1. International Workshop and Field Day on Climate-smart Agriculture in Ukraine

    Nov 30, 2018

    By Dr. Tom Worley
    OSU South Centers Director
    and Alan Sundermeier
    Wood County Extension Educator

    Within the framework of the Civilian Research Defense Foundation (CRDF)-funded Ukrainian-US project entitled “Impact of sustainable agricultural management practices on soil quality and crop productivity,” workshops and meetings were organized in Kherson, Ukraine as part of International Field Day “XXI century - Climate-Smart Agriculture.” 

  2. Applied Research and Extension Outreach in Northeast China

    Nov 30, 2018

    By Dr. Rafiq Islam
    Soil, Water, & BioEnergy Program Leader

    The Ohio State University is actively involved in capacity building of the research, education, and Extension activities at the Heilongjiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences-Jiamusi located in the Peoples Republic of China. 

  3. Ohio State University One Health Day Symposium 2018

    Nov 30, 2018

    By Dr. Rafiq Islam
    Soil, Water, & BioEnergy Program Leader

    Dr. Rafiq Islam attended and delivered a presentation entitled “Rethinking Agriculture in the 21st Century: Growing Healthy Food with One Health Vision” at the Plenary Session of the Ohio One Health Symposium, which was held at Drake Performance and Event Center on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus on November 1-2.

  4. Soil, Water, and Bioenergy Resources Program hosts CRDF-sponsored visiting scholar from Ukraine, Sergiy Lavrenko

    Nov 30, 2018

    By Dr. Rafiq Islam
    Soil, Water, & BioEnergy Program Leader

  5. Fullbright Scholar Program report released

    Nov 27, 2018

    In 2016, The Ohio State University Office of International Affairs partnered with the Office of Research and Planning to assess the Fulbright Scholar Program. The Office of International Affairs has released a full-length report detailing the findings of the study and outlining recommendations going forward.

    Below you can access the full report, a one-pager of the Executive Summary and Recommendations, and an endorsement letter from Executive Vice President and Provost Bruce McPheron and Vice Provost for Academic Programs W. Randy Smith.

  6. Advanced Soil Health Systems Training for Indiana USDA-NRCS

    Aug 22, 2018

    By Rafiq Islam, PhD
    Soil, Water and Bioenergy Resources Program

    Several members of our Soil, Water, and Bioenergy Resources Program staff and The Ohio State University Extension educators recently organized a field day on “Hands-on Soil Health” for farmers and two-day “Advanced Soil Health Systems” workshops for USDA-NRCS personnel in Indiana. The field day and workshops were held in Wenning Farms, Greensburg, and Brocksmith Farms, Vincennes, Indiana, respectively from July 24 to 26, 2018.

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    Avoiding Compaction

    Apr 26, 2018

    Heavy farm machinery compacts the soil, both on tilled ground and no-tilled ground. Compaction induced by agricultural machinery often affects soil properties and crop production. Axle load is the first factor that has to be considered in soil compaction, according to Randall Reeder, Ohio State University Emeriti and Dr. Sjoerd Duiker, Penn State Soil Specialist. Axle load is the total load supported by one axle.   READ MORE

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    Using the Slake Test to Determine Soil Crusting

    Apr 26, 2018

    An easy to use test can be done to predict potential soil crusting on farm fields.  All you need is some chicken wire, water, a glass jar, and a dry clump of soil.  When you immerse the clump of soil in the jar of water, the longer it holds together, the better the soil structure to resist crusting. read more

  9. Comparing Soil Aggregate Stability


    Jan 24, 2018

    A suite of soil health measurements are becoming available which are not part of the traditional soil tests. Soil aggregate stability is an important physical indicator of soil health, which protects organic matter accumulation, improves soil porosity, drainage and water availability for plants, decreases soil compaction, supports biological activity, and nutrient cycling in the soil. READ MORE>>

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    The Effects of Soil Conservation Practices on Selected Soil Health Indicators

    Dec 7, 2017

    A 2-year project in Northwest Ohio measured the impact that soil conservation practices have on selected soil health indicators and the subsequent corn yield in cover cropped hay, wheat and corn cropping systems. When choosing which test to conduct, factors such as time, cost, and training need to be considered. The field test cost per sample is approximately $40 less than the burst test however the digital color reader will increase one time costs for field testing by up to $900 ( Accuracy of results is dependent on proper sample collec