Innovative work by the Washington County office of OSU Extension to prevent road erosion along the Muskingum River, and Ohio State President Michael V. Drake’s recent tour to see it, earned coverage by the Marietta Times.
Also reporting on the story was Parkersburg, West Virginia’s WTAP-TV.
Onboard the Valley Gem sternwheeler on the Muskingum River near Marietta, Darlene Lukshin, program specialist in OSU Extension’s Washington County office, and Ohio State President Michael V. Drake talked to WTAP’s (Parkersburg, West Virginia) Julie Dunphy about a high-tech, environmentally friendly way to keep roads by the river safe from erosion.
South Dakota State University scientists working on a project led by CFAES’s Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor in the School of Environmental and Natural Resources, say no-till farming, cover crops and rotational grazing can help farmers reduce surface runoff to improve soil and water quality.
Data for their study, some 40 years’ worth, came from USDA and CFAES’s North Appalachian Experimental Watershed in Coshocton, Ohio.
Practices such as no-till farming take the stage March 3-4 at the big annual Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference in northwest Ohio. CFAES is a sponsor. Lower fuel use, less soil erosion and better water quality are among the many benefits of conservation tillage. (Photo: No-till corn by Peggy Greb, USDA-ARS.)