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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
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
06/14/2012 OSU Expert: Growers Should Begin Scouting for Potato Leafhopper in Alfalfa Earlier This Year WOOSTER, Ohio – The near-record warm winter Ohio experienced this year has not only caused alfalfa to an earlier first cutting than usual, it’s also caused some insects to appear earlier than normal. One example is the potato leafhopper, which has already been reported in alfalfa fields by some growers across the state, an Ohio State University Extension entomologist said.  Tracy Turner Ron Hammond
03/01/2012 Early Spring Nitrogen Application Likely Won’t Increase Yields for Late Planted Wheat, Ohio State Expert Says COLUMBUS, Ohio – Despite the fact that an unusually wet fall and planting delays kept many wheat farmers from applying starter nitrogen, an Ohio State University Extension educator says they shouldn't rush to apply spring nitrogen earlier than needed. Tracy Turner Edwin Mark Lentz
03/29/2012 OSU Expert: Warm Winter Brings Severe Threat of Corn Flea Beetle and Increased Potential for Stewart’s Bacterial Wilt WOOSTER, Ohio – Field crop growers should take extra precaution to scout their fields this spring for corn flea beetle as the near-record warm winter Ohio has experienced this year is expected to cause a severe infestation of the pest, an Ohio State University Extension entomologist said. Tracy Turner Ron Hammond
06/14/2012 OSU Wine Grape Variety Trial Seeks to Increase Ohio Wine Grape Growing Options WOOSTER, Ohio -- In an effort to boost Ohio's wine industry, researchers with Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) are determining what new wine grape varieties can survive and thrive in Ohio's climate. Tracy Turner Gary Gao, Imed Dami
03/01/2012 Seed Selection Key to Managing Soybean Disease, Achieving High Yields COLUMBUS, Ohio --As spring planting season approaches, soybean growers should be aware that one of the best ways to manage soybean disease is to make sure they plant the right varieties for their fields, said an Ohio State University Extension soybean expert. Tracy Turner Anne Dorrance
07/17/2012 Aug. 8 Sprayer Workshop to Showcase Latest Application Equipment and Techniques WAUSEON, Ohio – Growers and other applicators can get an updated look at the most efficient and effective application equipment and techniques available in agriculture during an upcoming workshop offered by the Ohio State University Extension’s Agronomic Crops Team. Tracy Turner Greg LaBarge
02/14/2012 Cover Crops Boost Soil Health, Nutrients, Earthworms and Lower Costs PIKETON, Ohio – Ohio farmers looking to improve the overall health of their soil should consider planting oilseed radish, cereal rye, cowpea or Austrian winter pea as a cover crop, which can improve soil health and save money, says a soil scientist at the Ohio State University South Centers in Piketon.” Tracy Turner Rafiq Islam
08/10/2012 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 today, 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
03/29/2012 Ohio State Experts Work with State Agriculture Professionals to Devise Water Quality Recommendations COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio crop growers can find ways to continue to help reduce excess agricultural nutrients from affecting or entering the western basin of Lake Erie using best management practices recommended by Ohio State University Extension experts. Tracy Turner Greg LaBarge
12/18/2012 OSU Extension Agronomics Team to Offer Certified Crop Adviser Exam Prep Jan. 16-17, 2013 SIDNEY, Ohio – People planning to take the Certified Crop Adviser exam can gain testing insight through a two-day CCA exam preparation session taught by members of Ohio State University Extension’s Agronomic Crops Team, Jan. 16-17, 2013.  Tracy Turner Harold Watters
05/11/2012 Farmers to Learn New Strawberry Production Method that Creates Earlier and Longer Harvest PIKETON, Ohio – Strawberry growers can learn about a new production method taught by an Ohio State University Extension specialist that can help them grow larger, sweeter strawberries that can be harvested in early May and well into fall. Tracy Turner Brad Bergefurd
11/06/2012 Ohio State Researcher to Re-write Ohio’s Phosphorus Index to Improve Water Quality COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Grand Lake St. Marys has lost an estimated $60-80 million in tourism due to harmful algae blooms. And in 2011, algae blooms covered 990 square miles of Lake Erie’s surface area, the largest in the lake’s history.  Tracy Turner Elizabeth Dayton
06/08/2012 New Website Offers Farm Safety and Health Information and Resources COLUMBUS, Ohio – A new farm-related educational resource has been added to a national website that offers everyone from beginning farmers to veteran grower’s answers to hundreds of farm-related safety and health questions, in an easy-to-navigate format featuring information offered from a consortium of 74 land-grant universities, including Ohio State University.  Tracy Turner Dee Jepsen
03/16/2012 OSU Expert: Warm Winter May Bring Early Insects, But Effect on Field Crops Depends More on Weather and Growers’ Planting Dates WOOSTER, Ohio – While the near-record warm winter Ohio has experienced this year will cause some insects to appear earlier than normal, whether or not the bugs will impact field crops negatively depends more on the weather in spring, the variety of insect, and how early or late farmers decide to plant this year, an Ohio State University Extension entomologist said. Tracy Turner Ron Hammond
