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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 […]

Here’s to steady planting progress

Thursday, May 15, 2014

With the arrival of mid-May, every farmer I know is feeling the need to push hard through any window of opportunity.

Feeding the world: Part two

Thursday, May 15, 2014

It’s just a fact that some people see the proverbial glass half-full rather than half-empty and some people say tomahto, others tomato. These tomahto/half-fullers aren’t knuckleheads. They simply view the world from a different angle and, often, that difference offers fresh insights and solutions others can’t see given their never changing, tomato view. Read part […]

Remember to report your planting

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Crop reporting is still required to maintain eligibility for most USDA programs.

Commentary: Science doesn’t support GMO labels

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The science of food safety doesn’t support mandatory GMO or biotech food labels.

Grain markets drop on planting progress

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The grain market response to the planting progress has been a little ugly.

Commentary: Russian (science) roulette and fear

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Ignorance, and misinformation, is very difficult to overcome, particularly with a general populace that is increasingly science-illiterate and a lack of public trust in research by both the government and universities.

The language of birds is a beautiful one

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Birds vocalize throughout the year, but the purpose of the sounds varies. Always, however, birds sing to communicate.

Acme Cultivator Company origins are obscure

Thursday, May 8, 2014

By SAM MOORE During most of the 20th century Salem, Ohio, was a hotbed of industrial activity with several large manufacturing plants, such as those of E.W. Bliss, Mullins, Eljer and Deming. There were, however, many smaller firms, with some located in backyard garages or barns. One of the latter was the Acme Cultivator Company […]

Packing light

Thursday, May 8, 2014

So the school is kidnapping my baby and taking her to New York City. O.K., technically “kidnapping” may be a harsher term than necessary. I may have technically signed a permission slip, but that was during the endless winter of snow when May seemed as likely to come as free unicorn rides. Now the day […]

Deer antlers: The most highly prized bone in the woods

Thursday, May 8, 2014

They are the sparkle in a hunter’s eye, possible the only reason he or she hunts. The topic of conversation at every gathering. They grace the cover of nearly every fall issue outdoor magazines, and they are the focus of banquets, camp fires and contests. They are what success is measured by, the basis for […]

Mom, the sharpshooter in the family

Thursday, May 8, 2014

I awoke before daybreak, and for the first time in a very long time, I feel like the me I used to be. If you’ve never experienced a head injury of any type, you will have no idea what an enormous gift this really proves to be. Ever since my head crashed to the icy […]

Tree assist. prog offers relief

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Hello Again, The Farm Service Agency recently announced orchardists and nursery tree growers who experienced losses from natural disasters that occurred on or after Oct. 1, 2011, can sign up for the Tree Assistance Program. TAP was authorized by the Agricultural Act of 2014 as a permanent disaster program. Ohio has been hit hard this […]

Two words that will feed the 9 billion

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Just before this weekly effort began 21 years ago this month, its two founders, the lovely Catherine and me, compiled a list of nearly 30 words we thought its title could include. Two words, however, shouted to be in every permutation of every possible title: farm and food. The point of farming was — is […]

Dairy landscape: Back to normal

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Dairymen, expect milk prices to more or less steadily drop, starting next month.

The lure of the weather market

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Delayed planting across the country has led to a weather market, and that is dangerous for farmers and traders alike.

Keep your butts off my landscape

Thursday, May 1, 2014

By TAMMY L. JONES Did you know that cigarette butts are litter? In Ohio, as well as other states, you can be fined for throwing your cigarette butts out of your car window the same as if it were a pop can or fast food bag. A good website to visit is www.cigarettelitter.org. It lists […]

It takes a village to celebrate

Thursday, May 1, 2014

I tend to be fine with the passing of my own birthday. I don’t get overly excited about the new year and the start of another school year is usually quite exciting. I love the snap of fall air and anticipation. What gets me sentimental every time is the passing of another birthday for my […]

And the moral of the food supply is…

Thursday, May 1, 2014

By ALAN GUEBERT If you’re a regular reader of the American agricultural press you already know that the three greatest threats to U.S. farmers and ranchers are the nut-eating vegans at PETA, HSUS and Chipotle Mexican Grill. You were thinking drought, flood and low prices, right? Nope. When the apocalypse arrives, according to we in […]

Thanks to Lake Erie, boating is big in Ohio

Thursday, May 1, 2014

By MIKE TONTIMONIA Although Ohio has but one major natural lake, the Buckeye ranks high in recreational boating. Of course that one major lake is a Great Lake, and indeed, Lake Erie is obviously the most significant single draw for boaters, measured by boat registrations and economic impact. But while the waters of Lake Erie […]

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