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The answer to this question is that they are almost the same thing. Any member of the plant genus Narcissus (Latin scientific name) (Family Amaryllidaceae) could be called a daffodil (common non-scientific name). Some use the genus name Narcissus as a common name narcissus to refer to the plants that can be found in the genus, possibly a questionable practice.


Polar vortexes have caused a lot of damage to grapevines in Ohio this year. The bad news is that Vitis vinifera or European grape cultivars (i.e. Cabernet Franc and Riesling) have sustained a 100% bud kill wherever we had checked the bud damage in Ohio.


What would we do without our volunteers?!? They are a tremendous part of OSUE outreach efforts and we wouldn't be near as effective in meeting our mission of engaging people to strengthen their lives and communities through research-based educational programming.


Dr. Keith Smith, Associate Vice President for Agricultural Administration, Associate Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Gist Chair in Extension Education and Leadership, and Director of Ohio State University Extension since 1992 has announced that he will retire in June, 2015.


One of the results of the long, harsh, snowy winter of 2013-2014 in some ponds is a winter fish kill. Curtis Young reported that he observed one of these fish kills in Putnam County. The shoreline of the pond was covered with multiple species of dead fish including catfish, bass, carp, and bluegills. Most of them were large; the catfish were 12 - 16" in length.

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Pam Bennett and Denise Johnson led a group of 14 OSUE MGVs to Otavalo, Ecuador in late February for the 2nd year of the MGV international outreach projects. The MGVs partnered with the Tandana Foundation, www.tandanafoundation.org who has a relationship with 23 indigenous communities in Otavalo.

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Sometimes shrubs just get out of hand or too big for their britches or just look straggly. If that's the case, spring is a great time to rejuvenate these plants in order to get them "back under control."

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Baseball had opening day and so do Ohio gardens. Despite the fact that it seems like there isn't much happening in the garden right now, it is time to get into the perennial beds and vegetable gardens and start prepping for the spring.

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It was a long, cold winter for Ohioans, but at least we had the luxuries of heated homes and refrigerators full of food. Ohio wildlife had a difficult time this winter. Extended cold temperatures and long periods of snow cover can make foraging for and finding food difficult.

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As the loooooong winter slowly comes to a close, signs of spring are popping up, including the wildlife. Migrant songbirds are making their way back to Ohio from warmer, tropical regions

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