With demand for their research grants growing every year, OFRF is modifying its grant funding process to include a Letter of Intent prior to the submission of a full proposal. [Read more…]
by Heidi Lindberg, MSU Extension greenhouse and nursery educator
Topdressing container nursery plants for liverwort control Rice hulls can be an effective tool to suppress liverwort and weed seed germination in container nursery production. [Read more…]
The more we learn about impatiens downy mildew (IDM), the more intriguing and cunning this disease seems. It came to light in 2004 after widespread infections were reported in several states throughout the U.S. but then receded from the spotlight for several years. [Read more…]
When the economy gets rough, savvy business owners figure out ways to keep going. Jim Gehlsen was a masonry contractor for more than 30 years, but when the economy tanked in 2008, he had some decisions to make. “I hung in,” he said, “but it got worse and worse. I thought, I have the farm and it’s a tight economy, so I’ll grow food and sell it for less than it would cost at the supermarket.” But food wasn’t the first crop Jim grew. [Read more…]
WASHINGTON, DC and COLUMBUS, OH—April 6, 2015—The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) is pleased to announce it is accepting scholarship applications for the 2015-2016 school year.
You may not have heard much about it lately but . . . Keep an eye out for symptoms of Phytophthora ramorum, which causes the devastating disease Sudden Oak Death (SOD).
P. ramorum is not endemic to the Northeast but parts of NYS are considered to be at moderate to high risk for this disease. The most likely source would be infected nursery stock imported into the state. Do you know if the source of your plants has been evaluated for P. ramorum? Ask!
As interest in growing hops in Ohio increases among potential hops growers as well as brewery industry insiders, a workshop on how to get into the hops business will be held Aug. 14, designed for both beginning and experienced growers.
The Hops Production Twilight Tour will feature detailed information on the ins and outs of hops production, including trellis construction, drip irrigation and how to evaluate which variety of hops growers are interested in producing, said Charissa McGlothin, program assistant with the Ohio State University South Centers at Piketon. [Read more…]
OLYMPIA —The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) is now accepting proposals for innovative projects to support the state’s fruit, vegetable and nursery industry through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Proposals are due to WSDA by 5 p.m. Feb. 28.
by William McNutt
World food supplies have been improving for nearly 50 years, bringing better nutrition to formerly impoverished areas. The so-called Green Revolution with its better seed and cultural practices, has replaced food shortages by nearly half in the past 50 years, while also improving the health of former food short areas. But this has also helped cause world population expansion, now expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, when we could once more find some third world countries in food crisis mode. Ohio Food Dialogues, cosponsored by Ohio Farm Bureau, Ohio Soybean Council, and U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance hosted a conference on this upcoming need in the U.S. and the world, with particular emphasis on biotechnology and sustainability. If expanded effort to meet future food needs is to be carried out successfully without harm to the soil, both will have to be considered, according to Dialogue resource speakers. [Read more…]