Research Projects

Western Lake Erie Harmful Algal Bloom Early Season Projection

If precipitation for the rest of the spring matches the early season forecast of near or below average rainfall, a smaller bloom, similar to 2020 (<3), is likely.

Ohio Agriculture Conservation Initiative Assessment Survey Report reveals conservation progress

“Our assessment survey shows us that farmers in the Lower Maumee Watershed are taking conservation practices and their stewardship of the land seriously,” said Kris Swartz, farmer and Chair, Ohio Agriculture Conservation Initiative.

H2Ohio producers eligible for next phase of program incentives

Producers must have an approved VNMP on file with their local Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) to be eligible to sign up for more practices.

Conservation Tillage Conference 2022

“The two-day event is designed to provide opportunities “for farmers and crop consultants to learn about the latest technology and practices for conserving soil and improving water quality and how that can boost their financial bottom line while conserving their soils.”- Randall Reeder

Lake Erie shoreline in Ohio.

$1 Billion Investment in Great Lakes Clean-up

The Great Lakes Areas of Concern where work is expected to be completed by 2030 include four rivers in Ohio including the Ashtabula River, Black River, Cuyahoga River, and Maumee River.

Building Soil Carbon

Understanding the carbon cycle is the first step to effectively building soil organic matter.

Reduced Roundup (Glyphosate) Availability

Weeds become resistant when repeated spray applications occur, allowing rare genes to be passed on to the plants that survive.

Tips for Reducing Fertilizer Costs

When fertilizer soil tests are less than optimum, start by correcting your pH with lime first then address P and K fertilizer needs.

Drainage water management and winter cover crops

The majority of the farmers we talked to slightly adjust their management when utilizing controlled drainage with winter crops.

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