Floyd Newberry Jr Donna F Lang Gene Warren Dwight L Fulton Virginia A O’Neil Anne L Durbin-Thomas Marietta Dunn Charles L Latchford Broncos win ‘Battle of 32’ Lady Broncos claim win over Bethel-Tate Jays top Warriors, fall to Mustangs Lady Warriors claim top spot in SHAC with win over Lynchburg-Clay Broncos buck the Lions, 54-51 James N DeHaas Questions still linger in Stuart explosion New direction for Brittany Stykes case New public safety director now on duty in Brown Co. Fayetteville Mayor anticipates a good year for the village Chamber of Commerce announces awardees Robert Bechdolt Carl E Lindsey Audrey F Maher LeJeune Howser Tammy L Connor Henry C Mayhall Jr Chad Spilker Frank W Kemmeter Jr Wanda J Howard Dorothy Huff Colon C Malott Eastern varsity teams come out on top to capture Brown County Holiday Classic crowns WBHS Army JROTC hosts rifle shooting competition Bronco varsity wrestling team unbeaten at 8-0 Blue Jays finish 1-1 in Ripley Pepsi Classic Mona G Van Vooren Hiram Beardsworth Avery W McCleese Ethel E Long Children learn safety from ‘Officer Phil’ Microchips can help locate lost pets Local GOP plans trip to Washington Three sentenced in common pleas Estel Earhart Roy Stewart Tenacious ‘D’ leads Lady Jays to victory over Blanchester on day one of Ripley Pepsi Classic Fayetteville’s Thompson, Jester earn SWOFCA All-City honors Jays fall to Blanchester on first day of Pepsi Classic Ticket details announced for OHSAA basketball and wrestling state tournaments Jerri K McKenzie Randy D Vaughn Georgetown JR/SR high to have new library Georgetown saw many improvements in 2016 Three sentenced in common pleas court Esther O Brown G-Men go on scoring rampage for 77-41 win over Cardinals Warriors climb to 4-2 with wins over West Union, Lynchburg Rockets top Whiteoak for first win Shirley M Bray Carter Lumber closes in G’town Wenstrup looks forward to 2017 Seven indicted by county grand jury John Ruthven holds pre-Christmas Open House New pet boarding facility now open in Georgetown Denver W Emmons Carl W Liebig Mary L McKinley Blake C Roush Louis A Koewler William D Cornetet Western Brown dedicates Perry Ogden Court Lady Warrior win streak hits 5 Lady Rockets wrap up tough week on the hardwood Barons rally for win over Broncos Georgetown to hire two paid Firefighter/EMT’s Noble receives statewide law enforcement award County helps family in need after house fire Flashing signs banned in G’town historic district ‘Christmas Extravaganza’ at Gaslight Thelma L Ernst Roy L Bruce Ken Leimberger Cathye J Bunthoff Lending a holiday helping hand G’Town Christmas Parade enjoyed by spectators Mt. Orab Auto Mall collects over 1,100 canned goods for local families “Celebration of Lights” held at fairgrounds Thirteen indicted by grand jury Lady Warriors hit the hardwood with high expectations Warriors reload after graduating four starters Six seniors hit the hardwood for Rockets Lady Rockets packed with size, talent Lady G-Men to rely heavily on young talent G-Men seek improvement after last year’s three-win season Skilled crew on the return for the Blue Jays Broncos begin quest for SBAAC American Div. crown Lady Broncos working hard toward SBAAC American Div. title after finishing as league runner-up last season Experienced crew of Lady Jays return to the hardwood Stephen C Foster Mary J Fitzgerald Tyler Hesler

Control some problem weeds now

There are a number of weeds that cause producers problems throughout the year. Some of these problem weeds are in row crops and some on livestock operations. Regardless of the weed or situation there are times that are better than others to make applications to control problem weeds, but it depends on the weed and conditions. As a reminder, you must follow the label for all applications. The products used to control certain weeds may or may not be permitted for use in the fall, so read closely.

