1. EVENT: Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference

    Feb 20, 2019

    Have you registered for this year's Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference yet? The conference will be held from March 5th to the 6th at the McIntosh Center in Ada, Ohio. Sessions include corn university, soybean school, cover crops, nutrient management, soil and water quality, precision ag, soil health, on-farm research and decisions, conservation planning, and no-till systems. OSU speakers include: 

    Doug Jackson-Smith (Professor, SENR), Caroline Brock (Senior Research Associate) Steve Culman (Asst. Professor, SENR), Will Osterholz (Postdoc, SENR), Doug Doohan (Professor, HCS), Andrea Leiva Soto (PhD student, HCS) Louceline Fleuridor (MS student, HCS) Christine Sprunger (Asst Professor, SENR) Subbu Kumarappan (Assoc Professor, ATI)

    Details on how to register can be found here

    We hope to see you there!

  2. Now hiring!

    Feb 12, 2019

    The Soil fertility Lab is looking for a summer intern interested in agroecology field crop research and soil health to assist with a project investigating the long-term effects of different tillage and crop rotation practices on soil properties and corn, soybean, and hay productivity. The student will synthesize data to answer questions related to a topic of interest chosen by them. In addition, they will be provided field and lab opportunities working with a team of postdocs, grad students, and technicians. A stipend is provided for this position. 

    Full details, including how to apply, can be found here 

  3. Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management in Hops

    Feb 4, 2019

    The Soil Fertilty Lab is looking for hop growers to participate in our new research project. Details on the project, as well as cooperator involvement, can be found here. This is a two-year study that we hope to expand upon with further research after completion. Inputs from growers, as well as our advisory committee consisting of select regional growers, will form future research questions. We look forward to establishing a strong connection with the hop growers of the North Central region and working with you to answer questions and establish best practices in hop soil fertility and nutrient management. 

  4. Congratulations, Phoo Pye Zone!

    Jan 31, 2019

    In December 2018, Phoo Pye Zone successfully defended her Masters of Science from the School of Environment and Natural Resources. Her research focused on evaluating the response of soil test values and fertilizer on corn, soybean, and wheat tissue levels. Phoo plans on publishing this work in both peer-review and factsheets. Congratulations, Phoo!

  5. Soil Balancing Call-in Conversations

    Oct 2, 2018

    Soil management not only impacts crop yields, but also has a huge impact on the environment. For organic farmers, soil balancing has become a widely used method for soil management. Soil balancing is done by managing base cation saturation ratios, which can be an overwhelming concept to understand. As such,  our multidisciplinary team at Ohio State University is offering several opportunities for people to participate in phone-in events designed to provide conversations about the basis and practice of soil balancing. Researchers will be on hand to provide input and answer questions but the main focus will be to hear from callers and learn from their experiences. The phone-in conversations are a three-part series beginning this month. Click on the heading to view more information. 

  6. Evaluation of Adapt-N and FieldView Corn N Fertilizer Tools in Ohio

    Sep 26, 2018

    In a recent article for the C.O.R.N. Newsletter, Steve Culman reviews the evaluation reports from NutrientStar for Adapt-N and FieldView, tools to provide farmers with customized corn nitrogen (N) fertilization rates. The article provides a summary of their findings and also provides additional information on an alternative approach to determine corn N fertilization rates. To view the full article, click here

  7. Considerations for planting winter wheat

    Sep 6, 2018

    For farmers considering the addition of wheat to their crop rotation, it's time to figure out management strategies as soybean harvest is fast approaching. Laura Lindsey, Pierce Paul, Ed Lentz, and the CCA have written an excellent article for the C.O.R.N. newsletter on wheat management. The article provides a link to the Ohio Agronomy Guide on winter wheat management and goes over some key management decisions impacting how successful your wheat crop will be. You can access the article here



  8. Ohio No-till Field Day

    Aug 9, 2018

    Join us for the Ohio No-till Field Day in August! We'll be sharing what we've learned so far from our studies in no-till. Established in 1962, the Triplett Van Doren no-till research plots are the longest running research plots of their nature. Glover Triplett will be on hand to share his experiences working with David Van Doren and their establishment of the plots. The day will include presentations from several other key no-till pioneers, lunch, and a visit to the no-till plots. To get more details on the event, and to find out how to register, click here

  9. Soil Fertility Lab members awarded NCR-SARE grants!

    Jul 27, 2018

    The Soil Fertility Lab is excited to announce that it was awarded two North Central Region SARE grants!

    PhD candidate, Jordon Wade was awarded a graduate student research grant to study how soil health is conceptualized amongst key stakeholders in agricultural soil sciences. Soil health is a widely-discussed topic in production agriculture and policymaking. Although formal definitions have been proposed, few studies have looked at how stakeholders within the agricultural production system conceptualize this topic. This study will work to define mental models amongst farmers, researchers, and NRCS employees in order to improve communication amongst these groups. This project will involve collaboration with SENR graduate student Margaret Beetstra, as well as professors Robyn Wilson and Eric Toman.

    A research grant was awarded to the team of Nicole Hoekstra, Steve Culman, and Brad Bergerfurd for their proposal submission, "Assessing Soil Fertility and Soil Health in Midwest Hop Production". Their study will be on-farm working closely with hop growers and will evaluate their current fertilization regimens for their efficacy in optimizing hop yields and cone quality. This will be a multi-state assessment with an overall goal of developing fertilization recommendations for hop production in the Midwest.

    Congratulations to both research teams for a job well done!   

  10. Soil Health Workshop: What is soil health and how can it be measured?

    Jul 16, 2018

    The Association of Ohio Pedologists will be hosting a soil health workshop on Tuesday, August 7th featuring presentations from members of the Soil Fertility Lab. The workshop will cover soil health concepts, quantitative measurements, and recent developments in soil health measurements. As part of the workshop, participants will visit a soil pit to view the soil profile of a recently completed Rover Energy Pipeline Right-of-Way. We will wrap up the day at the Soil Fertility Lab conducting hands-on demonstrations utilizing these soils. 

    Interested in joining us? Click here for all the details!