Tracy Turner

Technical Editor
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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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,...
  5. 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. ...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. OSU Expert: Summer Grazing Management Can Help Increase Productivity in Cool-season Pastures

    WOOSTER, Ohio – Despite the summer sun, excessive heat and fewer rains typically associated with Ohio summers, producers can take steps to increase summertime productivity in pastures composed of grasses that typically grow best in cooler conditions, said a forage expert from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.  To lessen the summer slump in cool-season grass pastures, producers can follow the 4 Rs for summer grazing, said Rory Lewandowski, agriculture and natural resources educator for the college's outreach arm, Ohio State University Extension. “Producers need to be looking and planning ahead,” Lewandowski said. “Even though we’ve gotten a lot of rain in recent days, we will get to...
  21. Ohio State University Researchers Working with Farmers to Protect Ohio Water Quality, Lessen Algal Blooms

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – With harmful algal bloom forecast to increase this summer in western Lake Erie, experts with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) continue to work with farmers statewide to offer steps agriculture can take to continue to lessen the potential for runoff from farmlands.  Farmers are concerned about nutrient loss, believing that it is likely to have a negative impact on water quality and profit potential, said Greg LaBarge, an Ohio State University Extension field specialist and one of the leaders of the OSU Agronomic Crops Team. The team also includes scientists from the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. OSU Extension and OARDC are the outreach and research arms,...
  22. OSU Expert: Oats a Good Option as Double-Crop after Wheat

    LANCASTER, Ohio – Producers and growers looking to add an alternative forage may want to consider planting oats as a double-crop after wheat as a good way to add extra forages during a time when hay inventories are down and grain values are high, a forage expert from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences said. With hay inventories on May 1 in Ohio down 55 percent compared to the same time last year and at their lowest point since 1950, producers looking to add a crop after wheat harvest can consider adding oats, which can produce high yields with one cutting, said Stan Smith, an OSU Extension program assistant in agriculture and natural resources.  OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college.  Since wheat in...
  23. Workshop to Focus on Keeping Phosphorus in Soil to Prevent Algal Blooms

    WOOD COUNTY, Ohio – Growers interested in learning more about the impact of tillage on phosphorus loss and other crop production factors that influence crop yields can attend a Nutrient Application Field Day July 18, offered by experts with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.  The field day is designed to offer information on three common tillage systems used in Ohio and discuss where the tillage implement incorporates phosphorus into the soil profile, said Steve Prochaska, an Ohio State University Extension field specialist and member of the university’s Agronomic Crops Team. OSU Extension agronomists and industry equipment personnel will lead the discussions. OSU Extension and OARDC are the outreach and...
  24. OSU Demonstrates New 'Subsurfer' Injector that Puts Solid Manure into Soil without Disturbing Ground Cover

    WOOSTER, Ohio – A new method of injecting poultry litter into the soil allows growers to reap the extensive benefits of this type of manure while promoting water quality by lessening the potential for agricultural runoff. Ohio growers will have the opportunity to view the technology firsthand during Ohio State University’s 2013 Manure Science Review Aug. 6. The new subsurfer injector will be demonstrated at the Review, an educational program for farmers, livestock managers, certified crop advisers, professional engineers and others. The Review features speakers from industry, livestock groups, conservation agencies, and Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, including Ohio State University Extension and the ...
  25. Blueberry, Blackberry, Wine Grape Field Night is July 18

    PIKETON, Ohio – Commercial growers looking for ways to diversify their farming operations can gain new tips and insight on blueberries, blackberries and wine grapes at a workshop July 18 offered by horticulture and viticulture 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 allow participants to get an up-close look at some new varieties of blueberries and blackberries to get an idea of how they taste, how they grow and how much they can produce, said Gary Gao, an Ohio State University Extension specialist and associate professor of small fruit crops at OSU South Centers....

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