LONDON, Ohio — Farming is considered one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States, and the 2017 Farm Science Review (FSR) is ready to help with information to keep farm workers safe.
The Ohio State University’s Agricultural Safety and Health program will offer live demonstrations during FSR, Sept. 19-21, at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London, Ohio, including the following farm safety displays and demonstrations.
New to the Review this year is the Farm Safety Scene, a tabletop hazard hunt depicting a farm. People can inspect the mini farm scene to determine the number of safety hazards they can find, such as mishandling farm equipment or standing in an unsafe area.
The Safety in Agriculture for Youth (SAY) project will offer a free bottle...
LONDON, Ohio — Farm Science Review, one of the biggest farm shows in the U.S., lasts three days. Ever wonder what happens at the site the other 362 days of the year?
Projects. Lots and lots of improvement projects to keep the area in tip-top shape for the following year.
Recent improvements include upgrading drainage in the demonstration fields, planting pollinator plants around the exhibit areas, enhancing vendor electrical services, repaving Friday Avenue and restoring the stream-bed in the Gwynne Conservation Area to stop erosion, said Garrett Nowak, the new site manager. Nowak was named to his position in February after being involved with the Review since 2009.
The Review is sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State...
LONDON, Ohio – The Farm Science Review will induct Stan Ernst and Louis McFarland into the 28th class of honorees for the Review’s Hall of Fame. Ernst and McFarland will join the 75 other individuals who have been recognized for their contribution to the Review since its inception 55 years ago.
The Farm Science Review, which will take place this year from Sept. 19-21 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London, Ohio, offers farmers and other visitors the opportunity to learn about the latest agricultural innovations from experts from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University.
Ernst has been a champion of the Review and The Ohio State University for 27 years, specifically of the educational...
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Gardening is a great option for keeping your children off social media and in the outdoors. And it can teach as well as entertain.
“When children grow their food in a garden, they are much more invested in their food sources. I have seen the excitement that children experience in a garden lead to one-on-one opportunities for them to connect on a personal level with the adult leaders in the garden,” said Sue Hogan, 4-H educator for Ohio State University Extension in Franklin County.
Gardening can be used to teach science, math, literature, social studies and many other subjects. Using school gardens as a context for learning has been well-researched and includes benefits like higher scores on science achievement tests, increased health and wellness...
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – Healthy soil is one of those invaluable things that is often taken for granted. But the healthier the soil, the more nutrients a plant can soak up. Franklin Roosevelt recognized soil’s importance when he said, “The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.”
Growers can learn best practices for their soil at the Soil Health Testing Demonstration Field Day on Aug. 31 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 10492 E. Poe Road in Bowling Green. The event will focus on obtaining and maintaining healthy soil and will discuss the importance of chemical, physical and biological field tests and how they work.
Co-sponsors of the event are The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, the Wood Soil and Water...
SOUTH CHARLESTON, Ohio – Autumn will be here before you know it and if you are a pumpkin grower, you won’t want to miss the Aug. 17 Pumpkin Field Day.
The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Western Agricultural Research Station, 7721 S. Charleston Pike South in Charleston. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. The field day will offer beginning and experienced growers valuable research updates regarding disease management, insect management, weed control, and new pumpkin and winter squash varieties.
Current production information designed to help growers will be presented during a research plot tour by experts from the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) and Ohio State University Extension. OARDC and OSU Extension are the research and outreach arms,...
NORTH JACKSON, Ohio – Farmers are always looking for ways to be more efficient and self-sustainable, and energy technology is one way to accomplish both.
The Mahoning County office of Ohio State University Extension is hosting a field day Aug. 9 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Ward Campbell Farm, 11440 Palmyra Road in North Jackson. The focus of the event is how energy technology, such as solar and wind technology, can fit into a farm management plan.
“Farmers will get to see and learn about efficient farm management and how energy technology can fit into any farming business,” said Haley Drake, agriculture and natural resources program coordinator for the Mahoning County Extension Office.
Eric Romich, energy education field specialist with OSU Extension, and Clif...
WOOSTER, Ohio – Small and medium-sized farms often struggle to compete with larger farms, who can have a built-in advantage due to their size. Researchers at The Ohio State University are exploring how smaller farms can maximize their unique strengths and diversify what they produce, rather than expanding the size of their farm.
The 2017 Agricultural Diversification Research Tour on Aug. 17 will show farmers how they can maintain their farm size, but still increase profitability. It will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center’s (OARDC) Mellinger Research Farm, located at 6885 West Old Lincoln Way in Wooster.
The average total cost of production decreases as a result of increasing the number of different goods produced....
