Nutrient management & Water quality

Newell Kitchen is with the USDA-ARS Cropping Systems and Water Quality Research Unit.

The equation for improving water quality

In just one short presentation at the Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference in Ada, Newell Kitchen provided a great example that illustrates the complexities of the vexing water quality issues in Ohio agriculture. Kitchen is with the USDA-ARS Cropping Systems and Water Quality Research Unit. Over the last two decades he has worked to address [...]

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SB 1 passes Senate

Late last year there was a hard push to pass House Bill 490 to address water quality in Lake Erie. The Ohio Senate resumed work on this effort right out of the gate in 2015 with Senate Bill 1, which passed the Senate unanimously on Feb. 18. “Legislators have included agriculture in discussions from the [...]

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Water quality law and program update for Ohio agriculture

Winter’s cold may have cooled the algae growth in Lake Erie, but it continues to be a hot topic at the Ohio AgriBusiness Association (OABA) Industry Conference Dinner and Annual Meeting. A large crowd of representatives from 250 different Ohio grain, feed, seed, fertilizer, and chemical companies were in attendance at the event to hear [...]

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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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Brad Mattix and Tom Wood

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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