Research Projects

Crimping Cover Crops

“The advantages of crimpers are they kill cover crops mechanically, suppress weeds by forming a mulch, decrease hot summer soil temperatures, conserve soil moisture, decreases soil erosion,  and add organic matter.” – James Hoorman, Hoorman Soil Health Services

Soil Inoculants

“Generally, once farmers get the right soil conditions, soil bio-inoculants are only needed for 1-3 years because they reproduce quite rapidly.” – James Hoorman, Hoorman Soil Health Services

Sprayer Calibration: The why and how.

“The primary goal with calibration is to determine the actual rate of application in gallons per acre, then to make adjustments if the difference between the actual rate and the intended rate is greater or less than 5% of the intended rate. This is a recommended guideline by USEPA and USDA.” – Erdal Ozkan, OSU Extension State Specialist, Sprayer Technology

Finding product synergies in a systems approach

“Every product offered presents some value and has a fit somewhere. I like to try new things that I think will improve my specific crop production system, and to look for other complimentary products I can include to create synergies.” – John Buck, New Bloomington

Controlling Slugs

“Trap crops are not as effective in soybeans. Slugs like cereal rye, winter peas, rape, and soybeans but seem to dislike crimson clover, sunflower, chicory.” – James Hoorman, Hoorman Soil Health Services

Using P removal structures to treat tile drainage water

By Dusty Sonnenberg, CCA, Ohio Field Leader: a project of the Ohio Soybean Council and soybean checkoff Legacy phosphorus has been a buzzword among farmers …

The Blanchard River Watershed Network conducts in-field research and serves as a conservation resource for farmers in Ohio

Funding and Phosphorus Reduction

The USEPA is working to develop alternative approaches to achieving nutrient reduction without regulation.

Soybean fields are home to a surprising number of pollinators.

Pollinators and Honey Bees

“Most often pollinators are active in the middle of the day, so earlier in the morning or later in the evening are more friendly times to apply chemicals and reduce the risk to the pollinator insects.” – Dr. Curtis Young, OSU Extension

Lake Erie shoreline in Ohio.

Phosphorus progress in Ohio

“Decreasing long-term STP trends and P balance is good news for Ohio farmers and all Ohioans interested in improving Ohio surface water quality. These results suggest that Ohio farmers are taking steps to manage P inputs and STP. Continued success will result in reduced P runoff and move Ohio closer to achieving water quality targets.” – Libby Dayton, OSU Extension

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