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  1. Using a waterslide to introduce STEM to younger youth

    According to the National 4-H Council’s STEM Research website, 60 percent of youth who participate in 4-H STEM programs express a strong interest in a career in a science-related field. Given the need for an increased scientific employee base, this is promising news.  
  2. Remote Sensing in Precision Agriculture

    Disclaimer – The information presented here is intended for practitioners interested in utilizing remote sensed imagery within analytical processes for field planning, development of recommendations and farm management where spatial and temporal quality are important.
  3. Preserving Water for Emergency Use

    In times of natural disasters, floods and unexpected water outages, having a safe water supply for your family is crucial. Storage needs should be estimated at 1 gallon of water per person, per day. A normally active person needs to drink at least 2 quarts of water per day (more in warmer climates). Additional clean water is needed for food preparation. If you have been warned ahead of time, fill large pots and pans, sinks and bathtubs with water.
  4. Western Ohio Cropland Values and Cash Rents 2015-16

    Ohio cropland values and cash rental rates are projected to decrease in 2016. According to the Ohio Cropland Values and Cash Rents Survey, bare cropland values in western Ohio are expected to decrease from 4.8 to 11.1 percent in 2016 depending on the region and land class. Cash rents are expected to decline from 5.6 percent to 7.6 percent depending on the region and land class.
  5. Western Ohio Cropland Values and Cash Rents 2014-15

    Ohio cropland values and cash rental rates are projected to decrease in 2015. According to the Ohio Cropland Values and Cash Rents Survey, bare cropland values in western Ohio are expected to decrease from 5.2 to 11.9 percent in 2015 depending on the region and land class. Cash rents are expected to decrease from 6.2 to 8.5 percent depending on the region and land class.  
  6. Leading Recreation at a 4-H Community Club Meeting

    The typical 4-H community club meeting incorporates fun and learning in various forms like the business meeting, demonstrations, and project bookwork.  Some clubs compliment these regular meetings with special gatherings for community service, fundraising, and site visits.  With so many elements to complete in short meeting timeframes, recreation is frequently forgotten.
  7. Scoring Cows Can Improve Profits

    Scoring cows on the basis of body condition can be an effective management tool for enhancing reproductive performance within the cow herd. The critical period during the reproductive calendar for body condition is at calving. Problems associated with body condition can surface in several ways: 
  8. Effects of Flooding and Ponding on Corn

    The extent to which flooding injures corn is determined by several factors including plant stage of development when flooding occurs, the duration of flooding and air/soil temperatures. Prior to the 6-leaf stage (when the growing point is near or at the soil surface), corn can survive only 2 to 4 days of flooded conditions. Once corn has reached the silking stage shallow depths of flooding will not cause any noticeable amounts of damage. If temperatures are warm during flooding (greater than 77 degrees Fahrenheit) plants may not survive 24 hours. Cooler temperatures prolong survival.
  9. Growing Degree Days as a Method of Rating the Maturity of Corn Hybrids

    Because of differences in the growing season for corn across Ohio, producers need a method of accurately rating the maturity of their crops to assure maximum yield and quality with low moisture at harvest.
  10. Building Self-Esteem in Youth

    A child’s self-esteem may be thought of as a collection of pictures he/she carries with them that reflects how they feel about themselves (ParentLink, 2007). These pictures of successes and failures are developed throughout a child’s life as a result of their interactions with the world. They also serve as a measure of one’s self-worth. Self-awareness then emerges in adolescence (Brinthaupt & Lipka, 2002) and youth begin to see themselves as actors in a play as they interact with their environments. How they “perform” in the world is a result, in part, of their developing self-esteem.

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