Tracy Turner

Technical Editor
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  1. Soybean. Photo: Thinkstock

    How to Evaluate Emerging Soybeans

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – With the majority of soybeans now planted in Ohio and some plants beginning to emerge, growers statewide should evaluate soybean stands to determine if their crops are doing well or if they may need to consider replanting. With high costs associated with replanting, most growers should carefully weigh all options before deciding to replant, said a field crops expert in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. While most soybean growers across Ohio report good stands, a few growers are seeing damping-off and uneven emergence, said Laura Lindsey, a soybean and small grains specialist with Ohio State University Extension. OSU Extension is the college’s outreach arm. “If soybean emergence is uneven,...
  2. Hops. Photo: Thinkstock

    More Opportunities to Take Hops Production Tours

    PIKETON, Ohio — Next Wednesday is the deadline for growers and others interested in learning more about hops research at The Ohio State University to register to attend the June 5 tours of hop fields in Piketon and Wooster, organizers said. The Hop Production to Enhance Economic Opportunities for Farmers and Brewers project offers tours of its hop research trials at the Ohio State University South Centers in Piketon and at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster. Participants can learn basic information on how to get started in hops production as well as what resources may be available to help growers, said Charissa McGlothin, program assistant with the South Centers. OSU Extension and OARDC are the outreach and research arms, respectively, of Ohio State...
  3. Fusarium Head Blight. Photo: Ohio State University Extension

    OSU Wheat Expert: Some Wheat Crops at Risk for Scab Development

    WOOSTER, Ohio – Southwest Ohio wheat growers with early flowering fields planted with highly scab-susceptible varieties are at moderate risk for Fusarium head blight development this week, said a wheat expert from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. And while northern Ohio is at a high threat for Fusarium head blight, also called head scab, growers there don’t need to panic because much of their wheat is probably not at the critical flowering stage yet, said Pierce Paul, an Ohio State University Extension wheat specialist. Much of Ohio’s wheat has progressed considerably over the last week and is now heading out in some fields, said Paul, who is also a plant pathologist with the Ohio Agricultural...
  4. Podcast Demonstrates How to Identify Wheat Growth Stages

    WOOSTER, Ohio — A wheat expert from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University has created a series of YouTube videos that demonstrate how growers can identify the various growth stages of wheat crops. The series is designed as an online tool to help wheat growers identify various stages of wheat growth and to know what management strategies can be used during each growth stage, said Pierce Paul, an Ohio State University Extension wheat researcher. The videos, which begin with wheat at Feekes Growth Stage 6, will show all the growth stages of wheat throughout the growing season, said Paul, who is also a plant pathologist with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.  OSU Extension and OARDC are the...
  5. Scott Shearer, chair of CFAES’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, examines a drone at Farm Science Review. Photo: Farm Science Review.

    2015 Farm Science Review Takes On Sharp Edge

    LONDON, Ohio – Farmers and producers can gain a sharper edge and glean cutting-edge ideas from experts from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University during this year’s Farm Science Review Sept. 22-24 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio. The Review will again emphasize the best agricultural research, resources, information and access for farmers, said Chuck Gamble, who manages the Review. Last year, the Review offered 180 educational presentations and opportunities presented by Ohio State University Extension educators, specialists and faculty, as well as Purdue University educators. Farm Science Review is all about learning new tips, techniques and information to help producers increase their farm operation...
  6. Hay bales wrapped in cellophane. Photo: Thinkstock

    Proper Hay Storage Techniques Can Increase Value, Decrease Quality Losses

    PIKETON, Ohio – Producers who follow the proper techniques for hay storage will find their crops will retain more value and suffer fewer losses, said a beef cattle expert from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. Considering that hay production is very costly, producers may want to take special care to store hay correctly to ensure it retains quality, 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. According to the OSU Extension 2013 enterprise budget, at 3 tons per acre, grass hay costs $112.77 per ton to produce. Alfalfa, at 4 tons per acre, costs $133.02 per ton, Grimes said. “Hay is an expensive crop...
  7. Pasture Management Workshop is May 19 and 21

    OWENSVILLE, Ohio – Producers who use rotational grazing may find their pastures will offer years more use than pastures that don’t use that grazing system, says a pasture expert with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. Rotational grazing is a system in which animals graze on multiple fields, giving each field a rest from feeding for weeks at a time. The practice has become a more popular management tool among producers as its sustainability benefits become more widely known, said Gigi Neal, Ohio State University Extension educator in agriculture and natural resources and co-leader of OSU Extension’s Ohio Women in Agriculture team. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college. “Rotational grazing gives...
  8. Cocoon Of Alfalfa Weevil. Photo: Thinkstock.

