Nutrient management & Water quality

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Perception is reality when it comes to water quality and agriculture

Perception is reality. Those involved with agriculture have long known this — people smell with their eyes, support family farms but hate factory farms, and oppose GMOs even though they do not know what they are. These perceptions translate into realities for agriculture. The ongoing public debate concerning water quality is laden with perceptions, misperceptions [...]

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Comparing neighboring fields

Anyone who has spent much time talking with Fairfield County cover crop expert Dave Brandt knows that he has a history of trying some unusual things on his farm. As one would expect, his neighbors have taken notice through the years. Brandt said he has good relationships with those who farm around him, but he [...]

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USDA grant will help protect central Ohio water quality

A central Ohio organization’s proposal is among 115 high-impact projects across all 50 states that will be granted more than $370 million in Federal funding as part of the new USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). RCPP competitively awards funds to conservation projects designed by local partners specifically for their region. Eligible partners include private [...]

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HB 490 generates support and concerns from farmers

Farm nutrients are the subject of another piece of Ohio legislation that looks to have a solid chance of becoming law. House Bill 490 (HB 490) passed the Ohio House in November and is expected to be taken up in the Senate soon. HB 490 contains a ban on the spreading of manure or commercial [...]

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Survey gauges Ohioans views on water resources

Safe drinking water is Ohioans’ No. 1 environmental priority, according to a survey sponsored by Healthy Water Ohio (HwO). Water quality outweighs all other environmental concerns including air quality, waste disposal, quantity of water supplies, land use and coping with weather extremes. The survey of 1,000 Ohio voters aimed to identify the issues citizens care [...]

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Ohio fertilizer training program kicks off

Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences is ramping up its efforts to improve Ohio’s water quality through a new fertilizer applicator certification training program that’s designed to help growers increase crop yields using less fertilizer more efficiently, thus reducing the potential for phosphorus runoff into the state’s watersheds. Introduced in September as [...]

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Handling manure the right way

Brad Mattix really wanted around 36,000 tons of poultry manure from Trillium Farms to sell and to spread over more than 4,000 acres of farmland in Marion and Crawford counties. “The microbial activity benefits the soil and the yield potential is much better. Once we added this to the soil for five or six years, [...]

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4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program launched

More than 250 agricultural retailers and stakeholders from the Ohio, Indiana and Michigan agriculture communities attended the launch of the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification program Tuesday in Perrysburg. The voluntary program is geared toward the long-term improvement of Lake Erie’s water quality by applying the 4R principles. The 4R approach — using the right nutrient [...]

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Water quality and nutrient management toolkit developed to address growing need

The complexities of nutrient management do not simply require occasional attention on the farm. Properly managing nutrients requires year-round effort, attention to details and careful record keeping. With these things in mind, the Shelby County Soil and Water Conservation District, Cargill in Sidney, and the Shelby County Farm Bureau teamed up to help farmers in [...]

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A strategy for determining manure management options

The concentration of livestock production facilities has contributed to excess nutrient loading, which has led to degraded surface water quality, increased algal blooms, and community concerns. Livestock manure applied to cropland can provide nutrients and improve soil conditions, but in areas with high livestock concentrations, the acreage needed to recycle manure nutrients may not be [...]

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