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first_img SHARE Cover Crops Can Improve Soil Health, Water Quality and Yields, Previous articleClosing CommentsNext articleFarm Donates $5 Million to Purdue Animal Science Gary Truitt SHARE Facebook Twitter Farmers who add cover crops to their fields not only can help improve Ohio’s water quality, they can also cut input costs and improve their soil’s health. Growers who plant cover crops – including oilseed radish, cereal rye, Austrian winter pea and crimson clover – can also expect to reduce soil erosion and cut down on nutrient losses, according to Jim Hoorman, a soil expert with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.Hoorman, an Ohio State University Extension educator and an assistant professor studying cover crops and water quality issues, will offer a workshop for both growers who want get started planting cover crops and those who want to expand their knowledge of the benefits of cover crops. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college. Hoorman will hold the workshop, “Using Cover Crops to Improve Soil Health,” at several sites, beginning with Ottawa on Jan. 7, 2015.The workshop discussion will also focus on how the use of cover crops can have a positive impact on improving the state’s watersheds, he said.Experts say phosphorus runoff from farmland is a cause of the harmful algal blooms plaguing Lake Erie and other lakes. In August, toxins from a bloom in western Lake Erie led to a two-day drinking water ban in Toledo.“The use of cover crops and ECO farming (ecological farming) is growing in popularity among farmers because of its success in improving soil structure, decreasing soil and nutrient losses, and eventually leading to higher yields,” Hoorman said. “ECO farming includes using long-term, no-till, continuous living cover and other best management practices as an economically viable, ecologically sound and environmentally sustainable growing practice.”Ecological concepts help to make farming more efficient, he said. “Farmers wanting to keep nutrients out of surface water, including Lake Erie, Grand Lake St. Marys and Buckeye Lake, will find that cover crops is one way to do that,” Hoorman said. “Their use can counter extreme weather events and store soil moisture while improving water quality.”The workshop will offer growers an advanced, marathon session on cover crops with the opportunity to work hands-on with soils and seeds and learn about specific cover crops, such as the fact that legume cover crops protect the soil from erosion but also produce nitrogen for crop production, he said.“Cover crops and no-till worked together in a crop rotation to feed the soil microbes, which more efficiently utilize and retain soil nutrients,” Hoorman said. “Soil microbes are like soluble bags of fertilizer, so keeping the soil microbes healthy improves plant production.”Topics for the daylong workshop include:* ECO farming: Ecological farming practices* Soil ecology and nutrient recycling* Using cover crops to adapt to extreme weather* Biology of soil compaction* Soil demonstrations* Economics of cover crops* Using the cover crop selector tool* Raising homegrown nitrogen* Using grasses and brassica in your crop rotation* Open discussion: Using cover crops in a crop rotation* Keeping phosphorus in the soil profile using ECO farmingThe registration cost for each workshop is $25 and includes lunch, handouts, fact sheets and a new Midwest Cover Crop Field Guide. Times and locations are:* Jan. 7 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Putnam County OSU Extension Office, 1206 East Second St., in Ottawa. To register, call 419-523-6294 or [email protected]* Feb. 4 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Knox County Extension Office, 1025 Harcourt Road, in Mt. Vernon. To register, call 740-397-0401 or email [email protected]* Feb. 11 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Willams County Soil and Water Conservation District Office, 1120 W. High St., in Bryan. To register, call 419-636-5608 or [email protected]* Mar. 19 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the location to be announced. To register, call 937-224-9654 or email [email protected]* Mar. 24 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Paulding County Fairgrounds, 503 Fairground Drive, in Paulding. To register, call 419-399-8225 or email [email protected] By Gary Truitt – Dec 9, 2014 Home Indiana Agriculture News Cover Crops Can Improve Soil Health, Water Quality and Yields, Facebook Twitterlast_img read more


first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (10-6, 2-1 Atlantic Coast) is looking to pick up its third straight ACC win on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at No. 21 Virginia Tech (12-3, 1-2). The Orange has won its last two games handily by a combined 26 points over two legitimate opponents in Miami and Pittsburgh. Now, SU hits the road in search of its first win outside of the Carrier Dome this season.Here’s what you need to know ahead of Syracuse’s matchup with the Hokies.All-time series: 8-2, Syracuse leadsLast time they played: The Orange trailed by seven with just under two and a half minutes in regulation when the two teams squared off in their only matchup last season on Feb. 2, 2016. SU came thundering back to force overtime and eventually win, 68-60. Down the stretch of the second half, Syracuse forced three missed shot attempts while converting on two crucial 3-pointers by Malachi Richardson and Michael Gbinije. The Orange outscored VT 12-4 in overtime as Gbinije (17 points), Richardson (13 points) and Tyler Roberson (12 points, 15 rebounds) led the way.“Really that’s as good of a comeback as you’re going to see,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on January 9, 2017 at 10:53 am Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschwedscenter_img Virginia Tech report: The Hokies enter the matchup against Syracuse on a season-worst two-game losing streak. After opening ACC play with an attention-grabbing 89-75 upset of Duke, they lost to North Carolina State and Florida State in the past week by a combined 41 points. However, both those games were on the road and Virginia Tech has yet to lose at Cassell Coliseum.Virginia Tech doesn’t pop out statistically, but head coach Buzz Williams’ squad is well-rounded. Five players average more than 10 points and averages 83.3 points per game. Still, that ranks only fifth in the ACC in scoring offense. The Hokies’ effective field-goal percentage of 56.2 ranks 17th nationally, per Kenpom.com. Leading scorers Zach LeDay (16.3) and Ahmed Hill (15.3) combine to average 31.6 points, but SU needs to be concerned with VT’s team offense as a whole.How Syracuse beats Virginia Tech: The most impressive part about Syracuse’s past two games — two solid ACC wins — has been its defensive turnaround. The Orange had given up more than 90 points in two of its three games prior to beating Miami and Pittsburgh. SU must continue stepping up on the defensive end in order to beat the Hokies, who can lean on an array of players to score. Against Pitt, Syracuse closed off the high post and entry passes to Jamel Artis. Against Miami, the Orange packed in its defense and forced the Hurricanes to go 10-of-28 from inside the arc while holding all but one player to single-digit point totals. The Hokies present a different challenge without having any elite scorers, but a variety to go to.Stat to know: 5 — Virginia Tech is one of just three schools in the ACC with five players averaging double-digit points per game.Player to watch: Zach LeDay, forward, No. 32LeDay averages 16.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. He’s also shooting 55.2 percent on 2-point field goals. While the Hokies have other players who can beat Syracuse’s defense, Virginia Tech feeds LeDay often. He’s only scored in single digits once, and that was an eight-point performance against Texas A&M in VT’s first loss of the year. He draws 6.4 fouls per 40 minutes, which ranks 86th in the country per Kenpom, and if he’s effective doing that again, the Orange may be forced to play more than just five players for a majority of the game just as it has in its past two wins. Commentslast_img read more

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