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Hoorman returns from China
Jim Hoorman and Gia looking at weeds in a soybean check
plot. The Chinese fields have marestail, lambsquarter, giant
ragweed and pigweed similar to those in the United States.
(Photo submitted)
By Anne Coburn-Griffis
Sentinel Editor
agriffis@putnamsentinel.
com
OTTAWA Like the Unit-
ed States, China is facing issues
related to deterioration in the
environment, notably air pollu-
tion, soil erosion and water pol-
lution. However, with a popu-
lation of 1,355,692,576 (July
2014 estimate), the worlds
largest population in a country
that is the fourth largest coun-
try geographically, Chinas
water, air and land are in much
worse shape at their space on
the globe. And China is reach-
ing out for help. Jim Hoorman,
Assistant Professor with Ohio
State University Extension
and Putnam County Extension
Educator, is one of the special-
ists to which the country has
turned.
During the last week of July,
Hoorman was working with
farmers in Heilong Jiang, a
northeast province of China.
He and two other Ohio State
University professors were
there as part of an intercolle-
giate, international agricultural
program with the Heilong Jiang
Academy of Agricultural Sci-
ences. They were there through
a recommendation by anoth-
er OSU professor, Dr. Larry
Brown, a water table manage-
ment, drainage specialist who
has worked in the province, an
area which has many wetlands.
Area farmers mentioned their
interest in no till farming to
Jones, as well as a desire to re-
duce their herbicide and pesti-
cide use.
Larry recommended my-
See HOORMAN, page 5
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Jim Hoorman tours a commercial rice field in China. Con-
tinuous rice is grown in this area which is about 200 miles by
200 miles square. (Photo submitted)
self, Rafiq Islam and Alan
Sundermeier, Hoorman said.
This was our first trip.
For 12 days, Hoorman, Is-
lam and Sundermeier talked
with farmers about how to get
no-till started, how nutrients
are cycling and how some of
Chinas soil compaction is-
sues could be solved by using
cover crops. Hoorman said
they drove six and half hours
one day to visit some sites and
drove back the next day.
Very, very intense agricul-
ture there, he said, adding that
Heilong Jiang province grows
as much as 40 to 50 percent of
Chinas food supply. In China,
only about 10 percent of the
land is used for agriculture.
This is kind of their bread bas-
ket. We drove for 100 miles and
all we saw was corn. We drove
another 200 miles square and it
was just rice and then we drove
for another 150 miles and it
was just about all continuous
soybeans. Everything there is
managed. Everything is in a
straight row, including every
tree.
Hoorman said there are no
family farms in the province.
In other parts of China, there
may be smaller farms (five to
ten acres). [In Heilong Jiang]
you can drive through the
country and you wont see a
house for miles. Then youll
see a village, and that village
farms 10,000 to 15,000 acres in
a community or corporate farm.
Wed see 15 to 30 tractors all
lined up. They farm as a group
and everybody has a job. They
spray the fields several times.
You dont see insects, birds or
wildlife. Its a very controlled
environment.
When the farmers go home,
adds Hoorman, they may have
one half to three acres of home
garden. There are no lawns,
every inch of ground is planted
in vegetables and some fruits.
That is the familys significant
food source.
(Continued from Page 4)
See HOORMAN, page 6
Hoorman
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The soils in the province are
very productive, black soils,
said Hoorman, very similar to
the Hoytville or Pewamo soils
that we have in Northwest
Ohio.
But theyre tilling their soils
and have been for hundreds of
years, so the soils are becoming
very hard and dense and theyre
becoming concerned about that,
he said. Theyve only been no-
tilling for about two years. Two
years ago their soybean stands
were really good. This year, they
werent.
Another issue the farmers
faced was amusing to Hoorman
and his fellow Americans. The
Chinese said they were having
trouble driving in a straight line
and following it as they were
using a drill.
