Tracy Turner

Technical Editor
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    Save the Date: Farm Science Review Is Sept. 20-22

    LONDON, Ohio – Farm Science Review is Sept. 20-22 this year and will offer farmers and other visitors to the annual farm show the opportunity to learn the latest agricultural innovations from experts from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. That includes offering some 180 educational presentations and opportunities presented by educators, specialists and faculty from Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, which are the outreach and research arms, respectively, of the college. Purdue University educators will also present, said Matt Sullivan, assistant manager of the Farm Science Review, which is located at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio. “Visitors...
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    Training Offers Livestock Producers Tips to Detect Barber Pole Worm in Sheep and Goats

    FREDERICKSBURG, Ohio – Growing grass signals the start of the parasite season and small ruminant (sheep and goat) livestock producers need to know how to quickly and easily identify which animals to treat for an internal parasite that can devastate a herd. Using the FAMACHA diagnostic system, livestock producers can easily identify which animals are suffering from a heavy infestation level of the Haemonchus contortus parasite, also called the barber pole worm, said Rory Lewandowski, an Ohio State University Extension agriculture and natural resources educator. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. Developed in South Africa, the FAMACHA system uses a chart to match the animal’s eyelid...
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    Study: May 1- Through Mid-May-Planted Soybeans Resulted in Better Yields

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio soybeans planted between May 1 through mid-May resulted in better yields, according to a study by researchers from Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. In the study of 2013 and 2014 planting trials at OARDC’s Western Agricultural Research Station near South Charleston, Ohio, soybean yields decreased by 0.6 bushels per acre per day when planted after mid-May, according to Laura Lindsey, a soybean and small grains specialist with OSU Extension. 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.  Those yield results held true if the soil temperatures were 50 degrees or warmer,...
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    Ohio State Expert: Cold Snap Could Injure Wheat Depending on Its Growth Stage

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Thanks to last month’s warmer-than-normal temperatures that sped up the growth of wheat crops across Ohio, this week’s cold snap could result in injury for some of those plants. Just how damaging the colder weather will be depends on how advanced the wheat is in its growth stage, said Laura Lindsey, a soybean and small grains specialist with Ohio State University Extension. Temperatures that reached above 70 degrees across Ohio caused much of the state’s winter wheat crops to progress quickly, Lindsey said, with some areas reporting wheat at Feekes growth stage 5 in March. This week, some areas in southern Ohio reported wheat crops at Feekes growth stage 6, which is also known as jointing, and some wheat crops in northwest Ohio were already at...
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    Updating Ohio's Phosphorus Risk Index Is Generating Positive Initial Results

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Maintaining agricultural soil phosphorus levels in accordance with the Tri-State Fertility Guidelines helps lower the concentration of phosphorus that is dissolved in agricultural runoff, according to ongoing research by a soil scientist in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. And because erosion matters, phosphorus associated with eroded sediment can be curtailed by reducing soil disturbances such as tillage and by maintaining field cover either as crop residue or a growing crop, says Elizabeth (Libby) Dayton, a scientist in the college’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. Her On-Field Ohio project seeks to update and revise the Ohio Phosphorus Risk Index, which is a U.S. Department of...
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    Researchers Want to Know What’s Limiting Soybean Growth

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Is it varying weather patterns? Planting dates? Soybean varieties? Soybean growers across several Midwestern states want to know what’s limiting their soybean yields, said Laura Lindsey, a soybean and small grains specialist with Ohio State University Extension. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. To help find the answer, Lindsey is working on a multistate research project to identify key factors that preclude soybean producers from obtaining the yields that should be possible on their farms. The goal of the project, she said, is to identify causes of this “yield gap.” “One common complaint from farmers is that their soybean yield is the same no...
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    Scout, Avoid Southern Cottonseed Manure to Stop Palmer Amaranth in Ohio

