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  1. Block O in cornfield

    Cornfield’s ‘Cool’ Block O Designed to Spur Conversations on Precision Ag Potential

    LONDON, Ohio -- A cornfield west of Columbus is showing some Buckeye pride with an unmistakable Block O pattern when viewed from above. The demonstration plot’s design isn’t a crop circle or a corn maze. It was established thanks to new dual-hybrid planting technology that researchers at The Ohio State University are putting under the microscope. “In general, farmers have always managed their acreage on a per-field basis, depending on their soil characteristics and other production factors,” said John Fulton, precision agriculture specialist for Ohio State University Extension. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. “Now, 2015 is the first year technology is commercially available to farmers that...
  2. NW Ohio Farmers: Sign Up for Project Designed to Improve Ohio Water Quality

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Researchers with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University are looking for farmers in the Maumee River Basin to volunteer for a study to determine the best management practices to reduce nutrient runoff while increasing crop yields. Greg LaBarge, an Ohio State University Extension field specialist and a leader of Ohio State’s Agronomic Crops Team, is leading the Farmer Phosphorus Water Quality Monitoring Project. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college. The data will be used to quantify economic and environmental nutrient losses associated with phosphorus runoff, LaBarge said. The goal is to determine the best tools to target high-risk fields and design the most effective practices to maintain crop...
  3. Pumpkin Field Night Aug. 20 Focuses on Managing Pests and Disease

    SOUTH CHARLESTON, Ohio – Novice and experienced pumpkin growers and crop consultants can learn more about pumpkin production, including managing pests and diseases, at the 2015 Pumpkin Field Day Aug. 20. The event will focus on multiple topics including current and unregistered fungicides used to control powdery mildew and offer a first-hand view of their efficacy in demonstration trials, said Jim Jasinski, an Ohio State University Extension educator and Integrated Pest Management program coordinator. The event is from 6-8 p.m. at the Western Agricultural Research Station, 7721 South Charleston Pike, in South Charleston. The research station is part of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. OSU Extension and OARDC are the outreach and research arms, respectively,...
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    Chow Line: As mercury rises, beat the heat with water

    Do we really need to drink more water when the weather is hot? If you’re outdoors when it’s hot and sticky, and you become hot and sticky yourself, then, yes, that’s a good signal that you should drink more water. You might not think much about it, but water is the most abundant substance in your body. Each and every organ in your body needs water to do its job. Water serves as a medium where chemical reactions take place — and the body is a veritable 24-hours-a-day laboratory bustling with such reactions. Water also helps control body heat through perspiration and helps lubricate your knees, elbows and other joints. And it does other jobs, as well — too many to list here. As your body uses all that water, and loses it from perspiration, urination and...
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    Ohio State's STEM Camp Taps Scotts for Real-Life Lessons

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – About 30 middle school students are getting hands-on instruction and inspiration in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) during Ohio 4-H STEM Discovery Camp this week at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on The Ohio State University campus.  Sponsored by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company and Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, 4-H STEM Camp brought together students in grades 7 through 9 from around the state to experience such science- and engineering-related activities as robotics, dairy science, dairy foods production, plant based bio-products, and engineering design challenges in aquaculture and ecology.  On Thursday, July 23, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the campers will participate in a...
  6. A view of the new Williams greenhouses. (Photo by Ken Chamberlain)

    New Greenhouses Boost Research, Competitive Edge

    WOOSTER, Ohio — The new Williams Hall greenhouse complex on the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center’s Wooster campus is much more than a replacement for the greenhouse lost to a tornado almost five years ago: It’s a state-of-the-art facility that will help advance plant research and strengthen Ohio agriculture. The original Williams Hall greenhouse complex was leveled by a September 2010 tornado that destroyed or damaged many other buildings and more than 1,000 trees at OARDC, the research arm of The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The new greenhouses became operational in November 2014. “It has been a long time coming, but our new facility will enhance the research and educational...
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    Weed ID Is the Key

    SOUTH CHARLESTON, Ohio — It was a contest to see who knows their weed. Or weeds, to be precise. College students from across the U.S. and Canada competed in the National Weed Science Contest July 20-21 at the Western Agricultural Research Station in South Charleston. The program was part of a competition to see who has bragging rights as the best student weed scientists, said Bruce Ackley, an Ohio State University Extension program specialist in weed science. The station is part of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. OSU Extension and OARDC are the outreach and research arms, respectively, of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. More than 225 undergraduate and graduate students from over 25 universities...
  8. local foods on store shelf

    First-Ever Ohio Local Foods Week Aug. 9-15: Farmers, Businesses, Organizations Urged to Get Involved

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — As the appetite for local foods continues to grow, Ohio State University Extension is celebrating the movement Aug. 9-15 with the first-ever Ohio Local Foods Week. The week’s organizers are encouraging participation among organizations small and large that provide local foods, including growers, farmers markets, community markets, farm stands, u-pick operations, community-supported agriculture groups, grocery stores and restaurants. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. “Think about it as a way to share your local foods story with customers,” said Heather Neikirk, OSU Extension educator who co-leads Extension’s Local Foods Signature Program with...
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    Turfgrass Research Field Day is Aug. 11 in Columbus

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Golf course superintendents, athletic field managers and lawn care professionals are encouraged to attend Turfgrass Research Field Day on Aug. 11 at the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation’s Research and Education Facility, 2710 North Star Road, Columbus. Turf professionals can learn about new research and technologies in turfgrass management, brush up on diagnostic skills, and get updates on environmental issues, said Pam Sherratt, a turfgrass specialist with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University and one of the event’s organizers. Registration is $40 for Ohio Turfgrass Association members and $60 for nonmembers. Morning sessions — starting at 8 a.m. — include: ·    ...
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    Northwest Ohio Precision Ag Day is Aug. 4

    WAUSEON, Ohio – With increased interest in the benefits of precision nutrient management, the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University is offering a day-long workshop that focuses on precision agriculture. The Northwest Ohio Precision Ag Technology Day is Aug. 4 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Fulton County Fairgrounds, 8591 State Route 108, in Wauseon, Ohio. The event will offer farmers and crop consultants a chance to focus on nutrient management, said Eric Richer, an Ohio State University Extension educator. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college.  Topics include: ·      Soil Phosphorus Recommendations ·      Soil Nitrogen Rate and Source Considerations...

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