Mar. 19, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio — With soybeans being an easier crop to grow than corn and typically offering a higher return, an increasing number of acres are being used to grow soybeans in Ohio, following a national trend.
In 2019, soybeans will cover the most acreage of any crop in the United States, surpassing corn and wheat for the first time, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has projected.
Though once considered a corn state, Ohio grows more acres of soybeans than corn. And while soybean acres have been increasing in recent years, corn acres have been on the decline. Wheat acres too have been decreasing, to about half of what was grown a decade ago.
The trend toward soybeans seems natural. Farmers or any other business owner would pursue a path toward higher profits and less labor...
Mar. 16, 2018
Since corned beef is pink, how do you know if it’s fully cooked? And why is it pink anyway?
Corned beef is a brined, tougher cut of meat that can be either the brisket, rump or round that many Americans traditionally like to eat on St. Patrick’s Day along with cabbage.
Corned beef got its name from the corning or curing process that was historically used to preserve meat before modern refrigeration. The beef cuts were dry-cured in coarse pellets of salt that were typically the size of a kernel of corn. The pellets were rubbed into the meat to keep it from spoiling. Hence the name “corned” beef.
Today’s corned beef is now brined or cured using a salt water or sodium nitrite mixture, which fixes the pigment in the meat and causes it to be pink in color...
Mar. 15, 2018
Tip 1: Preparing Your Garden for Spring Although the cool temperatures seem to indicate a lingering winter, spring officially starts March 20. If the ground is no longer frozen, it’s not too soon to plant, specifically vegetables that can withstand the cold including cabbage, lettuce, broccoli, spinach and peas. As for plants in perennial beds, they need to be cut back if that was not done in the fall to make room for new sprouts. Pamela Bennett, Ohio State University Extension horticulture educator and director in Clark County, can provide tips to get a jump start on the growing season. Bennett is also the statewide Master Gardener Volunteer Program director. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 937-521-3860.
Tip 2: Founder of 4-H, A.B. Graham, who was originally from...
Mar. 12, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Congratulations to the recipients of 2018 Alumni Awards from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University.
“Each of our award recipients has increased the value and reputation of CFAES. Because of them, all of us within our community benefit,” CFAES Dean and Vice President for Agricultural Administration Cathann A. Kress told 180 alumni, relatives, faculty, staff and friends during an awards luncheon on March 3.
In all, 13 individuals received awards during the annual event:
The Meritorious Service Award is given to alumni or non-alumni who have been singularly significant in CFAES’s quest for excellence.
Michael Day, (CFAES faculty emeritus) Laramie, Wyoming
Kent Hammond (1972...
Mar. 12, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio — In a state whose biggest agricultural export is soybeans, growers of the crop perhaps should be leery.
Tariffs on imported aluminum and steel, which President Trump imposed March 8 could have disastrous consequences, particularly for soybean farmers, according to an agricultural economist with The Ohio State University.
The tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum could cause other countries to retaliate by setting tariffs on U.S. goods they import, including soybeans, which are Ohio’s top agricultural export, said Ian Sheldon, who serves as the Andersons Chair in Agricultural Marketing, Trade and Policy with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).
If that happens, that could further drive down the price...
Mar. 12, 2018
Tip 1: Learn how to butter up butterflies so they spend more time in your garden. In honor of “Learn about Butterflies Day” on March 14, Denise Ellsworth, program director for honey bee and native pollinator education in the Entomology Department, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University, can explain how to attract more butterflies to gardens, the role butterflies play in pollination, and anything else you want to know about the flying beauties. Contact her at email@example.com (best way) or 330-263-3723.
Tip 2: Farm Rescuers Day is March 16. Talk with Lisa Pfeifer about how agriculture is one of the country’s most dangerous professions. She is program manager for Agricultural Rescue, AgrAbility and Emergency...
Mar. 9, 2018
I often watch video recipes on my smartphone while cooking. I always wash my hands before I start cooking, but it’s never occurred to me to wash them again each time I touch my phone. Can that make me sick?
I don’t want to totally gross you out, but the average smartphone is 10 times dirtier than a toilet seat.
In fact, the average person touches their smartphone 2,617 times a day, according to a study by dscout, a Chicago-based research firm. Because people often take their phones with them everywhere, including into the potty, various microbes are transferred when the phones are touched. Some of those microbes can survive for up to 16 months, according to research published in 2006 in BMC Infectious Diseases.
Research has also shown that smartphones and...
Mar. 5, 2018
Tip 1: Flooding Solutions: Cincinnati just suffered its worst Ohio River flooding since 1997. So the timing is unfortunately good for the next Environmental Professionals Network breakfast program. Called “Flooding: A National, State and Local Issue — We Are All Part of the Solution,” the event features expert talks and Q&A sessions on flooding issues and management. It’s at Ohio State’s Columbus campus on March 6. Details: go.osu.edu/CJBb. Contact Molly Hardesty, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tip 2: Clean Beach Benefits: Cleaning up beaches could boost local economies; the efforts are “likely to prove cost effective.” So says a new study co-authored by Tim Haab, professor in CFAES’s Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development...
Mar. 2, 2018
I saw a recent report that says that childhood obesity is still on the rise, and that has me really worried. What can I do to help my child eat healthier?
You are right. According to a new report released this week, the number of children in the United States between the ages of 2 to 19 who are obese reached 18.5 percent in 2015 and 2016. That’s an increase from 14 percent in 1999, according to the study that appears in the February issue of the Pediatrics journal.
Researchers studied data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Health and Nutrition Examination survey to come up with their findings. They also found that the percentage of children ages 2 to 5 who are obese hit nearly 14 percent during the same time period. That’s an increase...
Mar. 1, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio farmers will soon have access to a newly revised tool that can quickly and easily tell them their risk of agricultural phosphorus runoff that could potentially move into Ohio waterways such as Lake Erie.
All with the help of an online program.
The revised Ohio Phosphorus Risk Index is a program developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service to help farmers assess their risk of phosphorus moving off farm fields. It will soon allow farmers to input their farm-specific data to generate their risk of phosphorus in agricultural runoff.
The revised index is the result of the multiyear On-Field Ohio project led by Elizabeth (Libby) Dayton, a researcher in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental...