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04/03/2012 Day Camps to Teach Farm Safety Techniques for Kids COLUMBUS, Ohio – A series of day camps will be offered across Ohio to teach school-age children awareness of farm hazards and how to stay safe on the farm. The camps, which are sponsored by Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, are designed to offer real-world experience to show youth the importance of farm safety. Tracy Turner Kathy Mann
10/09/2012 Producers: Still Time to Eliminate Weeds in Hay and Pasture Fields WOODSFIELD, Ohio – Farmers looking to grow highly productive pastures and hay fields still have time to fight weeds in their fields to prevent reduced forage quality and quantity, an Ohio State University Extension expert said. Tracy Turner Mark Allen Landefeld
06/26/2012 Hot, Dry Weather Could Make it Harder for Growers to Control Weeds COLUMBUS, Ohio – While the extended periods of hot, dry weather Ohio has experienced in recent weeks may mean that weeds aren’t growing as fast as they would in more moist conditions, the weather can still have an adverse effect on weed management for growers, an Ohio State University Extension expert said. Tracy Turner Mark Loux
06/26/2012 OSU Expert: Strong Demand for Wheat Straw Leaves Farmers Debating Whether to Sell or Leave It for Nutrients and Soil Organic Matter FINDLAY, Ohio – Wheat growers may have lower yields this year thanks to extreme weather and planting delays, however a strong demand for quality wheat straw may offset the loss of income from grain, an Ohio State University Extension educator said.  Tracy Turner Ed Lentz
02/23/2012 Assistance, Screenings Offered for Farmers Battling Arthritis COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A new program offered by faculty and students from The Ohio State University Medical Center may offer solutions for farmers struggling with arthritis. Tracy Turner Meg Teaford, Kent McGuire
11/13/2012 Effects from Sandy Could Delay Harvest and Impact Corn Yields COLUMBUS, Ohio – The high winds and heavy rains some parts of Ohio experienced last week with the remnants of Superstorm Sandy could cause stalk lodging and ear drop, leading to yield declines for corn and making a bad year even worse for many growers who’ve had losses because of the drought, an Ohio State University Extension expert said. Tracy Turner Peter Thomison
11/21/2012 Ohio State to Host Statewide Farm to School Conference March 2013 COLUMBUS, Ohio – More than 250 farmers, producers, educators, school food service professionals, business leaders and Ohio State University Extension experts are expected to attend a statewide conference on the Farm to School program, with a goal to continue to get more fresh, locally grown and produced foods into more school cafeterias.  Tracy Turner Julie Fox
12/27/2012 OSU Extension: Producers May Need to Supplement Feed to Ensure Successful and Productive Calving Season PIKETON, Ohio – Producers who want to assure a healthy, productive calving season may want to consider testing their forage supplies to ensure the feed is of high nutritional value, an Ohio State University Extension beef expert said.  Tracy Turner John Grimes
04/13/2012 Near-record Warm Winter Increases Insect and Pest Threat for Crop Growers This Spring WOOSTER, Ohio – Crop growers should take extra precaution to scout their fields this spring for black cutworm, slugs, bean leaf beetles, rootworms and other invasive insects as the near-record warm winter Ohio has experienced this year is expected to cause a significant increase in the potential for crop-damaging pests, an Ohio State University Extension entomologist said. Tracy Turner Ron Hammond
09/06/2012 Protecting Harvested Grains Even More Important This Year Thanks to Drought and Lower Yield Forecasts VAN WERT, Ohio – With drought-impacted yields expected to be poor at best for many Ohio farms this year, growers need to take extra care to ensure that every bushel they’re able to harvest is protected against mold, pests and other problems that can ruin what grains they’ve managed to harvest, said an Ohio State University Extension educator. Tracy Turner Curtis E. Young
04/24/2012 USDA Confirms Case of Mad Cow Disease in California: OSU Experts Available to Discuss WOOSTER, Ohio – The U.S. Department of Agriculture today said a dairy cow at a rendering facility in central California was found to be infected with mad cow disease.  Tracy Turner Jeffrey T. LeJeune, Mo Saif
02/23/2012 Fifteen New AgrAbility Fact Sheets Online COLUMBUS, Ohio – Farmers, growers and any agriculture workers dealing with a disabling condition can find tips on how to cope with their condition while continuing to farm thanks to 15 new fact sheets from the Ohio State University Extension’s Ohio AgrAbility Program. Tracy Turner Kent McGuire
11/13/2012 Aquaculture Research Program Looking to Recruit Fish Farmers PIKETON, Ohio -- The Ohio Center for Aquaculture Research and Development at the Ohio State University South Centers is looking for a few good fish farmers. Tracy Turner Julie Moose
07/19/2012 OSU Extension Offers Resources and Information to Manage Drought as Conditions Intensify Statewide COLUMBUS, Ohio – As the drought of 2012 continues to intensify statewide, Ohio State University Extension experts have developed two websites dedicated to helping farmers, producers and consumers find ways to deal with the dry conditions and extreme heat.  Tracy Turner Harold Watters, Don Breece, Jeff Rogers
08/14/2012 Workshop Discusses Nitrogen, Soluble Phosphorus Mobility in Soils CENTERBURG, Ohio – Efforts to reduce soluble nitrogen and soluble phosphorus from moving off farmland will be discussed by Ohio State University experts and others during a joint workshop and meeting of the Soil and Water Conservation Society and the Association of Ohio Pedologists Aug. 23-24. Tracy Turner Jim Hoorman
