Tracy Turner

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  1. Soybeans. Photo: Thinkstock.

    Late-Planted Soybeans Require Slight Management Changes

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Warmer temperatures and drying fields means more farmers are out taking advantage of the mild weather to catch up on planting after delays earlier during the season kept many out of their fields. But those growers who still aren’t able to get their soybean crops in before June may need to make slight adjustments to their management plans, says a field crops expert in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.   After weather fluctuations during the growing season this year that have included freezing temperatures and snow flurries to sunny, 80-degree days to excess rain and cooler conditions that have left fields too wet to plant, planting is down across much of the region, with many farmers needing to...
  2. Growers can learn more about precision planters during a Planter Field Day May 31. Photo: Nate Douridas

    May 31 Field Day Offers Look at Precision Planting

    LONDON, Ohio – Weather conditions have delayed some farmers from getting into their fields to plant this spring, so more growers are looking to new technologies to help them speed up the planting process. With each day growers aren’t able to get into their fields to plant due to cold or wet soil conditions, more questions are arising as to how the planting delays will impact yields, said Mary Griffith, 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. “While growers always are focused on getting their crops in on time, this year many farmers are especially concerned about how a narrow planting season such as this will impact yields,”...
  3. Corn crops. Photo: Thinkstock.

    Planting Delays Don’t Automatically Mean Trade Out Full-Season Corn

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Cooler temperatures and wet fields across the region that have delayed planting for many growers have some farmers questioning whether they should swap out their full-season seeds with hybrid ones that will produce corn sooner. Not necessarily, says an agronomist in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. In most cases, full-season corn hybrids will mature or achieve a “black layer” before a killing frost even when planted as late as May 25, said Peter Thomison, an Ohio State University Extension agronomist. OSU Extension is the statewide outreach arm of the college. And depending on which region of Ohio or Indiana you are growing in, that maturity or black layer can be achieved with planting full-...
  4. Gray garden slug adult. Photo: CFAES

    Cooler Weather Conditions, Late Planting, Impacts Insects on Crops

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Rainy, cooler weather experienced recently throughout the region means slugs may be on the rise in some field crops, says an entomologist with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. The rains combined with colder temperatures are ideal slug weather, said Kelley Tilmon, a field crop entomologist with Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. OSU Extension and OARDC are the outreach and research arms of the college, respectively. Because slugs love these cooler, wetter conditions, Tilmon said growers need to be on the lookout in their corn and soybean fields for slug feeding damage, which can sometimes be heavy.  “During crop emergence, farmers should...
  5. Wheat stripe and wheat rust. Photo: CFAES.

    Mild Winter Could Increase Chance for Wheat Disease, Rusts in Particular

    WOOSTER, Ohio — Growers need to keep a vigilant eye on their wheat fields this year, thanks to a mild winter that has set the stage for the potential of early diseases in wheat crops, says a wheat expert from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. This year’s warm winter means that growers need to be on the lookout for several wheat diseases such as stripe rust, which could cause yield loss if untreated, said Pierce Paul, an Ohio State University Extension wheat researcher. Mild winters favor disease in many ways, said Paul, who is also a plant pathologist with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.  OSU Extension and OARDC are the outreach and research arms, respectively, of the...
  6. Malting barley crops. Photo: Thinkstock.

    June 14 Field Day Looks at Multiple Uses of Small Grains

    WOOSTER, Ohio – One crop, multiple profit options? Farmers who grow small grains can find additional uses for them, including as cover crops and as alternative or supplemental livestock forages, besides using them as a cash grain crop, says an Ohio State University Extension educator. Small grains — including cereal rye, wheat, oats and barley — can be planted and put to use to fulfill a variety of needs, said Rory Lewandowski, an OSU Extension agriculture and natural resources educator. Crop growers who also produce livestock may find that growing small grains as cover crops can not only protect and improve their soils, but those cover crops can also feed their livestock or be sold for profit as a cash crop, Lewandowski said. “Not only can farmers reap the...
  7. Wheat field. Photo: Thinkstock.

    The Verdict is In: Field Day Offers Results of Ohio Wheat Trials

    CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio – Growers can learn the results of Ohio’s wheat trials during a Wheat Field Day on June 1 as well as take a tour of several of the trial test plots. The event will feature presentations by several small-grains experts from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University and will offer growers a perspective on multiple wheat-management techniques, including how to identify and manage wheat diseases, said Laura Lindsey, a soybean and small-grains specialist with Ohio State University Extension.  The event is from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at a farm owned by Jeff Minor at 19076 Florence Chapel Pike in Circleville.  Researchers with OSU Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center have some...
  8. Soybeans. Photo: Thinkstock.

