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  • The basic science of Harmful Algal Blooms

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This season’s seed, next season’s harvest: A seed saving primer

Friday, August 22, 2014

In August everyone enjoys eating summer’s garden harvest, especially water and muskmelons. But they are likely spitting those valuable seeds into the trash. Saving seed is a wise economic and environmental choice and it’s easier than you think

Your most important job? Safety

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Recently, here in Monroe County, Ohio, there were two fatal farming accidents within a week of each other.

Heavyweight India defies WTO deal

Thursday, August 21, 2014

800 million people can’t be wrong, right?

This is not what we meant by ‘chill out’

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Let us all take a moment to remember Summer 2014. That was a great day.

Thinking ahead for silage safety

Thursday, August 21, 2014

While injury and fatality statistics for silage harvesting and storage are not easily tabulated, few operations present more hazards.

Parlor games and summer chores

Thursday, August 21, 2014

As summer winds toward fall, this has been a year constantly ahead of itself, it seems.

Is your livestock’s water reducing profit?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Limiting water intake reduces animal performance quicker and more drastically than any other nutrient deficiency.

The basic science of Harmful Algal Blooms

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A little phosphorus makes Lake Erie the “Walleye Capital of the World,” but too much phosphorus can lead to harmful algal blooms.

Ask FSA Andy about conservation plans

Thursday, August 21, 2014

This week found yellow school buses screeching to a stop to pick up children with overstuffed backpacks and a lunch box in their hand, excited for their first day of school

Winning the race for beef demand

Thursday, August 21, 2014

As we get ready for preweaning shots and deworming, I think these calves are in the homestretch.

Huge crop or early frost: Race is on

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Crunch time in the grain markets: If we confirm a huge crop with early harvest, the lows are not yet in.

New Coke, typesetting and tractors

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The year I started at Farm and Dairy — 1985 — Coca-Cola attempted to change its 99-year-old formula to attract younger drinkers. Anyone remember “New” Coke? Didn’t think so. Seventy-nine days after its vaunted introduction, the new formula was discontinued and the company reintroduced the original Coke, proving once again, “if it ain’t broke, don’t […]

Hard work, embracing change pays dividends on the farm

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Farm lessons included ‘hard work, taking nothing for granted.’

Teens have earned my respect; adults, no

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Here in the Midwest it is fair season. County fairs are gearing up, winding down, and whirling along.

Yup, fact is stranger than fiction

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Herman Melville was a pretty good fiction writer, but his 1851 whale of a tale — something about a big fish and a peg-legged man named Ahab — was, in fact, based on the true story of the American whaling ship Essex that, in 1820, was attacked and sunk by a huge whale in the South Pacific.

Many thanks for another year of Ohio State Fair memories

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thank you to the parents, members and everyone else, for another great fair.

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Farmers depend on tuning into the world around them. Like a textbook, they read the land, plants and animals they raise for a living to determine their management choices.

Old property wills can make fascinating reading

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Old wills, and I mean really old wills, are fascinating to read. They’re a way to learn about how our ancestors lived, as well as seeing what worldly goods were important to them.

Good fishing intel before hitting Lake Erie = limit

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The big hand hit six and we were on our way north, heading for Fairport Harbor, Ohio, to see if we could luck into a batch of yellow perch.

Insects: Spittlebugs, galls, and evening singers

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Insects thrive during the warmth of summer, and many are conspicuous and familiar.

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