Come to the Farm Science Review. Visitors can talk one-on-one with agronomists about everything from weed control to cover crops.
The Review, Sept. 20-22, is a three-day trade show for everything agricultural. It features field demonstrations, more than 630 exhibitors, and 180 educational presentations.
It also features Ohio State University Extension’s Agronomic Crops Team, who will meet with Review visitors, provide demonstrations and make presentations. Extension is the outreach arm of The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, which is the sponsor of the show.
Harold Watters, agronomist for college, expects most discussions at the Agronomic Crops Demonstration plots to surround nutrient management and soil quality. The plots are between the general parking lot and Gates B and C, just east of the main Review grounds.
“Nutrient management is driving a lot of our training right now, with concerns surrounding water quality,” Watters said. “There’s also a high interest in soil quality, because of efforts to improve soils so that water soaks in rather than running off.
“We are not conducting research here, but our demonstration plots illustrate the research we are conducting elsewhere,” Watters said. “We can talk with farmers about what we are seeing in the research and how it applies to their operation.”
Nutrient management demonstration plots compare the timing and placement of fertilizer and manure applications. Soil quality demonstrations look at various residue, cover crop and additive approaches.
- The Agronomic Crops Demonstrations include:
- Nutrient management demonstrations—timing and placement
- Nutrient management—manure use
- Soybean and corn pests and diseases
- Nitrogen management for corn and soybeans
- Long-term soil quality plots
- Cover crops
- Corn planted into a cover crop
- Herbicide technology plots
- Weed management
- Antique corn plots and the relation to today’s genetically modified crops
Agronomic Crops Presentations, held at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day, include:
- Nitrogen management: See crop sensors at work
- On the spray table: Choosing tips for herbicide tolerant crops
- Soil quality sampling and results
- Take the weed ID quiz
Tickets to the Farm Science Review are $7 in advance, $10 at the gate, and free for children 5 and younger. They are available from county offices of Extension, from agribusinesses, or online at fsr.osu.edu/onlineticketform.