Tracy Turner

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  1. Planter University Focuses on Placement, Yield Potential

    LONDON, Ohio – Proper seed placement, along with applying just the right amount of fertilizer needed to maximize yields while saving money, will be the focus of the daylong Planter University workshop offered Feb. 28 by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. The workshop, held at Beck’s Hybrid’s, 720 U.S. 40 in London, Ohio, will offer farmers a hands-on opportunity to learn more about advancements in planter technology as well as hear directly from researchers and experts on the issues, said John Fulton, precision agriculture specialist for Ohio State University Extension. Fulton, who is also an associate professor in the college’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, said the...
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    Holidays Can Be Enjoyable Without the Extra Calories

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – For many people, holiday celebrations mean family, friends and food – plenty of sweet, rich, hearty, calorie-laden foods. But, fear not – you can still enjoy all the season’s festivities without overdoing it on the buffet line by simply planning ahead, says Carolyn Gunther, an assistant professor of human sciences and a state specialist for Ohio State University Extension. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. One key to avoid overeating during the holidays is to make plans ahead of time about what you’ll have to eat at the party … and be mindful about the decisions you’re making once at the party, she said. “Coming up with a game...
  3. An Ohio wine expert says determining which wine to serve with which cheese is really about finding out what pairs well for your senses. Photo: Thinkstock.

    Local Flavors: Ohio Wines and Cheeses Offer Options for Holiday Pairings

    WOOSTER, Ohio — Want to try local fare to serve for your holiday seasonal celebrations but are unsure of what Ohio wines best complement which cheeses? An Ohio wine expert says determining which wine to serve with which cheese is really about finding out what pairs well for your senses. “There really is no right or wrong when it comes to appropriately pairing wine to food or cheese,” said Todd Steiner, who leads The Ohio State University’s enology program, the science of winemaking, part of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The goal, he says, is to move away from the notion of wines being intimidating and for people not to feel daunted when being introduced to a new wine or when choosing a wine to enjoy with food or,...
  4. VIneyard in winter. Photo: Thinkstock

    Grape and Wine Workshop Offers New Approach to Winter Protection Techniques

    PIKETON, Ohio – With temperatures dropping statewide, some of the best ways wine growers and vineyard operators can protect their crops from harsh winter weather is by using high tunnels, employing windbreaks or by selecting cold-hardy cultivars, says a small fruit crops expert with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. Understanding multiple techniques for protecting wine grapes from cold weather is key for successful vineyard operations, especially in Ohio where temperatures can drop below zero for days on end in winter months, said Gary Gao, an Ohio State University Extension specialist and associate professor of small fruit crops at the Ohio State University South Centers at Piketon. “Smart winter protection...
  5. Black vultures spotted near S.R. 37 in Lancaster, Ohio, in October 2016. Photo: OSU Extension.

    Black Vultures on the Rise, Growing Problem for Livestock Producers

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Livestock producers beware – black vultures are on the hunt and they aren’t just looking for dead animals. These migratory birds are known to attack and eat live animals, too. The birds have become a problem for many Ohio livestock producers in recent years, said Stan Smith, an Ohio State University Extension program assistant in agriculture and natural resources. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Black vultures have been a growing problem for Ohio livestock producers over the past 15 years, Smith said. Recently, they were spotted on the northeast side of Lancaster. “Folks in several areas across the state have reported having problems with black...
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    New Field to Faucet App Helps Farmers Plot Farm Management Decisions

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – A new app from The Ohio State University allows growers to compare the effectiveness of different management decisions within fields. The aim, in part, is to improve water quality throughout the state. Called Ohio State PLOTS, the free app allows growers, as well as consultants and others who support growers, to design replicated plot layouts by creating on-farm trials that can compare hybrids, seeding populations, fertilizer rates and nutrient management systems, among other practices and inputs, said John Fulton, precision agriculture specialist for Ohio State University Extension. The app allows users to digitally compare various treatments within their fields to determine the best management plan for their fields, before extending financial or labor...
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    New Worker Protection Compliance Manual Now Available for Growers

