Stories by Chris Kick

Apple harvest looking good, pushing limits

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

This year’s apple crop appears favorable, and for states like Michigan and New York, that’s a big improvement over last year.

OSU’s new ‘intelligent sprayer’ reduces pesticide use, off-target contamination

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Intelligent sprayer puts spray where farmers want it.

Amid shutdown, what about the farm bill?

Friday, October 4, 2013

What about that farm bill that expired during the shutdown?

OARDC plots show oilseed crop potential

Friday, October 4, 2013

Oilseed plots at OARDC provide insight into oil and fiber potential.

Three Rivers Energy to re-open Coshocton ethanol plant

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Three Rivers Energy set to re-open the Coshocton area ethanol plant

Smell of success: Ringler Energy opens new digester on Morrow County swine farm

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

New energy facility can power swine farm, and about 500 residential homes.

Ohio specialty crop — hops — could make a return

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Hops, once popular in Ohio, could once again be grown locally.

Farm Science Review panel talks economics of water quality, fertilizer tax

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

One panelist says best approach would be to tax farmers for applying nitrogen and phosphorus.

Miscanthus questions and answers

Thursday, September 12, 2013

(Source: Adapted from Ohio State University and Penn State University) Q: What is miscanthus? Why are farmers growing it? A: Miscanthus is the genus name for 12 perennial grass species native to Asia. A close relative of sugarcane, this tall reed or cane-like plant was introduced to the United States as an ornamental plant in […]

As miscanthus crop matures, producers find more uses

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Originally farmers grew miscanthus for cellulosic ethanol, but producers are now targeting the fiber industries as well

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About Chris

Chris Kick lives in Wooster, Ohio. An American FFA Degree recipient, he holds a bachelor’s in creative writing from Ashland University. He spends his free time on his grandparents’ farms in Wayne and Holmes counties.