1. The fungal disease that contaminated corn in Ohio and across the Corn Belt in 2018 can survive through the winter, so it could impact next year's crop. (Photo: CFAES)

    Extensive Spread of Corn Toxin Could Affect 2019 Crop

    Jan 12, 2019

    COLUMBUS, Ohio—A wetter than normal summer and fall in Ohio led to the worst spread of a toxin on corn in at least a decade, according to a grain disease expert with The Ohio State University.

  2. CFAES is sponsoring its annual Ohio Maple Days program at three locations in January. (Photo: Getty Images.)

    Ohio Maple Days are coming, a chance to prep for syrup season

    Jan 10, 2019

    WOOSTER, Ohio—What will Ohio’s recent weather—wet last year, warmish this winter—mean for the coming maple syrup season?

    It’s one of the topics at this year’s Ohio Maple Days program, an educational event for syrup producers set for three dates in three locations: Jan. 17 in Fulton, Jan. 18 in Fredericksburg, and Jan. 19 in Middlefield. The program will be the same at all three locations.

  3. picture of Tom Mitchell

    Mitchell to Lead Plant Pathology at Ohio State

    Jan 4, 2019

    The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) has appointed a professor with additional experience leading a local government as the new chair of the Department of Plant Pathology.

    Along with an extensive academic career, Tom Mitchell, a professor of fungal biology and molecular genetics in the department, led and served on the board of trustees of Liberty Township in Delaware County, north of Ohio State’s Columbus campus.

  4. Person petting goat at petting zoo

    Farms and Fun: Reducing Liability Risk for Agritourism Webinar on Jan. 16

    Dec 21, 2018

    The agritourism industry is in a growth pattern.  The number of farms receiving income from agritourism in the U.S. expanded from 23,350 in 2007 to 33,161 in 2012 and agritourism income grew from $566 million to $704 million, with an average income of over $24,000 per farm.   Research suggests that agritourism operations will continue on this track in the future due to persistent consumer interest in food and farming coupled with an economic need to augment farm income through diversification.

  5. Rain Drops

    Raindrops Kept Falling on Our Heads

    Dec 20, 2018

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — The soggy truth? Ohio had a really wet year.

    After an exceptionally rainy fall in Ohio, the state is on track to have its third wettest year ever, said Aaron Wilson, climate specialist with Ohio State University Extension and the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).

  6. Farm Bill Could Help Farmers Weather Low Milk, Other Commodity Prices

    Dec 17, 2018

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Dairy farmers have a stronger safety net against low milk prices and high feed costs under the new federal farm bill, and more federal dollars will be spent to spur international trade of American agricultural products.

    Both changes could help farmers at a time when revenues from selling milk, corn and soybeans have dipped and markets have shrunk.  

  7. Peggy Hall with her award plaque

    Hall Receives Distinguished Service Award

    Nov 27, 2018

    Peggy Kirk Hall, an associate professor in the College of Food, Agriculture & Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University, received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Agricultural Law Association on Oct. 26 during the association’s annual conference in Portland, Oregon.

  8. tax forms

    Agricultural Tax Issues Webinar

    Nov 19, 2018

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Looking for information on how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will affect your farm or rural property? Ohio State University Extension is hosting an upcoming webinar focused the new regulations affecting income tax returns.

  9. inversion over a soybean field

    Inversion & Drift Mitigation Workshop

    Nov 19, 2018

    Inversion and Drift Mitigation Workshop on Dec. 14

    Recognizing weather conditions that could cause inversions is important when using certain herbicides in corn and soybeans. On Dec. 14, join a discussion about recognizing inversions as well as ways to improve communication between farmers growing sensitive crops and pesticide applicators.

  10. The Search for What’s Killing Beech Trees

    Nov 14, 2018

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — American beech trees are dying in northeast Ohio and beyond. An Ohio State University study aims to figure out why. The study is looking into the cause of beech leaf disease, which was first found in Lake County in 2012 and has since spread to nine other counties in Ohio, eight in Pennsylvania, one in New York and five in Ontario.