Nutrient management & Water quality

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The basics of phosphorous in sensitive watersheds

Phosphorous (P) is a primary plant nutrient. It stimulates root, flower, fruit development and overall crop maturity. P is necessary for energy transfer and the formation of RNA and DNA. Most plants require additional phosphorous during cold weather, in areas of limited root growth, during rapid vegetative growth, and since phosphorus is very reactive, in [...]

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What you need to know about water quality regulations

Who needs to be certified? By the law and regulations created with the passage of Senate Bill 150 in 2014 anyone in Ohio who applies fertilizer to 50 acres or more must be certified. This law applies to fertilizer (material having an analysis). If it’s manure, lime or other farm residue, you do not need [...]

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Wheat and water quality

While more farmers are thinking less about wheat in Ohio than they have in a very long time, the winter crop could be a factor in the water quality debate worth a bit more discussion. One important benefit of wheat is the crop rotation is a broader window for nutrient applications. “If you look at [...]

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Frank Phelps, Logan County

Environmental care yields water quality results

With new regulations — and the goal of improving water quality in Ohio — in mind, here is how some of Ohio’s livestock producers in different watersheds are addressing the situation on their farms. We were very concerned when we started hearing about all of the water quality problems so we built wetlands downstream from [...]

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Lou Brown, Auglaize County

Addressing water quality in a distressed watershed

With new regulations — and the goal of improving water quality in Ohio — in mind, here is how some of Ohio’s livestock producers in different watersheds are addressing the situation on their farms. We are in a distressed Grand Lake St. Marys watershed so we have been in this mode for a long time. [...]

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Senate Bill 1 is a good start for water quality issues

With new regulations — and the goal of improving water quality in Ohio — in mind, here is how some of Ohio’s livestock producers in different watersheds are addressing the situation on their farms. As far as Senate Bill 1, I believe it is a very good start, but now we have to get every [...]

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Chris Winslow, interim director of Ohio State University’s Stone Lab on Lake Erie, holds up water samples to show the algae levels from a large algae bloom.

Challenging situations on both ends of the river in water quality struggle

Secret fishing spots are guarded more closely than cherished family recipes. Instead of the corn and soybean markets, they talk about the walleye catch and the perch numbers. Instead of high dollar tractors, they buy bigger, better boats. For the people around Lake Erie, that productive blue green expanse on Ohio’s northern border is their [...]

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Photo by Erin Cole at Trupointe Cooperative.

Understanding the flood of water quality regulations in Ohio

When it rains, it pours. That pretty much describes this growing season, or lack thereof. Metaphorically, it also applies to the new regulations regarding manure and fertilizer application that became law on July 3, 2015 that now apply to Ohio farmers in the Western Lake Erie Basin that includes 24 Ohio counties. Although these fertilizer [...]

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Water Quality Status Report issued by Ohio Farm Bureau

Addressing the challenges that threaten Ohio’s clean water resources is an important priority for the agriculture community. The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) has released a report detailing its efforts to ensure safe and healthy water for the state. The Water Quality Status Report provides a list of action items being taken by farmers, Farm [...]

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Lake Erie water bill signed by Gov. Kasich

In late March, the House of Representatives passed a compromise bill known as Substitute Senate Bill 1 that combines parts of the House and Senate bills addressing water quality that were passed earlier this year. Senators Randy Gardner, R-Bowling Green, and Bob Peterson, R-Sabina sponsored the bill. Governor John Kasich signed the bill today at [...]

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