WAPAKONETA — There will be a Farmers Alliance LLC dinner at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, at 16650 Rinehart Rd, Wapakoneta, Ohio.
During the dinner, there will be an informative meeting about hazardous algae blooms, research efforts and the effects of farmer decisions.
Presenters include Aaron Heilers, Project Manager for the Blanchard River Farms Network, Dr. Christopher Winslow, Director of Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory and of the Ohio Sea Grant College Program and Mike Hannewald, Northwest Ohio Agronomis.
We will get a glimpse into the research efforts that aim to: improve detection of HABs and understanding toxin production, develop new treatment methods for contaminated drinking water and assess the ability of land use changes to reduce nutrient inputs into aquatic ecosystems. We will also highlight nutrient sources today, our understanding of agricultural nutrient losses, farmer decisions, and possible strategies to reduce P needs by 40%.
Effective Best Management Practices include soil sampling, knowing nutrient levels, using consistent sampling procedures, how to keep P and N where we can use it, and using unbiased recommendations.