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Palmer amaranth, also known as a pigweed on steroids, has been reported in 13 counties across Ohio as of late 2015. That’s a marked increase from 2012 when the weed was found in only one county in the Buckeye State, according to a weed scientist in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. Palmer amaranth is a glyphosate-resistant weed that has devastated many cotton and soybean fields in Southern states, in many cases causing entire cotton and soybean fields to be mowed down, said Mark Loux, an Ohio State University Extension weed specialist. OSU Extension is the statewide outreach arm of the college. Now that Palmer amaranth has been found in multiple fields across Ohio, the concern is that unless...
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    Super Berry School is March 18 in Piketon

    PIKETON, Ohio – Growers can learn how to assess whether blackberry crops or grapevines have experienced winter injury and how to determine the extent of the damage during a day-long workshop conducted by horticulture and viticulture experts with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. A Super Berry School will be offered March 18 designed to help berry growers — new and experienced alike — learn about the health benefits of so-called “super fruits” such as blackberry, blueberry elderberry and raspberries. The workshop will also offer information on season-extending container fruit production, pest management, and pruning demonstrations of grapevines and several berry varieties, said Gary Gao, an Ohio State...
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    Ohio State Offers Digital Guides to Weed Identification and Management

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Weed scientists in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University have developed several digital weed identification and management guides for growers and are now offering them on both Android and Apple operating platforms. The guides, written by members of the Ohio State University Weed Team, help growers identify weeds in order to manage them before they take over their fields, said Mark Loux, an Ohio State University Extension weed specialist. OSU Extension is the statewide outreach arm of the college. “The guides were adapted to be added to the Android platform after we heard from farmers that they wanted to have both options,” Loux said. “The Noxious Weeds of Ohio guide was also updated...
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    Conference Focuses on Building Soil Health

    ADA, Ohio – Building and maintaining healthy soils not only leads to profitable farming and improved water quality by keeping more pollutants out of streams and waterways, it can also factor into determining farmland value. That’s a key theme that will be emphasized during the annual Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference, held March 2-3 at the McIntosh Center of Ohio Northern University in Ada, said Randall Reeder, a retired Ohio State University Extension agricultural engineer. From offering a workshop on the “Importance of Building Soil Health for All Farmers,” and a panel discussion on the “Policy, Principles and Practices for the Future of Conservation Agriculture and Soil Health,” a goal of the event, Reeder said, is to “emphasize...
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    Bus Tour Promotes Miscanthus Production Opportunities

    JEFFERSON, Ohio – A hybrid perennial bamboo-like plant that grows relatively fast on less-than-ideal soils, is harvested in winter, and is used as a bioenergy and bioproduct crop is gaining popularity among growers in northeast Ohio thanks to its hardy growth, which is allowing marginal farmlands to be put into profitable production. Nearly 4,000 acres of giant miscanthus have been planted in Ashtabula County since 2011, said David Marrison, an Ohio State University Extension educator. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. And thanks to this year’s mild winter, 350 acres, representing nearly 10 percent of the area’s harvest, have already been harvested, nearly five weeks ahead of...
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    Learn How to Turn On-Farm Storage into a Profit During March 10 Grain Marketing Meeting

    GREENVILLE, Ohio – Farmers can get an update on the 2016 grain market and get ideas on how to achieve a profitable crop during a grain marketing educational meeting March 10. “With corn and soybean prices trading at values near or below break-even points, it’s important to develop a marketing plan that allows farmers the ability to try and capture potential profits while minimizing risk,” said Sam Custer, an Ohio State University Extension educator who is organizing the program. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. “Grain Marketing: Turning On-Farm Storage into a Profit,” will feature remarks from Jon Scheve, a grain merchandiser with Superior Feed Ingredients...
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    Water Quality the Focus of March 14 Workshop

