Dec 3, 2019
According to USDA's 2017 Agricultural Census, Ohio ranks 6th in the number of organic farms and 2nd in the number of acres transitioning to organic production. Consumer demand for organic products continues to rise and USDA funding for organic research is slated to grow from 20 to 50 million in the next five years. Is Ohio State ready to be part of this growth?
On November 21, a group of 35 Ohio State employees and organic stakeholders met in Wooster to discuss how Ohio State can provide better leadership for organic research and outreach.The group discussed opportunities, existing resources, current trends and research needs, barriers to growth, and possible next steps. Read more.
Oct 25, 2019
There has never been a better time to engage in organic research. As consumer demand and organic acreage grows, producers need answers and innovation regarding production systems, pest management, nutrition, marketing, economics, genetics, and more, posing a variety of intriguing research questions.Recognizing these needs, the 2019 Farm Bill substantially increased funding for organic research. Faculty, students, county educators, and staff members interested in organic research are encouraged to join us on Thursday, November 21, 8:30-noon, to learn more about research needs and resources available for addressing them. Register here or read more.
Aug 15, 2019
Ohio grain farmers are using dicamba and 2,4-D more frequently against herbicide-resistant weeds. These herbicides are stronger and prone to off-target drift. A new video from Ohio State discusses the high cost of drift damage on specialty crops, ranging from lower yields to delayed or lost harvests and even the loss of long-term investments like grape vines or certification status.
Jul 11, 2019
As the wet spring becomes a wet summer, Ohio State agronomists have been sharing resources and information for late summer planting alternatives. This article has been adapted from several articles in the Ohio State Agronomic Crops newsletter (C.O.R.N.) and elsewhere as noted.
See Additional Resources for 2019 Agricultural Challenges here.
Jul 10, 2019
This year's Manure Science Review will be August 7 at JIMITA Holsteins in Strasburg, Ohio (northeast Ohio). The event includes educational sessions, field demonstrations, a tour of a commercial compost site, and plenty of time for questions and answers. Read more about this and other coming events.
Jun 13, 2019
The stale seed bed technique is an often over-looked practice that can be used before planting. For organic growers, a stale seed bed can replace the effects of a pre-emergence herbicide. And when used properly, it can contribute to both short-term and long-term weed management. Read more.
Jun 6, 2019
Extension educators who would like to learn more about organic agriculture can participate in a Train the Trainer workshop in Indiana. The OSU Sustainable Ag Team has SARE funding to cover registration and travel costs. According to the most recent 2017 Census of Agriculture, Ohio conintues to rank in the top ten states for number of certified organic farms. Read more.
May 30, 2019
Organic farms are excellent hosts for pollinators because of the reduced danger of pesticides, but also because of the greater diversity that organic operations often support, says Ohio State Bee lab director Denise Ellsworth. With over 450 different species of bees in Ohio, a variety of plants and habitats is important. Ohio State’s Bee Lab is dedicated to research and outreach on topics related to honey bees, wild bees, and other pollinators. Ellsworth has partnered with others to develop numerous factsheets and resources on Ohio-specific bee and pollinator topics, including id guides to common Ohio bees, and tips for creating pollinator habitats with specific tree and plant suggestions. Read more.
May 3, 2019
The 2019 Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association (OEFFA) Farm Tour series guide is now available. This year's series offers an up-close look at 30 organic and ecological farms and businesses in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana. The tour series combines efforts and resources from OEFFA, OSU Extension, and other organizations. Read more.
Apr 22, 2019
New varieties of disease-resistant cucurbits are commercially available as a result of Cornell University's Eastern Sustainable Organic Cucurbit Project.
Through participatory efforts with farmers and regional seed companies, Extension researchers developed new varieties with organic producers in mind, focusing on resistance to common diseases and pests, but also on production and culinary characteristics important to organic farmers. New varieties include DMR 401 and DMR 264 cucumbers and 'Trifecta' muskmelon. Read more.