World population, U.S. farm productivity, Earl Butz and Bret Maverick: What should farmers believe?
So you think you’re going to get a farm bill by the time the budget brawl breaks out Oct. 1?
Hello Again! The motto for the Boy Scouts is “Be prepared.” Are you prepared for your 2013 harvest? Will your corn be singing, “Oh give me a home”? Have you considered applying for a Farm Storage Facility Loan through your local FSA office? The Farm Storage Facility Loan program will allow producers of eligible commodities […]
When we start out in our life, most people begin by developing a special friendship with one special friend. Some children begin by becoming friends with a schoolmate or a neighbor. This becomes someone special in their life that they can trust and have something in common with. “Be cautious with whom you associate, and […]
How are your hay and pasture fields doing this summer? There has been so much rain in many areas this year that some may be just finishing up first cutting hay. I have talked with many farmers this summer that have mentioned their hay yields are down and pastures have not been as productive as […]
Have you ever used a no-till drill on your farm? Have you thought about it, but decided the traditional method of plowing and planting into bare soil is the only way to go? What if I told you no-till drills are an essential tool for anyone looking to improve their soils, save money, and operate […]
The knees ache like thumbs that have met the business end of a hammer. The lower back sends signals to the brain to quit doing whatever it is you’re doing. Baseball and games like that which used to quell the need to compete are fading pastimes. It happens when the age is a number approaching […]
Recovering an endangered species requires legal protection, habitat, motivated staff, funding and time. Sometimes it can take decades for a species to recover. When a species has an extended reproductive period and breeds only once each year, time will be the limiting factor in the species’ recovery. Consider, for example, bald eagles in Pennsylvania. In […]
For years we have happily ignored our county fair as something one enjoys hearing about from other people while blissfully avoiding the cost and stress for themselves. It’s like international travel. I want to thrill to your stories of working a mission in South Africa precisely so I don’t have to go to any trouble […]
In our industry, we may market milk, but I still believe that our best “off the farm” product is our kids.
Congressional appropriations to R&D of the National Institutes of Health totaled nearly $31 billion in fiscal year 2012. Ag research got a paltry $277 million.
After months of hearing yes, no and maybe from wildlife officials, this year’s deer hunting regs, as well as those for all hunting and trapping seasons, are finally in ink. The new 2013-14 hunting regulation booklets are available in hard copy from license dealers or can be read or printed online at the Ohio Division […]
Farmers in Ohio must realize a number of facts. Among those are: • The weather is going to be different from one growing season to the next, but never ideal. • There will be a variety of crop pests and the pest remedy options will have drawbacks. • Soils will vary greatly, but soil organic […]
Successful top managers have successful businesses. Failing top managers have failing businesses. Family farms are no different.
“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring — it was peace.”— Milan Kundera I was raised a dog lover. Maybe it is born in […]
So you want to be King? It helps immeasurably to be born into the Royal Family so you can mark that off your “to do” list Royal Baby. Well done! Fame. Now, you probably don’t realize it yet because you’re an infant and, as such, permitted to sleep on the job, but most people aren’t […]
Hello Friends, Do you think there is something is goofy about the weather? Call it whatever, but we might want to start thinking about it. There were four confirmed tornadoes in Carroll County in July. They have had one in the last 30 years. Last Thursday I had just emptied my rain gauge when it […]
The hay is blooming, the sun is shining and, in the coming month, Congress is bringing its dysfunction to a VFW hall or church basement near you.
North America’s duck populations stable or improving.
If you are anything like I am, I enjoy being around people who are of good cheer. Nothing can ruin your day more than being around a person who is always negative, critical, crabby, and down in the dumps about life in general. Don’t misunderstand me. I realize every now and then we all have […]