Logan County Top of Ohio ag tour

Mark your calendar for Sunday, September 18, 2011, for the Top of Ohio Drive-It-Yourself Ag Tour to be held in Logan County, Ohio. This is a free event open to the public from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. featuring the southeast quadrant of the county.

Start your day off at the Logan County Farm Bureau’s “Taste of Logan County” which will take place at the Logan County Fairgrounds (Grange Building) between 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Cost of the lunch is $.50 which represents the amount the farmer would receive for production of the food.

From there, feel free to visit as many or all of the stops on the tour. In no particular order, the stops are as follows:

Warne Farms. Jim & Leslie Warne raise registered Shorthorn cattle on their farm, The Oaks, located on County Road 1, Bellefontaine. In the 80’s, they got started in beef cattle by way of their children’s 4-H projects. Initially the intent was to raise their own steers for the show ring. As the 4-H and FFA years ended, a new direction was needed, therefore the Shorthorns.

Wenger’s Produce. Wenger’s Produce was established in 1966 by Kenny & Donna Wenger. The farm is now owned and operated by their son Jerry and wife Dawn, and their sons Steve & Scott and their wives. The farm consists of approximately 75 acres of fruit and vegetables and approximately 1,000 acres of grain crops. The majority of the produce grown is sold in their farm market or at local farmer’s markets throughout the week. The market opens in May with hanging baskets for Mother’s Day. As the season progresses, they grow a wide variety of produce.

Henry Farms. This dairy farm, which dates back to 1959, involves three generations active in the daily operations. The farm consists of 3,800 acres rented and owned and 500 milking Holsteins and Brown Swiss. The farm utilizes GPS and GreenStar technology in the cropping operation and daily milk weights and Wii technology in activity monitors for the dairy. The cows are milked three times per day and 5 a.m., 1 p.m and 9 p.m., each shift taking about 4 hours.

Miller Family Farm. Don & Virginia Miller purchased this 85-acre farm near Pickrelltown 50 years ago. Now there are three generations of family members involved. The farming operation mainly consists of no-till corn and soybeans. Wheat, hay, pasture and woodland are also included. Several miles of waterways and filter strips have been installed and maintained to help control erosion and runoff. There is a grain storage area which includes a dryer and air system. Sheep have also been raised on the farm for 50 years. Don has done much to promote the sheep industry and coyote control.

The corporate sponsor of this year’s tour is Logan County Electric Cooperative. They will have a display and presentation at the Warne Farm. Plan to stop by and visit with them.

For more information or a brochure with complete details and map, contact Pat Myers, Tour Coordinator at 937-935-1975 or at sptmyers@centurylink.net.

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