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  1. Selecting, Storing, and Serving Ohio Blueberries, Blackberries, and Raspberries

    Jul 9, 2021

    One of the highlights of summer is enjoying the bounty of luscious Ohio berries. July is the peak month for blackberries and raspberries. Blueberries are in season from mid-July through mid-September.  For information on berry varieties in Ohio, contact your county educator in agriculture and natural resources at Ohio State University Extension, or a master gardener volunteer.
  2. Selecting, Storing, and Serving Ohio Asparagus

    Jul 8, 2021

    Asparagus has been cultivated for more than 2,000 years. It is a member of the lily family, which also includes onions, garlic, and leeks. While asparagus typically is known for its bright green coloring, it may also be white or purple. White asparagus is grown in the dark and has the same flavor as green asparagus. Purple asparagus tends to have a fruity flavor. Asparagus is in season from April through June.
  3. Selecting, Storing, and Serving Ohio Apples

    Jul 9, 2021

    Summer and fall are perfect times to try the many varieties of Ohio apples. Ohio is one of the top 10 states in apple production in the United States. It produces around 50 different varieties, including Ohio originals. Each of the Ohio apple varieties possesses its own appearance, flavor, and texture characteristics. For best results, select the apple variety according to its intended use.
  4. Forage as Vegetative Cover for Utility-Scale Solar in Ohio

    Jun 24, 2021

    The Midwest has seen an increase in photovoltaic (PV) solar energy production over the past several years. Nowhere is this more evident than in Ohio. Traditional ground cover options for utility-scale solar projects includes stone, gravel, bare earth, and various types of turfgrass vegetation. However, as the buildout of utility-scale solar projects increases, many are exploring the feasibility of dual land-use strategies that incorporate agricultural and conservation practices with solar production.
  5. Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

    Jun 23, 2021

    The brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys, is a pest that was accidentally introduced into the United States from its native range in Japan, Korea, and China. The word ‘marmorated’ refers to its marble-like coloration (Figure 1). The brown marmorated stink bug feeds on fruits, seeds, stems, and leaves of a wide range of plants. It is also a nuisance pest that invades buildings in the autumn. 
  6. Iron in Drinking Water

    May 21, 2021

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

    May 6, 2021

    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.
  8. Sour Rot Disorder of Grape

    Apr 13, 2021

    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. 
  9. Nutrient Removal for Field Crops in Ohio

    Apr 13, 2021

    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.
  10. Phosphorus Nutrient Management for Yield and Reduced P Loss at Edge of Field

    Sep 12, 2019

    Eight steps to maximize returns to phosphorus (P) in row crop production while reducing downstream contributions to streams and lakes.