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 […]
O.K., admit it; you’ve never heard of a Davis automobile. Well, neither had I until a visit to the National Truck Museum in Auburn, Ind., a couple years ago. After World War II, during which no new automobiles were built for civilian buyers, there was a huge hunger for new cars and many manufacturers gave […]
Since the onslaught of 40 days of rain, the term “French drain” has been whispered in my ear. Let me assure you, it is not as sexy as it sounds.
Hello Friends, Every July, I write a topic about conservation practices. I do so because I strongly believe in the value of a couple of practices available under the continuous signup for the Conservation Reserve Program. We have all read about the algae bloom that takes place each year in the western basin of Lake […]
Have a Nice Day! When was the last time someone said to you, “Have a nice day?” One way you can have a nice day is to tell someone else to have a nice day. If you don’t believe me, try it. You will be pleasantly surprised. You may be thinking, as you read this […]
Pasture growth has been tremendous so far this year, but late summer heat and dry spells can change conditions quickly.
If I could have just one more day with my grandmother, I would treasure her stories beyond measure.
Many ponds are more than 50 years old. Depending on their drainage area, they can accumulate debris, leaves, sediment, yard waste, decaying pond plants, etc. Eventually the pond will need to be dredged to restore the full use of the pond for the owner. When cattails march out toward the middle of the pond, it […]
Summer time is insect time. Unfortunately, stinging and biting species such as wasps and mosquitoes get most of our attention for all the wrong reasons. Many insects are beneficial, and most are benign. My favorite summer insects are hummingbird moths. I know they have begun to emerge because digital images from readers arrive almost daily. […]
I read with great interest Kristy Foster Seachrist’s article last week in the Farm and Dairy about changes in the grain indemnity law in Ohio. She wrote about a new bill that was signed July 11th that updates the size of the indemnity fund, and that specifies that the farmers are first in line for […]
After a 10-day cooling off period known as the Fourth of July recess, House and Senate members came back to steamy, hot Washington, D.C. July 9 to do exactly what most Americans expected them to do: Spew more steamy, hot bilge at each other. These folks are, after all, seasoned professionals when it comes to […]
Editor Susan Crowell on the precautionary principle: Public perception of risk can certainly be different than a scientific assessment of risk, but I’m not sure my perhaps-ignorant perception should hamper scientific inquiry.
Some days come and go with little left behind to be held in our memory. Some are emblazoned forever. Wings of steel It was a beautiful morning as I ran my errands last Wednesday. I had spent time with a great friend, and we talked about how neighbors and friends used to be there for […]
Ultimately, supply and demand of cropland for rent will determine the cash rental rate for each parcel. The expected return from producing crops on a farm parcel is the overriding factor in determining the demand for a farm and is the primary driver in establishing an equitable rental rate. Local supply and demand of cropland […]
I grew up playing in red dirt. Not in the south, but in central Ohio. The tree trunks were all stained red and when dad plowed, the small amount that stretched into the field was like a shining beacon compared to the plain old brown soil surrounding it. There was not a large amount of […]
A few weeks ago I wrote about snakes and why they’re good to have around. I urged readers to protect them rather than kill them on sight. I expected a fury of letters from snake haters. I was pleasantly surprised to get no such mail. This is the first time I’ve written about snakes that […]
Twice a year readers who write, telephone or send drone aircraft to my office take over this space to air their gripes, grievances and gratitude. As in the past, gracious letters outnumber the ones soaked in jalapeno sauce. Unlike the past, however, this year’s peppery correspondence contains record levels of heat. A mid-May email from […]
CAMP PERRY, Ohio — It takes a steady hand, a focused eye and several thousand rounds of practice shooting to get anywhere near the winner’s stand here at Camp Perry, a place and a time each year when and where the world’s top shooters gather to squeeze triggers and share time with friends of like […]
The western expansion and industrial revolution that occurred in the U.S. during the 19th century required billions of board feet of lumber. Trees were thick in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, around the Great Lakes, in New England, and in the pine woods of the South, but how to get the heavy logs from […]
Last week I wrote of how graciously Mr. Wonderful took it when I accidentally bumped our (read: his) custom boat trailer off a post. I am proud to say how nice he was about the whole thing. He didn’t get upset or call me careless or dumb (both of which would apply). He knew I […]