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  1. Whole Farm Planning Model

    Planning is one of the most important aspects of managing any business. This is especially true for farms and agribusinesses due to their complexity and the inherent uncertainties (i.e., weather, commodity prices) associated with agriculture. It is essential that farm managers take time to adequately plan for all facets of their business. Farm families are encouraged to adopt a whole farm planning approach as they develop strategies for the future success of their business.
  2. Basic Principles of Pruning Backyard Grapevines

    Growing grapes has been a long tradition in many home gardens. Gardeners truly enjoy the fresh taste of homegrown grapes; however, the work to maintain grapevines can be a challenge. As with other fruit crops, grapevines need weeding, fertilizing, insect and disease control, and proper pruning to assure a bountiful harvest. For more information about homegrown grapes, refer to the OSU Extension fact sheet, Growing Grapes in the Home Fruit Planting at ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/hyg-1423.
  3. Planning for the Successful Transition of Your Agricultural Business

    As the age of farm operators increases, transferring the ownership and management of the family business to the next generation will become one of the most important issues farm families will face.
  4. Interviewing Tips for Judges

    Serving as a 4-H judge is both an honor and a privilege! You have been identified as having valuable expertise in a subject area and an exceptional ability to interact well with youth. Judging is the culminating component of a youth’s Junior Fair project. It is important that you realize the significance of your judging responsibilities, and that you prepare yourself to do the best job possible!
  5. Viral Diseases of Plants

    This is the fifth 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. Plants Get Sick Too!

    This is the first 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. Nematode Diseases of Plants

    This is the eighth 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. Growing Blueberries in the Home Garden

    Blueberries are a very popular fruit in the United States because of their unique flavor, small soft edible seeds, and easy use in preparation (Figure 1). Blueberries can be eaten fresh or used to make jelly, jam, pies, pastries, or juice. Blueberry fruit has many healthful properties. It is low in calories and sodium, contains no cholesterol, and is a source of fiber. A major constituent of the fiber is pectin, renowned for its ability to lower blood cholesterol.
  9. Guidelines for Choosing a Soil Analytical Laboratory

    Growers, landscapers, turf managers, and other professionals should consider several factors when choosing a soil analytical laboratory. This fact sheet refers to laboratories that determine concentrations of plant-available nutrients in the soil. Soil analytical laboratories are generally not regulated by state or federal agencies, so it is important for growers to investigate these laboratories by obtaining information about their performance, operation, and service before sending soil samples for analysis.
  10. Growing Tomatoes in the Home Garden

    The tomato is probably the most widely grown vegetable by the home gardener because of its food value, many uses, and relative ease of culture (Figure 1). Originating in Central and South America, the tomato was domesticated in Mexico. There are many related wild species in South America. "Tomati" was the name used by Native Americans.

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