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  1. Hand holding soil

    Faculty and growers to discuss soil health

    Dec 28, 2023

    Soil health is the topic of a webinar series offered in the new year. Faculty from the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) Dr. Jim Ippolito and Dr. Manbir Rakkar, along with Dr. Asmita Murumkar (Field Specialist, Ohio State University Extension) will kick-off the three-part virtual series. Attendees can attend one, two, or all three sessions. The live webinars will offer CCA continuing education credits. Learn more and register for the connection link >>.

  2. Dr. Lal

    Professor Lal featured in Columbus Monthly

    Dec 5, 2023

    Professor Rattan Lal is featured in Columbus Monthly. In the article, "Ohio State Professor Rattan Lal Aims to Eliminate Hunger While Helping the Environment" written by Randy Edwards discover Dr. Lal's views on soil health as a vehicle to solve food insecurity and climate change here >>


  3. A field with young rows of corn.

    Advancing the professions

    Nov 8, 2023

    The School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) was well represented at the 2023 American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), and the Soil Science of America (SSA) International Annual Meeting held in St. Louis, Missouri (October 29-November 1, 2023) offered in person with limited virtual options. 

  4. Figure 2 in the new ANR-0107 Factsheet available via Ohioline. Photo by Greg LaBarge, Ohio State University Extension.

    New Factsheet available to assist farmers, gardeners, and landowners

    Sep 6, 2022

    Farmers, gardeners, and landowners can use soil testing data to gain information on soil nutrient availability and to optimize their nutrient management plans.
    In a new Factsheet available via Ohioline learn key factors to consider in selecting the right lab for nutrient and soil health and access and download a listing of Soil Testing Labs in or near Ohio. 

  5. Soils

    Soil health webinar available and upcoming webinar announced

    Jun 1, 2022

    A webinar, Soil Health in Urban and Rural Forest Ecosystems with Dr. Brian Slater, professor and Extension specialist in soil resources is available and provides an overview of the assessment of soil health and discusses the relationship between soil health and soil function, and overall ecosystem services.

    Dr. Slater will offer another webinar via the Ohio Woodland Stewards program on how soils are impacted by climate change on June 10, 2022. 

  6. SENR welcomes 2022 National Collegiate Soils Contestants

    Apr 19, 2022

    The School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) and Dr. Slater welcome contestants to The Ohio State University for the 2022 National Collegiate Soils Contest!

    More than 20 teams from across the United States will engage in the description and classification of soils, and interpretation for various land uses. 

  7. Microphone with Discussions

    Dive into new soils research with the Knowledge Exchange

    Sep 2, 2021

    School of Environment and Natural Resources faculty member Christine Sprunger is the featured guest on the latest KX Emerging Research podcast and shares about new soils research she is leading.
    The podcast is hosted by Stacy Cochran and Kim Winslow.

  8. Soil Health Nexus blog features Ohio State research.

    How the agricultural community perceives and assesses soil health

    Dec 3, 2020

    Soil Health Nexus, a university-led team dedicated to increasing access to research-based soil health knowledge, extension and resources has published a blog post on a study conducted to better understand how the agricultural community perceives and assesses soil health.  The blog post “How do we collectively conceptualize “soil health” and how do we use that to guide meaningful research and extension?” was written by Jordon Wade, Margaret Beetstra, and Steve Culman. Read about their findings and takeaways from their study here.

  9. Photo: Getty Images

    New fertilizer guide for field crops

    Aug 17, 2020

    Farmers in Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan now have a new guide for creating fertile ground for their corn, soybean, wheat, and alfalfa crops. Working with a team of soil scientists and agronomists from across Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan, Steve Culman, a soil fertility specialist with The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), led the effort to revise a 1995 guide for fertilizing field crops. The free and newly revised Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations for Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, and Alfalfa offers guidelines for how much nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, sulfur, and micronutrients soil should have to spur high crop yields without jeopardizing water quality. 

  10. Professor Basta sampling soil in Cleveland.  Photo by Marie Barni.

    Faculty expert provides soil testing guidance in HGTV gardening article

    Jul 28, 2020

    A new HGTV article written by Margeaux Emery, “When to Test Garden Soil for Lead Contamination and What to Do if It’s Present” features expertise provided by Nicholas Basta, professor of Soil and Environmental Chemistry in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University.  The article shares scientific information and guidance for homeowners and gardeners on the paramount importance of testing soil for contaminants and especially at certain areas, such as former industrial sites or old urban areas being considered for new uses and how to have your soil tested and what the results mean for edible gardening.