Study: Weather changes have cost U.S. soybean growers $11 billion

Weather effects on soybeansScientists have determined that precipitation and temperature variations over the past 20 years have suppressed the U.S. average soybean yield gain by about 30 percent, causing an industry loss of $11 billion nationwide. Read more. (Photo: Fuse.)

Climate change and food security: ‘Adaptation strategies should be under way’

Interesting NBC News story this morning. Scientists speaking at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting say climate change has moved America’s breadbasket north — North Dakota now produces more wheat than Kansas; the corn and soybelt belts have pushed into Canada. What does this hold for farms and farmers, consumers and food security, and the research that supports them? From the story: “The experts said heading off a food crisis will require changes in every aspect of production and consumption. ‘Adaptation strategies should be under way,” (Berkeley Lab scientist Michael) Wehner said. ‘Denying this, I think, is a disservice to the public.’ ”

Bright future, energetic goals

What has CFAES meant to Miranda McClendon, a senior honors student from Gary, Indiana, in the Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability program? “I can really see the change in me, and the growth.” Get to know her, and her energy- and community-related goals after graduation, in this new video. (Video: Walter Warkus, CFAES Communications.)

Conbatulations

The Ohio Forestry Association recently recognized CFAES wildlife specialist Marne Titchenell for her outstanding efforts in conservation education. Her work includes telling people about the deadly, spreading bat disease called white-nose syndrome, which she talks about in the video above.

Drugs in our water? And the loss of a scientist of ‘great warmth and integrity’

As the late, great Lou Reed so painfully put it, "There's a bit of magic in everything, and then some loss to even things out." Dan Herms of CFAES’s Department of Entomology shares the following about a coming event: "The next Wooster Science Café at the First Amendment Public House (150 W. Liberty St., Wooster) will be Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. Kristina Schiavone from the College of Wooster will lead a discussion about personal pharmaceuticals in the environment. Kristina is a student who was advised by Dr. Melissa Schultz, who was scheduled to speak until she tragically passed away on Feb. 7. Kristina carries on the work of Dr. Schultz [2009 EarthSky interview with Schultz here]. “Science Cafés are grassroots events that...    Read More »

Itching for answers

Talk about bed bugs and pesticidesAre bed bugs becoming resistant to certain pesticides? Find out on Wednesday, Feb. 25, in the spring seminar series by CFAES’s Department of Entomology. Details (scroll down).

As off through the waves it rolls

A repurposed, CFAES-developed food pH sensor has made the first cut in an international competition. Goal: Find a new way to measure ocean acidification.

Learn to go big, then go home

How to compost in a very big way“Composting,” says CFAES scientist Fred Michel, “allows the valuable nutrients and carbon that organic materials contain to be used again, reduces fossil fuel use for fertilizers, reduces greenhouse gas emissions from landfills and can be done economically.” Learn how to compost in a very big way.

Does Bt corn affect stream life?

Bt corn and stream lifeDo bits and pieces from genetically modified Bt corn plants affect non-target insects living in nearby streams? The University of Maryland’s Bill Lamp talks about his research and findings at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25, in a presentation hosted by CFAES’s Department of Horticulture and Crop Science. In Columbus, with a video link to CFAES’s research arm, OARDC, in Wooster. Details.

‘I’ve seen, in my lifetime, changes in the seasons’

Live near Lake Erie? Instructors Steve Ackerman and Margaret Mooney, both of them Badgers, discuss Changing Weather and Climate in the Great Lakes Region, their new free online course. You’re invited to join them, and fellow learners from around the lakes, here.