For the first time, the Ohio State University’s Farm Science Review, scheduled for September 22 to 24, will be a virtual show. The farm show, sponsored by Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences would normally have over 100,000 attendees.

Farm Science Review 2020
Farm Science Review 2020

Article from | Len Calderone

To navigate the online show, visit fsr.osu.edu and navigate to the top of the home page. Hover over the different topic areas and/or subcategories and just click to make your selection. You will be redirected to the Map Your Show. At this point, you will have access to all online show content.

If you are familiar with their typical show layout, there is a navigation menu to help you navigate the site just as you would in-person.

As usual, there will be educational programs. The Gwynne Conservation Area is offering conservation educational programs on current issues of forages and grazing, as well as wildlife and aquatics during the Farm Science Review.  The Ohio 4-H STEM in AG provides hands-on learning, focusing on science, technology and engineering and their application in agriculture. Activities bring to life concepts important in helping agriculture feed the world through sustainable food systems. The program will cover animal and plant genetics, dairy, food and meat science, water quality, soil health, environmental science, natural resource conservation, sustainable food production, agriculture mechanization, bio-technology and more.

The OSU Extension's Aquaculture Program provides information and resources to those interested in aquatic farming. The learning curve for this industry is precipitous and OSU does a good job of educating those interested in this type of farming. It is important for anyone interested in getting into this industry to fully explore all aspects of the operation prior to getting started. 

The Ohio Women in Agriculture Program is sponsored by Ohio State University Extension’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Program. Its goal is to provide all women in agriculture with the tools to learn, grow, connect, inspire and empower themselves and others in their current role with agriculture. The program was established due to the growing number of women engaged in agricultural activities, and their needs for educational programming. The program is designed to build confidence and connections for women who are interested or involved in food, agricultural or natural resources production and small business.

There will be a virtual field trip to the Chick Meyer Hatchery to see the workings of a hatchery, and to learn how eggs turn into chicks. This company hatches and sends thousands of chicks of all breeds all over the country.

There will also be a presentation that will focus on the food safety issues of on-the-farm slaughtering. There will be an introduction to the actual slaughter and cutting methods, while resources will be made available to participants for more detail explanations.

The “How to Get $4 Corn" session will cover the two basic components of grain storage (basis and carry), to increase profits in down markets and global competition. There will be a session on “Increasing Small Grains Profitability with Double Crops." The session will focus on adding a second crop after wheat or barley to increase farm profitability. This Information is based on 3 years of research at OARDC Northwest, investigating profitability of wheat followed by soybeans, red clover or forage oats.

The “Soil Health STEM Challenge" will investigate soil health by participating in a series of soil science experiments. Use a soil sample to conduct a slake test and ribbon test to discover the health of your soil.

There are over 400 virtual exhibitors, such as:

Case IH, which will show the PowerFlex Trax  with TerraForm  suspension combine systems that deliver great productivity and improved harvests from wet, muddy fields and rocky soil to tight harvest windows. 

Homan Inc. is a turnkey contractor that designs and constructs livestock buildings and grain facilities—whether it's a single feed bin or a 4500 dairy. They also provide feed and manure systems, as well as ventilation. 

Check out the new X series combines from John Deere along with new front - end equipment for the combines. They are also introducing the new ZERO series mower conditioners and the XUV and HPX utility vehicles.

Krone North America brings an innovative implement line up, including 3 point, trailed and triple mowers, tedders, rotary rakes, round balers, large square balers, self- propelled forage harvesters and more.

AQUA DOC is a family-owned lake and pond management company dedicated to keeping lakes and ponds beautiful. AQUA DOC is fully staffed with aquatic biologists, licensed aquatic specialists and experts in fountain and aeration technology. When a problem occurs in a lake or pond, AQUA DOC will provide the solution. As it has the knowledge and expertise to keep waters open for functional recreation use and aesthetic beauty.

Making its debut for the Fall of 2020, the newly designed 2100 Series Coulter Chisel from Landoll covers more acres per hour using less horsepower per foot than conventional disc rippers. Available in sizes with 9 to 25 shanks allowing for cutting widths of 11’ to 31’, the updated design accommodates a combo tine and chopper leveling attachment. This is the ultimate attachment for leveling and clod breaking capabilities leaving a smooth field finish.

Superior manufactures grain storage, handling and conditioning systems for commercial facilities and farm operations of any size. Superior combines the highest-quality materials with the latest innovations to build the most reliable grain storage and conditioning systems available. Superior farm grain storage bins are built to withstand the harshest weather, including wind gusts up to 90 miles per hour and roof snow loads up to 40 pounds per square foot. Available in capacities ranging from 1,836 to more than 62,000 bushels unstiffened and up to 186,194 bushels stiffened. 

Farm Science Review will come to you on your laptop or smartphone this year, and for free, you can watch live-streamed talks and recorded videos, featuring the latest farm equipment and research to stimulate your interest. 

Click on from Sept. 22–24 and learn tips for increasing farm profits and growing crops from soybeans to hemp.

 
The content & opinions in this article are the author’s and do not necessarily represent the views of AgriTechTomorrow

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