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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
05/31/2012 Hot, Dry Weather Among Factors Contributing to Uneven Corn Emergence COLUMBUS, Ohio – Growers who are finding fair to poor stands in their corn fields may be experiencing the effects of record rainfall in 2011, a mild winter in 2012, and continued hot, dry weather that may be contributing to a host of issues that are negatively impacting corn emergence, a pair of Ohio State University Extension experts said. Tracy Turner Peter Thomison, Steve Prochaska
02/23/2012 ECO Farming Saves Growers Money, Improves Soil and Benefits Environment, Researchers Say ADA, Ohio – Ohio crop growers looking to increase the organic matter content in their soil to the tune of $900 per unit increase in organic matter, may want to consider a move to ECO Farming, advises an Ohio State University Extension educator, who says that switching to the technique could result in raising soil organic matter levels by several percentage points depending on soil type. Tracy Turner Jim Hoorman
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
02/14/2012 Kensinger Joins Ohio State as Chair of Animal Sciences COLUMBUS, Ohio – As part of his new role as chair of Ohio State University’s Department of Animal Sciences, Ronald S. Kensinger plans to create new partnerships, boost the department’s fundraising efforts and increase the amount of access to hands-on research opportunities for students.  Tracy Turner Ronald S. Kensinger
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
04/13/2012 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
02/14/2012 Wet Fall and Warm Winter Leave Abundance of Manure Farmers Can Use as Crop Nutrient FINDLAY, Ohio – An unusually wet fall and unseasonably warm winter have left many livestock farmers exploring every option to find extra storage for manure. An Ohio State University Extension researcher says farmers can utilize a portion of their manure to replace commercial fertilizer on wheat and corn crops, a practice that can also protect the environment.  Tracy Turner Glen Arnold
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
03/08/2012 Overholt Drainage School Offers Soil and Water Conservation Education COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Farmers, land improvement contractors, soil and water conservation technicians and engineers can learn about the construction and management of soil and water conservation systems during the Overholt Drainage School led by Ohio State University and other industry experts. Tracy Turner Larry C. Brown
09/27/2012 Farm Science Review: Water Control Structure Benefits Farmers and Environment LONDON, Ohio – A new field drainage technology could help reduce runoff from farm fields and reduce the risk of harmful algae blooms in Lake Erie and other Ohio lakes.  Tracy Turner Matt Sullivan
04/18/2012 Ohio State Expert: Tips Growers Can Use to Get Corn Crop off to a Good Start This Year COLUMBUS, Ohio – Corn growers looking to ensure a healthy crop with strong yields this year need to plan ahead including knowing when to plant, when and if to till and how to make the right seed depth adjustments based on soil conditions, says an Ohio State University Extension expert. Tracy Turner Peter Thomison
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
06/18/2012 OSU Expert: Early Ohio Wheat Harvest Opens Door for Double-Crop Soybeans FINDLAY, Ohio – The near-record warm winter the Midwest experienced this year, combined with the early and unusually warm spring, has caused wheat to mature sooner than normal, which could let farmers plant a second crop like soybeans to increase their profit potential using the same land, an Ohio State University Extension educator said. Tracy Turner Ed Lentz
03/08/2012 Nematodes in Corn Could Be a Growing Problem for Ohio Corn Yields COLUMBUS, Ohio -- While it is unclear if Ohio corn growers will have a problem with nematodes, farmers, growers and researchers are taking a closer look at the issue to see if the tiny organisms negatively impact corn yields and if seed treatment nematicides are needed, said an Ohio State University plant pathologist. Tracy Turner Terry Niblack
04/13/2012 High Beef Prices Have Producers Enthusiastic, But Rising Production Costs and Consumer Confidence Are Concerns PIKETON, Ohio – Interest in beef production is high right now in part because of record high prices farmers have been fetching recently, but some producers still have concerns about rising feed and gas prices, which could hit consumers’ wallets and make them less likely to buy pricey cuts, an Ohio State University Extension expert said. Tracy Turner John Grimes
05/23/2012 OSU Sustainable Ag Tour offers up-close look at alternative production systems COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State University’s Sustainable Agriculture Team will host four tours this summer on urban agriculture, agritourism, farming research and farmers markets, as part of the 2012 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series.  Tracy Turner Alan Sundermeier
03/08/2012 High Grain Prices Could Lead to Less Conservation Land Entering USDA Program COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's offer to pay farmers and landowners more money to stop farming their land to create additional wetlands and grasslands may not be enough incentive to get more growers to forgo planting crops that have fetched record prices in recent months, an Ohio State University expert said. Tracy Turner Brent Sohngen, Carl Robert Zulauf, Marne Titchenell
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
07/10/2012 Corn Farmers 'Keeping Their Fingers Crossed' COLUMBUS, Ohio –Recent rains in some parts of Ohio may not be enough to stem the damage from high temperatures and drought conditions during corn pollination, according to an Ohio State University Extension specialist.  Tracy Turner Peter Thomison
08/03/2012 2012 Farm Science Review Media Credential Request This year's Ohio State University Farm Science Review celebrates its 50th year and includes lots of newsworthy events, exhibits and presentations.  Mark your calendars for Sept. 18-20, and be sure to join us at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio. Tracy Turner Tracy Turner
05/23/2012 Warm Winter, Early Spring Increase Livestock Risk from Noxious Weed LANCASTER, Ohio – The near-record warm winter and early spring Ohio experienced this year mean that cressleaf groundsel is on the rise earlier than normal and causing potential problems for livestock producers, said an Ohio State University Extension beef cattle expert. The weed is now listed on Ohio’s Noxious Weed list because of the poisonous characteristics it poses to some animals Tracy Turner Stan Smith
12/11/2012 OSU Expert: Farmland Value Projected to Increase in 2013 COLUMBUS, Ohio – Cropland values in Ohio increased in 2012 and are expected to continue on an upward trend in 2013, despite the drought that devastated growers this year, an Ohio State University Extension expert said.  Tracy Turner Barry Ward
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
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
12/11/2012 OSU Extension Expert: Cold Weather Increases Livestock Energy Needs WOOSTER, Ohio – While colder temperatures now experienced throughout the region mean livestock producers need to be aware of increased livestock energy requirements, those animals that may be thinner because of the drought could need extra energy supplements sooner, an Ohio State University Extension educator said.  Tracy Turner Rory Lewandowski
10/23/2012 Commercial Wine Production and Grape Growers Workshop Is Nov. 15 in Southern Ohio PIKETON, Ohio – Wine grape growers, commercial wine operators, and those interested in becoming either one can learn the practical and essential skills needed to be successful in the industry at a workshop held by Ohio State University horticulture, viticulture and enology experts Nov. 15.  Tracy Turner Gary Gao
08/02/2012 Continued Extreme Heat Could Damage Corn, Soybeans COLUMBUS, Ohio – As days with extreme heat coupled with drought conditions have dominated the weather statewide in recent weeks, growers have begun to ask themselves just how hot is too hot for corn and soybeans? Tracy Turner Peter Thomison, Laura Elizabeth Lindsey

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