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  1. Asian longhorned beetle, a Great Lakes-area invasive species

    App for Reporting Great Lakes Invasive Species Now Available for iPhone, iPad

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Your Apple mobile devices can now fight invasive species. Ohio State University Extension, the outreach arm of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, has released an iPhone and iPad version of its Great Lakes Early Detection Network (GLEDN) app, which was previously available only for Android devices. The free app is aimed at citizen scientists, say its developers. By using it, a person who sees a suspected invasive species can take a picture of the specimen, record its location, upload the information to an invasive-species mapping website called EDDMapS, and e-mail the data to scientists for verification. Reports can be filed, for instance, while out fishing, hiking, walking, kayaking or birdwatching. “By reporting...
  2. Secrest Arboretum curator Ken Cochran (left) speaks with volunteers planting an oak tree to mark Arbor Day and the Tree Campus USA designation.

    Ohio State's Wooster Campuses Named 'Tree Campus USA'

    WOOSTER, Ohio -- The Wooster campuses of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center and the Agricultural Technical Institute have been designated as "Tree Campus USA" by the Arbor Day Foundation, which started this program in 2008 to honor colleges and universities committed to promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation. The OARDC and ATI communities celebrated this recognition April 20 with an Arbor Day program, planting five oaks at various locations to symbolize the idea of an interconnected campus ecosystem and a combined effort toward beautification and education. Both OARDC and ATI are part of Ohio State University's College of Food...
  3. Agricultural Economists: U.S. Dairy Margin Insurance Programs Offer Pros, Cons

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – The two competing margin insurance programs being debated as part of the dairy subtitle of the 2013 Farm Bill both offer pros and cons for dairy farmers, based on the individual farm characteristics, according to a pair of Ohio State University agricultural economists. In a new report released last week, Cameron Thraen, an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics (AEDE) in Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, and doctoral student John Newton, discuss the two programs to provide clarification and insight into both without taking a side on either. The report takes an in-depth look at the Dairy Security Act, with its margin insurance paired with a dairy market...
  4. OSU Expert: Now’s the Time to Scout for Alfalfa Weevil in Ohio

    WOOSTER, Ohio – Now’s the time for growers in southern and central Ohio to start scouting for alfalfa weevil. Northern Ohio field crop growers should prepare to start scouting for the pest by next week, said an entomologist with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The pest, known to cause significant alfalfa damage in both its adult and larvae stages, typically starts showing up in southern Ohio first, slowly progressing its way to northern Ohio fields, said Ron Hammond, an Ohio State University Extension entomologist. This winter’s relatively warmer days have contributed to the pests’ damage potential, said Hammond, who also has an appointment with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. OSU...
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    Ohio State Food, Ag, Env Calendar Listings as of April 22, 2013

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Here are upcoming events involving Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences as of April 22: April NEW: April 23: Produce Safety Training, 6-9 p.m., OSU Extension Montgomery County, 1001 South Main St., Dayton. Workshop on preventing microbial contamination on fruit and vegetable farms, including the use of Good Agricultural Practices. Registration $10. To register or for information: mills-wasniak.1@osu.edu, 937-224-9654 or http://producesafety.osu.edu/events. April 24: Guided Spring Walk, 2-3:30 p.m., Secrest Arboretum, Seaman Orientation Plaza, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster. Free. Information: cochran.7@osu.edu or 330-464-2148. NEW: April 25:...
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    Family Fundamentals: Trouble talking to teen? Try some of these ideas (April 2013)

    We have a teenage daughter who seems to be withdrawing. We barely talk. I’m worried about what will happen when she deals with a stressful situation. If we can’t talk about everyday stuff, how will we talk when it’s really important? Communicating with teenagers, whether they’re girls or boys, can feel like an exercise in frustration. But it doesn’t have to be. And you’re right, the better you are at communicating with each other on a normal, day-to-day basis, the easier it will be to talk about serious issues when they arise. First, you should realize that it’s perfectly normal for teens to withdraw emotionally from their parents. The teen years are when people develop a sense of independence and self-awareness. At the same time, teens need to...
  7. Chow Line: Boost health with more fiber

    I’m trying to add more fiber in my diet, but I’m not sure how much I need or if it matters what type of fiber it is. Can you fill me in? The amount of fiber you need varies a bit, depending on your age and gender. The 2010 U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans lists these goals for adults: Ages 19 to 30: 28 grams per day for women; 34 grams for men. Ages 31 to 50: 25 grams for women; 31 grams for men. Ages 51 and older: 22 grams for women, 28 grams for men. Unfortunately, most Americans don’t get nearly enough fiber. And that’s too bad, because research continues to show fiber’s benefits. For example, a study published online in advance of the May 2013 issue of the journal Stroke indicates that for every 7-gram increase in daily fiber...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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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