CFAES specialists have created and are distributing a new identification poster for kudzu. The “plant that ate the South” is in Ohio. It smothers street signs, utility poles and anything else in its way. It also chokes out other plants, including trees. Even more, experts fear a new invasive insect may follow kudzu north. Like the multicolored Asian lady beetle, the kudzu bug swarms on and often in people’s homes. But it also could hurt Ohio’s soybean crop. It feeds on both kudzu and soybean plants. Read the story. (Photo: Rebekah D. Wallace, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org.)
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Speaking of local foods, of the Wooster Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair, and of the fact that at the time of this writing it’s almost time for lunch, here are the fair’s scheduled food vendors: Hartzler Family Dairy (ice cream and milk from grass-fed, naturally raised, artificial hormone-free cows), Get Stuffed solar-powered mobile eatery (gourmet hot dogs and more), Pig Lickin’ Good BBQ (award-winning ribs, pork and chicken), The Orange Trük (local, seasonal artisan cuisine), and the strEAT Mobile Bistro (local, seasonal gourmet foods). The fair, a celebration of green living, is April 22 in Wooster.
High tunnels let farmers lengthen their growing season, tap into profitable early spring and late fall markets, and reduce damage from wind and certain pests and diseases — all benefits to a farm’s sustainability. You can learn in depth how to use them in a coming workshop by CFAES experts. (Photo: USDA, FSA.)
Registration for the spring symposium of CFAES’s Organic Food and Farming Education and Research (OFFER) program runs through Thursday (April 3). The event itself is Monday, April 7, in Wooster. It features new research on organic farming by CFAES and Purdue University scientists. It’s for anyone interested in organic food and farming, especially growers and scientists. Registration is free, open to the public, and includes lunch. Register online here.
Nigel Savage, founder of the nonprofit group Hazon, presents “The New Jewish Food Movement: Reflections on Its First Ten Years” from 4-5:30 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday, March 20) on Ohio State’s Columbus campus with a video link to the Wooster campus of CFAES’s research arm, OARDC; and “Omnivore’s Dilemma: Eating Jewishly in the 21st Century” at 6 p.m. at Ohio State’s Melton Center for Jewish Studies in Columbus. His first talk is hosted by CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. (Photo: Hazon.)
There’s rust on some soybeans, though preferably not, but none on the scientists fighting it. Experts from more than 30 U.S. and Canadian institutions, including CFAES, continue to battle soybean rust, a big yield robber elsewhere in the world that invaded the U.S. 10 years ago. Two new videos are their latest steps forward. (Photo: Soybean leaves infected with soybean rust by Christine Stone, USDA-ARS.)
CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension, is holding a one-day course on hay production on April 16. Among the topics: Producing quality hay, and keeping or achieving the good soil fertility needed for doing it. Industry experts expect stronger markets for hay this year. Sign up by April 7.
“Farmers are aware that soil organic matter is the foundation of sustainable agriculture,” says CFAES’s Rafiq Islam, who recently co-developed a new tool for calculating, then making sound decisions on, the organic matter levels in one’s soil.
A big, sometimes the biggest, challenge in organic farming is weed control. You can learn new ways to do battle, including by using cover crops and crop rotations, in an upcoming CFAES webinar series. Pictured is ragweed, a major thorn, but thankfully thornless, in organic farmers’ sides.