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Owners of farms, forests, nurseries and greenhouses that use pesticides in agricultural plant production now have access to a new manual that outlines the new regulations and safeguards under the revised 2015 Worker Protection Standard. The new manual, called “How to Comply With the 2015 Revised WPS for Agricultural Pesticides,” was recently released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and details the important new rules that impact employers of agricultural workers, said Mary Ann Rose, program director for Ohio State University Extension’s Pesticide Safety Education Program. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. The rules impact thousands of...
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    2016 Tax School Available November and December in Multiple Locations Throughout Ohio

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – How to deal with tax liabilities in the event of the death of a taxpayer and how to report financial distress are among the topics to be discussed during the upcoming Tax School workshop series offered throughout November and December by tax experts with the IRS and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. The annual series is designed to help tax preparers learn about federal tax law updates for this year as well as learn more about issues they may encounter when filing individual and small business 2016 tax returns, said Barry Ward, director of the Ohio State University Income Tax School Program of Ohio State University Extension. OSU Extension is the statewide outreach arm of the college. The series of...
  9. Ohio State Rural Cooperative Development Center Awarded USDA Grant to Aid in Business Development

    PIKETON, Ohio – Rural business development in Ohio and West Virginia is getting a boost thanks to a $200,000 grant presented to the Ohio Cooperative Development Center, housed at The Ohio State University South Centers in Piketon. The funding is one of 29 grants awarded Oct. 3 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture through its Rural Cooperative Development Grant program. The federal agency awards a total of $5.8 million to help rural cooperatives create jobs and support business expansion, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a written statement. “America’s rural communities have incredible potential to create jobs and expand economic opportunities,” Vilsack said in the statement. “Many rural businesses and organizations are succeeding under the...
  10. Aquaculture farm with blue containers and water pipes. Photo: Thinkstock.

    Workshop Offers Insight into Aquaculture

    PIKETON, Ohio – Ohio needs more fish farmers, and researchers at the Ohio Center for Aquaculture Research and Development are working to meet that need. The center will offer a daylong introductory workshop on aquaculture and aquaponics Oct. 29 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The workshop, which will be held at The Ohio State University South Centers, 1864 Shyville Road in Piketon, is designed to offer participants insight into what aquaculture is and how to get started in it, said Matthew Smith, an Ohio State University Extension aquaculture specialist. Aquaculture is the breeding, rearing and harvesting of aquatic plants and animals in a natural or controlled environment, Smith said. “Aquaponics is usually a coupled system in which there is a marriage of two systems –...
  11. Webinar Offers Insight on Tax Issues for Farmers, Rural Landowners

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University will offer a daylong webinar Dec. 19 on the special issues with farm tax returns for farmers, farm representatives and rural landowners. The webinar, which will focus on issues specific to farm tax returns related to agriculture and natural resources, will offer insight into topics such as Conservation Reserve Program payments, said Barry Ward, production business management leader for Ohio State University Extension. OSU Extension is the statewide outreach arm of the college. The six-hour program, which will be presented in a live webinar format, is open to tax preparers as well as individuals who file their own farm taxes, Ward said. The program is an intermediate-level...
  12. Farm Science Review. Photo: FSR.

    Good Weather, Innovation Drive Farm Science Review Attendance

    LONDON, Ohio – Sunny skies and warm temperatures ushered in strong attendance at the annual Farm Science Review held Sept. 20-22 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London, Ohio, which saw some 125,790 visitors over its three-day run. Sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University, the Review offered farmers and growers a wonderful opportunity to learn about the latest agricultural research and innovation, said Matt Sullivan, superintendent of the Molly Caren center. Some 24,200 visitors attended the show Thursday (9/22), with 46,680 in attendance for Tuesday’s (9/20) opening day, while Wednesday (9/21) was the highest-attended day with 54,910 visitors, he said. “When you look at the overall Farm Science...
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    Ohio State Aquaculture Boot Camp Program Recruiting New Fish Farmers

