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 […]
I have improved tile drainage around my property and have clear open outlets to the road ditch. In low flows everything is fine, but then during high flow events, the water can’t get away because my neighbor’s driveway culvert is half plugged and in complete disarray and they do not seem interested in doing anything […]
By Lori Morey Most of us only think about our septic systems when they are making themselves known to us in some disturbing way, such as backing up in the home or yard. Unfortunately when that happens it is usually too late and something has gone very wrong. In Ohio alone there are about one […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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, […]
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.