Tracy Turner

Technical Editor
Focus Areas: 
Chow Line, consumer news, food safety, nutrition.
  1. Ohio State University Promotes Farm Safety Through Awareness of Farm Safety Week Sept. 15-21

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – From tractors and heavy machinery to long working hours and isolated working environments, agriculture can be among the most dangerous industries to work in, according to safety experts from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. While farming is a rewarding, challenging career, it is also among the most deadly to work in for farm families in Ohio, which averages 24 farm-related fatalities statewide each year, said Dee Jepsen, state safety leader for Ohio State University Extension. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college. In fact, over the past 10 years, there have been 229 farm-related deaths in Ohio, many of which (95 deaths) involved tractors or heavy machinery, Jepsen said. “Some 41...
  2. Farm Science Review to Offer Farmers First-Time View of Unmanned Aircraft System for Agricultural Use During Field Demos

    LONDON, Ohio – As the list of new technologies used in the agriculture industry continues to grow, the use of unmanned aircraft systems (drones) has the potential to be among the most wide-ranging and beneficial for farmers, according to Farm Science Review organizers. To that end, farmers and growers can see daily demonstrations of an unmanned aerial vehicle or UAV during this year’s Farm Science Review Sept. 17-19 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio. The demonstrations will be the first time the Review has offered an up-close look at the technology in live action and is also the first time a farm show has offered field demonstrations of UAVs for agricultural use, said Chuck Gamble, who manages the Review. For more than 50 years, Farm Science Review field...
  3. Heavy Dews, Cool Nights Increase Downy Mildew in Soybeans

    WOOSTER, Ohio – Excessive rain during flowering and right after planting, coupled with cool nights, have caused an increase in some late season soybean diseases in many Ohio fields, according to a soybean expert from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.  The inclement weather during these two key time periods in soybeans have made the plants really vulnerable to disease this year, said Anne Dorrance, an Ohio State University Extension plant pathologist who has led soybean disease research and outreach efforts in Ohio. Dorrance, who also has an appointment with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, said now is the time growers should be scouting their fields to know what diseases may be...
  4. Sheep Shearers in Demand: OSU Offers Sheep Shearing School Sept. 20-21

    HEBRON, Ohio – Sheep shearers are in demand statewide as fewer people are trained in the art of shearing the thick, woolen coats of sheep, leaving many smaller sheep producers fewer options to perform the animal’s annual shearing needs, according to an expert from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.  While there isn’t any readily available hard data on the number of sheep shearers statewide, as those in the profession aren’t required to be licensed, anecdotally it’s clear to those in the sheep industry that shearing is a dying art, said Roger High, OSU Extension state sheep program specialist. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college. High, who is also the executive director of the Ohio...
  5. Ohio State Research: Intercrop Soybeans May Offer Higher Yields, Financial Boost Over Double Crop Soybeans

    BUCYRUS, Ohio – Planting soybeans into standing wheat can not only result in higher soybean yields but can offer a significant financial boost to growers compared to planting a traditional double crop of soybeans, according to research from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.  The technique, called modified relay intercropping of soybeans, allows growers to capture 66 percent of the traditional Ohio growing season to produce a second crop through the inter-planting of soybeans into wheat in late May or early June, said Steve Prochaska, an Ohio State University Extension field specialist and member of the university’s Agronomic Crops Team. Based on extensive research at the Ohio Agricultural Research and...
  6. Cropland Value, Cash Rent and Budget Questions Answered at Farm Science Review

    LONDON, Ohio – While cropland values in Ohio increased significantly in 2012 and are expected to continue an upward trend in 2013, lower crop prices are making it uncertain if the region will see the same level of increases, an expert from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) said. Barry Ward, an Ohio State University Extension production business management leader, will discuss his latest findings during this year’s Farm Science Review Sept. 17-19 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio, during “Question the Authorities” question-and-answer sessions offered daily at the Review.  Ward will field questions about farmland cash rent and values during “Land Values and Rents”...
  7. OSU Expert: Now's the Time to Start Thinking of Fall Pasture Management

