Recent Updates

  1. Pollinator Quick Guide: What You Can Do to Help Honey Bees

    Threats to Honey Bees     Honey bee dusted with pollen. Photo by Karina Weatherby.
  2. Pollinator Quick Guide: What You Can Do to Help Monarchs

    The monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is one of the most easily recognizable native butterflies in the United States. While the orange and black garden visitor used to be a common sight across Ohio from summer through early fall, visits are increasingly uncommon. Experts estimate that monarch populations have declined 90 percent in the last 20 years. This Quick Guide describes steps gardeners and others can take to help this struggling species.
  3. Lichens

    What are lichens?
  4. Parasitic Higher Plants

    This is the ninth fact sheet in a series of ten designed to provide an overview of key concepts in plant pathology. Plant pathology is the study of plant disease including the reasons why plants get sick and how to control or manage healthy plants. Some higher plant forms live on the surface of or parasitize other plants and often cause harmful reactions in their hosts. These plants can be placed in three groups: the epiphytes, the hemiparasites, and the true parasites.
  5. Maps, Apps and Mobile Media Marketing

    How the world communicates is changing (Cornelisse et al. 2011). Currently, 94 percent of smartphone users conduct business on their phones, and 87 percent use a search engine at least once a day (Jarski 2015). Most Americans are now spending three hours more on their devices compared to watching television. (Blumenthal 2015). Emerging trends in social, mobile and location-based marketing present unique opportunities and risks for farmers and other food businesses.
  6. Fungal and Fungal-like Diseases of Plants

    This is the seventh fact sheet in a series of ten designed to provide an overview of key concepts in plant pathology. Plant pathology is the study of plant disease including the reasons why plants get sick and how to control or manage healthy plants.
  7. Bacterial Diseases of Plants

    This is the sixth fact sheet in a series of ten designed to provide an overview of key concepts in plant pathology. Plant pathology is the study of plant disease including the reasons why plants get sick and how to control or manage healthy plants.
  8. Keeping Plants Healthy

    This is the fourth fact sheet in a series of ten designed to provide an overview of key concepts in plant pathology. Plant pathology is the study of plant disease including the reasons why plants get sick and how to control or manage healthy plants.
  9. Rhizoctonia Damping-off and Root Rot of Soybeans

    Rhizoctonia damping-off and root rot is caused by the soilborne fungus Rhizoctonia solani, which is present in all Ohio soils. Rhizoctonia damping-off and root rot of soybeans can cause early season stand losses as well as premature yellowing in soybeans. Infections for the root rot phase can occur at any time during the growing season but generally causes less damage than the seedling damping-off phase.
  10. Ohio Data that Shaped the Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations

    The Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations for Corn, Soybeans, Wheat and Alfalfa has served as a cornerstone for field crop soil fertility between Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. These recommendations were developed from decades of agronomic field trials across the three states. Although it was a collective scientific work, the extensive data that went into these recommendations were not systematically compiled and shared with the public. This fact sheet reports the field trial data from Ohio that helped shaped the Tri-State Recommendations for phosphorus (P) and potassium (K). 

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