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  1. Hydroponic Nutrient Solution for Optimized Greenhouse Tomato Production

    Utilizing an appropriate nutrient solution is one of the most important components of establishing and maintaining a hydroponic greenhouse tomato crop. In hydroponic production, all of the essential nutrients (Table 1) must be provided to the plant in solution form as the substrates typically used for tomato production have no nutritional component as would soil in field production. This fact sheet will provide a guideline to formulate nutrient solutions for successful hydroponic tomato production under a controlled environment.
  2. The Basics of a Farm Balance Sheet

    The farm balance sheet is one of three financial statements that provide critical information about a farm business. Completing an annual balance sheet, income statement, and statement of cash flows is critical to helping farm businesses understand their financial health. The balance sheet provides a picture of your farm’s financial position on a specified date. The picture is painted by describing all of the assets owned by the business and listing all of the liabilities or financial obligations to others. The balance sheet is also known as the net worth statement.
  3. Fundamentals of energy analysis for crop production agriculture

  4. Western Ohio Cropland Values and Cash Rents 2017-18

    Ohio cropland values and cash rental rates are projected to decrease in 2018. According to the Western Ohio Cropland Values and Cash Rents Survey, bare cropland values in western Ohio are expected to decrease from 1.7 to 3.6 percent in 2018 depending on the region and land class. Cash rents are expected to decline from 1.2 percent to 3.0 percent depending on the region and land class.
  5. Beech Bark Disease

    Beech bark disease (BBD) is a devastating disease of American beech (Fagus grandifolia Ehrl.) caused by a combination of damage to the bark and vascular tissue by the beech scale insect (Cryptococcus fagisuga), followed by infection with several fungal species (Neonectria faginata, Neonectria ditissima, and Bionectria ochroleuca). Beech scale was introduced into Nova Scotia from Europe in the 1890s and has been slowly progressing through the range of American beech since then (Figure 1).
  6. Selecting Hydrangeas for the Home Landscape

    Hydrangeas are relatively easy to grow with a variety of flower colors and sizes. The popularity of hydrangeas has grown tremendously during recent years. As a group, they can bloom from May through fall and have features that garner interest into early winter. Their name, hydrangea, comes from the Greek words “hydor” meaning water, referring to the plant’s preference for moisture, and “aggeion” meaning vessel, referring to the shape of the seed capsule (Oregon State University, 2015). Below are pictures of common hydrangeas grown in Ohio.
  7. Growing Onions in the Garden

    Onions are adaptable with long- and intermediate-day onions growing well in Ohio. Photo by Tim Malinich, OSU Extension.
  8. Opportunities for Sub-surface Nutrient Placement in Ohio

    The ability to place fertilizer and other soil amendments below the soil surface can be a powerful tool for producers in the Ohio area. Equipment that performs this function can vary in horsepower requirements, fertilizer placement capabilities, and may not always be best suited for the desired application. It is unclear in some cases the capabilities and suitability of these machines for farmers in Ohio. Below are a few considerations of the benefits and types of equipment available on the market today.
  9. Making and Preserving BBQ and Hot Sauces

    To make barbecue (BBQ) or hot sauces, tomatoes are combined with spices, vinegar, and various other ingredients and blended until smooth. The mixture is simmered to reduce the volume and thicken the product. BBQ and hot sauces can be used as marinades to prepare raw meat, poultry, seafood, and even vegetables for cooking. They can also be added to cooked foods, casseroles, and slow cooker recipes, and used as dips or condiments.
  10. Economic Implications of Anaerobic Digestion for Bioenergy Production and Waste Management

    Anaerobic digestion (AD) is a biochemical process that uses microorganisms to degrade organic materials. AD is a mature technology used for decades as a waste stabilization and/or bioenergy production process. AD transforms organic matter into biogas and a nutrient-rich effluent or “digestate.” Biogas is a mixture of gases, mainly methane (CH4) and carbon dioxide (CO2), which can be either burned directly for heat and power generation, or upgraded to be used as a transportation fuel.