    WOOSTER, Ohio – Although it’s still the dog days of summer, producers wanting to promote a healthier pasture next spring may want to take steps now to prevent overgrazing their pastures in fall, said a forage expert from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.  To promote a healthier pasture next spring, producers need to start planning for the end of the season now and help their plants prepare for fall, which is an important time for pasture management, said Rory Lewandowski, agriculture and natural resources educator for the college's outreach arm, Ohio State University Extension. “Producers need to start thinking about what these plants are doing to get ready for the end of the season and should...
  8. Farm Science Review Field Demos Offer Farmers Comparison Opportunities, Teach New Techniques

    LONDON, Ohio – With corn and soybean harvest being on the minds of many growers this time of year, being able to see new harvesting methods and tools up close at this year’s Farm Science Review Sept. 17-19 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio, is a valuable opportunity that could save growers significant expenses, an agronomist from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences said. For more than 50 years, Farm Science Review field demonstrations have allowed farmers to go out and see farm equipment run side-by-side, said Harold Watters, an Ohio State University Extension agronomy field specialist and coordinator of the university’s Agronomic Crops Team. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college. And...
  9. Farm Science Review’s Gwynne Conservation Area Offers Diversity of Topics to Meet Wide Variety of Visitors’ Interests

    LONDON, Ohio – Landowners, farmers and agricultural enthusiasts looking to learn the latest in natural resource management tips and techniques from experts with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) may want to schedule to spend some time at the Gwynne Conservation Area during this year’s Farm Science Review Sept. 17-19 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio.  The Gwynne Conservation Area is comprised of 67 acres of natural resource demonstration areas, where visitors can see different conservation practices they can use on their land, said Marne Titchenell, an Ohio State University Extension wildlife program specialist. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college. “We offer a broad...
  10. COSI Exhibit Celebrates Production Agriculture

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – An annual exhibit at COSI Columbus, Central Ohio’s Science and Technology museum, designed to highlight and celebrate the production agriculture work farmers and farm families perform, will feature presentations from experts from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). The annual Farm Days: Little Seeds, Big Tractors, opens today (8/14) through Aug. 18 and will feature more than 20 pieces of heavy production farming equipment displayed in downtown Columbus on COSI’s English Plaza and Washington Boulevard, organizers said. The Farm Days Science in Action series will feature presentations from experts from Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center,...
  11. Blackberries Hold Potential to Increase Farm Profits: Learn How at Farm Science Review

    LONDON, Ohio – Commercial growers looking for options to increase their farm profits may want to consider adding blackberries, says an expert from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). Thanks to new production techniques and new, more winter-hardy varieties, blackberries have become a more viable option for commercial growers to add to their portfolio, said Gary Gao, an Ohio State University Extension specialist and associate professor of small fruit crops at the Ohio State University South Centers in Piketon. Gao will discuss commercial blackberry production in Ohio during a workshop Sept. 18 at 9 a.m. during this year’s Farm Science Review, Sept. 17-19 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio. ...
  12. Up Close and Personal: Talk to Organic Researchers at Sept. 5 Field Day

    BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- Growers interested in learning the latest in organic research, including updates on organic corn production, organic ecosystem services and organic pest controls, can hear from experts from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences during a workshop Sept. 5 in Bowling Green. The Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Field Day will include the opportunity for producers to have an up-close look of the work conducted by the Organic Food and Farming Education and Research (OFFER) program and take part in a tour of the Organic Valley corn variety plot, said Alan Sundermeier, an Ohio State University Extension educator. The event will feature presentations from OSU Extension and Ohio Agricultural Research and Development...
  13. Tips for Emerald Ash Borer and Asian Longhorned Beetle Infestations Offered at Farm Science Review’s Utzinger Garden

