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Keeping soil healthy and productive

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Have you ever heard the saying, “The more things change, the more they stay the same?” From my research, Alphonse Karr is credited for this statement but how many times have each of us repeated this? It doesn’t seem to matter what industry you are a part of; someone is always coming up with a […]

Blue green algae: You don’t need to fix the problem if it doesn’t happen in the first place

Thursday, March 14, 2013

If you raise crops, and fertilizer is your biggest expense, then it only makes sense to use it wisely, and following the 4Rs can increase productivity and minimize the environmental impact of continuous cropping.

Could we handle another big flood?

Thursday, March 7, 2013

As I sit here writing this article, the weather has been less than pleasant. I watch it transition from rain to snow, to sleet, and back to rain. Being the conservation minded person I am, I can’t help but observe streams and ditches as I drive back and forth to work. The movement of water […]

Don’t give bats a bad rap —they just need help and understanding

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Recently, a friend told me about a bat flying in their barn. It was late December and right before a cold spell. It landed and was hanging on a board in the rafters, and they wanted to know what to do about it. Well, she wanted to “help” it, and her husband wanted to kill, […]

That old, abandoned road on your property may not be abandoned

Thursday, February 14, 2013

To prevent headaches or disputes, if you’ve got an abandoned road on your property, find out if the road was ever vacated and is no longer an official road.

Bees? It’s a valuable, and fun, hobby

Thursday, February 7, 2013

In 2009 I started something that I never thought I would do — beekeeping! (If someone had told me a few years ago that I would become a beekeeper, I would have told them they were crazy.)Oh, I’d been around bees because my grandfather and grandmother always kept bees and at one time my grandfather […]

Focusing in on conservation

Thursday, January 31, 2013

So much of life depends upon your point of view. Everyone has different experiences and learns from a unique perspective. My grade school consisted of two classes per grade level and each had a different teacher. I discovered early on that, although I was in the same grade at the same school as my first […]

A tried-and-true solution to nutrient pollution, then and now

Thursday, January 24, 2013

From cattle to commerce, mills to malls, and farmlands to frack pads, every watershed has historically supported a large variety of ever-changing land uses, determined by the availability and management of nearby natural resources. Since their formation by the Ohio General Assembly in 1941, Ohio’s 88 Soil and Water Conservation Districts have been at the […]

The pros and cons of owning a pond

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Private ponds can be a great way to add function, as well as scenic beauty, to your property. A properly constructed pond can provide a landowner with their own personal fishing hole, swimming destination or place to view wildlife. The possibility of these positive aspects tends to consume the landowners thought process when deciding to […]

Winter time means it is a good time to control invasive species in the woods

Thursday, January 10, 2013

It’s January and it’s cold — not surprising for our area. However, as you look out the window praying for that so-called “global warming” to kick in, you think, “This is a great time to take control of those invasive species in my woods.” OK, so that may not be exactly what you were thinking, […]

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