Some 1.5 million acres of Ohio’s farm fields—an area twice the size of Rhode Island—didn’t have any corn, soybeans, or other cash crops planted on them this year. Reason: Record spring rain made the ground too wet to plant. Now those fields are at risk of problems from something called fallow syndrome, which is caused by the loss of crop-friendly microbes that live—or lived—in the fields’ soils.
Experts from CFAES explain. (Photo: Getty Images.)
New on our CFAES Stories site: Details on CFAES efforts to help Ohioans grow more of a little-known native fruit. Fun fact: Ohio brewers are using it lately to good effect in craft beers. Read the story. (Photo: CFAES’ Matt Davies with the fruit tree in question, John Rice, CFAES.)
Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science in CFAES’ School of Environment and Natural Resources, will speak on a panel titled “Facing the Greatest Challenge of Our Time: Agriculture’s Role in Impacting Climate Change” at the World Food Prize’s 2019 Norman E. Borlaug International Symposium.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service has awarded a team of CFAES researchers $482,000 to help boost—through research and education—maple syrup production in Ohio and two other states. (Photo: Getty Images.)
See fish and veggies growing together when the Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series presents the Aquaponic Produce and Yellow Perch Farm Tour. The free event runs from 1–3 p.m. Oct. 19, at Fresh Harvest Farm in west-central Ohio.
There’s still time to register for the 13th annual Stinner Summit, “Minding and Mending the Social Fabric on Ohio Farms,” which is Friday, Oct. 4, at the Procter Center in London, Ohio. Continue reading
That small corn patch you see in this photo, which is growing—indeed, thriving—in the middle of Ohio State’s Columbus campus, is part of a wider, sustainability-related project meant to show how biosolids—processed human waste from sewage—can be (and historically have been) used to help grow food. Get the full poop in our latest CFAES Story.
London, Ohio’s Procter Center Farm, which in addition to raising chickens, pigs, and veggies is opening a farm-to-table storefront in a rural food desert, hosts the Community Outreach and Education Farm Tour on Saturday, Aug. 24.
Part of the 2019 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series, the tour is being presented by CFAES. Join us.