    PIKETON, Ohio – Want to learn how to become a fish farmer? The Ohio Center for Aquaculture Research and Development at The Ohio State University South Centers is offering 30 new and beginning fish farmers an in-depth introduction to aquaculture and aquaponics and the business of fish farming through a yearlong program. Called Aquaculture Boot Camp-2 or ABC-2, the program’s goal is to increase the number of fish farmers in the region, said Hanping Wang, the director of the ABC program at the OSU South Centers. The OSU South Centers are part of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. “The goal of the ABC-2 is to enhance the sustainability of new and beginning aquaculture, aquaponic and next-generation farmers in Ohio and the Midwest,” Wang...
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    Free Pumpkin Field Night Sept. 15 Focuses on Jack-O-Lanterns, Pie and Specialty Pumpkins, Among Others

    PIKETON, Ohio — Just in time for the upcoming fall harvest, pumpkin growers can learn more about 70 varieties of jack-o-lantern, colored pumpkins, pie pumpkins and specialty pumpkin cultivars during a Sept. 15 field night offered by horticultural experts with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. Held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at The Ohio State University South Centers, 1864 Shyville Road, Piketon, the Pumpkin Field Day will also offer growers the newest research on pumpkin pest and disease control, said Charissa Gardner, program assistant with South Centers. “The workshop is designed for anyone that grows pumpkins currently, or anyone that is interested in starting to grow them,” Gardner said. “In addition to...
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    Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training Workshop Offered Aug. 29

    BOTKINS, Ohio — Growers will have an opportunity to gain fertilizer applicator certification training at a workshop Aug. 29. Known as Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training (FACT), the training allows farmers and commercial fertilizer applicators to meet the educational requirements of Ohio’s agricultural fertilization law. Passed in 2014, the legislation requires individuals who apply fertilizer to more than 50 acres to become certified by Sept. 30, 2017. Already, Ohio State University Extension has trained more than 10,000 Ohio farmers on best practices to apply fertilizer for optimum crop yield, reduce the risk of nutrient runoff and improve water quality throughout the state. The Aug. 29 three-hour workshop is just one of several training opportunities that will...
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    Aug. 26 Field Night to Focus on Calf Heifer Management, Key to Livestock Production Success

    JACKSON, Ohio — Livestock producers who want to improve the profit potential for their cow herd operations need to make successful heifer management a key component in their business plan, says a beef cattle expert with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. Heifer management is one of the most important things that livestock producers need to be concerned with in developing a cow herd, said John Grimes, beef coordinator for Ohio State University Extension and a member of the OSU Extension Beef Team. “One of the most expensive investments in any beef herd is the young cow,” Grimes said. “Heifers require a higher degree of management to maximize their profit potential. “They can be more challenging to...
  17. Farm Science Review is Sept. 20-22, 2016. Photo: FSR.

    2016 Farm Science Review Media Credential Request

    Dear Media, This year's Ohio State University Farm Science Review celebrates its 54th year and includes lots of newsworthy events, exhibits and presentations.  Mark your calendars for Sept. 20-22, 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. 6.  We'll mail the requested number of admission tickets and parking passes on Sept. 8. 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...
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    Strategies to Survive Low Profitability: Ask the Expert at Farm Science Review

    LONDON, Ohio – Lower crop prices this year combined with higher input costs means that producers, farmers and farm business owners may need to develop clear financial strategies to deal with projected lower profit margins, says a farm business expert with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. In order for farmers to lessen the potential for losses and to deal with the prospect of lower profitability, they first must fully understand where they are financially, said Chris Bruynis, an Ohio State University Extension educator. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college. “Questions to consider include, can you restructure debt, reduce costs or even switch to more profitable crops,” he said. “Farmers are...
  19. Gwynne Conservation Area, Farm Science Review, London, Ohio. Photo: CFAES

    Farm Science Review to Induct Two New Members into Hall of Fame

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Farm Science Review will induct Terry Howell and, posthumously, John Rockenbaugh into the Farm Science Review Hall of Fame on Sept. 22 during the farm trade show’s annual three-day run. Howell is the owner and managing member of St. Paris, Ohio-based Howell Land Development. Rockenbaugh was an Ohio Division of Wildlife/Soil and Water Conservation District wildlife specialist. Both are being honored for their significant contributions to the Review, said Chuck Gamble, who manages the annual farm show. The Farm Science Review, which this year is Sept. 20-22 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London, Ohio, offers farmers and other visitors the opportunity to learn about the latest agricultural innovations from experts from the College of Food,...
  20. Hops. Photo: Thinkstock

