Practices get underway for fall sports Jays soon to begin quest for SHAC title Western Brown to hold Meet the Teams Night and OHSAA parent meeting Aug. 8 Norville F Hardyman Carol J Tracy James Witt Ripley officer receives commendation for quick action Bicentennial at Ripley First Presbyterian RULH welcomes new school principals Aberdeen’s Police Dept. continues to grow Mary F McElroy Broncos out to defend SBAAC American Division soccer title Bronco 5K to take place Aug. 5 EHS volleyball team ready for new season Michael C Cooper Raymond Mays Harry E Smittle Jr Mary A Flaugher Western Brown’s Leto excels in Australia Rockets ready for 1st season in SBAAC Paddling, hiking activities available at Ohio State Parks SB Warriors get set to hit gridiron for 2nd year of varsity football Scotty W Johnson Glenna V Moertle Rickey L Hoffer Ruth E Ward David A Watson Janet L Dotson Vilvie S King Steven C Utter Cropper joins Fallis at Bethel-Tate Local kids find success in world of martial arts 13th annual Bronco 5K Run and Fitness Walk set for Aug. 5 Teams compete in memory of Randy Fulton Mike W Smith Roger Helton David A Borders Timothy E Argenbright Joseph W Sherrill Frances K Pedigo Water distribution plans for Ripley move forward Historic Trapp and Wilson building sold RULH graduate wins HFR Scholarship Blanche Malblanc Pauline L Kirk Over 70 take part in 11th Joe Myers 5K Classic Lions Club 4th of July Festival brings outdoor fun to Ripley ODNR reminds visitors to swim safe this summer Changes in high school track and field/cross country rules include school issued and approved uniforms Betty L Philpott Judy B Williams Billie J Russell Remembering Ravye 25 attend volleyball camp in Fayetteville Western Brown hosts Pee Wee Football Camp Eugene L Baumann RULH selects Wilkins as new superintendent Corps of Engineer to study erosion issue in Ripley More funds available through Revolving Loans Jack Hamilton Charles L Glover Maxine M Stires Western Brown youth basketball camps a success Leto to represent Team USA in Australia Broncos hard at work in preparation for fall season Eastern approves bowling team Phyllis Ruth Lois A Manley Eddie L Carr Thomas L Carnahan Cameron Barkley Walter J McGee Gary J Graham George D Johnson Walter F Crawford Jr Charles E Meranda Jr Historic home in Ripley is sold following renovations Hyde finds home at Midway Youngsters work to improve on hoop skills at Eastern basketball camps Sizer named All-District Honorable Mention Western Brown’s Barnes earns All-State, All-District honors Local players compete in SWOFCA Ron Woyan East/West All-Star Game 6th annual Ravye Williams Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament set for June 24 Clarence E Teal Rosie B Poe Monard C Boots James P Conrad James T Dinser Scott J Swearingen Eastern’s Farris earns award for top 2-point field percentage in Ohio Georgetown’s Seigla earns All-District honors OHSAA announces 2017 football regions and playoffs format Western Brown volleyball camps a success with over 100 in attendance Rigdon finishes high school running career with 10th place finish at state track and field championship meet Grace E Fite Students speak out in support of Skinner Ripley Council to pay half the cost for Air Evac services John McGee Timmy Burson Patricia A London

Master Gardener training begins next month

If you have ever thought you would like to become a Master Gardener Volunteer, the opportunity for training is upon you. The classes will be offered during the day from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays starting Oct. 7 and running through Nov. 19 (14 sessions offered, you must attend 13 to obtain the 50 hours of training required). The Wednesday sessions will be in the Mt. Orab Library and the Thursday sessions will be at Southern State Community College in Hillsboro. There will also be an opportunity for evening training using distance learning. The evening classes will begin on Oct. 6 and be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 6 p.m. Note: if you miss a day or evening session you have the opportunity to make it up in the opposite time slot.

The charge for the course will be $150. Once trained and if you complete the 50 hours of volunteer time within a year, $100 will be refunded. To sign up for the day classes call the Brown County Extension Office at 378-6716 and for the evening class contact the Ross County Extension Office (classes will be offered locally depending on participation) at 740 702-3200.

Antibiotics in Livestock

In recent years we have heard more and more about the concerns of antibiotic use in animals and the concerns with resistance. In the near future we will see changes on what can be used and how it can be used. Many of the antibiotics that can now be bought off a shelf will need a veterinarian involved in the use and dosage, as well as a reason that it can be used.

If you have questions or concerns about the upcoming changes in the use of antibiotics on the farm you may want to mark your calendars for Monday Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. A free dinner will begin at 6 p.m. and the program will start at 7 p.m. at the Union Stockyards in Hillsboro. Dr. Joe Dedrickson will be presenting the educational session.

Ohio State Offers Free Pigweed Herbicide Resistance Screening

As growers prepare for the coming winter, understanding herbicide resistance can help them combat the weeds in their fields in the most cost-effective and efficient way, say weed scientists in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.

Members of the Ohio State University Weed Team are providing growers with free screenings of populations of any pigweed species this fall. The screenings can help farmers know what to expect from an herbicide as they try to manage weed infestations in their fields, said Mark Loux, an Ohio State University Extension weed specialist. OSU Extension is the statewide outreach arm of the college.

“The screenings can help farmers make their most effective herbicide choices,” he said. “Growers should avoid using the wrong herbicide on the weeds that are already resistant to certain herbicide sites of action, or in some cases adding in another post-emergence herbicide before they actually have to. “Not only will that make the weeds more difficult to control, but growers can end up wasting money in the process.”

The weeds that can be screened include populations of redroot pigweed, waterhemp and Palmer amaranth, among others, Loux said. Samples should generally be collected from fields where resistance to one or more types of herbicide is suspected, he said.

“Redroot pigweed is everywhere and generally easy to control, but some fields are developing pockets of resistance,” Loux said. “Fields with waterhemp are increasing slowly across the state, and most fields have one or more types of resistance. “However the biggest weed concern is trying to keep Palmer amaranth from getting firmly established in Ohio because it is very difficult to control.”

Growers can submit weed samples to members of the Ohio State weed team for free for analysis. The sample submission form with directions for collecting seed can be found at the Herbicide Resistance Screening link at u.osu.edu/osuweeds/.

Guidelines for collections are as follows:

-Samples should be collected when seed is mature. Fully developed seed will be hard, not soft.

-Collect entire seedheads.

-Depending on the species, 10 to 30 seedheads will be needed for a proper screening.

-Samples should be fresh. Mail immediately or let air dry under cool, dry conditions in an open paper bag for two to four weeks. Do not collect or store in plastic.

-Samples should be carefully packaged and shipped early in the week to avoid weekend layovers during which the sample will deteriorate.

-Be sure to include sample documentation and background information.

This appeared in the Ag Answers Newsletter that comes from OSU and Purdue Extension.

Farm Science Review Tickets

Remember that we have Farm Science Review tickets available at all OSU Extension Offices until September 21 or we run out of tickets. For more information about the Farm Science Review go the website at http://fsr.osu.edu.

Dates to Remember

Sept. 5-12-Highland County Fair

Sept. 14- Pesticide Testing at Old Y Restaurant at Noon. Pre-register at http://pested.osu.edu or call 800-282-1955

Sept. 22-24- Farm Science Review

Sept. 28- Oct. 3- Brown County Fair

Oct. 7- First Day of Master Gardener Training Class.

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