    Warmer Weather Increases Feeding Potential for Alfalfa Weevil in Ohio

    WOOSTER, Ohio – The return of hotter weather to the region also makes cozy conditions for alfalfa weevil larvae to grow and start eating away at alfalfa crops, with the potential to cause significant damage. The pest, which causes major alfalfa damage in its larval stages, should only be treated if it grows to populations large enough to cause economic loss to growers, said an entomologist with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The high temperatures experienced across Ohio recently have caused alfalfa weevil larvae to develop rapidly, said Andy Michel, an Ohio State University Extension pest expert. As a result, growers need to start scouting now for the pest, said Michel, who also has an appointment with the Ohio...
  9. container gardening on an apartment terrace

    Containers Let Gardeners Plant Flowers, Vegetables in Small Spaces

    SPRINGFIELD, Ohio — Got a small space but still want to plant succulent tomatoes, leafy vegetables or beautiful blooming plants? No problem, says Pam Bennett, Ohio State University Extension horticulture educator and director in Clark County. Apartment dwellers or those with a small backyard can still grow their own flowers and vegetables as long as they choose the right plant and place it in the right location, said Bennett, who is also the statewide Master Gardener Volunteer Program coordinator. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Small landscapes, like a small backyard in the city or a patio, can still yield homegrown bounty as long as the grower uses the right container, soil, water...
  10. Black cutworm

    Black Cutworms, Armyworms Becoming Active in Some Ohio Fields

    WOOSTER, Ohio — Warmer weather and newly emerging corn coupled with reports of large populations of black cutworms and armyworms reported last month in Indiana and Kentucky means Ohio growers could start to find larvae from these pests in their fields over the next few weeks. Now that the region is experiencing more suitable planting days, growers could see some fields with heavy feeding by these pests as soon as the second or third week of May, an entomologist with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University said. Black cutworms, which are migratory pests, have been reported in the neighboring states of Indiana and Kentucky in significant numbers in traps set up by entomologists to determine the number of moths migrating up from the...
  11. Ohio State Offers Strawberry Field Night May 21

    PIKETON, Ohio – Robotic strawberry pickers on the farm? Researchers in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University are testing a new prototype robotic sensor technology that can assist farmers in strawberry production, potentially saving growers up to $10,000 per acre in labor harvesting costs. Although researchers at Ohio State are still testing this new technology to determine if it is economically feasible for farmers to adopt, it could be a significant boost to strawberry farmers, said Brad Bergefurd, a horticulturist with Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. “The potential benefit for using technology like this is significant in reducing labor costs and increasing farm...
  12. Soybean. Photo: Thinkstock

    OSU Expert: Check for Potential Cold Snap Injury in Wheat

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Now is the time for growers to check their wheat crops to see if the recent cold snap that hit the region last month has injured susceptible plants, a field crops expert in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University said. With temperature that hit near or below freezing during the week of April 20 in some parts of Ohio, wheat growers in affected areas may consider checking their crops for potential injury, said Laura Lindsey, a soybean and small grains specialist with Ohio State University Extension. OSU Extension is the college’s outreach arm. Depending on the wheat’s growth stage and how cold the temperatures were, some plants could have been negatively impacted by the freeze, Lindsey said, noting that...
  13. Cereal Rye

