Why you should soil your undies

If you go to this summer’s Manure Science Review, you can see why, yes, you should #SoilYourUndies. Soil educators around the United States and Canada are using the hashtag, and demonstrations involving actual buried bloomers, as a fun way to show how crops and farming methods affect the activity of soil microbes. 

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When you break it down, it’s really a very positive thing

Manure Science Review, co-organized by CFAES, is set for July 25 in Forest in northwest Ohio. Its full day of talks and demos will showcase ways to put manure to good use — helping food production, soil health and a farmer’s bottom line, while also protecting water quality. Find details, including a link to register. (You’ll save $5 if you sign up by July 16.)

Watch Rattan Lal’s interview on Indian TV: ‘Soil should never, ever be taken for granted’

While in India recently, CFAES scientist Rattan Lal sat for a fascinating interview with Rajya Sabha TV. Watch it above, and get a good idea of the deep, foundational importance of soil — to farming, climate change, biodiversity, water quality, human health and more — and a good idea, too, of the mind and passion of one of our college’s most esteemed thinkers.

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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 sundermeier.5@osu.edu 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.