COLUMBUS, Ohio—Skepticism, more than anything else, is keeping farmers from changing how they apply fertilizer to their fields, according to a behavioral scientist at The Ohio State University.
Many farmers question whether the conservation measures they are being asked to do, such as applying fertilizer underground rather than on the surfaces of fields, will actually improve water quality in Lake Erie, said Robyn Wilson, a professor in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).
In continuing efforts to help the declining Monarch butterfly population, the Save Our Monarchs Foundation (SOM) is creating Monarch butterfly and other pollinator habitat along TransCanada Corporation rights-of-way in central Ohio’s Three Creeks Metro Park. The planting results from a strong partnership between TransCanada, Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks, Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative, and the School of Environment and Natural Resources, The Ohio State University. Monarch habitat consists of bio-diverse landscapes that contain milkweed and other native nectar and pollen sources, have a nearby water source, and are protected from disturbance factors such as untimely mowing. Habitat for Monarchs also makes excellent habitat for other vital and diminishing species, including other native butterflies and bees, and migratory and ground-nesting birds.
Campus-wide monitoring program to check for bird-building collisions during spring and fall migration developed by the Ornithology Club at The Ohio State University in collaboration with School of Environment and Natural Resources faculty and staff recognized.
This week's Conservation Tillage Conference in Ada, Ohio, is expected to draw more than 900 participants. The program will feature a day-long discussion with industry and university experts on improving Ohio’s water quality, particularly ways to keep phosphorus and nitrogen from impacting water resources. Nutrient management, cover crops and soil health and Solving the P (and N) problem are just a few of the sessions offered at the conference. SENR faculty experts, including Robyn Wilson, Steve Culman and Warren Dick, are scheduled to present their research.