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Ohio ag retailers participate in soil testing, nutrient application survey

A survey of agricultural retailers was undertaken to provide a benchmark of current practice adoption of soil sampling, type of spatial sampling, placement and timing of nutrient application currently being used in Ohio’s two major watersheds. The responding retailers provided services on 3.8 million acres representing 39% of Ohio’s row crop and hay production acres with 1,920,450 in Lake Erie Watershed while 1,910,050 acres were in the Ohio River Watershed.[…]

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Webinar to examine economics of controlling algal blooms

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Experts will discuss the economics of water pollution control, particularly regarding harmful algal blooms, in an hour-long webinar beginning at noon Sept. 30. “Despite years of efforts to reduce phosphorus, our traditional conservation approaches appear not to be working as well as we wish,” said Brent Sohngen, professor of environmental economics with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and one of the webinar’s presenters. “It is really useful now for the farm community…

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Study: Most farmers willing to take more steps to improve water quality

By Tracy Turner | Posted on 9/18/2014 COLUMBUS, Ohio – Most farmers in the Maumee River watershed that drains into Lake Erie are willing to take at least one additional action to reduce nutrient loss on their farm if they feel like the action will benefit their farms as well as water quality. That’s according to new research from Robyn Wilson, associate professor of risk analysis and decision science in Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.…

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Free webinar for ag retailers: What ag retailers should know after the Toledo water crisis

On September, 26 at 12 p.m. EDT, ag retailers are invited to participate in a free webinar to discuss current nutrient management opportunities in the Western Lake Erie Basin.   The webinar will focus on the current state of the Western Lake Erie Basin and what ag retailers can do to improve water quality within the Basin in the wake of the Toledo water crisis. Speakers include:  Kevin Elder, Ohio Department of Agriculture, will share his thoughts on how ag…

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