Recent Updates

  1. Iron in Drinking Water

    Iron occurs naturally in rocks and soil, which easily dissolves in water. Iron is therefore commonly found in well water.
  2. Foreign-Trade Zones: Helping Companies Compete Globally

    Foreign-trade zones (FTZs) are sites within the United States that are legally considered outside of United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) territory for the purpose of duties. They were created by Congress in 1934, as a part of New Deal legislation, to expedite and encourage foreign commerce. Under the 1934 law, companies can apply to designate their domestic facilities as zones, wherever they are located (Hwang 2019). FTZs allow goods to be brought into the site duty-free and without formal customs entry (Atwood 2020). According to the U.S.
  3. Sour Rot Disorder of Grape

    Sour rot of grape is a disorder causing the breakdown of ripening berries rendering them unsuitable for wine production. Sour rot is caused by insect-associated microbes that expedite berry decay following entry through a wound. Many disorders, including sour rot, result in disease-like symptoms that can cause yield losses or reduce crop quality. 
  4. Nutrient Removal for Field Crops in Ohio

    An update for nutrient recommendations for Ohio's major field crops (corn, soybean, wheat, and alfalfa) was published in 2020 as the Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations for Corn, Soybean, Wheat, and Alfalfa. This fact sheet builds on that information, and expands it to include recommendations for other agronomic crops grown in Ohio.
  5. Phosphorus Nutrient Management for Yield and Reduced P Loss at Edge of Field

    Eight steps to maximize returns to phosphorus (P) in row crop production while reducing downstream contributions to streams and lakes.
  6. Planning for the Successful Transition of Your Agricultural Business

    As the age of farm operators increases, transferring the ownership and management of the family business to the next generation will become one of the most important issues farm families will face.
  7. Where to Have Your Water Tested

    Ohio has about 1 million homes using private wells. Since property owners are responsible for the well water quality, annual water testing for homes with private water supplies is recommended. Many private laboratories in Ohio will analyze water from public and private water supplies. This publication lists laboratories willing to accept water samples from the public for testing.
  8. Tools for Estimating Winter Malting Barley Grain Yield

    Winter malting barley is a relatively new crop that provides farming operations an opportunity to increase crop diversity while reducing environmental impact. Demand for this crop is being driven primarily by an emerging craft brewing market that is expected to increase (Figure 1) (Brewers Association, 2020). Barley is planted in the fall with green-up in the spring.
  9. Short Season Corn vs. Commonly Grown Corn Hybrid Maturities for Planting in Ohio 

    Ultra-early Corn: Advantages and Disadvantages
  10. Equestrian Injury Statistics

    Equestrian sports are enjoyed throughout a lifetime. Many equestrian athletes continue in their sport well beyond when many athletes have given up their high school sports. For example, the oldest U.S. Olympian that competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics was 52-year-old equestrian Phillip Dutton (Delzo, 2016). With older individuals choosing horseback riding as their hobby of choice, some equestrian sports have the reputation of being low-key, low-risk sports. As a result, potential risk and safety considerations can be overlooked.