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

Cold growing season has slowed crops, but not much

Thursday, September 12, 2013

We’ve had a much cooler growing season, but will it matter?

Farmers talk about cool growing season

Thursday, September 12, 2013

WOOSTER, Ohio — Every farmer will have his own opinion of this year’s mild growing season, but there seems to be consensus it was a much better year than last year’s record drought. A look at the U.S. Drought monitor, which measures severity of dryness and drought — shows that Ohio is nearly 100 percent […]

Animal welfare issue: Give consumer what he wants, but he’s often uncertain

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Ohio Livestock Coalition speakers address animal welfare

Ohio Livestock Coalition presents awards

Monday, September 9, 2013

Annual symposium recognizes livestock industry’s best.

Stark County Fair 2013

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Stark County Jr. Fair auctions grossed nearly $730,000. See the results here.

Water quality: What’s being done, what should be done?

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

As Lake Erie and other Ohio water bodies suffer from algal blooms, the question becomes, what should we do?An easy answer might seem to just stop applying fertilizer — especially fertilizer that contains phosphorus — the primary culprit behind the blooms.

Water quality: The issue and what’s at stake

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

If you live and farm anywhere near Ohio’s 312-mile Lake Erie shoreline, you’re most likely familiar with some of the environmental problems the lake faces.

Ohio’s water quality goal? It’s complicated

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

So, how clean should our water be?

If it’s the water in the glass that you’re about to drink, probably as clean and as clear as possible. But in the natural environment, clear water is not always practical, nor is it the ideal.

Portage County Fair 2013

Monday, August 26, 2013

Portage County Fair sale results.

Ag Progress Days provides a good education

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Plenty to learn and try at Ag Progress Days lectures.

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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.