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To spray or not to spray foliar products

By Laura Lindsey, Andy Michel, Horacio Lopez-Nicora-OSU Extension, Ag Crops Team and edited by Mark Badertscher-OSU Extension, Hardin County

HARDIN COUNTY–When should I spray a foliar fungicide? First, consider the disease triangle. For  a disease to develop, there must be a susceptible host (Is your soybean variety resistant or  susceptible?, a virulent pathogen (Is there a history of a certain disease in your field? Do you  see any visual symptoms of disease?), and conducive environmental conditions. Most foliar  diseases, such as brown leaf spot and frogeye leaf spot, are favored by wet conditions. 

Fruit and vegetable crop walk on August 2

Open to commercial produce growers and home gardeners

HARDIN COUNTY – Hardin County OSU Extension has planned a Fruit and Vegetable Crop Walk program on Tuesday,  August 2 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. that addresses fruit and vegetable production issues in the region.

The location of  the program will be on a produce farm at 15237 County Road 209, Kenton. It is open to all fruit  and vegetable producers, whether they are commercial or home gardeners.

Pegasus Bus Company announces new models

DUNKIRK, Ohio—Pegasus Bus Company, a new Dunkirk company spearheaded by experienced executives in the school and transit bus industries, has announced details surrounding the design of its all-new Atlas models for Type A and C school buses.

According to the company, with unique body designs and state-of-the-art standard features and options, the new Pegasus vehicles will give bus buyers greater freedom of choice. The broad availability of Atlas models through the Pegasus dealer network will enhance competitiveness that should broadly benefit transit and school bus players in much of North America.

Liberty and Middlefield bank merger announced

At the end of May 2022 Middlefield Banc Corp. and Liberty Bancshares, Inc., the holding company for Liberty National Bank, jointly announced that they have entered into an agreement and plan of reorganization.

“We are excited to announce our combination with Liberty Bancshares, which complements our growth in the Central Ohio market, and expands our footprint to the compelling Northwest Ohio market,” stated James R. Heslop, II, President and CEO of Middlefield. “Once the transaction is completed, we expect to benefit as a larger bank with total assets of approximately $1.8 billion, strong earnings accretion, and a robust footprint around two of Ohio’s largest and fastest growing markets. We believe this is a compelling transaction that generates meaningful earnings per share accretion, has a minimal tangible book value dilution and manageable earn-back period. We look forward to a prosperous partnership with Liberty and creating value for our combined customers, team members, communities, and shareholders.”

Beatitudes back-to-school special ends July 31

With the start of school, fall sports and the Hardin County Fair on the horizon, the last week of July is a great time for getting our ducks in a row.

Beatitudes community center and thrift store, 210 N. Main, Ada, will hold its Back to School Special through July 31: the $6 Bag Sale on all clothing.

Hours of operation:


Monday: CLOSED

Tuesday: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Wednesday: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Thursday: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Friday: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Saturday: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Soil Health Field Day report

By Matt Burkholder

It was 101 degrees but that didn’t stop 65 farmers and land owners from attending our Soil Health Field Day at Burkholder Healthy Farms in Cairo, Ohio.

Our field day was in partnership with Cargill and American Farmland Trust. We discussed soil health practices such as no till, planting cover crops, carbon sequestration, water infiltration, seed treatment options and much more.