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Caterpillars, forest birds and trees … how they fit

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Let’s examine how small songbirds such as warblers, vireos and flycatchers act as keystone species in forest ecosystems.

Planning to not make plans at all

Thursday, May 29, 2014

I’m packing the camper — or at least supposed to be. What I’m actually doing is writing about packing the camper. Procrastination — it’s an art form. I love camping. I love having a camper and I love everything about “getting away from it all.” What I don’t love is planning. At all. Yesterday I […]

Walleye lessons still hold true over 20 years later

Thursday, May 29, 2014

In the mid-1980s, Lake Erie’s declared title of Walleye Capital of the World was already well established and undisputable. Those were times when the accepted method of walleye fishing was drift fishing and casting to the fish. The waters of Erie’s shallow western basin, a body of water stretching from Toledo to the islands, contained […]

Touching the electric fence

Thursday, May 29, 2014

American humorist Will Rogers once noted that he “wasn’t a member of any organized political party” because “I am a Democrat.” The crack is dead-on funny because it’s bulls-eye true. Just ask any Democrat.

Done planting? Keep good records just in case

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Producers should record all pertinent information of natural disaster consequences, including as much documentation as possible to substantiate your claim.

First 24 hours critical for calf colostrum

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Colostrum, the first milk given by the dam (mother), is packed with antibodies that act as a passive immune system until the calf’s immune system produces antibodies itself. But you have only a 24-hour window to get that colostrum in the calf.

Reduce waste when feeding, storing hay

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Hay handling tips that can keep your supply in good shape.

Mothers and mothering

Friday, May 23, 2014

Mother’s Day was this month and advertisers went nuts lauding mothers with a push toward candy, bouquets and flowery sentiments. People waited hours in line for the Mother’s Day buffet, ran flowers to homes, hospitals and sometimes, cemeteries. There were UN level negotiations on whether a young mother should enjoy “her” day or glorify her […]

FSA county committee members help fellow farmers

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Hello Again! As you read this, Memorial Day is right around the corner. Maybe you will celebrate with a cookout and a visit to the cemetery. Maybe you will attend a parade or maybe you will spend it in the seat of a tractor. No matter how you celebrate Memorial Day, I hope you take […]

Protect our food and agriculture

Thursday, May 22, 2014

I think most of us remember vividly where we were on Sept. 11, 2001. I know all of our lives have changed because of this horrific terrorist attack. It behooves us all to continue to be aware of the potential risks which are around us. I especially have thought of the potential ways in which […]

Schumman’s Water Cricket makes fly fishing easy

Thursday, May 22, 2014

When it comes to the sport of fishing, Kent, Ohio, can lay claim to lots of hometown fame, but none more lasting or more significant than a small bug created by William H. Schumman.

Why brown-headed cowbirds are lousy parents

Thursday, May 22, 2014

When I walked to my office this morning, I noticed a female brown-headed cowbird perched high atop the tallest tree in the yard. For 10 minutes she surveyed the surrounding area.

Fix rural broadband’s leaky, creaky ‘net

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Moving just six miles from a small central Illinois farm town to an even smaller, rural enclave in 2005 took the lovely Catherine and me from a drafty, big house on a leafy, wide street to a tighter, smaller house in a leafy, wide woods. Fabulous.

Ohio Manufacturing Company built early tractors

Thursday, May 22, 2014

One of the early tractor builders in Ohio was the Ohio Manufacturing Company in Upper Sandusky. In 1899, Samuel S. Morton built a crude tractor in York, Pa., with a large, horizontal, one-cylinder, hopper-cooled Otto engine mounted on a relatively, for the time, light-weight chassis with a short wheelbase.

A simple solution to plastic bags

Thursday, May 22, 2014

I see farmer’s fields littered with plastic bags. Equipment gets tangled in plastic. I see bags stuck in trees. I know they get swept in creeks and streams and out into our oceans.

On a dairy farm, derby races are good cause for a break

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Watching the big horse races was a family tradition.

Ceremonial surprise

Thursday, May 15, 2014

‘Tis the season of wedding invitations. They rain like celebratory rice (or birdseed for the eco-minded) from the mailbox, email and social media. “Save the Date” and “Please Join Us As We Celebrate … ” Let me assure you I love a party. Anything that combines dancing to Y.M.C.A and cake is fine by me. […]

It’s never too soon to hone your shooting skills

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The first shot from a new rifle is always a lesson in feel, sound, and result.

Planning for success in your operation

Thursday, May 15, 2014

By LEVI ARNOLD As agriculturists we do as much as we can to plan everything within our power. Whether Mother Nature lets our plans work out is often times a completely different case. From artificial insemination in livestock, fixing equipment, and everything else at hand a somewhat thought out plan is a good way to […]

The old field is filled with old feathered friends

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Almost overnight, the old field below the house has greened up, and birds have set up nesting territories. Bluebirds were the first to lay eggs because the nest box protects the eggs from the elements. Within just a few weeks, however, field sparrows, indigo buntings, white-eyed vireos, and cardinals have also established territories. Nest on […]

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