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Dec. 2, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio State University scientist who led the discovery of the biophysical processes behind a native shrub intercropping system that could transform agricultural practices in parts of sub-Saharan Africa has been elected to lead one of the nation’s premier natural science organizations.
Richard Dick, professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources, was elected the 2018 president of the Soil Science Society of America, which includes a three-year commitment on the SSSA Executive Council, starting January 2017. The school is in the university’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
Founded in 1936, SSSA is the professional home for more than 6,300 members and more than 1,000 certified professionals dedicated to...
Dec. 2, 2016
PIKETON, Ohio – With temperatures dropping statewide, some of the best ways wine growers and vineyard operators can protect their crops from harsh winter weather is by using high tunnels, employing windbreaks or by selecting cold-hardy cultivars, says a small fruit crops expert with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.
Understanding multiple techniques for protecting wine grapes from cold weather is key for successful vineyard operations, especially in Ohio where temperatures can drop below zero for days on end in winter months, said Gary Gao, an Ohio State University Extension specialist and associate professor of small fruit crops at the Ohio State University South Centers at Piketon.
“Smart winter protection...
Dec. 2, 2016
During the holidays, I have to admit that I tend to drink more alcohol than usual. I think I could use a reality check. When you’re out with friends or at a party, how much is enough?
The science is pretty clear on this one: The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends no more than one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men.
Unfortunately, some people interpret that as an average, but it’s not. If you consume alcohol only on Saturday night, it’s not OK to imbibe seven drinks all at once — or 14 if you’re a guy. It’s not even recommended to partake in that second or third drink (again, depending on your gender). “Moderate drinking” has defined limits, and that’s what they are. Note that pregnant women, anyone under...
Dec. 1, 2016
WOOSTER, Ohio — Baby, it’s too cold outside in Ohio in winter to grow the traditional Christmas holly, which is English holly, or Ilex aquifolium.
But Paul Snyder of Wooster’s Secrest Arboretum lists seven alternative hollies that can take it when Jack Frost nips at their noses.
They thrive in the state’s climate, including its bleak midwinters. They look good in the landscape all year. And you can cut stems from at least three of them to decorate your home for the holidays.
How would they look in your garden?
You can see all seven in the 115-acre arboretum, where Snyder works as a program assistant. Specimens grow in the facility’s theme gardens, around its Discovery Pavilion and in the locations listed below.
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Nov. 30, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio — If the holidays are supposed to be so great, why is everyone so stressed out this time of year?
There are plenty of reasons, said Jim Bates, field specialist in Family Wellness for Ohio State University Extension. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
“Expectations are high during the holidays, and trying to meet all of those expectations can be exhausting,” Bates said.
“We’re expected to travel to visit family and friends or host guests for meals or parties, which means preparing food for everyone. There are a lot of arrangements to make, and if you’re lucky you can take time off work, but that can mean negotiating with supervisors and co-workers. And when school lets out...
Nov. 22, 2016
My grandchildren are coming for an extended visit over the holidays. I’ve been concerned about some of their eating habits, but as their grandma, I don’t want to make a big deal about it. What are some subtle things I can do while they’re here to encourage them to eat a little better?
What a great grandma! You deserve kudos for noticing potentially damaging eating habits developing in your grandchildren and caring enough to nudge them in a healthier direction.
Here are some ideas to try from youth nutrition specialists with Ohio State University Extension:
Adopt a “water first for thirst” policy. When the grandkids ask for something to drink, pour a nice big glass of ice water for them instead of high-sugar soft drinks or other beverages. Experts...
Nov. 22, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A major project aimed at making corn production more resilient in the face of climate change, whose partners included scientists from The Ohio State University, was recently honored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).
Called “Climate Change, Mitigation, and Adaptation in Corn-Based Cropping Systems,” the research, education and outreach project received NIFA’s 2016 Partnership Award for multistate efforts during the institute’s annual Day of Appreciation on Oct. 6 in Washington, D.C.
Also called the “Sustainable Corn Project,” the five-year, $20 million NIFA-funded endeavor was started in 2011; was directed by Lois Wright Morton, professor of sociology at Iowa State...
Nov. 21, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The 50th annual Ohio Turfgrass Foundation Conference and Show, which includes the 89th Ohio State University Green Industry Short Course, is Dec. 5-8 in Columbus.
Co-planner Amy Stone, director and educator in Ohio State University Extension’s Lucas County office, said the two events have provided nearly 140 years of educational training to the green industry. Combined, she said, “It’s like getting two conferences for the price of one.”
The event is for anyone connected to the green industry, Stone said. “If you work with plants from turf to trees, you’ll want to attend,” she said.
For professionals working with turf, trees and more
Included in the target audience are people involved with landscape design; landscape,...
Nov. 18, 2016
I don’t usually have much of a sweet tooth, but during the holidays I tend to go overboard on cookies and other baked goods at parties and when people bring treats to the office. This year, it seems to have started already. Any ideas to help me keep in control?
Actually, it sounds like you may be a step ahead of most people. According to the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, about 70 percent of U.S. adults and children consume more added sugars than recommended — and not just during the holidays.
The guidelines say to keep added sugars to less than 10 percent of daily calorie intake. That means if your recommended calorie intake is 2,000 calories, your goal should be to keep sweets to a maximum of 200 calories a day.
It’s hard to estimate how many homemade...
Nov. 17, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The erosion of milk’s reputation as a healthy food choice is the biggest issue facing the nation’s dairy industry, said the new dairy chair for The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
“We could survive longer on milk without food, without water, without pizza, than you can survive on anything else,” said Rafael Jimenez-Flores, who joined the college as the J.T. “Stubby” Parker Endowed Chair in Dairy Foods earlier this year.
Jimenez-Flores has made it his mission to demonstrate scientifically the nutritional benefits of milk in the face of “fear mongering” that may have led to some public misconceptions that it is not good for you. “It is unethical to use fear...