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Keep compost weed-free: Time, temperature and turning critical factors

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Compost can be a gardener’s best friend. It can deliver dramatic improvements in soil quality and nutrients to nourish your plants throughout the growing season. But unless you use the right techniques, you may also find yourself with a bumper crop of weeds. “Composting is a biological process that decomposes leaves, lawn […]

Weed resistance to Roundup only matter of time

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Roundup Ready crops have made weed control much easier for farmers, but a new study shows their reliance on the technology may be weakening the herbicide’s ability to control weeds. Bill Johnson, a Purdue Extension weed specialist, said farmers who plant Roundup Ready crops and spray Roundup or glyphosate-based herbicides almost […]

Homeopathy has its fans and foes

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Mahatama Ghandi used it. So did Mark Twain and John D. Rockefeller. Cindy Crawford, Paul McCartney, Oprah Winfrey and Prince Charles are all said to be fans. The object of their admiration? Homeopathy, a non-toxic method of treating illnesses characterized as pure genius by its fans and pure quackery by its […]

Company honored for mine land reclamation

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

COLUMBUS — A Coshocton-based mining company has been recognized for increasing the use of trees in its mine land reclamation program. The firm partnered with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) to implement the reclamation technique, which improves the state’s land and water resources and enhances the wildlife and beauty of previously mined areas. […]

West Virginia resident celebrates 102nd birthday with family and friends

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

WELLSBURG, W.Va. — On April 4, life-long Brooke County, West Virginia resident William J. McFadden, affectionately referred to as “Pap,” celebrated his 102nd birthday at the Brooke Hills Park Clubhouse near Wellsburg. He shared the day with close to 100 of his family and friends. No one drove him to his party and the event […]

Winners of the 2008 West Virginia Big Buck Contest revealed

Monday, April 13, 2009

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The winners of the 2008 West Virginia Big Buck Contest have been announced by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, according to Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Biologist Gene Thorn, chairman of the West Virginia Big Buck Contest Review Committee. The contest is sponsored by Toyota and administered by the Division […]

Daffodil Drive-It-Yourself tour to feature 13 stops in Carroll County

Monday, April 13, 2009

CARROLLTON, Ohio — The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce Agriculture and Natural Recourses Committee will hold its second annual Daffodil Drive-It-Yourself Tour of Carroll County April 19 with map and trip program pick-up at the Carroll County Fairgrounds from 1-4 p.m. The stops will be open from 1-6 p.m. Dinner The Carroll County Fair Barn […]

Time to thank your Mom for all she’s done

Saturday, April 11, 2009

She brought you into this world, watched you grow, taught you right from wrong and will love you always. She guided you through the good times and not-so-good times and instilled in you the knowledge needed to face and conquer the outside world. She has provided a support system that will be in place forever. […]

Ag group says farm prices need to be in line with producer production costs

Friday, April 10, 2009

AMES, Iowa — As sectors of America’s economy begins to show preliminary signs for a recovery, the nation’s farm economy remains deeply troubled. U.S. men and women who produce grains and milk for America’s table are receiving, on average, one-half of what they did in mid-2008. At the same time, their input costs are higher […]

Pennsylvania nursery growers must sign up for crop insurance by May 1

Friday, April 10, 2009

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff urged nursery growers who want to be protected against losses for a full year to sign up for crop insurance coverage by May 1 because adverse weather, wildlife damage and the marketability of their crop cannot be predicted. Enrollment in new multiple peril crop insurance, or MPCI, policies […]


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