A farmer from a temperate zone, such as one who farms in Ohio, looking for the first time at a tropical rainforest would be wrong to think of the landscape as a farming bonanza. Many would think: “Just cut down these trees and let’s plant some useful crops. If this forest is so luxuriant, surely […]
COLUMBUS — How to price corn for silage is a perennially challenging question. The best answer will vary depending on the point of view: Are you buying or are you selling?
I cannot believe how fast the summer of 2010 has passed. As the days become shorter and corn silage harvest begins, each of us will have more on our plates as we rush to get our harvest completed while juggling the daily dairy chores. Operating a highly competitive dairy requires the talents of many people, […]
It is hard to believe, but corn silage harvest will start soon on many dairy farms. Please review the following information as you prepare for the upcoming harvest. At this time in the growing cycle, the most important manageable factor that will influence the nutritional value of this year’s corn silage is maturity at chopping. […]
Numerous Ohio farmers hire workers to complete machinery operations and other farm related work due to lack of equipment, time or expertise. Many farm business owners do not own equipment for every possible job they encounter in the course of operating a farm. Instead of purchasing the equipment needed, they seek out someone with the […]
Last weekend’s heat was the most challenging for bovines of all ages (and their people) so far this year. Milking cows are usually the primary focus of heat stress abatement strategies, as they are the animals generating the most heat on the farm due to their size and their stages of lactation. While they are […]
As farmers, we know the cows must be milked rain or shine, hot or cold, sick or not, but what do you do when the unexpected happens? Who milks the cows, makes sure the feeding and other work gets done when the person responsible for those chores is unexpectedly unable to fulfill their duties? There […]
When couples marry, they do so with the outlook that it’s a life-long commitment. Have you considered what might happen to the assets you and your family have worked hard to accumulate if that commitment is broken? Farm and agricultural businesses often have high capital investments in land, machinery, livestock, and miscellaneous equipment. The typical […]
Beginning in 2012, a little discussed mandate in the health care reform legislation will require any business — including a farm — that purchases more than $600 of goods or services from another business or individual to submit a 1099 tax from to the Internal Revenue Service.
As I was trying to determine a topic for this week’s column, I began thinking as I drove through several different counties that — with all the farm work that seems to be taking place all at once — maybe stress would be a good topic to revisit. Seasonal stress The seasonal stress of trying […]