    LONDON, Ohio – While emerald ash borer is a growing problem for homeowners, arborists, and workers in Ohio's forest industry, and Asian longhorned beetle could be looming on the horizon, there are several options available that could help people manage the issues, according to an expert from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) who will discuss these pests and eradication efforts during this year’s Farm Science Review Sept. 17-19 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio.  One effective way to help stem the problem is make sure people are well aware of these tree-killing borers and the damage they can cause as well as the options that are available to deal with the invasive pests, said Joe Boggs...
  14. Ohio Beef Quality Assurance Program Certification Now Available Online through New Ohio State Website: Assures Consumers of Beef Quality and Safety

      COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio cattle producers looking to earn Beef Quality Assurance certifications or those looking to become re-certified can take advantage of a new online course and exam offered by experts from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The certification is part of a national program that offers sound management practices and guidelines for beef cattle production, said Steve Boyles, an OSU Extension beef cattle specialist. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college.  And while the certification isn’t a requirement for beef producers, it’s valuable for them to have because it lets consumers know that the producer’s beef is a safe, quality product, Boyles said. “The real value in...
  15. Ohio State Grain Rescue Simulator to be Demonstrated at the Ohio State Fair Aug. 2

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio's first Grain Rescue Simulator trailer, which was designed by students from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) and is used to train first responders, grain industry employees and farm families about the hazards of flowing grain, will be demonstrated during the Ohio State Fair Aug. 2. The Ohio Grain Comprehensive Agriculture Rescue Trailer, or C.A.R.T., will be featured at the Fair with demonstrations at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at the Ohio Department of Agriculture tent at the Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave., organizers said. The grain rescue simulator was created to meet training needs identified by first responders who are called to an agricultural scene where grain is stored, said Dee...
  16. Air-assist Spray Technology to be Demonstrated During Field Day Aug. 8

    SOUTH CHARLESTON, Ohio – Growers will have the opportunity to review results of  research to improve the efficacy of fungicide distribution during a live demonstration by experts from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at a spray technology workshop Aug. 8. The Spray Technology Field Day will review the results from a 2012 air-assist sprayer trial that sprays vertically instead of horizontally, which is traditional. Researchers used the modified technology on pumpkins to test how effectively the sprayer distributed fungicide to the top and bottom of the plants, said Jim Jasinski, an Ohio State University Extension educator and coordinator of the Integrated Pest Management program. The program will feature presentations from...
  17. 2013 Farm Science Review Media Credential Request

    Dear Media, This year's Ohio State University Farm Science Review celebrates its 51th year and includes lots of newsworthy events, exhibits and presentations.  Mark your calendars for Sept. 17-19, and be sure to join us at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio. You’ll need tickets to get in and parking passes for the media lot, so please fill out the form below and return it by Sept. 3.  We'll mail the requested number of admission tickets and parking passes on Sept. 6. Send in your request now so you don’t miss: The latest in equipment, supplies and information from over 600 exhibitors. Field demonstrations on tillage, GPS and harvest (depending on crop conditions). Information from Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio...
  18. Aug. 15 Workshop to Offer Producers Tips to Improve and Expand Sales Using ‘Apps and Maps’

    CANFIELD, Ohio – Producers wanting to make sure their food business or operation has a strong, income-building presence in the mobile media arena can learn tips and techniques from food marketing experts from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences during a workshop Aug. 15. The “Maps and Apps” workshop will teach participants how to make the most of mobile media marketing as a way their businesses can benefit from free listings on Internet maps, GPS systems and mobile apps, said Eric Barrett, an Ohio State University Extension educator. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college. “Ohio food producers wanting to increase their markets, grow their customer base, improve profitability and increase their...
  19. Farm Science Review Seeks to Break New Ground