We said that we never have
that problem. They asked how
we rig up a marker. We looked
at their marker. It was broken,
so we said, Well, get rid of
this, laughed Hoorman. We
showed them a very simple
way of putting a bar on the
tractor and dragging chain the
width of the drill. You can see
it from the tractor. As long as
that chains dragging right over
the last row that was being
planted, you should be right on
target to plant your next row.
Very simple things. They were
amazed and very happy.
The Americans spent much
of their 12-day trip designing a
new research program for the
Chinese. Hoorman said they
signed a long-term agreement
in which four or five Chinese
students will study in a PhD
program at Ohio State Univer-
sity. These individuals will take
what they learn back to China
to teach others to make farming
more sustainable there.
In turn, Hoorman said a
study similar to what is hap-
pening in Chinese agriculture
will be undertaken on the OSU
main campus so that we can
contrast how it works there in
China to here.
Were working together
and were finding that if we
can have live plants growing
year round, we can protect that
soil and enhance it, making it
more productive over time.
That also solves a lot of other
issues. Just like us, they have
a lot of water runoff, nutrient
losses. Their rivers and streams
are full of silt, just like ours are,
maybe a little worse. Theyre
also losing a lot of nutrients,
just like were losing nutrients
to Lake Erie and causing some
of the phosphorus issues. Ev-
ery waterway was either brown
or pure green.
Still coughing during this
interview as a consequence of
his visit, Hoorman said one of
the best parts of coming home
to Ohio was accessibility to
clean air and water. He and
his fellow travelers insisted
on drinking bottled water in
China. He noted row upon row
of trees in Beijing, the Chinese
capital, planted to combat the
countrys air pollution. He said
the tree leaves were coated in
soot. China is the worlds larg-
est single emitter of carbon di-
oxide from the burning of fos-
sil fuels.
The pollution was terri-
ble, he said. People still wear
masks in the cities.
Aside from his apprecia-
tion for the hospitality that he
experienced in China They
treated us like kings, were his
words Hoorman valued the
thrift of the Chinese people.
They dont waste any-
thing, he said, recalling that
not only did his hotel room key
card get him inside his room,
it was used to turn on the elec-
tricity and air conditioning. If
the United States ever gets that
populated, were going to have
to really change. We waste a lot
of materials.
Hoorman does feel lucky to
live in this country. He recalled
the intensity of being in China,
the sights, the sounds, and,
with all the people, the smells.
It was very humid, every-
body is packed together, he
said. They have over 1.2 bil-
lion people; I think we ran into
about half of them.
Hoorman
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OSU Extension Educator, Agriculture
and Natural Resources,
Van Wert County
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Poison hemlock (Conium maculatum),
an invasive, exotic plant species from Eu-
rope and Asia, has been creeping into our
midst and exploding in population over
the past several years. It was intentionally
imported into the U.S. as an ornamental
plant. Initially, it was just a few plants
here and there, but now large stands of
poison hemlock can be spotted in many
NW Ohio areas. Poison hemlock is found
along roads and highways, railroad right-
of-ways, river, stream and creek banks as
well as in drainage ditches, in disturbed
sites, along hiking trails, in fence lines, at
the edges of agricultural fields, and into
pastures and hay fields.
Poison hemlock is a member of the
plant family Apiaceae (old name Umbel-
liferae) which in laymens terms would
be called the Parsley or Carrot Family.
Red flags should be going up at this point,
since many of the members of this plant
family are edible plants, and the potential
for misidentification of poisonous plants
for edible plants is a great possibility.