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – How to improve water quality across the region will be discussed by Ohio State University Extension, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center and industry experts in agriculture, climatology and environmental economics during a workshop and annual conference hosted by the Soil and Water Conservation Society March 14. The “Important Issues in Water Quality and Nutrient Placement” conference will focus on technologies and techniques to minimize the amount of sediment and agricultural chemicals escaping from farmland to streams and lakes, said Randall Reeder, a retired OSU Extension agricultural engineer who is president of the society’s Ohio chapter. OSU Extension and OARDC are the outreach and research arms, respectively, of the...
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    March Workshops Offer Marketing Strategies for Ohio Food Businesses

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio farmers and food producers can learn about low- or no-cost ways to effectively promote their businesses by improving their online presence at a workshop offered at four locations in March. The marketing workshop is being offered by specialists from the Direct Agricultural Marketing Program of Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Ohio Proud program. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The ODA’s marketing program identifies and promotes food and agricultural products made and grown in Ohio.   The workshop is designed to offer food producers information on key marketing strategies to promote their businesses and...
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    Conservation Tillage Conference March 2-3 Delivers Value for Crop Advisers, Farmers

    ADA, Ohio – The annual Conservation Tillage Conference not only offers educational programing directly to farmers who are able to attend, it also offers training for certified crop advisers who in turn use that knowledge to advise farmers throughout Ohio who aren’t able to attend. Of the 900 people expected to attend the event, nearly half, 400, are certified crop advisers, said Harold Watters, an Ohio State University Extension agronomy field specialist and coordinator of the university’s Agronomic Crops Team. Watters is also an organizer of this year’s CTC offered March 2-3 in conjunction with OSU Extension, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Northwest Ohio. OSU...
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    Northeast Ohio Winter Grape School is March 16

    MADISON, Ohio – Wine grape growers can learn how about to manage a winged pest that can have a damaging impact on crops during a daylong workshop March 16 sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. The Northeast Ohio Winter Grape School will also provide information on how growers across the region can manage winter damaged vines and how to write a business succession and estate plan, said David Marrison, an Ohio State University Extension educator.  The program will be hosted by OSU Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, which are the outreach and research arms, respectively, of the college. The program will feature: How the Farm Service Agency is Helping Grape Growers —...
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    Small Farm Conference Offers Insight on Alternative Production Avenues

    WOOSTER, Ohio – Got some land and aren’t sure what to do with it? Whether you’re a small farmer who already has farming operations underway and wants to learn more options, a landowner wanting to put some unused acreage to work, or even a large-scale farmer looking to put some fields to other profitable use, the “Living the Small Farm Dream” conference may have the answers. The April 2 Small Farm Conference and Trade Show is designed to help make landowners and small farm operations more successful, profitable and sustainable, said Tony Nye, an Ohio State University Extension educator who coordinates OSU Extension’s Small Farm Program. While the event is targeted to small farmland producers typically with less than 100 acres of land who are looking...
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    Conservation Tillage Conference March 2-3 Offers Tips for Farmers in Tight Economy

    ADA, Ohio – High input costs coupled with low grain prices anticipated in 2016 means that growers have to make smarter, calculated choices to grow profitable crops this year. Also important is the need to build and maintain healthy soils to help ensure good water quality, said Randall Reeder, a retired Ohio State University Extension agricultural engineer. Reeder is an organizer of the annual Conservation Tillage Conference offered March 2-3 by The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and is organized by Ohio State University Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, with assistance from our partners at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Northwest Ohio. OSU Extension...
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    Demand for Goat Meat on the Rise in Ohio: Conference Offers Training on Meat Goat Production

    WILMINGTON, Ohio – The demand for goat meat is on the rise across the Buckeye state, creating a strong market for producers who are able to supply consumers with the specialty meat. “The demand for goat meat is tremendous across Ohio and in neighboring states,” said Tony Nye, an Ohio State University Extension educator who coordinates OSU Extension’s Small Farm Program. “Thanks to the dietary preferences of many ethnic, religious, and health-conscious groups across the region, the demand for goat meat is thriving right now, with all indications that the demand will continue to skyrocket. “Prior to 2000, the majority of goats produced in Ohio were dairy-based,” he said. “At this point, the demand for goat meat is outweighing the supply as...
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    Workshops Focus on Planning for Your Farm’s Future

