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The Department of Horticulture and Crop Science has a reputation for providing quality extension education and outreach to communities within Ohio and beyond. Learn more about our extension & outreach efforts by clicking on any of the programs listed below:



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Agricultural Weeds Outreach

Faculty in the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science provide education and outreach to growers and homeowners in Ohio on weed management in field crops, specialty crops, vine crops, and home gardens. The goal of HCS weed extension programs is to educate growers about effective weed management decisions that reduce the overall use of herbicides, that maximize herbicide effectiveness, and that encourage other management strategies such as tilling, rotation, and other cultural control methods. 

  • Dr. Mark Loux hosts a YouTube page where he discusses not only problem weeds and their control but also research he is conducting.  He also is a part of the Agronomic Crop Team.
  • Dr. Doug Doohan hosts a weed management website that offers growers and herbicide applicators decision tools and also shares information on their labs latest research.
  • Dr. John Cardina's lab hosts the Perennial and Biennial Weed Guide Website


Extension Nursery, Landscape, and Turf Team

The Extension Nursery, Landscape, & Turf Team (ENLT) serves as the University's partner with the green industry.  It is an interdisciplinary, industry partnership that improves the process of acquisition, delivery, and support of accurate, practical, and timely education resources.  They also maintain "Buckeye Yard and Garden onLine".  Extension educators meet on conference calls weekly to create a newsletter online with facts of importance to the Yard and Garden community.


Factsheets & Resources

Horticulture and Crop Science, along with other departments at Ohio State University, provide factsheets online to help educate the public about myriads of topics. Links below will take you to sites where you can access factsheets and other resources that have been produced by our many expert outreach teams.

OHIOLINE: Your source for OSU Factsheets on everything from horticulture to healthcare.

OSU Extension E-store: Your online shopping tool for large printed bulletins, brochures, and other specialty items from Ohio State.


Food Safety

The OSU Fruit and Vegetable Safety Team is a collaborative group of faculty and extension educators who work to educate fruit and vegetable growers about the growing need for food safety planning on the farm.  Faculty and staff from HCS lead and coordinate the team to provide invaluable information to the Ohio Specialty Crop Industry on Good Agricultural Practices (GAPS) to ensure Ohio growers are on the cusp of coming food safety regulations and remain sustainable viable businesses in the changing food industry.

For more information check out www.producesafety.osu.edu


Turfgrass Science

The Turfgrass Science Extension Team is a multidisciplinary effort with members from the Departments of:

  • Horticulture and Crop Science
  • Plant Pathology
  • Entomology

The Turfgrass Science Team has implemented innovative ways of providing the turfgrass industry in Ohio with support through regional workshops, short courses, an annual field day, newsletters, social networking, web-based education, and online Certificates in Plant Science designed for industry professionals that want to further their education but cannot come to campus.

The team works closely with the three state associations: The Ohio Turfgrass Foundation (OTF)The Ohio Lawncare Association, and The Ohio Sports Turf Managers Association to offer turf managers education and outreach assistance. The biggest collaboration is the annual OTF Conference & Show in early December.

The Turfgrass Extension Team collaborates with the Extension Nursery Landscape Turf Team (ENLTT) with weekly topical web postings on the Buckeye Yard and Garden onLine website. Online courses in golf course and sports field management are available. See the Buckeye Turf website for details. 

Keep up with the Turfgrass Science Team on twitter for up-to-date information.


Vegetable Team

The OSU Vegetable Team is an effort to focus and organize both personnel and material resources to address the needs and interests of the vegetable industry in Ohio and the Midwest region of the United States.  Their mission is to provide the Midwest vegetable industry with guidance to manage all available support and resources to help attain sustained profitability through a unique, highly integrated program that includes research along with outreach and education.

The team is comprised of OSU county extension educators and department faculty and staff from The Department of Horticulture and Crop Science as well as other departments in order to share the varied expertise of the University.  Among the faculty, staff, and extension personnel involved in this cohesive project are the department's own:

  • Dr. Doug Doohan
  • Dr. David Francis
  • Dr. Matt Kleinhenz
  • Brad Berfefurd
  • Gary Gao
  • Elaine Grassbaugh

To learn more about upcoming events, outreach, and news, please visit VegNet online