Recent Updates

  1. Growing Cauliflower in the Garden

    Cauliflower is a garden vegetable belonging to the Brassicaceae family, commonly referred to as the mustard family. Cauliflower is also a “cole crop,” meaning it is a cultivated variety of the species Brassica oleracea. Other commonly grown cole crops include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, collards, kale and kohlrabi.
  2. Growing Cabbage in the Home Garden

    Cabbage is a garden vegetable belonging to the Brassicaceae family, commonly referred to as the mustard family. Cabbage is also a “cole crop,” meaning it is a cultivated variety of the species Brassica oleracea. Other cole crops include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, collards, kale and kohlrabi. Cabbage has been cultivated for more than 4,000 years. Once considered a pauper’s food, cabbage today is popular in dishes around the world. The vegetable is high in dietary fiber, iron, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, manganese and other important nutrients.
  3. Free, Online Data and Tools for the Agricultural Community

    Figure 1. Data and tools for sustainable agricultural practices.
  4. Proper Calibration and Operation of Backpack and Hand Can Sprayers

    Manually operated sprayers (hand pumps, hand cans, and backpacks) are designed for spot treatment and for spraying smaller areas such as tree seedlings, small lawns, or flower beds not suitable for power sprayers. As is true for all sprayers used for application of chemicals, application accuracy with backpack and hand can sprayers is affected by travel speed, nozzle type, and spray pressure. Uniform distribution of sprays can be difficult even with training and regular calibration.
  5. Corn, Soybean, and Alfalfa Yield Responses to Micronutrient Fertilization in Ohio

    Micronutrients are essential plant nutrients that are found in trace amounts in tissue, but play an imperative role in plant growth and development. Without these nutrients, plant nutrition would be compromised leading to potential declines in plant productivity. Of the 17 elements essential for plant growth, eight are micronutrients: boron (B), chlorine (CI), copper (Cu), iron (Fe), manganese (Mn), molybdenum (Mo), zinc (Zn) and nickel (Ni).
  6. Salmonella in Fresh Produce

    Among the 9.4 million episodes of foodborne illnesses identified in the United States, salmonellosis (foodborne gastroenteritis) accounts for 1.2 million cases, with approximately 23,000 hospitalizations and 500 deaths annually, and a cost of $3.6 billion annually (CDC report, 2016). Most salmonellosis cases occur due to the consumption of animal products contaminated by non-typhoid salmonella (Salmonella enterica subsp.
  7. Downy Mildew of Blackberry

    Downy mildew of blackberry (Rubus sp.) is a systemic disease caused by the fungal-like pathogen Peronospora sparsa. Nearly all blackberry cultivars are susceptible to downy mildew. The disease also occurs on boysenberry, youngberry, and rose (Rosa spp.).  Downy mildew affects both the leaves and fruit of blackberry, although leaf symptoms are most common in Ohio. Stunting can occur in infected plants even when foliar symptoms are not visible. Disease is most severe during wet weather with cool to warm temperatures.
  8. Is a Prenuptial Agreement Right for Your Farm Business?

    Farm and agricultural businesses often have high capital investments in land, machinery, livestock, and miscellaneous equipment. The typical Ohio farm has over $1 million in capital assets. These assets are usually owned and held by multiple members of a family. With the rising divorce rate (almost 60%), it is in the long term financial interest to protect business assets from a divorce of one of the business partners.
  9. Developing Goals for the Agricultural Business

    Goal setting is a critical step in the strategic planning process of any agricultural business. While a mission statement steers the direction of the business, it tends to be rather abstract. Goals are more concrete and are therefore easier to comprehend and to act on. Ultimately, goals will be the standard by which we will measure our progress in the agricultural business, so goal setting deserves the utmost attention.
  10. Canning Soup

    There is nothing more satisfying than a warm bowl of homemade soup. Many of us are used to “opening a can” and heating up soup for a quick meal. Every family has their favorite recipes, but are they all able to be home canned safely? The answer depends on the ingredients.