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  1. Late Planting Start May Call for Adjusting Management Practices for Corn

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Thanks to cooler, wet weather in April that has caused spring planting delays across the region, growers may need to adjust some of their management practices when they are able to get into their fields to speed up crop establishment, said an agronomist with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. Across Ohio, as of the week ending April 26, only 2 percent of corn was planted, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. That compares to 3 percent that had been planted by the same time last year and 20 percent that had been planted on average during the same time period over the past five years, the agency said. The concern for many growers is that delayed...
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    Cover Crops Are Viable Option for Livestock Supplemental Feed

    WOOSTER, Ohio — Producers who want to use the cover crops they planted last fall as supplemental feed for their livestock may want to may want to harvest these crops quickly before the plants get too mature and the feed quality declines, says a forage expert from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.  So says Rory Lewandowski, agriculture and natural resources educator for the college’s outreach arm, Ohio State University Extension. Although cover crops are typically planted to control erosion and improve soil structure and health, they can also be a good option as supplemental forage for livestock, he said. “There are a number of dairy farmers who take a cutting off of cover crops that are planted in the...
  3. Chow Line: A tried-and-true DIY ‘detox’ diet

    I’ve seen a lot of different versions of “detox” diets. Which type might work best to help me shed a few pounds this spring? “Detox” and similar diets have been around for ages. As early as the 1930s, the grapefruit diet promised quick weight loss because of some sort of fat-burning enzymes, which simply don’t exist. Today, many detox diets focus on juicing or eliminating entire food groups and promise to help you burn fat, boost metabolism, improve digestion and (almost always) lose weight. However, there seems to be no consensus about what a detox diet really consists of, or what it is that you need to detoxify out of your body that your liver, kidney and colon don’t already eliminate. That said, spring is always a good time to recharge your...
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    Family Fundamentals: Investigate options to repay student loans

    I am about to graduate from college and, so far, I don’t have a job. I’m worried about paying back my student loans when the time comes. What happens if I can’t afford the payment? With any type of debt, it’s important to understand the terms of payment and what to do as soon as you fear you can’t keep up. It’s a good sign that you’re thinking of this now. Too many people avoid the issue. If they don’t have the money, they just miss payments and become delinquent, costing them not only financially in late fees, additional interest and penalties, but in increased stress and anxiety. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York recently issued “Student Loan Borrowing and Repayment Trends, 2015,” which reported that only 37 percent of...
  5. Cold Weather Spring Planting Delays Typical in Ohio

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – While cold weather and cool soil temperatures have made many Ohio corn fields unsuitable yet for spring planting, growers who haven’t begun planting shouldn’t worry because there’s still time to plant and expect good yields, said an agronomist with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. According to historical corn planting data for the past 15 years, less than 10 percent of Ohio corn has typically been planted by April 15, said Peter Thomison, an Ohio State University Extension agronomist. OSU Extension is the statewide outreach arm of the college. Instead, an average of about 2 percent has typically been planted statewide by April 15, he said. “Historically, the percentage of corn...
  6. Spring Planting Errors to Avoid to Get Crops Off to Good Start

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Growers who want to make sure they get their corn crops off to a good start this season should make sure they perform tillage only when necessary and under the proper soil conditions, cautions a field crops expert with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. That’s just one of the tips Peter Thomison, an Ohio State University Extension agronomist, said can help growers avoid spring planting errors that could result in lower yield potential before the first plant has even emerged. OSU Extension is the statewide outreach arm of the college. Thomison says growers should stick with proven practices when it comes to getting corn planted, including getting corn planted before May 10, after which the potential...
  7. Jay Martin to Lead Field to Faucet and Global Water Initiative

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – While some would say people are the problem behind Lake Erie’s harmful algal blooms, Jay Martin will tell you they’re the solution. Martin was recently chosen to lead Field to Faucet, a water quality program launched by The Ohio State University to ensure safe drinking water while maintaining an economically productive agricultural sector. “It became obvious, when I was working in Louisiana on a project to manage Delta land loss and salinity, that working with the people was the key to success,” Martin said. Martin did his PhD dissertation at Louisiana State University on the interdisciplinary nature of protecting coastal areas via engineering, social sciences and marine biology. Now, Martin is an ecological engineer in Ohio State’s...
  8. 500 Standout Plants for Your Garden, 1 Day in Wooster to Get Them

    WOOSTER, Ohio — Secrest Arboretum has posted lists of the plants you can buy at its May 2 Plant Discovery Day. The selection includes nearly 500 hard-to-find types of trees, shrubs, herbs, annuals and perennials, including about 50 to bid on in oral and silent auctions. Here are some examples. Annuals Coleus mix (pictured below) (photo: iStock), Lavender Lace cuphea, Upright Peach diascia, Diamond Frost euphorbia, Lemon Licorice helichrysum, Atlantis heliotrope, Butterfly Deep Pink impatiens, Lucia Dark Blue lobelia, Augusta Blue Skies nierembergia, Charmed Wine oxalis, Supertunia petunia mix, Sunbini sanvitalia and 50 others. See the full list at go.osu.edu/2015SecrestAnnuals. Perennials Black Scallop ajuga, Royal Red buddleia (butterfly bush), Cruzin Broad Street...
  9. Secrest Arboretum’s Annual Plant Sale Is May 2

    WOOSTER, Ohio — A blueberry bush whose berries are pink. A dwarf, thornless raspberry plant, perfect for a patio planter, that still yields full-size fruit. A shrub, the Japanese orixa, whose leaves in fall turn white. A tree, the Joe Witt striped maple, whose bark resembles a peppermint stick. They’re four of the nearly 500 types of hard-to-find plants you can buy at Secrest Arboretum’s May 2 Plant Discovery Day. “Most are cultivars that you’re not going to find at your local nursery,” said Joe Cochran, the arboretum’s interim director. The annual event, which is a main fundraiser for the arboretum, goes from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fisher Auditorium at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, 1680 Madison Ave. in Wooster. It...
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    Chow Line: Diet may play role in chronic inflammation

    Are there foods you can eat to reduce chronic inflammation? Health issues related to chronic inflammation have been getting quite a bit of attention in recent years. Ironically, inflammation is an important part of the immune system — in young people, bouts of inflammation actually help fight off disease and help repair damage from injury or exposure to harmful substances. But according to the National Institutes of Health (more precisely, the National institute on Aging), as people grow older, chronic inflammation often sets in, and it tends to be associated with a whole host of diseases and conditions, including heart disease, arthritis, frailty, type 2 diabetes, physical disability and dementia. The challenge is that the science to help us understand this link is still...

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