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Not all progress comes with engine

Thursday, July 10, 2014

It was a pretty drive through farm country to attend Horse Progress Days in Mount Hope on a beautifully sunny Fourth of July. The quiet little town in Holmes County is just to the south of us here in Ohio by about a 40-minute drive. The thermometer had dipped down in to the 50s overnight, […]

Bioluminescence: Living lights are natural wonders

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The light that fireflies produce is nothing short of amazing.

What’s your farm’s color saying?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Have you ever driven along and noticed the rich green color of a cornfield on one side of the road while on the other side there’s a yellowish color to the corn crop?

OSU Extension planning meetings to help dairymen assess options.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Changes loom on the horizon for both crop and dairy farms as provisions of the 2014 farm bill are implemented.

Ask FSA Andy about acronyms

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Even though I vowed almost 30 years ago when I first starting working here that I wouldn’t use acronyms, I find myself using all of them.

Farming gets in your blood at birth: ‘I want to stay out here with the cows’

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Farming can get in a family’s blood early on.

Summer of squalor

Thursday, July 3, 2014

I accepted a certain amount of savagery in my life when we willingly entered into living in a house without granite countertops, a master suite, attached garage or central air. Clearly, our standards are low.

Old feathered friends can be found at the beach

Thursday, July 3, 2014

A trip to the beach can be filled with surprises. One sure bet is that there will be gulls galore.

Conservation makes a difference, for ourselves and the future

Thursday, July 3, 2014

We all know people (maybe you are one of them) who are dedicated to a cause, a community, a church, a charity, a job. They are the ones who step up and get the job done. Quite simply, dedicated people are the backbone of any organization. Not a startling revelation, but one that I have […]

Readers respond to farm and food column

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Columnist reviews his feeback — the compliments and the criticism.

USDA report shocks the grain market

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

After the June 30 USDA acreage and stocks reports, we are looking at the worst one-day trading in years, and the market is struggling to decide what low prices really are.

Soil test has surprising results

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Medina SWCD just completed a soil testing project in cooperation with Spencer Feed and Supply, located in Spencer, Ohio, in the western part of Medina County. Their service area is mostly in the headwaters of the Black River Watershed to Lake Erie.

Sign up for CRP any time

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Last week, the Farm Service Agency restarted the Continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) signup. This program gets its name from having no ending sign-up date, thus it is a continuous signup. The CRP program is designed to take environmentally-sensitive land out of production and install conservation practices, by providing yearly rental payments and cost sharing […]

Pollinators are needed to keep the world green

Thursday, June 26, 2014

By SCOTT SHALAWAY Every year, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture designates a week in June as National Pollinator Week. The effort is intended to draw attention to the invaluable services provided by bees, beetles, butterflies, flies, birds and other pollinators. Plants reproduce when pollen (sperm) from male flower parts (anthers) reaches the pistil (site of […]

It really does all come out in the wash

Thursday, June 26, 2014

I don’t want to burst anyone’s bubble or make them question the beliefs they hold dear and the meaning of life, but I do think it’s time we set the record straight. I can no longer live this lie and neither should you. Let us come clean on a universal truth: You will never, ever […]

New Ohio deer hunting regulations available now

Thursday, June 26, 2014

By MIKE TONTIMONIA This year’s crop of whitetail fawns is on the ground but they aren’t the only new things that might interest Ohio deer hunters. The new laws regulating deer hunting are also on the ground, so to speak. Actually, the new 2014-15 regs are online and in print. Booklets are available from Division […]

Technology makes a big difference in forage production

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Technology, while costly, can make a big difference in your forage crop.

Sometimes the needy are closer to home than we think

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

There was a big family who had just moved in to our community, and one day in class I noticed the hole in the new boy’s shirt.

Betting against climate change

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

According to 2013 data compiled by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, you and I owe our very existence to water. After all, 92 percent of our blood, 75 percent of our brains and muscles, 60 percent bodies and 22 percent of our bones is plain, simple old water. Even more to the point, while most […]

Great weather brings poor grain prices

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

It is hard to argue with the direction of the corn market, which has been down. It is also hard to envision a scenario where we can justify a big weather market.

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