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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.

Ask FSA Andy about FSA loan funds

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Farm Service Agency continues to have loan funds available in all categories of the loan programs.

Pastures and pipelines: Projects are not as simple as you think

Monday, August 11, 2014

The scope of a pipeline company’s activities may impact your farm operation for a long time to come. Don’t rush anything, and get it in writing! Tips for landowners.

You can pay for employees’ time, but how do you really motivate them?

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Farmers should take time to examine the five functions of management: planning, organizing, staffing, directing and controlling.

While Congress is on recess, there is much we can still learn

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Congress left a lot undone, before going on summer recess.

Turn mowing pains into healthy gains

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Mowing the lawn doesn’t have to be a dreaded chore.

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