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  1. Lichens

    What are lichens?
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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). 
  9. Making Jerky

    Jerky is a very versatile product. It can be made from a wide range of meats using various combinations of spices and seasonings to achieve the desired flavor. For thousands of years, civilizations have been drying meat as a way to preserve large animals that could not be consumed at one time. When jerky is made safely, it is nutrient dense, shelf stable and light weight. Specifically, jerky is meat that has been preserved by dehydrating, or removing moisture, at a low temperature for a long time. Once dried, a pound of meat is typically reduced to about 4 ounces.
  10. Pruning Backyard Grapevines in the First Three Years

    Grape gardeners often become confused as to what should be pruned off and when. Proper pruning will help maintain a grapevine’s potential of producing a good quality fruit crop, develop good vine structure, increase sunlight exposure into the canopy, promote the development of next year’s fruiting wood, and potentially reduce disease and insect pressure. The key to good pruning is learning how to select good quality fruiting wood to leave for cropping. 

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