The first Ohio Farm Science Review was held in 1963 at Don Scott Field near Columbus. Today it’s an annual event, held on the Molly Caren farm near London, Ohio, about 30 miles west of Columbus, during September each year. This year’s 50th anniversary show opens the gates Tuesday morning, Sept. 18 and runs through Thursday afternoon, Sept. 20.
The show officials are honoring those who have attended the most shows, or who have ties going back to the early days of the event. One of the exhibitors, Ruff Seeds, founded in the 1930’s in Amanda, Ohio, has exhibited at every Farm Science Review.
The current site is operated by the university, and encompasses several hundred acres. Part of the ground is dedicated to a permanent show grounds for the show, including paved streets. The parking lots are also permanent fixtures. The show is less than a two-hour drive from Richmond, Indiana.
Ohio State University has always made an effort to host educational sessions during the show. Many people come to see the new products that companies display. Others come to hear current recommendations on agronomics, including fertilizer and weed control. This year’s drought, more severe in Indiana than Ohio, will likely provide many topics of discussion for specialists at the show.
The show also features working field demonstrations, weather permitting. There is transportation for visitors to the working areas. Different types of equipment are typically demonstrated at the show. In fact, this show was among the first to feature working demonstrations of GPS-based precision technology when it came upon the scene several years ago.
Admission to the show is $8 for adults, with children 5 years of age and under admitted free. Organizers hope you join thousands of previous visitors who make the Ohio Farm Science Review an important event for agriculture each year.