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Farm transition experts from The Ohio State University are offering workshops at several locations statewide to provide farm families with the tools and information needed to successfully pass on the farm business to the next generation. Members of Ohio State University Extension’s Farm Transition Team will hold two-day workshops for farm families to learn what is needed to plan for the transition of their business to the next generation, said David Marrison, an OSU Extension educator. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The workshop will help farmers assess the future of the farm business, discuss developing the next generation of managers, communicate about farm succession and review...
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    Southwestern Ohio Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crop Conference Is Feb. 2

    LOVELAND, Ohio – Fruit, vegetable and specialty crop growers can learn how to do everything from increase sales using social media, control pests in their greenhouses, produce barley for malting and understand food marketing regulations during a day-long conference offered by horticulture, entomology and local foods experts from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. The Southwestern Ohio Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crop Conference is Feb. 2 at the Oasis Conference Center, 902 Loveland-Miamiville Road, in Loveland, Ohio. The conference is offered by Ohio State University Extension, which is the outreach arm of the college. OSU Extension has organized a grower school for more than 30 years in southwestern Ohio, but this...
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    Conference Seeks to Boost Profitability of Fish Farming

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Learn more about seafood safety and the 2016 economic outlook for the aquaculture, or fish farming, industry during the Ohio Aquaculture Association Annual Conference Jan. 29-30. The conference will feature aquaculture experts with Ohio State University Extension, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center and Ohio State University South Centers as well as other industry professionals. OSU Extension and OARDC are the outreach and research arms, respectively, of Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. OSU South Centers is also a part of the college. The focus of the conference is to help enhance aquaculture enterprise profitability, said Christie Welch, director of the OSU South Centers' Ohio...
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    Two-Day Conference Focuses on Boosting Hops Production

    WOOSTER, Ohio – Ohio hops growers experienced strong demand in 2015 for the specialty crop used as a key ingredient in craft beers, and, experts say, the demand isn’t likely to decline soon. Hops is a main ingredient beer manufacturers use to provide bitterness to balance the sweetness of malt sugars in their product. “Ten years ago, you could count all of Ohio’s breweries on your fingers and toes, ears and nose,” said Brad Bergefurd, a horticulturist with the Ohio State University South Centers at Piketon. “However, in 2015, there were more than 150 licensed breweries statewide to feed the demand for locally brewed craft beer. “To meet this growing demand, an estimated 6,000 acres of hops are required by Ohio craft brewers at current use rates...
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    Northwest Ohio Corn-Soybean Day Is Jan. 22

    ARCHBOLD, Ohio – Tips on effective management practices for the 2016 crop production season, including how to manage soybean cyst nematode and how to improve yields with nitrogen timing, will be discussed during the annual Northwest Ohio Corn-Soybean Day Jan. 22. Offered by Ohio State University Extension, the daylong event will feature multiple farm management presentations as well as some 30 exhibitors from seed and input suppliers, banking, crop insurance, grain marketing, and the farm machinery industry, said Eric Richer, an OSU Extension educator. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. The event is from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Founder’s Hall at Sauder Village, 22611 State Route 2...
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    Corn College Workshop is Feb. 10

    GREENVILLE, Ohio – Producers and agriculture professionals can get an update on the 2016 corn market and learn how to budget a profitable corn crop at a workshop led by farm management experts with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. The 2016 Corn College is a daylong workshop offered on Feb. 10 that will focus on what farmers need to know to operate a successful operation, said Sam Custer, an Ohio State University Extension educator who is organizing the program. OSU Extension is CFAES’s outreach arm. The goal of the workshop, Custer said, is to help farmers focus on critical topics that can help them not only get the most bang for their buck, but to also raise the profit potential for their farms. “We’ll...

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