2010 Ohio Hay Day

With hay-harvesting equipment demonstrations, educational presentations on biofuel grasses and a variety of exhibitors, the 2010 Southeastern Ohio Hay Day, Thursday, June 17, promises to be a great opportunity for producers serious about maximizing farm income and exploring new ventures.

Sponsored by Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), the event — free and open to the public — will be held from 4-8:30 p.m. at the Eastern Agricultural Research Station in Belle Valley, Ohio, just off Interstate 71 in Noble County. Dinner will be provided.

The program includes a series of hay-equipment demonstrations (raking, baling, mowing and tedding). Exhibitors include hay-equipment manufacturers, local equipment dealers, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and OSU Extension.

New this year are presentations on biofuel grasses and warm-season grass production, said Clif Little, OSU Extension educator in agriculture and natural resources. Larry Merry, Belmont County (Ohio) Port Authority, will be on hand to discuss Berger Plant’s (also located in Belmont County) plans to use biomass for energy generation by 2013. Also, Little will talk about production of switchgrass (a biofuel source), how to establish it, and the costs to produce it and pelletize it.

The Eastern Agricultural Research Station is located at 16870 Township Road 126 near Belle Valley. Take Exit 28 off I-77. Turn south on State Route 21. Go east (left) on State Route 215 for about one mile. Turn right onto Bond Ridge Road (a township road) and look for signs.

The facility is one of 10 OARDC outlying agricultural research stations located around Ohio.

Call 740-489-5300 or 740-732-2682 for more information about the event.

OARDC and OSU Extension are the research and outreach arms, respectively, of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

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