10/05/2012 OSU Farm Policy Expert: Not Surprising Farm Bill Expired Before New Bill Passed COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2008 Farm Bill expired this week, a move that was not unexpected by many in the industry, an Ohio State University farm policy expert said. Tracy Turner Carl Zulauf, Matt Roberts
02/23/2012 Soybean Disease ID Workshop First of Several to be Held This Year CUSTAR, Ohio -- Ohio crop growers, seed company agronomists, retailers and other agriculture professionals will spend time up close and personal with diseased soybeans during a workshop held by Ohio State University experts. Tracy Turner Alan P. Sundermeier
11/13/2012 Drought: Late-harvested Corn Has Increased Concern for Ear Molds WOOSTER, Ohio – While ear mold is always a concern in late-harvested corn, growers who find blackish mold in their fields on corn husks may not have ears that are infested with grain-damaging and toxin-contaminated mold. Rather, the mold could be a variety that may only impact the husks, according to an Ohio State University Extension plant pathologist. Tracy Turner Pierce Paul
06/14/2012 OSU Extension Partners with Penn State Extension to Offer Tour of Farm Markets, Promote Agritourism PIKETON, Ohio -- Farmers, producers, business owners, farm market managers, consumers and others interested in learning more about local food systems, food direct marketing and agritourism can participate in a Retail Farm Market Tour in July. Tracy Turner Julie Moose
10/05/2012 Drought: No Bacon Shortage, But Consumers Can Likely Expect Higher Prices for Pork Next Year No need to go hog wild. Tracy Turner Steve Moeller
06/20/2012 Ohio State Expert: June Good Time to Establish High Reproduction Standards for Heifers PIKETON, Ohio – Livestock farmers, who are now in the midst of breeding season, may find that selling heifers that aren’t meeting breeding expectations may make better financial sense than keeping an animal that isn’t achieving satisfactory conception rates, an Ohio State University Extension expert said.   Tracy Turner John Grimes
02/23/2012 OSU Extension Researcher Offers Strategies for Spring Marestail Management COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio crop growers are likely to find glyphosate-resistant marestail to be more abundant and harder to control this year thanks to the very wet fall and unseasonably warm weather we’ve had this winter, an OSU Extension expert predicts. Tracy Turner Mark Loux
06/14/2012 OSU Scientists Researching Hardiness of Blackberries to Boost Production in Ohio PIKETON, Ohio – Researchers with Ohio State University Extension are in the midst of a three-year trial to determine which blackberry cultivars (varieties) can best thrive in Ohio’s colder climate. This is part of an effort to increase the varieties available to local growers in order to boost the state’s acreage of the increasingly popular sweet black fruit.  Tracy Turner Gary Gao
08/14/2012 USDA: Ongoing Drought Causes Significant Crop Yield Declines COLUMBUS, Ohio – Corn production will drop 13 percent to a six-year low, the U.S. Agriculture Department said last week, confirming what many farmers already knew – they are having a very bad year, Ohio State University Extension economist Matt Roberts said. Tracy Turner Matt Roberts
09/04/2012 Growing Numbers of Insects in Ohio Could Cause a Stink for Soybean Growers WOOSTER, Ohio – Soybean-damaging bugs known for their “sweaty feet” smell when squashed or irritated have made their way into Ohio soybean fields in numbers not previously experienced in the Buckeye State, an Ohio State University Extension entomologist said.  Tracy Turner Ron Hammond
06/20/2012 Economist to Address Reducing Nutrient Runoff in Ohio Waters COLUMBUS, Ohio – Reducing nutrient runoff in Ohio waters may take more creative thinking than just instituting water conservation programs, according to an Ohio State University expert. Tracy Turner Brent Sohngen
05/17/2012 Slug Feeding Injury Rampant for Crop Growers as Near-record Warm Winter Causes the Pests to Attack Weeks Earlier than Normal WOOSTER, Ohio – Crop growers should take extra precaution to scout their fields this spring for slugs as the near-record warm winter Ohio has experienced this year has caused these plant feeders to have attacked earlier than normal and reach a size that causes noticeable feeding injury much sooner than normal, an Ohio State University Extension entomologist said. Tracy Turner Ron Hammond
08/14/2012 Lower Corn Production Forecast Likely to Fuel Increased Calls for Ethanol Waiver COLUMBUS, Ohio – With the U.S. Agriculture Department’s forecast that corn production this year will drop 13 percent to a six-year low as a result of the historic drought nationwide, the calls to divert more corn for food versus fuel are likely to grow more urgent, Ohio State University Extension economist Matt Roberts said. Tracy Turner Matt Roberts
06/18/2012 Early Appearance of Twospotted Spider Mites Could Damage Ohio Soybean Crops WOOSTER, Ohio – The early and prolonged period of dry, hot days Ohio has experienced so far this spring is causing an early appearance of the twospotted spider mite, a dangerous pest that can cause severe damage to soybean crops, including the death of the entire plant, an Ohio State University Extension entomologist said.  Tracy Turner Ron Hammond
05/17/2012 Crop Growers Still Have Time to Switch to Corn if Alfalfa Stands Don’t Meet Production Criteria WOOSTER, Ohio – Crop growers wondering if they should keep their alfalfa or rotate to a different crop still have time to switch to corn if they find their alfalfa stands don’t meet production criteria, an Ohio State University Extension educator said. Tracy Turner Rory Lewandowski

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