    Cover Crops Are Viable Option for Livestock Supplemental Feed

    WOOSTER, Ohio — Producers who want to use the cover crops they planted last fall as supplemental feed for their livestock may want to may want to harvest these crops quickly before the plants get too mature and the feed quality declines, says a forage expert from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.  So says Rory Lewandowski, agriculture and natural resources educator for the college’s outreach arm, Ohio State University Extension. Although cover crops are typically planted to control erosion and improve soil structure and health, they can also be a good option as supplemental forage for livestock, he said. “There are a number of dairy farmers who take a cutting off of cover crops that are planted in the...
  14. Spring Planting Errors to Avoid to Get Crops Off to Good Start

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Growers who want to make sure they get their corn crops off to a good start this season should make sure they perform tillage only when necessary and under the proper soil conditions, cautions a field crops expert with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. That’s just one of the tips Peter Thomison, an Ohio State University Extension agronomist, said can help growers avoid spring planting errors that could result in lower yield potential before the first plant has even emerged. OSU Extension is the statewide outreach arm of the college. Thomison says growers should stick with proven practices when it comes to getting corn planted, including getting corn planted before May 10, after which the potential...
  15.  Black cutworm. Photo: OSU Extension

    Reports of Large Populations of Black Cutworms, Armyworms in Indiana and Kentucky Signal Potential Concern for Ohio Growers

    WOOSTER, Ohio – Large populations of black cutworms reported last week in Indiana and Kentucky means Ohio farmers can soon expect to see the migratory moths in the Buckeye State, an entomologist with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University said. Black cutworms have been reported in the neighboring states of Indiana and Kentucky in significant numbers in traps set up by entomologists to determine the number of moths migrating up from the South, said Andy Michel, an Ohio State University Extension pest expert. Large numbers of armyworms have also been caught in the Kentucky traps, Michel said. Since these are migratory pests, Ohio growers should be prepared to start scouting their fields once corn is emerging or has come up. Both...
  16. Wanted: Farmers, Agriculture Agencies, Others to Complete Nutrient Management Survey

    SOUTH CHARLESTON, Ohio – Nutrient management experts in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University are asking farmers, producers, agriculture agencies and others to complete a survey on how they receive and use information on manure nutrient management. Called the Pathways Project, the survey will tell Ohio State University Extension what are the most effective ways to get information on nutrient management into the hands of those who need it, said Amanda Douridas, an OSU Extension agriculture and natural resources educator. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college. People working with manure nutrients are invited to complete the survey at pathwaysproject2015.questionpro.com/, Douridas said. “The objective of the...
  17. Salt test for spotted wing drosophila shows larvae floating out of fruit. Photo: Ohio State University.

    Workshop Teaches Growers to Identify Spotted Wing Drosophila

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – In order to combat the damaging impact of spotted wing drosophila on small fruit crops, growers have to know what the winged pests look like so they can start treatment even after finding just one of them in their fields, according to an entomologist with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. The spotted wing drosophila, which can destroy an entire fruit crop, looks like a common vinegar fly to the untrained eye, said Jim Jasinski, an Ohio State University Extension educator and Integrated Pest Management program coordinator. If even one of these pests is detected in a field with ripening fruit, it needs to be treated, he said. “When spotted wing drosophila comes into a field, it will attack ripening or...
  18. A worm in a cherry. Photo: Thinkstock

    Webinar offers Management and Monitoring Tips for Spotted Wing Drosophila

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – A relatively new but already widespread winged pest to Ohio small fruit growers can cause significant crop damage but, if spotted early, can be managed to avoid losses, according to an entomologist with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. While spotted wing drosophila may look like a common vinegar fly, it instead has the potential to wipe out entire fruit crops because of its propensity to attack healthy ripening fruit, said Celeste Welty, an Ohio State University Extension entomologist and associate professor of entomology. “The bad news about this pest is that is it widespread and causes significant damage,” said Welty, who also has an appointment with the Ohio Agricultural Research and...
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    OSU Extension Training Reaches Nearly 1 Million Acres Toward Improving Water Quality

