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Referendum on Sorghum Checkoff Program slated

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Hello Again! Here’s some news for the sorghum people in your life. The U.S.D.A. has finalized procedures for the upcoming referendum on the continuation of the Sorghum Checkoff Program and is announcing the dates it will conduct the referendum. For the program to continue, the Sorghum Promotion, Research and Information Order requires that a referendum […]

Bottled serenity could cure any illness

Thursday, January 27, 2011

“I was shaken awake by a nasty wind this morning. As I headed out to the barn to begin my chores, I saw that a nice little fall of snow had created a flattering prospect for sleighing.“ — Alexander Smalley, entry in diary, January, 1868 By JUDITH SUTHERLAND Farm and Dairy columnist I have often […]

Soil testing supplies useful information

Thursday, January 27, 2011

As I look out my window and see the snow covering the ground, it is hard to believe that spring is just 60 days away. Even with the snow on the ground, now is a perfect time to think about spring planning. Spring planning can include all sorts of projects and goals, such as planting […]

It can be beneficial for farmers to learn to communicate with young workers

Thursday, January 27, 2011

If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a hundred times — “kids today just don’t work like we did.” I heard that when I was the kid and I hear it today referring to a whole new generation of kids. Maybe it’s not the kids, maybe it’s the adults. As adults maybe we don’t […]

Braving the not-so-great outdoors

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Pity poor Chico the Chihuahua. Chico, three whole pounds of bruiser canine muscle (aka delicious morsel) was out with his owner last week when a great horned owl swooped down and tried to fly away with poor Chico firmly gripped in his talons. This is clearly a risk when your dog weighs less than the […]

Junior Duck Stamp contest showcases talent and gives a shot at scholarship

Thursday, January 27, 2011

This one is for serious kids who have artistic talent, an appreciation for wildlife and the outdoors and are looking for a way to show those talents off. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now accepting entries for the 2011 Ohio Junior Duck Stamp contest, which is administered by Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. Entries […]

Wild game hunts and stories from the past

Thursday, January 27, 2011

In a story in its Jan. 5, 1896, issue, The New York Sun quoted 94-year-old Orrin Decker, who told of two wild game hunts that had taken place in northern Pennsylvania in 1818. The old gentleman was, in 1896, visiting Waverly, Pa., a town just south of the New York border, between the Susquehanna and […]

Evening grosbeaks are a rare ‘invader’ to spot

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

In the winter of 1996, I wrote: “It’s been a grosbeak winter.” I haven’t been able to repeat those words since. Evening grosbeaks were once a winter visitor that appeared in great numbers one year and then were totally absent the next. Only their unpredictability was predictable. I observed the same erratic pattern of winter […]

Grains gaining ground again

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Some corn, soybean, and wheat contracts made new highs once again on the Chicago Board of Trade, but significant losses overnight going into the Tuesday trading have the new highs standing out on the Board.

Setting new goals for 2011

Thursday, January 20, 2011

By the time you read this the majority of New Year’s resolutions will have been cast aside like old shoes. It takes roughly 21 days to make — or break — a habit. If you’re not careful you may have already lit up, eaten a second (or fifth) doughnut and expressed enough road rage to […]


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