Poison hemlock is typically a biennial
plant, meaning that it takes 2 growing
seasons to complete its life cycle. How-
ever, under optimal conditions, poison
hemlock can grow as a perennial surviv-
ing for several years. In its first year of
growth, the year the seed germinates, the
plant grows as a ground-hugging,
mounded rosette. In the second
year of growth, the plant produces
an erect flower-producing stem that
can reach heights of 3 to 10 feet. The
stem is hollow and green in color
with purple spots. The leaves are
shiny green in color, are pinnately
compound, multi-stemmed, trian-
gular in shape and are fern-like or
parsley-like in appearance. When
crushed, the leaves have a musty
odor. If one walks through a stand
of poison hemlock on a hot, humid
day, the musty odor from the plants
can be sickening. Flowers are white
in color, 5-petalled and displayed in
an umbrella-like cluster called an
umbel. Plants that are very similar
in appearance include fennel, pars-
ley and wild carrot (a.k.a. Queen Annes
lace). Each flower develops into a green,
deeply ridged fruit that contains several
seeds. After maturity, the fruit turns gray-
ish brown. The dried fruit is easily moved
by erosion, animals, wind, and human ac-
tivity to new locations where they break
A Killer Growing by the Road: Poison Hemlock
A patch of poison hemlock growing on the
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(Submitted photo)
See HEMLOCK, page 29
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Wild Parsnip
An Armed and Dangerous Plant: Wild Parsnip
BY CURTIS E. YOUNG
Van Wert County
OSU Extension Educator,
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Wild parsnips (Pastinaca sativa) are
currently blooming along field edges and
roadways. They share these sites with the
poison hemlock, yellow sweet clover and
wild carrots (Queen Annes lace). Wild
parsnip like poison hemlock and wild
carrot is a member of the carrot or pars-
ley family of plants (Family Apiaceae).
The plants in this family produce flow-
ers in clusters displayed in umbrella-like
groups called umbels. Wild parsnip dif-
fers from poison hemlock and wild carrot
which have white flowers by producing
yellow flowers.
The whole plant, including the flowers,
have a yellow to green-yellow coloration.
Wild parsnip is the same plant as the cul-
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has simply escaped cultivation and spread
into the roadsides, field edges and other
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farm sector at the national, state and
county levels.
Once every five years, farmers,
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opportunity to let the world know how
U.S. agriculture is changing, what is
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Both sales and production ex-
penses reached record highs in 2012.
U.S. producers sold $394.6 billion worth
of agricultural products, but it cost them
$328.9 billion to produce these products
Three quarters of all farms had
sales of less than $50,000, producing
only 3 percent of the total value of farm
products sold while those with sales of
more than $1 million 4 percent of all
farms produced 66 percent.
Much of the increased farm in-
come was concentrated geographically
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- California led the nation with 9
of the 10 top counties for value of sales.
Fresno County was number one in the
United States with nearly $5 billion in
sales in 2012, which is greater than that
of 23 states. Weld County, Colo., ranked
ninth in the top 10 U.S. counties.
- The top 5 states for agricultural
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Iowa ($30.8 billion); Texas ($25.4 bil-
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Minnesota ($21.3 billion).
Eighty-seven percent of all U.S.
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Ohio Farm Bureaus board
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dress agricultures role in
Ohios water quality chal-
lenges. They placed special
emphasis on the Western
Lake Erie Basin (WLEB).
A component of the plan
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qualifying farm-
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Lake Erie Basin
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ance a full 29 months ahead
of the state required deadline.
Further, Farm Bureau will
help farmers in the watershed
create nutrient management
plans, which detail respon-
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With thousands of farms
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fertilizer certification pro-
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Another significant Farm
Bureau commitment is to
hire a second staff member
to specialize in water qual-
ity and nutrient management.
Fifteen years ago, Ohio Farm
Bureau set a national prec-
edent by hiring a doctorate
level expert to work with
farmers on these issues. The
new staff member will ex-
pand OFBFs outreach and
programming efforts.
Other Farm Bureau action
steps announced in the plan
include:
Partnering with US-
DAs Natural Resource Con-
servation Service and various
state agencies to establish a
network of demonstration
farms, which will assist in
farmer training and show the
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Working to gain ad-
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Ohios new
conservation
program to
improve Lake
Erie water quality
INFORMATION
SUBMITTED
VAN WERT
Area farmers and
landowners are
encouraged to par-
ticipate in a new
conservation pro-
gram that will help
to improve water
quality in Lake
Erie and 5,000
miles of streams
by reducing nutri-
ent runoff.