For row crops there are advantages to controlling some of the weeds in the fall. Some of these reasons include soils being able to dry earlier in the spring if not covered with dense weeds. Another reason is that some weeds may be a host for a disease that may also be a problem in the upcoming crop. For soybean producers soybean cyst nematodes also like some of the weeds that often grow in crop fields over the winter months and into early spring like purple deadnettle.

For livestock producers a couple of the weeds that come to mind may also be a problem in and around crop fields. Canada Thistle and Poison Hemlock come to mind as being problems on many of the farms that I have been on. Fall applications may help with both of these weeds. One fall application may not be enough to wipe them out, but it could be a good start. A spring application to follow up would be a good idea, too. Both of these weeds are still green even after the recent cold temperatures, and typically are green before most other vegetation in March.

Pick a warm day when there is no wind and follow the label. The Ohio and Indiana Weed Control Guide can also provide additional helpful information. Weed Control Guides are available at the OSU Extension offices. Right now 2015 Weed Control Guides are reduced to $10 while supplies last. You may want to call to check on availability before making the trip. The number to call in Adams County is 937-544-2339, Brown County is 937-378-6716 and in Highland County is 937-393-1918.

Pond Issues in Ohio

Pond issues are a common call during the summer months in Southern Ohio. The calls range from weed and algae control to fish kills and everything in between. The OSU Extension Specialist that deals with pond questions is Eugene Braig. Eugene recently passed on information concerning a publication that has been around for several years, but availability was an issue. That has now changed.

If you are looking for pond information that is specific for Ohio you may want to check this out online. You can download the document in its entirety here: http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/portals/wildlife/pdfs/publications/fish%20management/Pub432.pdf.

Fertilizer Certification and Pesticide Re-certification Dates

As we near the end of 2015 it is time to start thinking about pesticide re-certification for private applicators that have a license that will expire on March 31, 2016. In addition to re-certification for pesticide license, those who have a pesticide can also attend a two hour certification for applying fertilizer. If you do not have a pesticide license you cannot get credit with this two hour program. If you do not have a pesticide license you are required to attend a three hour session for fertilizer which will be offered later in the winter. Keep in mind the fertilizer requirements do not start until Sept. 30, 2017.

The requirements for needing or being exempt for the fertilizer certification at this point is applying fertilizer on more than 50 acres of land that is producing crops primarily for sale. That can be hay, corn, tobacco, soybeans, etc. However, if you are raising the crop to primarily feed livestock you are not required to have the certification. We have fliers in the OSU Extension offices that explain this in more details. Stop by and pick on up, or if you have questions you call me at 937-515-2314. The flyer is also available online at http://pested.osu.edu near the bottom of the page.

Locally I have scheduled three opportunities for producers to attend fertilizer and pesticide education programs. In all cases pre-registration is required. There are over 250 applicators who need to attend one of these three sessions, so walk-ins or even switching to another session because something came up will not work unless space is available. Seating is limited and once a session is full, it is full. With that in mind, if you have limitations due to the dates or the time of the day you can attend, please reserve your spot early with a phone call and send in the payment. The payment in this case is $35. This is for the training, a light meal, and a publication. If you have a special dietary need please let us know when you call to register. Cindy Kratzer will handle all registrations for Pesticide and Fertilizer training at 937-378-6716. If you call after hours please leave the message for Cindy.

The sessions are as follows: Monday, Feb. 8, 2016 at North Adams High School. This session will begin 5 p.m. with Fertilizer training until 7 p.m. Then we will break for pizza followed by the pesticide re-certification from 7:30- 10:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 at Southern State Community College in Hillsboro. This session begins 10 a.m. with Fertilizer training until noon. Then we will break for pizza followed by pesticide re-certification from 12:30- 3:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 22, 2016 at Southern Hills Board Office on Hamer Road in Georgetown. This session begins 10 a.m. with Fertilizer training until noon. Then we will break for pizza followed by pesticide re-certification from 12:30- 3:30 p.m.

Remember to pre-register early. You can also email Cindy at kratzer.11@osu.edu. Please mail payment to the Brown County Extension office, 325 W. State St. Bldg. B, Georgetown, Ohio 45121.

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