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    Consider rotating use of GMO seeds to avoid resistance

    Feb 21, 2019

    COLUMBUS, Ohio—It may be that a certain type of genetically modified corn or soybean seed works well, bringing high yields and sizeable profits.

    But planted in the same field, year after year, the same seed might not be the right choice, said Curtis Young, an entomologist with The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).

  2. The frequent rain is filling up manure ponds and lagoons across the state. (Photo: CFAES)

    Showers limiting days for spreading livestock manure

    Feb 12, 2019

    COLUMBUS, Ohio—Rain falls, and that might make some farmers happy, depending on the time of year.

    Then, a lot of rain falls, off and on, for months, and not only do fields fill up with water, but so do manure ponds and lagoons, and that might make some farmers a bit nervous.

    Ohio had the third wettest year ever in 2018, and there’s been little letup since then, leaving farm fields across the state saturated. For farmers with a lot of livestock, spreading manure onto wet land as fertilizer is not an option right now, and manure ponds are filling up fast.  

  3. An upcoming workshop by CFAES experts will teach you the hows and whys of soil testing. (Photo: Getty Images.)

    Dig into soil health at Feb. 14 workshop

    Jan 31, 2019

    COLUMBUS, Ohio—The answers to growing better crops are under your feet if you look.

    So says Steve Culman, soil fertility specialist at The Ohio State University, who is helping lead an upcoming workshop on how to test your soil.