Authorized by
Senate Bill 150 that
was signed into
law by Governor
John R. Kasich, the
Lake Erie Nutrient
Reduction Program (LE
NRP) will assist farmers in
installing best management
practices that keep nutrients
on fields, improve water
quality and combat harmful
algal blooms. The program
will be supervised locally
by the Van Wert County Soil
and Water Conservation
District. Working with the
Ohio Department of Natural
Resources (ODNR) through
the Ohio Clean Lakes Ini-
tiative, $1.25 million will
be available to producers in
27 Ohio counties. ODNR
has already helped farmers
implement best manage-
ment practices on more than
40,000 acres in the Lake
Erie watershed.
Farmers have shown us
theyre serious about im-
proving Lake Erie, said
ODNR Director James Zeh-
ringer. ODNR is pleased
to partner with Ohios local
soil and water conservation
districts to get more practic-
es installed as soon as pos-
sible.
We all have a part to
play to improve water
quality in Lake Erie. The
district is excited to use our
existing relationships with
Ohios farmers to improve
the health of one of our
states greatest natural re-
sources.
The LE NRP is a vol-
untary program that re-
imburses farmers to plant
cover crops or install drain-
Farmers have shown
us theyre serious about
improving Lake Erie.
ODNR is pleased to
partner with Ohios
local soil and water
conservation districts to
get more practices
installed as soon
as possible.
James Zehringer,
ODNR Director
See LAKE ERIE, page 17
Fall 2014 Harvest Time 17
650 W Ervin Rd., Van Wert, OH
419.238.5902
866-LEEKINSTLE LEEKINSTLE.COM
age management devices
such as controlled drain-
age structures or blind tile
inlets. In addition to reduc-
ing runoff of nutrients and
pesticides the practices will
allow farmers to manage
and maintain the water
from their fields after har-
vest and during the growing
season, ultimately enhanc-
ing production. Cropland
enrolled must be approved
by local SWCD technical
staff and ODNR Division
of Soil and Water Resourc-
es area engineers.
Counties included in
the new program are: Al-
len, Ashland, Auglaize,
Crawford, Defiance, Erie,
Fulton, Hancock, Hardin,
Henry, Huron, Lucas, Lo-
rain, Marion, Medina, Mer-
cer, Ottawa, Paulding, Put-
nam, Richland, Sandusky,
Seneca, Shelby, Van Wert,
Williams, Wood and Wyan-
dot. Starting immediately,
landowners in these coun-
ties can sign up for the pro-
gram.
ODNR has commit-
ted $1.25 million to the
program and anticipates
planting cover crops on up
to 25,000 acres as well as
installing more than 300
structures. This funding is
in addition to the $3.5 mil-
lion already appropriated
through the Ohio Clean
Lakes initiative for best
management practices and
for water quality monitor-
ing.
Farmers and others own-
ing land in Van Wert Coun-
ty are encouraged to con-
tact the Van Wert Soil and
Water Conservation Dis-
trict at (419) 238-9591 or at
www.vanwertswcd.org.
Lake Erie
More information is available by contacting the ODNR
Division of Soil and Water Resources at 614-265-6610 or
soilandwater.ohiodnr.gov.
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The debate over foods
containing GMOs continues
The foods people eat and
how those foods are grown
and manufactured has long
been a topic of contention.
Recently, the subject of ge-
netically modified organ-
isms, or GMOs, has garnered
its share of attention.
GMOs are organisms that
have been altered via genetic
engineering. Foods that con-
tain GMOs have been pro-
duced in part in a laboratory
by foreign genes from plants
and animals. While there are
some people who say that
foods containing GMOs are
safe for consumption, others
argue that that may not be
the case, saying such foods
create new, unintended toxic
substances that could exac-
erbate allergies and increase
cancer risk.
