I remember one of the first times I learned about silage leachate and how toxic it can be to aquatic life. Luckily, my first experience wasn’t looking at a bunch of dead rotting fish trying to get out of their polluted homes. I was simply reading about it, and talking about conservation practices to help […]
Timber sale contracts back in my grandfather and great grandfathers days consisted of a good ole firm hand shake and working together with the landowner to make a good timber harvest. Times have changed In this busy world we live in now with modern technology and everyone going in nine different directions to make ends […]
Thermal stratification is a change in water temperature at different depths in a pond. And it’s the reason sometimes you get fish kills in lakes or farm ponds.
If there’s one thing that most Farm and Dairy readers have learned in the past couple of years, it’s that when you deal with someone who is interested in the natural resources under your property, you need a long agreement that covers every imaginable scenario to protect your land and secure the future for you […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
(By Cody Totten) Cover crops have become of growing interest throughout Ohio and the Midwest in general. But why would a farmer who is already busy enough want to go through all the time, labor and financial input to have a winter crop that either dies off or they have to kill in the spring? […]
There is not one person on this earth who does not need our soil and our water in order to survive.
Balloons become pollution, and sometimes, deadly pollution.
A quote from Benjamin Franklin states: “Tell me, and I forget. Teach me, and I remember. Involve me, and I learn.” To explain, 15 years ago I arrived into “grandparenthood” for the first time and one of my greatest pleasures has been to share my appreciation of natural resources with now four young people who […]
With the improved weather, my thoughts have turned to gardening. My family plants a large garden every year. But not everyone has the space, the tools or the physical ability to plant a quarter of an acre of vegetables. People are becoming more and more creative with ways to grow a few tomato plants or […]
By DAN KRAMER Has the world really gotten smaller? Well, no, but the word ”global” is often used these days to describe how our vast planet has seemingly shrunk. It’s a global economy, a global society, a global marketplace. Is it also becoming a global ecosystem? The local prevalence of non-native invasive species of plants […]
Under the shelter of my porch, I watched as a gray squirrel corralled her three babies up a maple tree. The expression “like herding cats” came to mind, and I smiled at mama’s dedication and instinctual commitment to protect her young. Within minutes, they scrambled up high into the maple’s branches and the family disappeared […]
I grew up in a recycling house and didn’t even realize it. My parents both grew up during the Depression and they would never throw anything out unless there was absolutely no other use for it or until it was beyond repair. My mother would wash out cans and jars to use for storage containers […]
The bobcat (Lynx rufus) is native to Ohio but was once extirpated from the state in 1850 due to the early settlement. In 1997, Division of Wildlife initiated a project to systematically monitor the status on bobcats in the state. In 2011, there was confirmation of 136 sightings, which is an increase since 2010 of […]
The buzz is on its way for the East Coast this summer. Several states up and down the East Coast are expected to be inundated with Magicicadas, but Ohio has to wait for this extraordinary natural event. Magicicadas, or periodical cicadas, usually appear between May and July. Periodical cicadas are a 1 to 1.5 inch […]
By JOHN NEIDER In today’s world, it is often difficult to get people excited about natural resources conservation. There are a thousand distractions around us every day, and little thought is given to the natural world. With technology advancing at an unprecedented rate, and with a growing disconnect between children and nature, we are presented […]
Cost-effective Conservation! Simple Practices that Make a Big Difference! Improve Your Farm in 5 Easy Steps! Did I grab your attention like those magazines in the check-out aisle? I usually read those eye-catching articles and realize I already knew most of the information, but need to put knowledge into action to see improvements. A lot […]