Nov 18, 2016
Our new 2017 Midwest Vegetable Production Guide is now available for download.
The Midwest Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers is a collaboration of land-grant universities from seven states. It provides vegetable production information that is valid in the participating states for the current year. This includes fertility, variety, cultural, and pest management recommendations
Oct 3, 2016
We wanted to share the exciting news of our students, who competed and won awards for presentations of their research:
Molly Dietrich Mabin: second place (advisors Celeste Welty & Mary Gardiner)
Kayla Perry: first place (advisor Dan Herms)
Katherine Todd: second place (advisor Mary Gardiner)
Drew Spacht: first place (advisor Dave Denlinger)
Liu Yang: first place (advisor Pete Piermarini)
Erin O’Brien: first place (advisor Dan Herms)
Huayan Chen: first place (advisor Norm Johnson)
In addition, winners of the Triplehorn Challenge (a timed tournament of curatorial pinning skills):
1st place Alice Vossbrinck (Masters in Plant Health Management student from Entomology)
2nd place Andrea Kautz (MS graduate in Entomology)
Aug 17, 2016
Although soybean aphids remain at low levels, Reed Johnson and Andy Michel, two Ohio State University researchers are concerned that many growers are going to add insecticides to spray tanks when applying fungicides.
“Well, I’m going over the field anyway so I thought I’d add an insecticide for insurance purposes! The insecticide is relatively cheap and soybeans are worth so much!” is what researchers say they hear from farmers this time of year.
The researchers are clear that they do not recommend this practice, and feel an IPM approach is much better for everyone and everything, including the environment. They do not recommend an insecticide application unless there is a need.
Jul 11, 2016
Peter Piermarini believes there’s a new, biological way to combat the mosquitoes that transmit Zika, dengue, malaria and other dreaded diseases: Make them unable to pee. It’s no potty joke.
May 18, 2016
Help Marshall University collect data on cicada activity by visiting this webpage.
May 16, 2016
Diego Orellana Vintimilla, a M.S. student in the Department of Entomology, was recently named a fellow to the Future Leaders Forum – a competitive program managed by the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development(AIARD) aimed at fostering student interest in international agriculture and rural development issues and their solutions.
May 4, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Honeybees don’t just buzz. They dance.
And thousands of students in Ohio and seven other states will learn why that’s a vital aspect of honeybee pollination as they participate in this year’s 4-H Ag Innovators Experience, the Honey Bee Challenge.
The challenge was developed by specialists with Ohio State University Extension.
It’s the third consecutive year that OSU Extension has developed the challenge used for the annual innovators experience, sponsored by the National 4-H Council and Monsanto Company.
“There’s a lot of interest and concern about honeybees,” said Beth Hecht, grant manager for the National 4-H Council. “This topic seemed like a natural for our annual challenge.”
Apr 12, 2016
This 30 page full-color bulletin includes plant lists for bees and butterflies (including annuals, herbaceous perennials, shrubs and trees) and details steps to create and maintain pollinator habitat. Pollinator-friendly pest management strategies are outlined. A season-long plant sequence is included.
Mar 18, 2016
Compiled by Dr. Pete Piermarini, Department of Entomology, The Ohio State University
Visit the OSU Zika website for recent updates.
Dec 11, 2015
The risk of contracting this disease in Ohio is extremely low. Chagas disease is a chronic illness caused by a protozoan parasite (Trypanosoma cruzi) that is similar to the one that causes African sleeping sickness. In brief, when an infected kissing bug feeds on a human host, the parasite can be transmitted to humans. Chagas disease is an important illness throughout Central and South America. Read 12/22/15 story here.