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What is soil health?

Jul 27, 2020
from Ohio Country Journal by James Hoorman, Hoorman Soil Health Services Soil health is a term that everyone seems to be confused about or have their own opinion. Soil health is about three things: soil organic matter (SOM), soil microbes and organisms, and plants. Good soil and soil health are dependent upon the interaction of these three things. Active short-term organic matter are the root exudates, root carbohydrates (sugars) and …

Rock dust could be farming’s next climate solution

Jul 22, 2020
From Smithsonian magazine SmartNews For farming, the latest climate fix isn’t especially high tech or glossy. By spreading rock dust over large swatches of land, carbon dioxide could be trapped in transformed, scrubbing it from the atmosphere. If this technique, called enhanced weathering, were to be employed around the world, scientists estimate two billion tons of carbon dioxide could be removed from the atmosphere each year. In a paper pu…

Using manure to help corn crops and water quality

Jun 30, 2020
Glen Arnold, Associate Professor and Field Specialist in Manure Nutrient Management at the Ohio State University, shared about current research and best practices involving manure. By lessening the amount of fertilizer used, runoff can be reduced, improving water quality and protecting the environment. Glen conducts field research on using liquid livestock manure to replace commercially purchased fertilizer on wheat and corn. Applying manure to growing crops creates an “in-season” window for …

Taking it to the screen

Jun 30, 2020
The global pandemic changed the 2-day Feed the World workshop from an in-person event to a virtual one, but the learning didn’t skip a beat. 27 teachers from around the state participated in Ohio Corn & Wheat’s first online teacher workshop. Each participant was mailed a box of supplies ahead of time, so they could follow along with hands-on labs and activities from their homes. This helped them see how …

High tech and data in ag today

Jun 30, 2020
Elizabeth Hawkins, an Extension Field Specialist with the Ohio State University, works with farmers to maximize productivity while stewarding the environment. Hawkins is part of eFields, an OSU program striving to advance production agriculture through the use of field-scale research. The program conducts on-farm studies to help farmers understand how utilizing new practices and techniques can improve farm efficiency and profitability. Current projects focus on the development of analytical tools …

Hand Sanitizer - POET’s Newest Co‑product

Jun 15, 2020
from VITAL magazine, Spring 2020 issue Soon after COVID-19 began sweeping the nation, consumers started rapidly stocking up on health-safety products to protect themselves from the virus. Adobe Analytics, an agency that monitors E-commerce transactions for the top 80 online retailers, reported that the December-to-January demand for hand sanitizer jumped more than 1,000%. Nielsen, a company that collects sales data from point of sale scanners, reported hand sanitizer sales in the United States …

New gene-editing technique eliminates GMO ‘delivery vehicle’ for CRISPR crops

Jun 11, 2020
credit: Genetic Literacy Project, Greg Watry | University of California Davis | June 3, 2020 Despite evidence that demonstrates genetically-modified crops are as safe as crops produced through traditional breeding, sections of the public remain suspicious about genetically modified organisms (GMOs). For UC Davis Professor of Plant Biology Savithramma Dinesh-Kumar, this lingering suspicion has sparked a drive to develop genetically modified plants that eschew “transgenic” labels. In a collaborative study published today in Nature Plan…

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