Posts Tagged ‘sustainable agriculture’

Kudzu be a problem? Yes, it kud

kudzu for GBCFAES 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,

Good time to eat: 14 days till Wooster’s green fair

child eating appleSpeaking 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.

Under cover? Boss!

high tunnelHigh 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.)

Simply redder, growing greener? Sign up soon

red tomatoes for GBRegistration 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.

Helping farmers in East Africa protect and improve their tomato crops

CFAES scientists have been working for five years in Kenya on a problem that has plagued local farmers. Mark Erbaugh, Office of International Programs in Agriculture, Sally Miller, Department of Plant Pathology, Luis Cañas, Department of Entomology, and Matt Kleinhenz, Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, all have been engaged with the Kongai Tisa Farmer Association in Kirinyaga County, Kenya, to help improve their production and manage critical pests and diseases of tomato, the community’s most important cash crop. This project, which is conducted through the U.S. Agency for International Development-supported Integrated Pest Management Innovation Lab (IPM-IL) in East Africa, began five years ago when Kenyan farmers indicated a ...    Read More »

Thursday: About the new Jewish food movement

nigel-savageNigel 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.)

Soybean rust never sleeps … so team of scientists stands guard against it

soybean rustThere’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.)


large round baleCFAES’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.

‘The foundation of sustainable agriculture’

soil and seedling for GB“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.

Webinars coming on organic farming weed control

ragweedA 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.