CFAES is offering three Hops Field Nights in August. They’re for new and experienced growers; will feature talks and demonstrations on a variety of topics, including drying, fertigation, drip irrigation, mechanical harvesting, a galvanized trellis system, and pest and disease management; will offer tours of the hop fields at each location; and will provide you with helpful handouts, including the Ohio Hop Disease Management Guide.
“Every time the ESA is in the news, you hear about how controversial it is,” Bruskotter said in a July 19 Ohio State press release about the study. “But the three most recent studies show that, on average, approximately 83 percent of the public supports it, and that’s sort of the opposite of controversial.”
Shown here is a bald eagle, America’s national bird, whose recovery is considered one of the act’s greatest success stories.
Composting in Ohio: A Tour of the Industry, an annual event co-sponsored by CFAES’s Ohio Composting and Manure Management program and the Organics Recycling Association of Ohio, starts at 9 a.m. Aug. 9 in Lima. General registration is $40. Student registration is $25. Both include lunch. Act fast: The deadline to register is Monday, July 30.
CFAES’s Ohio Woodland Stewards Program holds a Tree Diagnostics Workshop, featuring ways to help the health of your tall, leafy friends, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 3 at Ohio State’s Mansfield campus. Registration is $35 and includes lunch. The deadline to register is today, Friday, July 27.Find out more and register online. (Photo: Getty Images.)
Especially in summer, Stone Lab is home to teachers, students and scientists exploring Lake Erie, its water, and what lives in and around it. (Photo: Stone Lab open house, 2016, Frank Lichtkoppler, Ohio Sea Grant, via Flickr.)
Stone Lab’s summer lecture series continues at 7 p.m. tonight, Thursday, July 26. Justin Chaffin (pictured), senior researcher and research coordinator at the lab, will present a research brief called “Development of a Lake Erie Cyanobacterial Bloom Toxicity Forecast.” Craig Butler, director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, will give a guest lecture titled “Emerging Drinking Water Contaminants. Find out more. You also can watch online.
The lab, part of CFAES, is at Put-in-Bay on Lake Erie. (Photo: Ken Chamberlain, CFAES.)
Scientists from CFAES and Cornell University are developing a fast way for farmers to test the nitrogen levels in their soils. Nitrogen is a nutrient, provided in fertilizer, that’s key to the growth of crops. Not enough of it, and crops don’t produce as much food as they should. But too much, and the excess can be washed away from a crop field by rain and get into lakes and streams, possibly causing algal blooms and “dead zones” or, in its nitrate form, making drinking water unsafe for pregnant women and babies.
The Columbus Urban Farm Tour Series, co-sponsored by CFAES’s Ohio State University Extension outreach arm, presents “New Urban Farm in Residential Neighborhood” from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, July 26, at Freshtown Farm, 1282 Ann St., in Columbus. Free admission. Details.
The muck soil located at the station, left behind after a large swamp was drained more than a century ago, is much higher in organic matter than typical Ohio soil. As a result, high-value crops such as lettuce grow fast and well there. (Photo: Field day at the station, 2013, CFAES.)