    Field Nights Continue Work to Increase Growth of Ohio Hops

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Two workshops offered in August offer both new and established hops growers insight into how to produce the increasingly popular crop. The Ohio Hops Field Night is Aug. 16 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Ohio State University South Centers Research Building Auditorium, 1864 Shyville Road, in Piketon. The Northwest Ohio Hops Field Night is Aug. 18 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation, 13737 Middleton Pike, in Bowling Green. Growing hops is an increasingly popular way to generate additional income from the farm, said Brad Bergefurd, a horticulturist with the OSU South Centers at Piketon who will host the field nights. “The field nights will be of interest to new, beginning as well as advanced hop growers or anyone...
  21. Healthy water leads to healthy fish and increases the potential for healthy profits for fish farmers. CFAES workshop offers tips on how to boost water quality for fish farming. Photo: Thinkstock.

    Aquaculture Water Quality Workshop Offers Tips to Boost Profitability of Fish Farming

    PIKETON, Ohio – Healthy water leads to healthy fish and increases the potential for healthy profits for fish farmers. On the other hand, poor water quality can lead to stressed fish, increasing the chance for the animals’ illness and death, and resulting in income losses for farmers, says Matthew Smith, an Ohio State University Extension aquaculture specialist. Water quality management for fish farmers is the subject of an Aug. 6 workshop Smith is holding at the Ohio Center for Aquaculture Research and Development at The Ohio State University South Centers in Piketon. The workshop will focus on the importance of understanding water quality, water chemistry, and identifying water and weed problems applicable to fish farmers in Ohio, Smith said. “Water chemistry is an...
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    Sprayers, Precision Ag Are Focus of Aug. 16 Southwest Ohio Corn Growers Field Day

    WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE, Ohio — Organizers will focus on technologies that can improve accuracy and efficiency while saving farmers money, increasing yields and protecting the environment during the Southwest Ohio Corn Growers Field Day on Aug. 16. A goal of the event is to help participants learn tips and techniques for improving farm productivity and profitability, said Ken Ford, 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. “It’s an opportunity for farmers to come hear about new technologies and new research to help growers increase the profit margins on their farms,” he said. “Topics for the day were generated from issues...
  23. Carrot Weevil Larva. Photo:  CFAES

    Muck Crops Field Day is July 28

    WILLARD, Ohio — Researchers with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University will offer a July 28 field day focusing on the needs of fresh-market vegetable producers that will offer farmers the latest information on diseases facing muck crops. The Muck Crops Field Day is from 9 a.m. to noon at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center’s Muck Crops Agricultural Research Station, 4875 State Route 103 S in Willard. The station covers 15-plus acres of high-organic-matter muck soil in Huron County’s productive “salad bowl” region, said Bob Filbrun, the station’s manager. The workshop will also offer growers information on several research trials being conducted at the station, including a look at...
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    Western Agronomy Field Day is July 20

    SOUTH CHARLESTON, Ohio – Growers who want to get an idea of what they can expect from their crops this year and how agronomic experts view yield potentials this season can do so at the Western Agronomy Field Day July 20 at the Western Agricultural Research Station, located in South Charleston. The workshop will feature presentations by researchers and state specialists from Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. OSU Extension and OARDC are the outreach and research arms, respectively, of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The event is designed to inform and educate farmers about the agricultural research advances made in the past year at the Western Agricultural Research Station, one of...
  25. Harmful algal bloom -- Lake Erie. Photo: NASA, NOAA

    Experts: Smaller Algal Bloom Predicted For Western Lake Erie

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Harmful algal blooms are expected to be lower this year in Lake Erie than in 2015. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and its research partners predict that western Lake Erie will experience a less severe bloom than the record-setting one experienced last year during the harmful algal bloom season, the agency said July 7. The outlook reflects less discharge from the Maumee River and a return to an average nutrient runoff into the lake, NOAA said. This year’s bloom is expected to first appear in late July and increase in August in the far western basin of Lake Erie. The location and effects will depend on prevailing winds. “The need to reduce phosphorus and other nutrients from fertilizer, manure and sewage remains,” said...

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