Archive for March, 2016

Report shows how to say goodbye to Lake Erie’s harmful algal blooms

OSU, CFAES, OSUE, Dr. Jay Martin, SNER, Toledo OH, Lake ErieHarmful algal blooms dangerous to human health and the Lake Erie ecosystem — such as the one that shut down Toledo’s water supply for two days in 2014 — could become a problem of the past.

A new report shows that if farmers apply agricultural best management practices (BMPs) on half the cropland in the Maumee River watershed, the amount of total phosphorus and dissolved reactive phosphorus leaving the watershed would drop by 40 percent in an average rainfall year — the amount agreed to in the 2012 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement between the U.S. and Canada. Read More »

April 19: See ‘everyday ways’ to help the Earth

Image of girl giving thumbs up to recycling 4Wooster’s 2016 Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair, a celebration of ways to be sustainable, is April 19 at CFAES’s research arm, OARDC. It’s free, part of Earth Week, and everyone’s welcome. Find out more. (Photo: Wavebreakmedia Ltd.)

When deer attack

Image of deer eating birdseedLearn the best ways to handle backyard wildlife problems — not just from deer but from geese, coyotes, raccoons and others — in an April 14 workshop by CFAES’s Marne Titchenell …

Algal bloom effort releases report

Image of algal bloom report 2Ohio Sea Grant, on behalf of Ohio State, the University of Toledo and the Ohio Department of Higher Education, has released the annual report for the first year of funding for the Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative (HABRI), which seeks solutions for harmful algal blooms in Ohio. Included are details on 18 new studies; some involve CFAES scientists. Read the press release. Read the report.

 

 

Wednesday: How to fight flies at organic dairies

Webinar imageResearchers Roger Moon and Brad Heins will describe “Unique Fly Control Methods for Organic Dairy Production” when eOrganic’s free organic farming webinar series continues at 2 p.m. EST on Wednesday, March 24. Register here. Moon and Heins work at the University of Minnesota.

Stone Lab summer scholarships still available

Hey, teachers (and other students, too): Stone Lab, Ohio State’s island campus at Put-in-Bay on Lake Erie, still has scholarships available if you’re interested in taking a class there this summer. Read the story …

Workshop: Get to know your woods and what lives there

Image of people exploring a woods 2Experts from three major universities (including Ohio State and specifically from CFAES) will teach about the trees, bees, birds, frogs, fungi and more on one’s land at the Ohio River Valley Woodland and Wildlife Workshop. It’s on April 2 in southeast Indiana’s Clifty Falls State Park. Read More »

Ohio State tapped to lead major IPM project in East Africa

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJohn Cardina, professor in CFAES’s Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, along with collaborating faculty in the Office of International Programs in Agriculture and four other departments in the college, have been awarded a major Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Innovation Lab project titled “Vegetable Crops for East Africa.” Read More »

A simple, sustainable way to stop stink bugs

It’s spring, or almost spring, and stink bugs are on the move again — often inside your home. Want to get rid of them? Read this previous post, then watch the super-short video it links to.

Forests across U.S. face drought threat: Study

Image of green forest 2Almost all of America’s forests, not just those in the West, are vulnerable to increased drought and climate change, according to a study that appeared last month in the journal Global Change Biology. The new study “brings together many different perspectives on drought impact in forests,” says CFAES’s Stephen Matthews, one of the co-authors, “and it is through this effort that the great reach drought can have on forests is clear.” Read more. (Photo: Ookawaphoto, iStock.)