PIKETON, Ohio – If you raise hops, pre-harvest can be a make-or-break time. Learn everything you need to know about the next steps that need to happen at the Ohio State University South Centers Hops Pre-Harvest Field Night on July 27.
The field day will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at OSU South Centers Research Building Auditorium, 1864 Shyville Road in Piketon.
Brad Bergefurd, a horticulturist with OSU South Centers, will be hosting the field day, which is being sponsored by Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. OSU Extension and OARDC are the outreach and research arms, respectively, of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
Due to Ohio’s growing craftbrewing industry...
WILLARD, Ohio -- The latest research on muck crops will be shared with Ohio growers at a July 27 field day in Huron County. The event is sponsored by Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC).
The Muck Crops Field Day is from 9 a.m. to noon at the Muck Crops Agricultural Research Station, 4875 SR 103 S in Willard. 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. The muck crops research station is also a part of the college.
The station features a research program that addresses the profitability, quality and safety of fresh vegetable crops grown in northern Ohio such as lettuce, radishes, parsley, onions,...
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio farmers who still need to get fertilizer certification before the Sept. 30 deadline will have more than 20 opportunities to attend training sessions offered by experts from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.
The training, provided by Ohio State University Extension, fulfills the educational requirements of Ohio’s 2014 agricultural nutrients legislation which requires individuals who apply fertilizer on more than 50 acres to become certified by Sept. 30, 2017.
Already, more than 17,000 Ohio farmers have gone through Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training, or FACT, which offers information on best management practices to apply fertilizer for optimum crop yields, reduce the risk of nutrient...
CUSTAR, Ohio – Due to indecisive weather, it’s been an interesting year for field crops so far, and this trend will most likely continue throughout the year. That is why the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) and Ohio State University Extension are hosting a field day for corn and soybean growers on July 27.
OARDC and OSU Extension are the research and outreach arms of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
The field day will take place from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Northwest Agricultural Research Station, 4240 Range Line Road, in Custar. The station focuses on row crop research and the challenges facing growers in northwest Ohio.
Participants at the field day will get a wagon tour of the station and hear...
NEW WATERFORD, Ohio — The Mahoning County office of Ohio State University Extension is hosting a fertilizer field day on July 26 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for Ohioans needing to complete their Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training (FACT).
Agronomy specialists Tom Puch from Agland Co-op Inc. and Ryan Haden from The Ohio State University will speak at the event about soil health and precision agriculture. Haden is an assistant professor with the college's two-year degree-granting unit, the Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster.
Eric Barrett, an educator in the Mahoning County Extension office, will provide training on fertilizer safety and proper fertilizer practices for participants to fulfill the requirements for Ohio’s fertilizer...
PAULDING, Ohio – Farmers who want to learn more about creating fertile soil for crops and how to manage manure to improve profits, while also protecting the environment, should attend the Manure Science Review on August 2.
The Paulding Soil & Water Conservation District, Ohio State University Extension, Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA), and Ohio Farm Bureau Federation are collaborating to host the event.
The event will be from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Stoller Brothers & Sons farm, at 9257 Rd. 144, in Paulding. Paulding Dairy supplies the Stoller farm with manure and helps with manure management throughout the year, making the farm an ideal location for the event.
The field day will highlight how to use manure effectively to improve yields, understanding ODA manure...
COLUMBUS, Ohio – When you think of farms, you might envision wide open grass lands, a tractor and grazing cows, pigs or horses. But did you know there are farms right here in urban Columbus?
Columbus was home to only five urban farms just three years ago. Now, there are 16 urban farms throughout the city, said Mike Hogan, an Ohio State University Extension agriculture and natural resources educator.
The public can tour five of these farms this summer. Sponsored by Franklin County OSU Extension and Columbus Urban Farmers Network, each tour offers a look at a different type of urban farm.
OSU Extension is the outreach arm of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The Columbus Urban Farmers Network is comprised of urban farms and food...
BELOIT, Ohio — Weeds have come back this summer in full force and farmers are again learning the best ways to wage war with these green invaders.
Ohio State University Extension’s Mahoning County office is hosting a field day on July 12 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. focusing on how to properly manage weeds and manure on farms.
OSU Extension is the outreach arm of The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
Jeff Stachler, OSU Extension agriculture and natural resources educator, and Glen Arnold, OSU Extension educator and field specialist in manure nutrient management systems, will discuss how to best manage livestock nutrients and control invasive weeds, such as Palmer amaranth.
“Despite the best efforts of farmers...
SOUTH CHARLESTON, Ohio – As weeds such as marestail become more of a problem for corn and soybean growers, scientists in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University are putting more resources into the research of new herbicides and herbicide resistant weeds and crops.
On July 12, OSU weed specialists will display some of that research during a field day for agricultural industry representatives and corn and soybean growers interested in learning about weed control in Ohio corn and soybean fields.