    Researcher Seeking Soybean Fields for Pollinator Study

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Although soybean crops are self-pollinating, some species of bee and fly pollinators can enhance soybean yields, says a researcher with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. The question is, what pollinator insects are active in Ohio soybean crops? That’s what Kelley Tilmon, a field crop entomologist with Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, wants to know. OSU Extension and OARDC are the outreach and research arms of the college, respectively. Tilmon is conducting a study on the issue and is seeking conventional or organic soybean growers willing to allow insect sampling equipment to be placed in their fields to identify what pollinator insects are...
  9. Wheat field. Photo: Thinkstock.

    Field Day Offers Tips on Wheat Management

    CUSTAR, Ohio – Growers can learn more about wheat management techniques from experts from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University during Wheat Field Day June 21.   The event is from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Northwest Agricultural Research Station of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), 4240 Range Line Road, in Custar. The event is free and open to the public.  The program will include a wagon tour of test plots, said Matt Davis, who manages the station. OARDC is the research arm of the college.   “It is my hope that wheat producers will be able to take away information from this workshop that they can successfully apply to their operations,” he said. “So far this year...
  10. Hops. Photo: Thinkstock

    Hops Tours Offered First Fridays in Spring, Early Summer

    PIKETON, Ohio – Learn about hops and how to grow the increasingly popular crop during the First Fridays Hops Tours at the Ohio State University South Centers in Piketon. The tours, which are offered on the first Friday of the months of May, June and July, will allow participants to learn more about the Ohio hops research being conducted by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. The tours are part of the Hop Production to Enhance Economic Opportunities for Farmers and Brewers project. They include a classroom session on hops led by researchers with Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, and a tour of the hop fields at the Piketon facility, said Charissa Gardner, program...
  11. Strawberries on plastic. Photo: CFAES

    Workshop: How to Grow Bigger, Better Strawberries and Get Them Earlier

    PIKETON, Ohio – Small-fruit researchers with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University will offer a workshop May 25 on a production method that results in larger, sweeter strawberries and can help growers extend the harvest season by weeks. Called plasticulture strawberry production, the method is an increasingly popular technique in which strawberries are planted in September and grown over the winter using plastic to keep the soil warm and suppress weed growth, according to Brad Bergefurd, a horticulturist with Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC). The method results in larger, sweeter berries during an earlier harvest period, according to the results of an OSU Extension...
  12. Soybeans. Photo: Thinkstock.

    Weather Fluctuations Impact Soybeans Less Than Other Field Crops

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – From freezing temperatures and snow flurries to sunny, 80-degree days in a span of a week — if this type of strange weather continues, growers across Ohio want to know, will this have a negative impact on soybean crops? Not really, according to a field crops expert in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.   Laura Lindsey, a soybean and small grains specialist with Ohio State University Extension, says that soybean crop yields tend not to fluctuate much and are less likely to be negatively impacted by less than ideal weather compared to other grain crops such as corn. In fact, the state average soybean yield declined only 8 percent during the drought of 2012, Lindsey said, noting that Ohio’s...
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    Cow-calf Producers: Pay Attention to Livestock Nutrition Needs, Especially After Calving

    PIKETON, Ohio – As livestock producers move from winter feed to spring grazing, they should pay extra attention to spring-calving beef cows to make sure their nutritional needs are met, says a beef cattle expert with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. That could mean leading the animals away from early green grass this spring, said John Grimes, beef coordinator for Ohio State University Extension and a member of the OSU Extension Beef Team. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college. If spring-calving beef cows’ nutritional needs are not adequately met from calving to breeding, it can cause a reduced body condition score, he said. And that can result in a disastrous rebreeding performance. Livestock generally...
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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,...
  17. Wheat placed in a freezer to evaluate freeze damage. Photo: OSU

    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...
  18. Researchers are working to reduce nutrient runoff to improve water quality. Photo: David Tomashefski, SENR.

    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...
  19. Up-close view of a soybean. Photo:Thinkstock.

    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...
  20.  Palmer Amaranth seed heads in a soybean field. Photo: OSU Extension.

    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...
  21. Blueberries. Photo: Thinkstock.

    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...
  24. Miscanthus. Photo: CFAES

    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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