Roger Patterson of southwestern Pennsylvania, writes, “Late this summer I have noticed what appear to be tent caterpillar tents in my lilac bushes. I’m fairly certain these are not the tent caterpillars we normally get in the spring. “These late summer munchers are white and hairy. Their tents are similar, and they seem to kill […]
American farmers hardly noticed when, in mid-August, news broke that Australian-based BHP Billiton was willing to pay nearly $40 billion for the world’s largest fertilizer producer, Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan, Inc. The disinterest was honest; after all, who was BHP Billiton and what did it want with a Canadian fertilizer firm in the steady, if […]
A farmer from a temperate zone, such as one who farms in Ohio, looking for the first time at a tropical rainforest would be wrong to think of the landscape as a farming bonanza. Many would think: “Just cut down these trees and let’s plant some useful crops. If this forest is so luxuriant, surely […]
Hello again! The Wayne County Fair starts Sept. 11. It remains the largest Junior Fair in Ohio, with over 350 dairy projects, 350 swine projects, 150 lamb projects and 125 steer projects, along with numerous horse, goat, rabbit and poultry projects. This fair is also the least expensive to attend, with gate admission only $2 […]
The U.S. grain market is still uneasy about the crop size, and we’re positioning ourselves for a Pamela Anderson bust in prices.
COLUMBUS — How to price corn for silage is a perennially challenging question. The best answer will vary depending on the point of view: Are you buying or are you selling?
There are so few things we can hold on to, no matter how tight our grip. Summer is most definitely passing for another year. I watched from the back pasture as a huge flock of geese gathered overhead, some flying in from the north, another flock joining them from the east. As I walked back […]
Hello again! It is time once again for the big yellow school bus to start rolling down the road. Parents everywhere will be reminding their children to “Hurry up and eat your breakfast. You better not miss that bus. Don’t forget your lunch or lunch money.” Sound familiar? As a mother, I feel like I […]
As a little boy on our farm in Morgan County, I could identify orchardgrass, bromegrass, alfalfa and clover, but never heard of fescue. Then fescue moved in. I’m sure it was a combination of things. It was probably the spreading of fescue from reclamation projects and the fertility of the farm going down when it […]
When summer began I had the same feeling many parents do, worrying about how I was going to fill all those long, lazy days. Of course any worries I had were soon set aside by a grueling schedule of sleeping in, lounging around the swimming pool and starting a movie at 9 p.m. There’s no […]