Posts Tagged ‘soil conservation’

5 ways Gwynne’s growing greener (and you can, too)

Look for new players like riprap, blazing star and willow fascines in Ohio State’s Gwynne Conservation Area.

The nearly 70-acre facility, part of CFAES’s Farm Science Review site at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, has started two new projects — one to diversify its prairie plantings; the other, to protect the banks of Deer Creek, which flows through the grounds. Read More »

Study on new pipeline’s impact on farmland

How will the Utopia East gas pipeline in northern Ohio affect farmland? Scientists from CFAES will be digging for answers soon. The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s James F. McCarty has the story…

The ‘unfolding global disaster’ of soil loss, how to reverse it and how that can help reverse climate change, too

CFAES scientist Rattan Lal, an Ohio State Distinguished University Professor and a world expert on soil management and carbon sequestration, was quoted in a recent ThinkProgress story by Natasha Geiling called “The ‘Unfolding Global Disaster’ Happening Right Under Our Feet,” about how soil loss is hurting both food production and the climate. Check it out. The quote in fact came from a previous story Geiling wrote for ThinkProgress called “Is 2015 The Year Soil Becomes Climate Change’s Hottest Topic?” That one’s here. The answer seemingly was yes, and hopefully will still be yes going forward, based on such stories as this, this and this. Lal explains carbon sequestration’s big benefits in a video here.

Ohio State Soil Judging Team going to nationals

Soil judging team 2The Ohio State Soil Judging Team is heading to the National Collegiate Soil Judging Contest next April that will be hosted by Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.

This past Friday, Oct. 16, the Soil Judging Team took home third-place school honors with a strong showing in the Northeast Regional Soil Competition hosted by Brian Slater and Ohio State at Louis Bromfield’s Malabar Farm in Lucas, Ohio. Read More »

Sign up for study on pipelines and crops

Growers wondering what impact, if any, installing new natural gas pipelines will have on crop productivity in their fields can sign up for a pilot study being done by CFAES researchers. (Previous related post here.)

‘One of the world’s most famous and globally engaged soil scientists’

Dr. Rattan LalRattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science in CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, pictured, recently received a Doctor of Natural Sciences Honoris Causa honorary degree from Germany’s Dresden University of Technology to help commemorate the UN’s 2015 International Year of Soils. Karl-Heinz Feger, dean of TU Dresden’s Faculty of Environmental Sciences, said, “With the granting of this honorary doctorate, our university honors one of the world’s most famous and globally engaged soil scientists.” Read more.

How natural-gas pipelines affect crops and soils

A new pilot study is being planned to document the effects of natural-gas pipeline installation on crops and soils, and interested farmers are invited to participate. Steve Culman of CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension, has details in Ohio’s Country Journal.

Yes, you can say he stands out in his field

Rattan_LalThe International Union of Soil Sciences has named CFAES’s Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of soil science in the School of Environment and Natural Resources, as its president-elect. The Vienna, Austria-based group has 16,000 members from around the world. Lal directs the school’s Carbon Management and Sequestration Center and, among other things, recently served on the advisory committee of the National Climate Assessment. (Photo: CFAES Communications.)

CFAES organizes climate change conference in Tanzania, promotes food security through iAGRI

Nearly 100 researchers gathered at Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) in Morogoro, Tanzania, Nov. 13-15 for a conference titled “Climate Change, Sustainable Intensification and Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa.” The conference was hosted by SUA , the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and the Innovative Agricultural Research Initiative (iAGRI) -- a major food security project in Tanzania funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and administered by CFAES's Office of International Programs in Agriculture (IPA). The Ohio State University leads a consortium of five other U.S. land grant universities to implement iAGRI, a project designed to strengthen SUA’s training and research capacity. Presenters and d...    Read More »

When to reseed to stop shale pipeline erosion

pipeline reseeding by Clif LittleFarmers who are negotiating easements across their land for shale oil and gas pipelines may want to consider including a clause about when the company should reseed their pastures. Download a related fact sheet here (pdf). (Photo: Clif Little.)