12/18/2012 Farmland Preservation Summit Set for Jan. 17 COLUMBUS, Ohio – Farmers, landowners, planners, local officials, land trust leadership, economic development professionals and anyone interested in preserving farmland in Ohio can get tips from the experts on the subject during a farmland summit on Jan. 17. Tracy Turner Mike Hogan
05/11/2012 Wheat Growers Watching Weather in Ohio as Crops Are Ahead Two Weeks and Could Result in Strong Yields or Diseased Fields WOOSTER, Ohio -- Wheat is already heading in some fields in northern and central Ohio and is flowering in some fields in the southern third of the state, some two weeks earlier than expected, according to an Ohio State University Extension wheat researcher.   Tracy Turner Pierce Paul
11/06/2012 OSU Extension, USDA to Discuss Forages and Pasture Management SARDINIA, Ohio – Farmers and producers interested in learning more about how to improve forage and pasture management after a drought can participate in a discussion of the issue by experts from Ohio State University Extension and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Nov. 15. Tracy Turner David Allen Dugan
07/12/2014 Despite Weekend Rain Forecast, Drought Conditions throughout Ohio Likely to Persist COLUMBUS, Ohio – While forecasters are calling for the potential of up to an inch of rain in parts of Ohio this weekend, the rainfall amounts may be enough to stave off disaster for corn and soybean growers but likely won’t be enough to end drought conditions statewide, said an Ohio State University climatologist. Tracy Turner Jeff Rogers
03/16/2012 Conference to Help Small Farm Owners Market Products, Increase Profits Massillon, Ohio -- Small farm owners who want to tap into the growing demand for local foods and learn more about selling directly to grocery stores and restaurants can get tips from the experts during a small farm conference on March 31 in Massillon, Ohio. Tracy Turner Mike Hogan
05/10/2012 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
11/06/2012 Ohio State University Extension Experts to Discuss Algae and Water Quality Issues NEWARK, Ohio – Farmers, producers, consumers and others interested in learning more about the growing issue of algae in Ohio waters can participate in a discussion of the issue by experts from Ohio State University Extension and the U. S. Department of Agriculture Nov. 8. Tracy Turner Ted Wiseman
07/12/2012 Producers Still Need to Watch for Heat Stress Signs in Livestock COLUMBUS, Ohio – While Ohio’s heat wave with multiple 100 degree days has subsided, producers still need to watch for potential heat stress symptoms in their livestock as the animals are still dealing with hot and humid temperature swings and drought conditions, a pair of Ohio State University Extension experts said.   Tracy Turner Stephen Boyles, John Grimes
09/27/2012 How to Test for Prussic Acid Content in Forages COLUMBUS, Ohio – Fall frost can raise the potential for prussic acid poisoning in livestock. In addition to taking measures to prevent livestock toxicity, producers can also consider testing forage for prussic acid content, according to an Ohio State University Extension specialist. Tracy Turner Mark Sulc
06/07/2012 OSU Researchers Working to Boost Blueberry Production in Ohio PIKETON, Ohio – While blueberries aren’t yet grown in abundance in Ohio, scientists at Ohio State University are working on a multi-year research trial to try to change that. Tracy Turner Gary Gao
02/29/2012 Selling Direct to Consumers Can Net Farmers and Producers More Money, Ohio State Expert Says WILMINGTON, Ohio – The "buy local" movement that has sparked an increased demand for locally grown and produced foods means that those farmers and producers who know how to market and sell their products directly to consumers can increase their farm income substantially by doing so, says an Ohio State University Extension educator. Tracy Turner Tony Nye, Mark Mechling
09/27/2012 OSU Extension: Fall Frost Increases the Potential for Toxicity in Livestock COLUMBUS, Ohio – While fall frost is an annual concern for livestock producers because of the potential for prussic acid poisoning, the potential for toxicity in livestock is perhaps of wider concern this year because of the drought that many livestock producers suffered, according to an Ohio State University Extension specialist. Tracy Turner Mark Sulc
08/09/2012 Drought-Stressed Corn Has Increased Potential for Elevated Nitrate Levels DEFIANCE, Ohio – Drought conditions that have gripped Ohio and many parts of the Midwest could increase the potential for rising nitrate levels in forages, an Ohio State University Extension expert said. Tracy Turner Bruce Clevenger
08/29/2012 Ongoing Drought Means Livestock Producers Need to Be Creative to Manage Feed Rations LANCASTER, Ohio – As the worst drought on record in Ohio has caused many livestock producers to have to choose between culling their herds or forking over significantly more money to feed their cattle, a pair of Ohio State University Extension experts said that producers may want to consider “outside-the-box” ideas to try to minimize the negative economic impact from the continued extreme weather. Tracy Turner Stan Smith, John Grimes

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