New, better ways to apply fertilizer? Precisely

CFAES’s second annual Precision University will show farmers new ways to apply fertilizer that (1) keep it from running off the land, getting into water and possibly feeding harmful algal blooms; and (2) give them more bang for their fertilizer buck.

It’s on Jan. 11 in London, about 30 miles west of Columbus. Read more and register.

‘I believe in science-based decisions’

Jeff Reutter, special advisor to Ohio State’s Ohio Sea Grant program, and Jay Martin, a CFAES ecological engineer, commented on Ohio’s recently released Domestic Action Plan 1.0 in a Nov. 19 Columbus Dispatch story. The new plan is part of a bi-national effort to fight Lake Erie’s harmful algal blooms.

See stunning aerial photos of Lake Erie algal blooms

NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory has posted some stunning aerial photos, taken Sept. 20, of a harmful algal bloom in western Lake Erie. You can see more, too, from Sept. 14 (the fifth one down, among many, may smack your gob) and Aug. 14.

How to predict if Lake Erie’s algal blooms are toxic

A new federally funded study, involving Ohio State’s Ohio Sea Grant program and Stone Laboratory and led by the lab’s research coordinator, Justin Chaffin, aims to predict the toxicity of Lake Erie’s harmful algal blooms, according to a story last week in the Sandusky Register. (Photo: 2015 western Lake Erie algal bloom, Jill Bartolotta, Ohio Sea Grant, via Flickr.)

Algal bloom conference coverage

Toledo Blade staff writer Tom Henry, interviewing CFAES scientists Jay Martin and Jiyoung Lee, among others, reported on last Thursday’s “State of the Science” algal bloom conference in Toledo.

Reporter Ben Cathey covered the conference, too, and interviewed Jay Martin, for Toledo’s WTVG-TV (with video).

CFAES researcher helping study conservation incentives, farming practices

CFAES’s Robyn Wilson (pictured) is part of a new $750,000 project to determine whether conservation incentives provided by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative are meeting one of their goals: to get more farmers to adopt measures that preserve water quality. Read the story.