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Ohio State’s ‘Zero Waste’ initiative expands to Schottenstein Center

Ohio State’s ‘Zero Waste’ initiative expands to Schottenstein Center | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Ohio Stadium’s “Zero Waste” initiative is extending to the home of Buckeye basketball. The President and Provost’s Council on Sustainability recently approved $50,000 in funding to move forward with a zero-waste program at the Schottenstein Center, set to begin in early January, said sustainability coordinator Tony Gillund in an email. “Funds will be used to…
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“The turn-around time for converting the waste into mulch is about two years,” he said. “In one football season, we will make enough Stadium Scarlet to fill the beds of 75 pick-up trucks. That’s quite a bit.”

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Pesticides more toxic for soil organisms in dry soil, at enhanced temperatures

Pesticides more toxic for soil organisms in dry soil, at enhanced temperatures | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Soil organisms react more sensitive to marketable pesticides when exposed in dry soil and at enhanced temperatures. Both conditions may occur more often in the future due to climate change. Singularly and combined these factors lower the toxicity threshold of fungicides for springtails.
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Another important signal that using compost on soil in dry areas (prone to drought) provides greater benefits and less risk to soil (and therefore plant life).


Compost and mulching are both essential for dryer climates. Why not take a listen to agronomists Bob Shaffer and Stephen Andrews as they take us through the best practices for using mulch and composted mulch on your dry soils?

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Organic mulch lets insect pollinators do their job

Organic mulch lets insect pollinators do their job | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Researchers compared the effects of nontillage weed control methods, including polyethylene black plastic, woodchips, shredded newspaper, a combination of shredded newspaper plus grass clippings, and bare soil (control) on soil characteristics, squash pollination and fruit production, and squash bee nesting. Shredded newspaper combined with grass clippings was determined to be effective mulch material that improved crop performance with no apparent negative impacts on squash bee nesting or on squash floral resources and pollination.
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Outsmarting the drought - Sustainable Agri-Management Practices

Outsmarting the drought - Sustainable Agri-Management Practices | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Despite no rainfall the first four months of Shahar Caspi’s second season of raising food for his neighbors, water usage dropped 30 percent and yields increased. So, how does he do it?
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It is inspiring to see more proof of how using compost, manures, mulches and cover crops can dramatically improve soils and crops, and make them drought-resistant. Shahar Caspi has decreased water usage despite the lack of rainfall, and in this article he emphasises the need to respect and save as much water as we can.


Cover crops especially are becoming more and more popular as we learn about their water saving and soil-improving benefits.  We recently invited two experienced farmers and viticulturalists onto our weekly podcast to tell us all about their successful use of cover crops on their vineyards .  You can listen to the interview here.

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