Research Projects

Adapting to Extreme Weather

“Growing winter cover crops with evapotranspiration may dry the soil quicker.” – James Hoorman, Hoorman Soil Health Services

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

Fertilizer applied years ago still affects Lake Erie

“There’s also a substantial amount of phosphorus leaving fields that was applied years before. It will take time and patience to achieve the reductions in phosphorus that we need to reduce the severity of the annual algal bloom.” – Laura Johnson, National Center or Water Quality Research, Heidelberg University

A Million Dollar Response – H2Ohio Meetings

“This is a tremendous outpouring of farmers and the farming community who believe with all their hearts in the power of voluntary conservation efforts.” – Dorothy Pelanda, Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture

Compaction: Where the rubber meets the road

“Over time as equipment has gotten larger, the load on each wheel has increased.” – Dr. Ian McDonald, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture

Soil compaction, choices and patience

“Soil compaction is a management decision. It is about the choices we make and how much patience we have.” – Dr. Ian McDonald, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture

When Weeds Talk

“Each plant is an indicator of the conditions that exist in that field and indicates why some agronomic crops growth may suffer.  Weeds give us a clue to what factors are either limiting or in excess.” – Jim Hoorman, Hoorman Soil Health Services

The Ohio Agriculture Conservation Initiative and Ohio Agriculture Conservation Council

“There are a lot of farmers out there doing the right things, we just have not had a good way to measure or quantify those or to be able to communicate that to the general public.” – Dr. Scott Shearer, The Ohio State University

Determining P load in Ohio’s rivers

“Agriculture is often cited as the entire cause of the non-point source of phosphorus in Ohio’s rivers, however that is not entirely true.” – Elizabeth Toot-Levy, Geosyntec Consultants.

Tillage for the control of weeds, insects and disease

“Shallow tillage often just redistributes weed seed in the top few inches.” – Mark Loux, OSU Extension Weed Specialist

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