    Editor’s note: Greg LaBarge, Ohio State University Extension field specialist and co-leader of Ohio State’s Agronomic Crops Team, will participate in the Ohio Farm Bureau Clean Water Status Report Teleconference today, April 20, from 1 to 1:45 p.m. To participate, call 888-587-0615, and provide conference ID number: 5317257. COLUMBUS, Ohio — There’s a growing army working to improve Ohio’s water quality. Since last fall, the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University has provided fertilizer applicator certification training to 6,439 Ohio growers responsible for farming some 927,000 acres of Buckeye state farmland, and the numbers continue to grow. Taught by Ohio State University Extension’s Agriculture...
  20. Hops plantation. Photo: Thinkstock

    Learn About Hops Production During First Friday Tours

    PIKETON, Ohio – Growers and others interested in learning more about the Ohio hops research at The Ohio State University can attend tours of its hop fields in both Piketon and Wooster. The Hop Production to Enhance Economic Opportunities for Farmers and Brewers project is offering early stage growers, advanced growers and anyone else interested in hops production an opportunity to tour the hop research trials. The trials are taking place at Ohio State University South Centers in Piketon and at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster, Participants can learn basic information on how to get started in hops production as well as what resources may be available to help growers, said Charissa McGlothin, program assistant with South Centers. OSU Extension and...
  21. Sweet sorghum. Photo: Thinkstock

    Ohio State offers Workshop on Sustainable Advanced Energy Feedstock Production

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Farmers with land that isn’t productive for growing commodity crops such as corn, soybeans or wheat may find they can use the land to inexpensively grow energy crops that can generate a significant source of income. Thanks to a growing demand for alternative energy sources that is fueling increased interest in energy crops, farmers could find a profitable use for land they previously viewed as marginal, said Rafiq Islam, the soil, water and bioenergy resources program leader at The Ohio State University’s South Centers in Piketon. Growing energy crops could be an inexpensive way to provide farmers an additional source of income, said Islam, who holds joint appointments with Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and...
  22. New Law on Fertilizer and Manure Applications Explained

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Farmers who want to learn more about the new Ohio law passed last week intended to control algae production in Lake Erie and its western basin can find a detailed explanation in a blog post written by an agricultural law expert and a manure expert with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. In the post, Peggy Hall, Ohio State University Extension’s agricultural and resource law field specialist, and Glen Arnold, OSU Extension field specialist in manure management, detail some of the provisions in Senate Bill 1, including: Fertilizer application restrictions in the western basin Manure application restrictions in the western basin Exemptions for small and medium operations Certification...
  23. Ohio State Webinar Focuses on Funding Long-Term Care for Farm Families

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – The rising costs of nursing home care may impact farm families harder than others due to farm assets that may limit or prevent a family member from qualifying for Medicaid, according to an agricultural law expert with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. In the past, farmers worried about minimizing federal and state estate taxes, but now the larger concern is planning for long-term care needs while ensuring that the family farm assets can be transferred to the next generation, said Peggy Hall, Ohio State University Extension’s agricultural and resource law field specialist. OSU Extension is the college’s outreach arm. “Long-term health care costs seem to be growing, and without preplanning,...
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    OSU Extension Offers Herd Bull Purchase Tips For Livestock Producers

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Beef cattle producers who want to boost their profit potential need to consider several factors when purchasing a herd sire, says a beef cattle expert in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. While beef cattle producers have a wide range of criteria when purchasing a herd sire based on their production goals and the size of their herd, price and calving ease usually become high priorities, 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. Given the value of feeder cattle and the level of expenses associated with beef production today, producers have to make sure that any potential herd sire they...
  25. Genomic testing can help producers identify the heifers that will offer the best return on investment. (Photo: Thinkstock)

    Ohio State Workshop to Offer Insight on Dairy Reproduction and Genomics

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Dairy producers who want to take more control over the profit potential of their future herds may want to consider genomic testing, which can help identify which heifers to raise that are genetically superior and will offer producers the best return on investment, said an Ohio State University Extension veterinarian. Genomic testing can allow dairy producers to identify specific DNA markers for selection of reproduction, production and health traits in dairy cattle, said Gustavo M. Schuenemann, associate professor, Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, Ohio State, and OSU Extension veterinarian. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the university’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. “Using such DNA markers allows for...

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