Soil testing field day is Aug. 31

A reminder that there’s a Soil Health Testing Demonstration Field Day on Thursday, Aug. 31, at Riker Farm Seed in Bowling Green.

There’s no cost to attend, but if you’d like the free lunch being offered, you need to register by today, Aug. 28. Email Alan Sundermeier at to register.

The field day is part of the Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. CFAES’s Sustainable Agriculture Team is a co-presenter of the series and is the specific presenter of this event.

Download the series brochure.

Learn how (and why) to test your soil

CFAES is co-sponsoring a Soil Health Testing Demonstration Field Day on Aug. 31 in Bowling Green. The event will help you understand soil test measurements and how they can help you maintain healthy soil, your farm’s production and profitability, while also protecting water quality. Admission is free. Learn more.

Leading the effort to ‘enhance the sustainability of soils’

CFAES’s Richard Dick, who’s “one of the leading soil scientists in the world, having advanced our knowledge on soil as a resource to deliver environmental services and promote food production,” has been elected 2018 president of the prestigious Soil Science Society of America. He’s a professor and Ohio Eminent Scholar in the School of Environment and Natural Resources.

SSSA is the professional home for more than 6,300 members and 1,000 certified professionals. It works to enhance the sustainability of soils, the environment and food production by integrating diverse scientific disciplines and principles in soil science.

CFAES’s Lal is a Highly Cited Researcher

Rattan Lal’s work, you could say, is very fertile. The CFAES scientist, who’s a Distinguished University Professor of soil science in the School of Environment and Natural Resources, was recently profiled as one of Thomson Reuters’ Highly Cited Researchers. “For nearly four decades,” says the story by Sarah Tanksalvala, “Lal has been a leader in addressing soil as a key aspect of the biggest issues facing our planet today.” Read the story.

Learn latest on soil balancing, see on-farm research

Old wooden calendar with September 16.Crumrine Farms in Nova in northern Ohio hosts the On-Farm Research Farm Tour this Friday, Sept. 16, at 1 p.m., as part of the Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. The tour’s focus: Long-term sustainability of the soil. The long-time family operation grows certified organic corn, hay, straw and more. And it’s cooperating with CFAES’s Organic Food and Farming Education and Research program on on-farm research on soil balancing. Learn more here on pp. 13-14.

Tours of research on organic crops, soil health

Old wooden calendar with September 8.The Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series continues this Thursday, Sept. 8, with two events: the Organic Crop Research Tour at 2 p.m. in Wooster, hosted by CFAES’s Organic Food and Farming Education and Research (OFFER) program and featured in a post last week; and the Soil Health Research Tour from 7-9 p.m. in Ottawa, hosted by Jim Hoorman, who until recently was an educator with CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension, and is now a specialist with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. The former takes place on certified organic land near CFAES’s research arm, OARDC. The latter is at Putnam County’s Soil Health and Research Plots (SHARP) site. Dig details here on pp. 26-27.

‘Interdependent, interconnected, indivisible’

water deeply imageIncreasing organic matters levels in the soil, through farming practices such as growing cover crops, not only benefits the soil and food crops but sequesters carbon and retains moisture. So said CFAES scientist Rattan Lal in a June 6 story by the Water Deeply media project, which is covering California’s drought. Sequestering carbon helps fight climate change; retaining moisture helps against drought. Lal is a Distinguished University Professor of soil science in CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. “The health of the soil, plants, animals, people and ecosystems,” he said at the end of the story, “are interdependent, interconnected and indivisible.”