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  1. Ohio State Strawberry Workshop is May 16

    PIKETON, Ohio – Strawberry growers can learn about new production methods and techniques during an Ohio State University strawberry plasticulture workshop May 16 that can help them extend their growing season and boost on-farm profits. The workshop will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Ohio State University South Centers in Piketon, 1864 Shyville Road. Registration is $5. The centers are part of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). The workshop will feature Brad Bergefurd, a horticulturist with Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC). Bergefurd will discuss the plasticulture production method, in which strawberries are planted in September and grow over the winter using...
  2. 2012 Drought Could Mean Larger Soybean Seeds for 2013 Growing Season

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – As soybean growers go into the 2013 planting season, they may find that many soybean seeds are larger than normal, a lingering impact from the 2012 drought, said an expert with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). On average, 2,500 individual soybean seeds constitute a pound, said Laura Lindsey, a soybean and small grain specialist with the college’s outreach arm, Ohio State University Extension. But considering that dry conditions during seed fill followed by August and September rains can result in larger than normal seeds, growers could find instances where 1,700 seeds constitute a pound, she said. Last year’s drought conditions plus late-season rains expedited the growth of soybean plants...
  3. Entomologist Offers Guidance on Controlling Slugs in No-till Soybean, Corn Fields

    WOOSTER, Ohio – Crop growers should take extra precautions to scout their fields this spring for slugs to try to get control of these plant feeders before they attack corn and soybean plants and cause feeding injury, an Ohio State University Extension entomologist said.  Ron Hammond, who also has an appointment with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, offers his guidance in videos posted on the Plant Management Network, a nonprofit publisher of science-based crop management information for growers, consultants and other applied audiences. Hammond is a featured speaker for April on the feeding injury that gray garden slugs can cause to corn and soybean crops.  OSU Extension and OARDC are the statewide outreach and research arms, respectively, of...
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    Ohio 4-H Planning Two Campus-Based Science Camps

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- For most kids, summer means a well-deserved extended break from school. "But it's so important to continue STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education in the summer -- but to do it in a fun, hands-on way outside of the classroom," said Sally McClaskey, program coordinator with Ohio State University Extension's 4-H Youth Development program.  That's why she is coordinating two science camps for kids this summer -- a day camp and an overnight camp. Both will be hosted at Ohio State's Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, and are part of the science, technology, engineering and math offerings by OSU Extension's 4-H program. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the College of Food,...
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    Ohio State to Hold Produce Safety Workshops in Toledo, Dayton, Canfield

    WOOSTER, Ohio -- Ohio State University’s Fruit and Vegetable Safety Program has three new workshops scheduled on good agricultural practices, or GAPs, for Ohio produce growers. The workshops, which are the same at each location, will teach ways to reduce the risk of food-borne illness from fresh produce. Organizers say a good understanding of GAPs has become especially important due to the Food and Drug Administration’s recently proposed new food safety rules. The instructors will be from Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), of which the safety program is a part. Among the workshops’ topics will be soil safety, water safety, worker training, worker hygiene, recordkeeping, traceability, good handling practices and...
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    EcoErek Collecting Denim at 2013 Scarlet and Gray Ag Day

    COLUMBUS, Ohio—Erek Hansen, also known as “EcoErek,” will be collecting used denim at the 2013 Micki Zartman Scarlet and Gray Ag Day on April 19 on the campus of Ohio State University's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences for his national recycling initiative.    Hansen, a 12-year-old of Curtice, Ohio, hosts denim drives in order to recycle the material into UltraTouch Denim Insulation (http://www.CottonFromBluetoGreen.org). More recently, he has also started collecting athletic shoes for reuse and recycling through USAgain (http://www.usagain.com). Hansen has collected denim items at Scarlet and Gray Ag Day since 2010. Last year, he received just over 500 pairs, which helped him reach 10,000 pairs of jeans overall. He hopes to...
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    Urban Kid Finds Calling, Career Path in World of Agriculture

    Ohio State student's story shows the reach of College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences programs across rural and urban Ohio. WOOSTER, Ohio -- How does an urban kid with no background in agriculture discover a love for plants and a professional interest in horticulture? For Cleveland native Josh Henry, it started with a gardening class in elementary school. A greenhouse and nursery management major at Ohio State University's Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI), Henry was a fourth-grader at Benjamin Franklin Elementary in Cleveland's Old Brooklyn neighborhood when he attended a gardening course offered by the Cuyahoga County Master Gardener Volunteer program. The Master Gardener...
  8. Chow Line: Dry kidney beans need to be boiled

    A few weeks ago, I soaked some dry kidney beans to prepare them for some chili. My sister told me that before adding them to the chili, I should boil them to make sure the beans wouldn’t make us sick. I did, but was that really necessary? You’ve got a knowledgeable sister. Many people don’t know the risk posed by dry red kidney beans when they’re not cooked properly. The problem isn’t bacteria, but something called “phytohaemagglutinin,” also called PHA, or kidney bean lectin. Lectin is a type of protein that performs all sorts of functions in both plants and animals. But some types of lectin, including this one, can be toxic at high levels. If this lectin isn’t destroyed by thorough cooking, you’ll be sorry. According to the U.S....
  9. Spring Planting: Planting Corn During Optimal Time One Key in Getting Corn Planting Off to Good Start

      COLUMBUS, Ohio – Growers who want to get their corn crop out to a good start this year should make sure they get it planted during the optimal corn planting time, which in some parts of Ohio typically starts as early this week, an Ohio State University Extension expert said.  Getting corn planted in southern Ohio between April 10 and May 10 and in northern Ohio between April 15 and May 10 -- the optimal planting times for corn in Ohio -- is just one of several key measures growers can take to better ensure they avoid irreversible mistakes that could result in lower yield potential, said Peter Thomison, an OSU Extension agronomist. OSU Extension is the statewide outreach arm of Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences...
  10. Ohio State Weed Specialist: Do Legwork to Stop Spread of Costly Herbicide-Resistant Weeds

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio growers, agribusinesses and Ohio State University weed scientists will need to work over the next decade to prevent a weed known to many cotton and soybean farmers in the South as “pigweed on steroids” from further expansion in Ohio, an Ohio State University Extension expert said. Palmer amaranth, which is a glyphosate-resistant weed that has wreaked havoc for Southern U.S. growers, has been spotted in a large field near Portsmouth in extreme southern Ohio and potentially in a site just south of Columbus, said Mark Loux, an OSU Extension weed specialist. OSU Extension is the statewide outreach arm of Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The concern is that this weed, which has had...

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