Stories by Chris Kick

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.

Speaking out: Knox County dairyman gladly shares his story

Friday, August 16, 2013

Dairy farmer Ken Ruprecht has farmed in three counties. Today, he goes back to share his story.

Cover crop ‘interseeder’ can save time, trips across field

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Penn State’s Cover Crop Interseeder and Applicator plants cover crops, at the same time applying fertilizer or herbicide. This lets farmers seed cover crops into corn long before the corn is harvested.

Ag Progress Days unveils new ‘resource centers’

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Pennsylvania’s Ag Progress Days concludes this afternoon. But research and development on the topics will continue.

Ohio Holstein Association signs confidential agreement to settle debt

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Ohio Holstein Association says settlement appears close. Joint statement to be released within weeks.

Summit County Fair results 2013

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Summit County Fair youth livestock auction results.

Immigration reform: House considers ‘piecemeal’ approach

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

WOOSTER, Ohio — As farmers wait for a new farm bill, some also are waiting for what is expected to be the biggest immigration reform in decades.The Senate passed a bipartisan, comprehensive immigration bill June 27 by a vote of 68-32, that essentially would put the nation’s 11 million immigrants in the nation illegally, on […]

When it comes to sheep, Banburys are ‘building the best’

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Banburys show award winning sheep, and teach other exhibitors how to do the same.

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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.