The 9 a.m. to noon event will focus on marestail control and new herbicide trait technology, which is how new herbicides are created to fight the weeds that have developed a resistance to certain herbicides.
Additionally, studies will...
WOOSTER, Ohio – For the first time, the Organic Food and Farming Education and Research (OFFER) program will include organic dairy production in its annual field day.
The June 29 field day from 2 to 6 p.m. will include new findings and discuss important issues related to certified organic research and production for vegetables, crops and dairy.
“This year will include a major focus on dairy, a first for the OFFER program, in support of the rapidly expanding organic dairy industry,” said Douglas Doohan, director of the OFFER program.
“The addition of dairy to our annual field day is in response to requests we have received from organic dairy farmers for research based information, especially in the areas of mastitis care and prevention, and feed rations,...
COVINGTON, Ohio – Ohio State University Extension is hosting a free field day on fertilizer application on July 11.
“The main focus for the West Ohio Precision Ag field day,” said Amanda Bennett, OSU Extension educator from Miami County coordinating the event, “is how to properly place nutrients in the field.”
Speakers from Ohio State Extension and Purdue University, as well as local agronomists, producers and agricultural retailers will attend, said Bennet. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
Equipment from local dealers will be on display, and there will also be a drone flying demonstration to highlight how producers can use imagery to guide management...
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Soil sample and testing supplies? Check. Building materials? Check. Hexbug? What in the world is a hexbug?
A hexbug is a microrobot that sixth- and seventh-grade students from Clear Fork Middle School in Morrow County used to complete the 4-H Ag Innovators Experience, the Healthy Soils C.S.I. (Carbon Soil Investigation) Challenge. Ohio 4-H hosted the 2017 challenge kickoff in April at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on The Ohio State University campus in Columbus. By the end of December, several thousand other students from Ohio, Michigan, Missouri, Illinois and Nebraska will have used a hexbug microrobot to complete the Healthy Soils C.S.I. Challenge, too.
The 4-H Ag Innovators Experience, sponsored by Monsanto Company and the National 4-H...
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Farm Science Review, one of the nation’s premier agricultural trade and education shows, will be held at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio, September 19-21.
New for this year’s 55th Farm Science Review, visitors will be able to “Map Your Show” on a new mobile app in preparation for the three-day event. The app will be available in app stores beginning in July. Visitors will be able to browse the interactive map and search for specific exhibitors or product categories.
Sponsored by The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, the Farm Science Review offers landowners, farmers and conservationists the opportunity to learn about the latest agricultural innovations in research...
PIKETON, Ohio – Ohio berry growers will have the opportunity to learn about Ohio cane fruit pruning during a March 16 workshop by Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC).
OSU Extension and OARDC are the outreach arms of OSU’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The event will be hosted by Gary Gao, OSU Extension specialist and associate professor of small fruit crops at the Ohio State University South Centers in Piketon.
According to Gao, grafting is a new concept to cane fruit growers, which is why it will be a main topic at the workshop. Ohio State researchers are currently conducting research on grafting blueberries using a fruit-bearing shrub or small tree called sparkleberry as a...
COLUMBUS, Ohio – With the corn and soybean planting season right around the corner, farmers need to know how to prevent Palmer amaranth from getting into fields and what to do if the fast-growing weed is already growing.
Palmer amaranth is a rapidly spreading type of pigweed that has become one of the most detrimental and invasive weeds in the southern and midwestern United States, said Bruce Ackley, an Ohio State University Extension program specialist in weed science. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).
The fast-growing plant, which emerges anytime between early May and August, is extremely aggressive and can outcompete crops on almost every level. This has caused...
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State University Extension has begun a new signature program called Healthy Soil Healthy Environment to help increase soil health and awareness of new research. Program outreach will include a new soilhealth.osu.edu website, as well as workshops and field days where research results will be presented.
OSU Extension is the outreach arm of The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
“The foundation of Ohio is, of course, the soil,” said Steve Culman, state soil fertility specialist with OSU Extension. “The Healthy Soil Healthy Environment signature program will facilitate collaborative research and outreach efforts focused on soil health testing across the state with the ultimate goal of better...
COLUMBUS, Ohio — On March 10, the Ohio Aquaculture Association (OAA) will host an aquaponics workshop in Columbus. A variety of topics will be covered during the sessions, including aspects of fish and plant management, water quality, and marketing.
“The goal of the workshop is to educate those interested in establishing and expanding their aquaponic businesses,” said Matthew Smith, Ohio State University Extension’s aquaculture specialist. “We want to improve the long-term success of the aquaculture and aquaponic industries.” OSU Extension is the outreach arm of The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
The workshop will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast at the Quest Conference...