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  1. Soil testing photo by Greg LaBarge, Ohio State University Extension

    New Factsheet on Soil Health Testing

    Aug 4, 2022

    Choosing a Laboratory for Nutrient and Soil Health Testing, Ohioline Factsheet ANR-0107 is now available online. The fact sheet discusses factors to consider when selecting a lab, ad a list of Ohio-based and nearby soil testing faciltities with contact information, standard test package components, and other available tests offered.

    https://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/anr-0107 

  2. 2022 Soil Health Webinar Series

    Dec 22, 2021

    Please join us at 8 a.m. on the first Thursday of each month for Ohio State Extension’s 2022 Soil Health Webinar series. There is no cost, but you must register in advance at go.osu.edu/soilhealth2022. 1 hr NM CCA continuing education credit per session. 

  3. Soil Health Winter Seminar Series

    Dec 30, 2020

    In this weekly series, farmers, industry, and academic experts will weigh in on practical steps to improve soil health and measure impact on crop yield and farm profitability. Thursdays, January 14 – March 18, 8am-8:30am. CCA CEUs are available for each session. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.

    Watch past sessions at https://agcrops.osu.edu/events/webinar-recordings/dirt-soil-health-investing-below-surface-0

  4. Study Looks at Soil Health Perceptions in the Agricultural Community

    Dec 28, 2020

    How do you define "soil health"? How does that compare to the ways others might define it? A recent study led by former Ohio State PhD student and postdoctoral researcher, Dr. Jordon Wade, took a closer look at how the agricultural community perceives and accesses soil health. Results of the study are available at Soil Health Nexusa university-led team dedicated to increasing access to research-based soil health knowledge, extension and resources.  

  5. Ohio No-till Conference Planned for December 3

    Nov 6, 2020

    The Ohio No-Till Conference on Dec. 3 will be a hybrid conference, changing as needed with COVID-19 conditions. Pre-registered attendees will gather at Der Dutchan Restaurant in Plain City, Ohio. Registration is limited to 140 participants with a November 25 deadline. The event will also be broadcast live online by Ohio Ag Net, on Facebook.com/OhioNoTill, and on the OhioNo-TillCouncil.com website.

  6. Updated Cover Crop Selector Tool Available from Midwest Cover Crops Council

    Oct 5, 2020

    The Midwest Cover Crops Council (MCCC) —made up of representatives from 12 Midwest states and universities, including Purdue, the province of Ontario and other agricultural stakeholders — is rolling out an improved cover crop selection tool that will help farmers make those decisions.

  7. Dr. Rattan Lal

    Ohio State soil scientist awarded World Food Prize

    Jun 15, 2020

    Over five decades, Rattan Lal, a Distinguished University Professor in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), has reduced hunger by pioneering agricultural methods across the globe that not only restore degraded soil but also reduce global warming. Read more at https://cfaes.osu.edu/news/articles/ohio-state-soil-scientist-awarded-world-food-prize.

  8. A flooded field

    2019 Challenges Linger

    Mar 12, 2020

    As farmers are preparing for the 2020 cropping season, the challenges of 2019 may still linger.  There are basically 3 scenarios which will influence 2020 cropping practices.

  9. Do you have questions about cover crops on Prevented Planting acres? 

    Jun 24, 2019

    Hardin County – Do you have questions about what cover crops should be used on Prevented Planting acres?  Do you have concerns about weed control for unplanted fields?  What are the rules regarding crop insurance and planting forages to be used for grazing, cutting, and haying for livestock?  Get these and other questions answered this Thursday, June 27.  The Ohio No-Till Council, in cooperation with OSU Extension will host a meeting at Ohio Northern University Mcintosh Center in Ada. The address is 402 West College Avenue, Ada, Ohio 45810.  The meeting will be from 6:30 to 9:00 pm

  10. Article snapshot

    Can Soil Microbes Slow Climate Change?

    Mar 29, 2019

    Scientific American recently published a news article discussing the role Microbes may play in Climate Change mitigation. The article showcases work of Dr. David Johnson of New Mexico State University. He reocmmends that "to tip the soil’s fungal-to-bacterial ratio strongly toward the fungi". "As the ratio of fungi to bacteria increases, the soil biome becomes more efficient in utilizing carbon and other nutrients and that the soil therefore releases less CO2 to the atmosphere." In general, good soil health practices promote fungi growth in agroecosystems.

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