRE is Ohio State’s Center for Human-Animal Interactions Research and Education. More information: go.osu.edu/CWsq.

22 Suburban Farmstead and Micro Dairy Tour, 2-4 p.m., Jedidiah Farm and Studio, 5058 Smothers Road, Westerville. Part of the Columbus Urban Farm Tour Series. Free admission. Details: go.osu.edu/CW7x.