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Ohio farm custom rates

By Barry Ward, Leader, Production Business Management, Ohio State University Extension, Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics A large number of Ohio farmers hire machinery operations and other farm related work to be completed by others. This is often due to lack of proper equipment or lack of time or expertise for a particular [...]

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Atrazine found safe, again

In a scientific meeting convened by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) scientists for Syngenta presented data that more closely replicate real-world exposure, supporting the safety of the trusted herbicide atrazine. One of the studies measured the potential effects of atrazine on animals using two delivery methods: 1) after distributed doses or 2) after a large, single [...]

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Wineries developing a new generation of wine drinkers

By Matt Reese Ohio has a long history of grape and wine production, particularly along the Ohio River and Lake Erie. As it turns out, Ohio is a great place for growing grapes. The trouble in terms of wine is the grapes that readily grow in Ohio are sweet varieties that do not produce the [...]

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Self-guided exhibit at FSR to teach on-farm electrical safety

Electricity from power lines near grain bins can arc to a conductor and farm equipment can be that target, putting the farmer, family, friends or farm hands at risk for electrocution. Ohio State University Extension’s Agricultural Safety and Health Program will have an exhibit at this year’s Farm Science Review explaining the dangers of overhead [...]

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Energy effeciency a focus of Ohio Rural Electric Cooperative at FSR

The Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives (OREC), long-time sponsors of the Farm Science Review, are bringing the Touchstone Energy hot air balloon back to the Review this year. The 18-story balloon will make morning and evening flights (weather permitting) over the grounds each day of the event. This year’s exhibits located in the OREC Education Center [...]

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Learn about rain gardens at FSR

Gardens do more than beautify an area, instill a love for plants, and provide food and shelter for wildlife. They also can be a source of environmental conservation. Visitors to Ohio State University’s Farm Science Review have the opportunity to tour a newly installed rain garden on the grounds of the Lawrence G. Vance Soil [...]

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CRP land signed up

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA will accept 4.3 million acres offered by landowners under the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up. The selections preserve and enhance environmentally sensitive lands, including wetlands, while providing payments to property owners. “Interest in this open enrollment period was high, and I’m pleased that producers and landowners across [...]

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Time to Wrap Up the Last Cutting of Alfalfa

By Mark Sulc, Ohio State University Extension It is time to take the last cutting of alfalfa and red clover in Ohio. Cutting this week will allow plenty of time for the stand to regrow and store energy and proteins in the taproots, which are important for winter survival and early growth next spring. It [...]

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Learn to launch grape business at FSR

Ohio growers interested in launching a wine grape business or expanding an existing vineyard can learn more about the new Vineyard Expansion Assistance Program at Ohio State University’s Farm Science Review. Maurus Brown, an OSU Extension small fruit specialist, and Christy Eckstein with the Ohio Grape Industries Committee, will present a session on the program [...]

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Learn how to grow lettuce using hydroponics at FSR

Ohio lettuce growers looking for new, innovative ways of growing produce year-round have hydroponics as a viable alternative. The technology will be demonstrated during Farm Science Review, Sept. 21-23 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London. Robert Hansen, an Ohio State University agricultural engineer with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, will share [...]

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