1.  Phosphorus filters are being studied in Ohio as a possible means of improving water quality in Lake Erie and other bodies of water. (Photo: Getty Images)

    Keeping Phosphorus Out of Waterways

    Feb 28, 2019

    COLUMBUS, Ohio—In a pit about 3 feet underground lies one possible solution to reducing a large amount of the phosphorus draining from some of Ohio’s agricultural fields.

    At two locations in the state, researchers with The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) are testing phosphorus filters that have removed up to 75 percent of the phosphorus running through them. Phosphorus can be found in commercial fertilizers and animal manure.

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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).

  3. 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.  

  4. 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.

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    Rainy days lead to muddy, thinner cows

    Jan 31, 2019

    COLUMBUS, Ohio—Stuck in the mud, some cows across the state might not be putting on enough weight.

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    Ohio State expert warns about effect of rock salt on plants

    Jan 29, 2019

    SPRINGFIELD, Ohio -- Rock salt and other de-icing agents can be especially useful in tackling cold, long winters in Ohio. But according to a horticulture expert at The Ohio State University, if misused, these chemicals can cause damage to plants around it. 

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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    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.

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    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.