Foods containing GMOs
are largely crops that are
modified using the latest mo-
lecular biology techniques.
In the laboratory, certain
traits, such as increased re-
sistance to herbicides or im-
proved nutritional content,
are enhanced. By modifying
plant genetics, a scientist
can isolate a particular gene
that makes a crop drought-
tolerant and increase its po-
tency to make that crop
thrive better in drought-
stricken areas. Genes from
one plant can also be trans-
ferred to another plant to cre-
ate desired traits. If a particu-
lar gene is unsavory to certain
insects, this gene can be put
into other crops to deter those
insects.
In the past, crops were
bred to feature specific, de-
sired traits with the hope that
breeding two different flow-
ering plants to form a hybrid
See DEBATE, page 23
By modifying
plant genetics, a
scientist can iso-
late a particular
gene that makes
a crop drought-
tolerant and
increase its
potency to make
that crop thrive
better in drought-
stricken areas.
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would bring out the best features in
both species. However, the process is
time-consuming and genetic modifica-
tion in the laboratory generally produc-
es faster, less expensive results.
Proponents of foods containing
GMOs say that desired traits can be
produced in these foods more readily,
which is advantageous to the agricul-
ture industry by creating larger, more
tolerant crops. In addition, GMOs may
help crops become more resistant to
disease, reducing reliance on herbicides
and pesticides needed to fight disease.
GMOs also may help certain crops grow
better in colder climates and where soil
conditions are salty.
But some environmental activists,
public interest groups and even reli-
gious organizations argue tampering
with foods is not proper. In addition,
such opponents say the potentially
harmful environmental and medical im-
pact of laboratory-built crops warrants
concern.
In 2000, a study published in the
journal Nature found that pollen from
a genetically modified corn crop called
B.t. corn caused high mortality rates in
monarch butterfly caterpillars. Unin-
tented harm to other organisms living in
close proximity to GMOs is a signifi-
cant concern.
In addition, there is concern that
foods that contain GMOs and those
that do not may cross-breed and create
super-plants. Such plants may become
disease- and herbicide-resistant, thusly
choking out the intended crops. In June
2013, Monsanto Co., the worlds largest
seed company, was sued by an environ-
mental group and a Washington farm
over claims it failed to take steps to
prevent genetically altered wheat from
contaminating regular wheat after Mon-
santo field-tested the modified wheat in
16 states.
Another area of concern is the health
implications of introducing foreign
genes into foods. The effect of such
practices on the human body are largely
unknown. Unexpected allergic reac-
tions or even physical changes in the
body may occur. Evidence as to the
safety of GMOs is insufficient.
Many European nations have
backed away from growing crops
containing GMOs. Things in North
America arent as cut and dry. Efforts
are ongoing to have GMO ingredients
listed on the labels of packaged foods
produced in the United States, but no
such labeling is presently required.
Thats disconcerting to some, as there
is a high likelihood that many of the
packaged foods sold in the U.S. contain
some GMOs.
The debate about foods containing
GMOs figures to continue. Shoppers
must determine whether they want to
consume foods that contain genetically
modified ingredients or they prefer nat-
ural alternatives.
Debate
(Continued from Page 19)
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research projects and dissemination of the
research results;
Securing funding for farm conserva-
tion programs;
Seeking resources for septic and rural
water infrastructure improvements;
Partnering to promote public drinking
water system improvements; and
Supporting county Farm Bureau ac-
tivities centered on local water issues.
Farm Bureau will continue to share in-
formation with public officials regarding
potential legislative and regulatory actions,
and the organization will ramp up commu-
nications efforts to encourage a dialogue be-
tween farmers and Ohio citizens. OFBF also
will increase its commitment to Healthy Wa-
ter Ohio, a broad coalition of conservation,
business, university, water suppliers, tour-
ism, public health and farm interests who are
developing a long-range strategy to address
the states water resources.
