Posts Tagged ‘sustainable agriculture’

Picking pecks of pest-free peppers

picture of peppers in greenhouse for GB2Biological control, biological pesticides and preventive cultural practices — all of them contributors to sustainable pest control — will be among the topics at CFAES’s 2015 Greenhouse Management Workshop. The event, which is for greenhouse growers, operators and pesticide applicators, is Jan. 22-23 at OARDC, CFAES’s research arm, in Wooster. Discount registration through Jan. 9 (save $25). (Photo: Red bell peppers, iStock.)

Nuts! Bumper acorn crop a risk to calves

In the paraphrased words of The Little Rascals, “Don’t eat the acorns!” “Why?” “They can cause kidney failure!” In calves and young sheep. Ehhhhh!

Dec. 3: Conference for farmers on no-till

no till soybeansFor a farmer, choosing not to till the soil can make it more fertile and keep it from eroding, the former a plus for food production, the latter a boon to water. On Dec. 3, CFAES experts will speak on science-tested ways to carry out the practice. Details here and here (PDF). (Photo: No-till soybeans, NRCS.)

Red clover, red clover, send clean water over

red cloverThere’s a lot to be said for cover crops, and a new guide says it. Co-written by CFAES experts, Midwest Cover Crops Field Guide shows the hows and whys of growing red clover (pictured with a guest), alfalfa and many others, including some new possibilities. Look inside here. Buy it here. Cover crops’ pros include protecting and improving both soil and water.

Video series features soil health, ‘farmers who do things differently’

Healthy soils, as the saying goes, support healthy plants, healthy animals and healthy people. Healthy water, as it turns out, too. A new YouTube video series, whose contributors include experts from OSU Extension, CFAES’s statewide outreach arm, shows farmers how to achieve those soils, which form a foundation for sustainable agriculture. Soil microbes (3:09), cover crops and compaction (4:26) are some of the topics. Read more.

How drones in the sky can help land and water

aerial view of farm and river for GBThe Nov. 12 breakfast program by the Environmental Professionals Network looks at how unmanned aerial vehicles, aka drones, can improve how we take care of farms, soils, woods and water. Details and a link to register here. EPN is a service of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. (Photo: iStock.)

Today at 3:30: Western corn rootworm and Bt corn

picture of western corn rootwormIowa State University’s Aaron Gassmann discusses “Biotechnology and Agricultural Sustainability: Insights from Interactions Between Western Corn Rootworm and Bt Corn” from 3:30-4:30 p.m. today, Oct. 29, in 121 Fisher Auditorium at CFAES’s research arm, OARDC, 1680 Madison Ave., in Wooster. You also can watch by video link in 244 Kottman Hall, 2021 Coffey Road, at Ohio State in Columbus. Free. Details: Gassmann’s lab studies, among other things, resistance to Bt corn by the western corn rootworm, a key U.S. corn pest (pictured is an adult male). Bt corn has been genetically modified for resistance to certain pests. (Photo: Tom Hlavaty, USDA-ARS.)

Wednesday: Biological control programs for pests of vegetables

tomatoes 2Michigan State’s Zsofia Szendrei presents “Developing Biocontrol Programs for Vegetables” from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 15. “Conservation biological control is an important part of integrated pest management programs,” the event’s flier says. “IPM is a sustainable agricultural approach with a sound ecological foundation,” an Oregon State IPM publication explains.

Attend in person in 121 Fisher Auditorium at CFAES’s research arm, OARDC, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, or watch by video link in 244 Kottman Hall, 2021 Coffey Road, on Ohio State’s Columbus. Free. All are welcome. Details:

‘Our commitment to being part of the solution’

CFAES Dean Bruce McPheron talks about the college’s Field to Faucet Initiative in a new YouTube video (0:55). The new effort aims to ensure both clean water and sustainable food systems. Partners are coming not just from CFAES but from other Ohio State colleges, other Ohio universities, and Ohio farm groups and agencies. Watch his initial announcement at Farm Science Review here (6:01). Read a press release about it here.

Welcome, CSU!

Ohio, thanks to the 2014 Farm Bill, now has a second land-grant institution, Central State University in Wilberforce, to go along with Ohio State. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was there today to celebrate. Read his official statement.

The first and second Morrill Land-Grant Acts created land-grant institutions to boost teaching, research and Extension programs in agriculture. At Ohio State, CFAES leads these programs.