You can recycle your old plastic flower pots and trays tomorrow (6/22) in CFAES’s Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens.
Ohio State’s 2013 Manure Science Review is Aug. 6 near Bucyrus. It’s an educational program for farmers, livestock managers, certified crop advisers, professional engineers, and others. Its focus is how to improve soils, crops, and farm success while at the same time protecting water quality. Get more details here (pdf).
Giant reed can grow in Ohio. But should it? In a recent OARDC study (pdf; p. 35), the fast-growing plant survived winter, grew tall and thick, and gave “exceptional yields.” But the scientists said further research is needed on basic agronomy-related issues, such as weed control, and on whether the propagation methods used in the study will work on a field-scale level. There’s growing interest in giant reed as a big-producing biofuel crop. But there’s also concern about the risk it poses as a possible invasive species. Giant reed, which is native to Asia, has escaped and spread in the South and West. (Photo: Chuck Bargeron, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org.)
In a recent greenhouse study by OARDC scientists (pdf; click the down arrow to p. 29), organic lawn fertilizers produced higher-quality turfgrass, taller growth of grass blades, and a greater capacity to resist pests when compared to a popular chemical fertilizer. Testing the fertilizers under field conditions is needed as the next step in the research, the scientists say. OARDC is CFAES’s research arm.
As a followup to our previous post, here are the panelists for July 9’s Environmental Professionals Network breakfast:
• Ted Lozier, P.E., deputy chief, Division of Soil and Water Resources, Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Sponsoring this month’s program is Ohio State’s Ohio Water Resources Center.
The July 9 breakfast program of the Environmental Professionals Network dives into Ohio’s many water-related issues. It’s called “Vexing, Wicked, Intractable, and Emerging Water Issues in Ohio — Yes, We May Have a Few!” and features a panel discussion by leaders from Ohio and federal agencies. Download the flier here (pdf). Get details, including a link to online registration and payment, here. The deadline to register is July 5.
More and more farms, schools, and businesses in Ohio are producing their own renewable energy — through onsite wind and solar systems, for instance, which collectively go by the name distributed energy. And more and more, CFAES’s statewide outreach arm, OSU Extension, is lending its expertise to help them do it. Read the story …
Ohio State ATI, which is an associate degree-granting unit within CFAES, and is a nationally ranked one at that, is hosting two bioenergy workshops for high school STEM teachers in June. (One of them has already taken place.) (STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math.) The organizers are faculty with ATI’s Renewable Energy Program, which offers associate of science degrees in bioenergy and wind and solar. Completing one of these degrees also completes about half the requirements toward an Ohio State agriculture bachelor’s degree. Details on how to enroll at ATI.
The Ohio Department of Agriculture last week announced more detections of the walnut twig beetle in Butler County in southwest Ohio. The tiny insect, some 10 of which are shown here fitting easily on a penny, carries a fungus that causes deadly thousand cankers disease (pdf) in walnut trees, although at this point the disease itself hasn’t been found in the county. If you’re a reporter or a blogger, get a list of CFAES experts you can talk to here. If you’re a gardener, a forest owner, or are otherwise interested, get details on getting a free wallet-size walnut twig beetle ID card here. (Photo: Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org.)