While the emphasis is on watersheds such
as Lake Erie and Grand Lake St. Marys,
Farm Bureau is engaging on a statewide
basis and will work closely with industry
partners, Gov. John Kasich, legislators,
other farm organizations, conservation or-
ganizations and various stakeholder groups
as well.
Farm Bureaus commitment is an un-
precedented private-sector investment in
improving the states water. The $1 million
will complement recent state and federal
government funding plans. OFBFs pro-
gramming is primarily paid for by mem-
bership dues. The organizations 206,000
members include approximately 80 percent
of Ohios family farmers.
Preserving Ohios water quality is a seri-
ous issue and these are serious responses,
said Ohio Farm Bureau Executive Vice
President John C. (Jack) Fisher. Fisher en-
couraged other parties to join with Farm
Bureau members to find solutions.
We know there are municipal overflow
issues, residential and commercial runoff,
treatment problems and other infrastructure
issues, invasive species and weather events
and a long list of challenges, Fisher said.
There are few quick fixes, no inexpensive
answers. But we have to start now. We have
to find solutions that protect our water, pre-
serve our ability to grow food and help our
states businesses and communities. Farm-
ers are willing to do their fair share and
Farm Bureau is committed to that effort.
Farm Bureau
Preserving
Ohios water
quality is a
serious issue
and these are
serious
responses.
John C. (Jack) Fisher
Ohio Farm Bureau
Executive
Vice President
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unmaintained areas. Parsnips are biennial plants
requiring two years to go to seed. In the first year
of their growth, parsnips produce an enlarged, ed-
ible taproot. In the second year of their growth,
they produce a tall stem (3 - 4 tall) atop of which
they display their umbel flowers and eventually
seeds. When raised for consumption, they are
harvested in the first year of growth. Those that
have escaped cultivation to become wild regu-
larly cycle through their seed production. The
concern with this plant and the reason for writing
this article is the plant is armed with a defensive
chemical that can be damaging to skin exposed to
the juices (sap) of the parsnip. The chemical that
is present in the juice of the plant is furanocou-
marin. This chemical is photosensitive and reacts
when exposed to sunlight (specifically UV light)
to produce a condition called phytophotoderma-
titis. When exposed to sunlight, furanocoumarin
produces a type of chemical burn. Depending on
how much of the chemical from the plant juices
that get onto bare and sunlight exposed skin will
determine how serious of a burn that can occur on
Wear a long sleeve shirt and pants to cover arms and legs.
Work with the plant on cloudy days, and always wash your
skin immediately after coming in contact with the sap.
When using a weed trimmer or power mower in areas where
wild parsnips are growing, wear eye/face protection, in addition to
pants, long sleeved shirt, and gloves.
Avoid touching ones face or other sensitive body parts with
clothing that might be contaminated with parsnip plant juice.
If one gets sap on their skin:
Wash the skin thoroughly with soap and water as soon as pos-
sible.
Protect the exposed skin from sunlight for at least 48 hours.
If one experiences a skin reaction, call your physician. Hu-
mans are not the only animals that can be affected by wild pars-
nips. Toxic reactions can also occur in livestock on parts of their
bodies where their skin is exposed.
Wild parsnip
How to protect yourself if you
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the skin. Skin exposed to the chemi-
cal and sunlight may turn red and burn
like a mild sunburn to burn painfully
and blister like a severe sunburn with
relatively short sunlight exposure
times. The skin affected by this reac-
tion will turn dark brown and can re-
main discolored for two or more years.
