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    Learn to cope with on-farm hurdles at Farm Science Review 2019

    LONDON, Ohio—There’s no shortage of challenges for farmers these days: delays in planting, low commodity prices, and dwindling amounts of hay to feed farm animals. At a time when farmers might be seeking advice on dealing with those and other obstacles, Farm Science Review 2019 will offer that, plus the latest in farm technology and products. The three-day agricultural trade show from Sept. 17–19 offers educational talks and opportunities to speak one-on-one with experts from The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), which sponsors the annual event at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London. “With last fall and this spring being two of the most challenging seasons for farmers in recent history, you...
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    News tips and events for the week of June 17

    Tip 1: Ohio State experts available to discuss ongoing weather issues and the impact on Ohio farmers: On June 14, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine requested that the U.S. Department of Agriculture issue a disaster designation for Ohio to make assistance available to farmers as they deal with continuing heavy rainfall. Record rainfall through the spring planting season has resulted in flooded and saturated fields that have prevented some Ohio farmers from planting crops. As of June 17, only 68% of Ohio’s corn crops and 46% of Ohio’s soybean crops had been planted, according to USDA Crop Progress reports. Agronomy experts at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) are available to discuss the impact the rain has had on farmers...
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    Chow Line: FDA warns of Hepatitis A with certain frozen blackberries

    I just heard the recent health warning advising people about the concern with a brand of frozen blackberries and hepatitis A. How is it possible that frozen berries could be contaminated with the virus? Hepatitis A virus is a highly contagious virus that infects a person’s liver. It can be easily spread through close contact with a person who has hepatitis A or by eating food prepared by a person with hepatitis A. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a recent warning alerting consumers that some frozen blackberries branded by the Kroger Co. as “Private Selection” were found to be contaminated with the hepatitis A virus. The Kroger Co. issued a recall on June 7 for the following Private Selection items: Frozen Triple Berry Medley, 48-ounce...
  4. More rain in the forecast for the next couple of weeks could further delay or prevent planting. (Photo: Ken Chamberlain, CFAES)

    Many Ohio acres likely to be left unplanted

    COLUMBUS, Ohio—To plant or not to plant. It’s becoming a bit easier for some farmers to decide between the two, with each day that the growing season progresses and forecasts for rain continue. The last 12 months have been the wettest on record in Ohio, and that has put farmers across the state so far behind in planting corn and soybeans that some are deciding to not plant and to file an insurance claim instead. Only 50% of Ohio’s corn crop and 32% of its soybean crop were planted by June 9, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The delay in planting adds an extra layer of strain on farmers already facing low prices for corn and soybeans, low animal feed supplies, and uncertainty about trade relief aid. For those who haven’t...
  5. A flooded field in southwestern Wayne County illustrates the challenge for a lot of Ohio farmers anxious to plant: excessive rainfall. (Photo: Ken Chamberlain, CFAES)

    Ohio’s record rainfall leaving some farmers on the sidelines

    COLUMBUS, Ohio—During the wettest yearlong period in Ohio on record, the state is lagging the furthest behind in planting corn and soybeans compared to all states that plant the crops, according to experts from The Ohio State University and federal reports. From June 1, 2018, to May 31, 2019, average rainfall across Ohio totaled 52 inches, which is about 10 inches above the mean for that period in the last decade, said Aaron Wilson, climate specialist for Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). “We’ve had very wet soils for a very long time,” Wilson said. As a result, only 50% of Ohio’s corn crop and 32% of its soybean crop was planted by June 9, a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows. By...
  6. Tomato plants grown in an aquaponics system, which combines fish aquaculture with hydroponics to cultivate plants in water under artificial lighting. Photo: Getty Images.

    Sustainable agriculture in Ohio featured in statewide farm tour

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Interested in learning how to use yellow perch to grow aquaponic produce sustainably? Ohio State University’s Sustainable Agriculture Team will host 10 tours this spring, summer and fall on sustainable organic specialty crops, year-round gardening, cut flowers, raising livestock, aquaponic produce and yellow perch farming and urban agriculture, as part of the 2019 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. The series is an opportunity for growers and other interested people to both learn and experience what sustainable agriculture is all about from farmers and producers who are working in this field daily, said Mike Hogan, an Ohio State University Extension educator who is also the coordinator of Ohio State’s Sustainable Agriculture Team....
  7. A new CFAES report details regulations across the United States aimed at preventing harmful algal blooms in waterways. (Photo: Getty Images)

    News tips and events for the week of June 10

    Reducing fertilizer runoff into waterways across the United States: A new report details laws across the United States intended to decrease the amount of key nutrients in fertilizer from entering streams, lakes, and rivers. The report was written by Peggy Hall, agricultural and resource law field specialist for The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environment Sciences (CFAES), and Ellen Essman, a CFAES research associate. In addition to examining laws, the report also describes measures that various states have taken to encourage farmers to voluntarily participate in practices that reduce the amount of nitrogen or phosphorus, both critical ingredients in fertilizer, from leaving the farm fields on which they were applied. Excessive nitrogen and phosphorus in water...
  8. Chow Line: FDA supports standard language to help avoid food label confusion

    I recently went shopping and bought a bag of salad that says “best if used by June 14” on the packaging, a carton of milk that says “sell by June 17,” and a package of eggs that says “use by June 20.” I’m confused by what all these different dates mean. Those food label dates are confusing to many people—more than a third of consumers throw away food once the date on the label has passed because they mistakenly think the date is an indicator of food safety, according to a 2017 study by the Harvard University Food Law and Policy Clinic and the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. But for most foods, the date label is a manufacturer’s best guess as to how long the product will be at its peak quality. With only a few...
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    Taxes on farmland dropping steadily

    COLUMBUS, Ohio—Taxes, on average, are going down for owners of farmland across Ohio and are expected to decline at an even faster rate beginning in 2020, a study by researchers with The Ohio State University shows. The average value of agricultural land across the state has dropped by a third since a recent change in how the state calculates taxes for farmland owners, according to a study by Robert Dinterman and Ani Katchova, two agricultural economists with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). Starting in 2020, farmland values in the state likely will drop by another one-third, said Dinterman, a postdoctoral researcher with CFAES. With values going down, owners of agricultural land in the state should see similar declines in their taxes....
  10. News tips and events for the week of June 3

    Tip 1: Ohio State student farm: Some Ohio State students are spending their summer helping fight hunger. Working at the 4-acre Ohio State Student Farm, located at CFAES’ Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory in Columbus, the students are growing more than 30 varieties of fruits and vegetables, are learning about and practicing urban farming, and are donating some of what they grow to local food security efforts. Read more about the farm in “Crops for change” on our CFAES Stories website, go.osu.edu/CyXd, and on the farm’s website at go.osu.edu/CyXb. Tip 2: Cicadas emerging in parts of Ohio: Millions of 17-year cicadas are emerging in Stark, Trumbull, Jefferson, Mahoning, and Columbiana counties in northeast Ohio. The big,...

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