    LONDON, Ohio – From teaching techniques to help growers improve water and soil quality to helping farmers and producers learn how to combat invasive species, experts from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) will seek to “break new ground” during this year’s Farm Science Review Sept. 17-19 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio. Following the theme “Breaking New Ground,” the event will emphasize the best agricultural research, resources, information and access for farmers, said Chuck Gamble, who manages the Review. “How do we protect the soil, how do we improve water quality are just some of the issues farmers are facing now because so much of what is going on today in...
  20. Ohio State Farm Policy Expert Offers Farm Bill Update

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – As the debate about the future of the 2013 Farm Bill continues, an Ohio State University farm policy expert has issued a summary that provides a detailed overview of the debate and examines the farm bill situation from a political, process and content perspective. The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives passed a version of the farm bill last week (7/11) that does not include the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program for the first time since the 1970s, according to Carl Zulauf, an agricultural economics professor in Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The Senate's version of the farm bill, passed June 10, included the food assistance program. The Obama Administration had said it supported the...
  21. Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Names New Assistant Director, Agriculture and Natural Resources

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences has named Andrew J. Londo as the new assistant director, agriculture and natural resources, for Ohio State University Extension. OSU Extension is the college’s outreach arm. Londo is currently professor of silviculture and Extension forestry coordinator at Mississippi State University. He will start his new appointment on Sept. 1, 2013, subject to approval by Ohio State’s Board of Trustees.  He will succeed Donald J. Breece, who has served as assistant director, agriculture and natural resources, since 2008. Breece announced his retirement in January 2013. “I am pleased to welcome Dr. Andrew J. Londo to Ohio State University,” said Keith Smith...
  22. Precision Agriculture Field Day is Aug. 6

    WAUSEON, Ohio – Growers wanting to learn more about planter technology, variable rate seeding and data management can do so during the Northwest Ohio Precision Agriculture Day Aug. 6, offered by experts with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.  The field day will offer information on precision planter technology and will feature discussions and demonstrations from college researchers and farm equipment, seed and technology professionals, said Eric Richer, an Ohio State University Extension educator. The event, which is geared toward producers, crop consultants and anyone interested in precision agriculture, will feature presentations from OSU Extension and Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center researchers. OSU...
  23. Western Ohio Forage Day is Aug. 21

    SOUTH CHARLESTON, Ohio – Alfalfa management and native grasses for forage and biofuel are just some of the topics farmers and producers can get updates on during a Western Ohio Forage Day Aug. 21, offered by experts with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.  The field day will offer information on issues that producers and growers can benefit now from, such as forage preservation, as well as offer field demonstrations on new techniques, such as manure slurry seeding, said Amanda Douridas, an Ohio State University Extension agriculture and natural resources educator. Developed at Michigan State University, slurry seeding is a relatively new, no-till compatible manure application and cover crop establishment method that uses...
  24. OSU to Offer New Fact Sheet on Stink Bugs, Which Are a Growing Concern for Soybean Farmers

    WOOSTER, Ohio – Entomologists with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences are developing a new fact sheet to provide soybean growers updated information on a stinky pest that has the potential to become a significant problem for Ohio growers. Stink bugs, known for their “sweaty feet” smell when squashed or irritated, have now made their way into Ohio soybean fields in numbers not previously experienced in the Buckeye State, said Ron Hammond, an Ohio State University Extension entomologist. Because the problem has gotten so bad, college entomologists are working on a new fact sheet to address growers’ concerns, he said. The brown marmorated stink bug was finally found in several soybean fields last year in...
  25. Hops Field Night is Aug. 15

    PIKETON, Ohio – Growers interested in learning more about hops production including how to market the increasingly popular plants can learn more at a field night Aug. 15 offered by horticulture experts with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The program is from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Ohio State University South Centers’ Endeavor Center, 1862 Shyville Road, in Piketon. The workshop will feature Brad Bergefurd, a horticulturist with Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC). Participants can learn about new hop cultivars; innovative hop production techniques; insect and disease control methods; and harvesting, processing and marketing techniques that can be adopted by Ohio...

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