This could be very embarrassing if the
burns occur on the face. The chemi-
cal is present even in cultivated pars-
nips and one should be careful when
harvesting parsnips. However, there
may be greater potential of coming in
contact with large quantities of plant
juices when the plant has produced
its flowering stalks. Simply walking
through a stand of wild parsnip stems
can be enough to cause the plant to re-
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Some people might inadvertently
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juices out of their discharge shoots that
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In either case, if it were wild parsnips
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the machine operator. Cleaning these
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Wild parsnip is not the only plant
that produces furanocoumarin. Two
maladies caused by furanocoumarin-
containing plants are celery pickers
itch and bartenders itch. The juic-
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other drinks when outdoors for picnics
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Wild parsnip
Depending on how much of the chemical from the plant
juices that get onto bare and sunlight exposed skin will
determine how serious of a burn that can occur on the skin.
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severe sunburn with relatively short sunlight exposure times.
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open releasing their seeds.
Poison hemlock is very toxic to sheep,
cattle, swine, horses, and other domestic
animals. They can be poisoned by eating
either green or dried plant material. The
alkaloid toxins of poison hemlock are
relatively stable and can remain toxic for
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enough is eaten. Poison hemlock contains
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stock seldom eat poison hemlock when
other feed is available in a pasture. If in-
gested, sheep may be poisoned by eating
as little as 3 1/2 oz. to 1 lb. 2 oz. of green
leaves. Cattle that eat 10 1/2 oz. to 1 lb.
2 oz. may be poisoned. Signs of poison-
ing usually appear within an hour after an
animal eats the plant. Animals die from
respiratory paralysis in 2 to 3 hours.
People may be poisoned by eating any
part of a poison hemlock plant. Often,
poisonings occur when a victim confuses
poison hemlock root with wild parsnip
root, poison hemlock leaves with pars-
ley, or poison hemlock seed with anise
seed. Whistles made from hollow stems
of poison hemlock have caused death in
children. The toxins can also be absorbed
through the skin and respiratory system
so always wear protective clothing (i.e.,
gloves, goggles, mask) when handling
this plant.
Options for management of poison
hemlock include manual removal, me-
chanical destruction, and chemical con-
trol.
For sites with a few plants, pull or dig
up the plants. Be sure to remove the en-
tire root. All mature plants need to be re-
moved so no new seeds are produced. Do
not leave flower heads on the ground as
the seeds can remain viable. Composting
the removed plants is not recommended;
instead place in a plastic trash bag and
dispose of the bag in an appropriate trash
container for removal.
Hemlock
(Continued from Page 8)
All parts of the poison
hemlock plant (leaves,
stems, roots, and fruits)
are poisonous and can
kill animals and hu-
mans if enough is eaten.
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Hemlock
(Continued from Page 8)
Mechanical destruction of
the plants by mowing or cut-
ting with a weed-trimmer be-
fore poison hemlock flowers
can be effective. Personal pro-
tection is a must when dealing
with poison hemlock in this
manner. One should wear a
dust mask to avoid inhaling
toxins while mowing or cut-
ting.
Management of poison
hemlock might most easily be
accomplished with herbicides.
Plants should be treated in the
spring before they begin to
flower with triclopyr, 2,4-D
plus dicamba, or metsulfuron.
These products will work well
for lawn or pasture areas as it
wont harm grasses. Glypho-
sate products (e.g. Roundup)
work also but they kill grass
as well as broadleaf plants.
Repeat applications may be
needed. Follow all precautions
for handling herbicides.
Read and follow labels ex-
actly as written and only use
products appropriate and legal
for the site. Herbicides should
be applied at the rates specified
on the label. Foliar herbicides
are most effective if applied to
actively growing plants in the
spring, followed by another
application later in the summer
for late sprouting seeds. Ap-
ply the herbicide to the entire
leaf and stem surface and do
not cut down the treated plants
until they have died. This may
take two weeks or more.
For more information on
poison hemlock and other
problematic weeds, contact
your local OSU Extension
office. To find your local of-
fice visit http://extension.osu.
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County OSU Extension office,
call (419) 238-1214 or stop by
at 1055 S. Washington St., Van
Wert, Ohio on the fairgrounds.
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