Tag: nutrient management

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Blanchard River Demonstration Farms will be a useful tool for water quality

The Blanchard River Demonstration Farms project is a $1 million venture between the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. The goal of the effort is to demonstrate on-farm conservation practices to help improve water and nutrient conservation. The Demonstration Farms aim to help producers find the [...]

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Wet fields in Coshocton Co

Checking your fields after the rains

Much of Ohio has seen wave after wave of rain storms in June of 2015, leaving overly saturated fields of recently planted corn and soybeans under water. Bill Mullen of Seed Consultants has some useful advice as to what to watch for once the rain subsides.

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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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Peter Yoder talks with Lake Choctaw residents on a recent water quality tour of his farm

Water quality is not only a big issue for big lakes

Many conversations about water quality in Ohio will include Lake Erie and Grand Lake St. Marys, but a recent water quality tour in Madison County proved that the issue of water quality is big, no matter the size of the lake. Recently, some of the 1,500 residents of Choctaw Lake, a half-square mile body of [...]

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Tile drainage can not be ignored in water quality discussion

During the 2015 CTC Conference in Ada, Ohio, USDA ARS‘ Kevin King talked about where tile drainage fits into the water quality and nutrient management conversations and the technology to keep nutrients where they are initially placed. Ohio’s Country Journal’s Matt Reese visited with King about those topics.

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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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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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Cost sharing discussed at 4R Certification 4U workshop

More than 160 farmers and agricultural retailers located in the Western Lake Erie Basin attended the “4R Certification 4U” workshop today in Perrysburg, Ohio to learn more about the 4Rs of nutrient stewardship, water quality research in the area and cost sharing opportunities. The workshop, hosted by the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program, featured sessions [...]

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Current farm economics encourage a new way of thinking about nitrogen

The current corn price is a significant incentive to consider a new way of thinking when it comes to nitrogen management. A new economic nitrogen model has been discussed as far back as 2007. Then, inputs were so low in cost relative to corn prices that farmers did not show much interest. That is no [...]

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