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

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

Ohio State Report Evaluates Options for Reducing Lake Erie’s Harmful Algal Blooms

“There’s a lot of edge-of-field work going on that identifies successful practices in single fields. But when we scale up and ask how many of those practices need to be adopted over a wide area like the Maumee River watershed, that’s where we turn to our models.” – Jay Martin

To till or not to till

“Cover crops have been effective at restoring the soil over time.” – Jim Hoorman, Hoorman Soil Health Services

Use Caution Choosing Cover Crops for SCN-Infested Fields

There are plenty of agronomic incentives to plant cover crops this fall. But for fields infested with soybean cyst nematode (SCN) there’s one watch-out: Don’t …

Lake Erie shoreline in Ohio.

Unplanted acres and unanswered questions about Lake Erie’s algal bloom

“Our prediction was that 24% less phosphorus would be entering the lake (due to less fertilizer being applied) this year.” -Chris Winslow, director for Ohio Sea Grant and Ohio State’s Stone Laboratory.

The Worst Planting Season Has Lasting Ripple Effects

By Dusty Sonnenberg, Field Leader In what would normally be a productive and exciting time of year on the Hesterman farm in Henry County, mid- …

Repairing the Soil After a Record-Setting 2019

By Dusty Sonnenberg, Field Leader It is no secret that 2019 will go down in the history books as one of the most challenging years …

High Lake Erie Water Levels Creating Unique Challenges for Farmers

By Dusty Sonnenberg, Field Leader Reaching the “high water mark” in someone’s career is something most folks love to talk about, but for Mike Gonya …

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