Posts Tagged ‘sustainable agriculture’

When you consider the other choices, ‘manure’ is actually pretty refreshing

image of green field and blue water 2Good manure storage improves the health not just of livestock and crops but of waterways, say organizers of a farmer panel discussion at the Aug. 14 Manure Science Review. The panelists, all northeast Ohio dairy producers, will share their plans and practices for storing manure. (Hat tip to George Costanza.) (Photo: iStock.)

Side benefits: Well-fed food crops, cleaner water

subsurface band applicator 2 for GBAnother look at the prototype poultry litter applicator, called a subsurface band applicator, set to be shown at Manure Science Review. Instead of spreading poultry litter, a beneficial crop fertilizer, on the surface of a farm field, it buries the material a few inches deep. The practice slashes phosphorus, nitrogen and bacterial runoff into water. The new design also can be used to side-dress organic corn, for example, as shown here. Event details here and here. (Photo: Tom Way, USDA-ARS.)

How to use poultry litter on crops while protecting water quality

image of subsurface band applicatorA prototype poultry litter applicator, shown here, greatly reduces phosphorus runoff into water, says Tom Way of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service. He’ll talk about it and demonstrate it at the Aug. 14 Manure Science Review. CFAES is a co-host of the event. (Photo: Tom Way, USDA-ARS.)

How to go goji: Small-fruit, ‘superfruit’ workshop slated

image of goji berriesGrowing small fruits can boost a farm’s income. Which in turn can strengthen the farm’s sustainability. Plus small fruits — not just grapes, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries but elderberries, goji berries and aronia berries, too — taste great and pack a nutritious punch. You can find out more about growing them — yes, both goji (pictured) and aronia, two of the new so-called “superfruits,” will grow in Ohio — at an upcoming workshop by experts from CFAES. Sign up by July 11. (Photo: iStock.)

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.)

So you want to know more about naked oats …

image of man looking curiousSo, “naked oats” are really a thing. And a CFAES scientist is studying them. Can growing them benefit organic farmers (as part of their crop rotation), organic chickens (as lower-cost organic feed) and, yes, organic oatmeal eaters (as, well, oatmeal)? You can learn more about them at a CFAES-sponsored event next week. And also in a previous press release.

Nobody here but us pasture-raised chickens

pastured chicken image 2The new Farm Bill has given new life to organic farming research, said the head of a CFAES program devoted to that work, and farmers can see some fruits of that growth (regarding cover crops, soil fertility, pastured poultry and more) at a field day June 17.

What’s new to try? Will it work on your farm? 30 good ways to find out

OEFFA series schedule imageThe Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association has announced its summerlong Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series, and experts from CFAES will play a big part.

National Climate Assessment poem, Midwest edition, #1: Decreased Productivity

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Key Message 1 for the Midwest, ”Impacts to Agriculture,” from the third National Climate Assessment, released May 6, 2014 (first post):

In the next few decades,

Longer growing seasons

And rising carbon dioxide levels

Will increase yields of some crops,

Though those benefits will be progressively offset

By extreme weather events.

Though adaptation options can reduce some of the detrimental effects,

In the long term, the combined stresses associated with climate change

Are expected to decrease agricultural productivity.

New pest puts berries at risk

strawberry imageA new invasive insect pest, a nondescript kind of vinegar fly, is threatening Ohio’s fruit crops, especially its berries.