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  1. Chestnut Anthracnose

    Oct 27, 2022

    Chestnut anthracnose is a disease of culinary chestnut that is found in orchards throughout the eastern United States. The disease, caused by the fungus Colletotrichum henanense, has progressively become a major economic detriment to chestnut producers. Anthracnose lesions render the nuts unsaleable. If nuts with anthracnose symptoms are not culled, they exhibit increased post-harvest molds in cold storage compared to healthy nuts.
  2. Developing Phosphorus and Potassium Recommendations for Field Crops

    Oct 18, 2022

    Land-grant university fertilizer recommendations are determined using field studies to correlate soil test levels to crop yield response.
  3. Healthy Cooking for One or Two

    Oct 17, 2022

    One does not have to be a lonely number! Whether you are a senior citizen, college student, bachelor, or bachelorette, cooking for one or two can be easy and fun. Although finding the motivation to cook for yourself can sometimes be difficult, it is well worth it. According to Public Health Nutrition Journal, researchers found that frequent cooking at home leads to consuming fewer calories both at home and when eating out when compared to those who seldom cooked (Wolfson and Bleich 2015).
  4. Shiitake Mushroom Production: Fruiting, Harvesting, and Storage

    Oct 13, 2022

    Producing shiitake mushrooms can be broken down into three specific and straightforward phases: fruiting, harvesting, and storage. This fact sheet provides insights into these three phases, providing strategies for improving your shiitake mushroom production activities.
  5. Shiitake Mushroom Production: Logs and Laying Yards

    Oct 13, 2022

    There are many factors that need to be considered when selecting logs and creating a laying yard for growing shiitake mushrooms. This fact sheet provides helpful instructions and insights into the best locations, stacking methods, moisture content, and more. Following log inoculation, the spawn run begins. This is essentially the incubation period until the fungus begins to fruit. This can take anywhere from six months to two years depending on a number of factors:
  6. Shiitake Mushroom Production: Inoculating Logs with Spawn

    Oct 13, 2022

    In nature, the shiitake fungus propagates and spreads from spores produced on the gills of the mushroom. While propagating mushrooms from spores is possible, spore germination may produce unpredictable strains. A technique more often used is propagation through spawn.
  7. Forestry Terms for Ohio Forest Landowners

    Oct 11, 2022

    Private forest landowners own 85% of Ohio’s forestland. Because of this, these landowners control the future of Ohio’s forests and those forests’ contributions to not only the Ohio economy, but also wildlife habitat, water quality, and recreation.
  8. Promising Practices and Benefits of 4-H Members Saying Thank You

    Oct 6, 2022

    Saying “thank you” and showing gratitude are valuable skills to master for both youth and adults. These life skills need to be practiced and developed over time. While this document focuses on 4-H members, the concepts can be used in any situation. A written and verbal thank you should be given any time you receive a gift, donation, or help—such as a letter of recommendation or assistance with your 4-H project (Rivetto 2013).
  9. Ambrosia Coloration in Maple Trees

    Aug 31, 2022

    Maple trees are naturally found across Ohio. Their vibrant fall colors and fast growth rates make them popular in urban areas. In forests, they provide important products such as lumber and syrup, along with wildlife habitat, water quality, and aesthetics. Maple trees, however, can be attacked by beetles, tapped for maple syrup, or otherwise injured.
  10. Soil Quality Test Kit

    Mar 10, 2008

    There is a need for farmers and growers to be able to evaluate soil quality in the field to help guide sustainability of agricultural management practices. Since soil organic matter (SOM) is the most widely acknowledged core indicator of soil quality, temporal changes in small but relatively active fractions of SOM may provide an early indication of soils' functional capability in response to management practices.