CUSTAR, Ohio – Due to indecisive weather, it’s been an interesting year for field crops so far, and this trend will most likely continue throughout the year. That is why the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) and Ohio State University Extension are hosting a field day for corn and soybean growers on July 27.
OARDC and OSU Extension are the research and outreach arms of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Heavy rain saturated swaths of farmland across the state in recent weeks, compelling significant numbers of farmers to reorder seeds or take measures to help their newly planted corn or soybeans prosper.
Even many farmers who didn’t watch their seeds wash away in rivers of rain are still forced to consider: Should I replant?
Warm, dry weather in early April encouraged some farmers to plant early, but then the rain struck and stayed. And frost on May 7 and May 8 in many parts of the state only added to the problem.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Whether talking to farmers in France, Ghana or southern Ohio, Rafiq Islam’s message is consistent: Tilling the land does more long-term damage than good.
As an Ohio State University soil scientist, Islam is among the disciples in the movement to convince farmers that plowing their fields before they plant or after they harvest harms the health of the soil and its ability to spur growth and resist erosion.