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Recent Updates

  1. Side view of a fuzzy, yellow-black bee.

    Bumble Bee Pollination in Tomato Greenhouses

    May 23, 2023

    Bumble bees are managed for their pollination services in a variety of crop systems, including tomatoes, fruit trees, berries, and soybean (Abrol & Shankar, 2012; Feltham et al., 2014; Stanley et al., 2015; Suzuki et al., 2007). Most commercial bees are used in greenhouses, including for the growth of berries, squash, eggplant, and peppers (Abak et al., 1995; Shipp et al., 1994; Strange, 2015). However, around 95% are specifically used in tomato greenhouses (Velthuis & van Doorn, 2006).
  2. Blue skies behind a red farm with silos around it and a green crop in front of it.

    Assessing Farm Financial Health Using Your Balance Sheet

    May 18, 2023

    A balance sheet is used to accurately reflect the assets, liabilities, and net worth of your farm. Let’s review how you can assess farm financial health using your current balance sheet.
  3. Two butterflies colored orange with brown spots on a cluster of purple flowers.

    Native Shrubs: Creating Living Landscapes for Birds, Butterflies, Bees, and Other Beneficials

    May 10, 2023

    Biodiversity—the variety of creatures living on earth—is under threat. Humans rely on plants, insects, birds, and countless other creatures for vital functions known as ecosystem services. These services include the creation of oxygen, nutrient cycling, decomposition, and the food, fiber, and fuel humans need to survive. In Ohio and across the globe, the loss of habitat is one of the greatest threats to biodiversity.