OSU is Using WHAT to Grow Corn?!

Some may have noticed an unusual sight on campus at OSU this July and it, indeed, was knee-high by the forth of July. If you aren’t familiar with this colloquialism it is about corn.
A small crop of corn is growing on campus aided by soil with Com-Til; this is a compost material that uses residual biosolids from Columbus’ wastewater plants.

While it sounds a little gross, the Com-Til project is part of a long history of human’s using their own waste as an agricultural resource and is exploring what that might look like in the future. Com-Til is used all over the city to grow a variety of plants.

This is just one example of how biosolids (a nice, clean term for stuff most of us would rather not ponder) can become a resource for crop production, which in an era of rapidly increasing population and rapidly decreasing resources is a concern.

The project aims to understand what the problems and benefits of using biosolids for crop production. The project is collecting all kinds of data including the perspective of professionals and farmers in using biosolids. This will aid in one of the main goals, changing public perception of the use of such waster materials.

Bangladesh’s Agriculture in Danger

Rising ocean levels driven by environmental change make for salty soil, and that is probably going to compel around 200,000 beach front ranchers in Bangladesh inland as icy masses soften into the world’s seas.

Flooding with salt water is as of now pushing ranchers in Bangladesh to move from developing rice to raising shrimp and other fish, however not every single beach front inhabitant will have the capacity to remain put and keep up their rural occupations.

The specialists found that the cultivating potential lost with expanded soil saltiness is and will be an extensive driver of movement. The scientists evaluated that a homestead would be required to lose 21 percent of its harvest income every year when looked with moderate salt defilement.

pulled together an assortment of financial, populace, geographic and environmental change information to make models that enabled them to gauge populace shifts dependent on rising water infringing on seaside farmland and ensuing increments in soil saltiness. Salty soil hinders development of rice.

The investigation shows up in the diary Nature Climate Change.

OSU Receives Grant for “Living Laboratory”

A $5 million gift will extend the outreach arm of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

The gift creates the Franklin County Extension Building Capital Fund, which will be used for construction and maintenance of new Franklin County Extension offices and learning spaces on Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory. Waterman consists of 261 acres of farmland located northwest of West Lane Avenue and Kenny Road.

Waterman is designated for a major renovation into a research, learning and outreach hub. Bringing Franklin County Extension to Waterman will put cutting-edge research at the extension office’s front door. The new office will engage the community in demonstration gardens, large urban farm enterprises, nutrition kitchens and day camps. Pending approval from the Board of Trustees, construction will begin in 2017.

The donation comes from a longtime Ohio State supporter who wishes to remain anonymous.
Currently, the Waterman site houses dairy cows in a fully operational milking facility, as well as numerous faculty and student projects.

OSU Extension provides research-based education programming and has offices in all 88 Ohio counties. The state office will remain at the Agricultural Administration Building on Fyffe Road.

OSU Gets Back to its Roots

As many know the Ohio State University began life as an agricultural and mechanical college when it was founded. Each year the College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences sponsors the the Farm Science Review which is held at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio.

The Farm Science review prides itself on having the best and newest agricultural innovations, equipment and technology on display as well as world-class educational programming.

Each year the Farm Science Review – known as “Ohio’s premiere agricultural event” – draws well over one hundred thousand farmers, growers, producers and agricultural enthusiasts from across the United States and Canada. The show features as many as 4,000 product lines from about 620 commercial exhibitors. The event also features educational workshops, presentations and demos headed by experts from the Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, which are the out reach arms of the college.