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Dead trees are more than just firewood

Thursday, July 31, 2014

If I would ask the question, “what are living trees good for,” I would probably get a large response.

Building steps to a ‘home sweet home’

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Building a new home is an exciting yet stressful time in anyone’s life. However, with just a little investigating and some simple questions, the process can run smoothly.

Don’t be the butt log of your harvest

Thursday, July 17, 2014

What would you say, if I were to tell you I would give you $25,000 dollars to select cut some veneer quality white oak 20 inches and greater DBH out of your woods.

What’s your farm’s color saying?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Have you ever driven along and noticed the rich green color of a cornfield on one side of the road while on the other side there’s a yellowish color to the corn crop?

Conservation makes a difference, for ourselves and the future

Thursday, July 3, 2014

We all know people (maybe you are one of them) who are dedicated to a cause, a community, a church, a charity, a job. They are the ones who step up and get the job done. Quite simply, dedicated people are the backbone of any organization. Not a startling revelation, but one that I have […]

Soil test has surprising results

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Medina SWCD just completed a soil testing project in cooperation with Spencer Feed and Supply, located in Spencer, Ohio, in the western part of Medina County. Their service area is mostly in the headwaters of the Black River Watershed to Lake Erie.

Native plants produce many options

Thursday, June 19, 2014

I often get questions about what the name of a particular plant is. Sometimes I know it right off the top of my head, sometimes I mull it over for a while and reach back into that part of my mind filled with cobwebs and pull out the answer, or too often I do not […]

Aerial planting makes cover crops more interesting and practical

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Cover crops are an old topic, but the benefits are worth repeating.

Paint fades, but healthy soil does not

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Take a little time and a little money and take a good look at the fertility level of your fields. When was the last time you pulled a soil test for that corner pasture that you can only graze for a few days a month cause there’s not much grass? For that matter, when’s the last time you sampled your best field?

Be the change… A farmer’s pep talk!

Friday, May 30, 2014

By CATHY BERG As I sit here today in my office watching the trees sway in the wind, and admiring the beautiful hostas, iris’s and bleeding hearts growing outside my office window, I think of how much the world has changed. Public perception Public perception and our beliefs appear to now be more influenced by […]

A simple solution to plastic bags

Thursday, May 22, 2014

I see farmer’s fields littered with plastic bags. Equipment gets tangled in plastic. I see bags stuck in trees. I know they get swept in creeks and streams and out into our oceans.

Planning for success in your operation

Thursday, May 15, 2014

By LEVI ARNOLD As agriculturists we do as much as we can to plan everything within our power. Whether Mother Nature lets our plans work out is often times a completely different case. From artificial insemination in livestock, fixing equipment, and everything else at hand a somewhat thought out plan is a good way to […]

Keep your butts off my landscape

Thursday, May 1, 2014

By TAMMY L. JONES Did you know that cigarette butts are litter? In Ohio, as well as other states, you can be fined for throwing your cigarette butts out of your car window the same as if it were a pop can or fast food bag. A good website to visit is www.cigarettelitter.org. It lists […]

Who practices what we preach?

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Use best management practices when it comes to your conservation practices.

Keep your yard green and water clean

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The recent surge of long-awaited warm weather has brought some of us back to a long-lost, yet oh so familiar place…our yard! In the weeks ahead, we will joyfully watch spring bring our yard back to life. This sacred space surrounding our home hopefully brings feelings of comfort, relaxation, pride and security. Whether we are […]

Growing in high tunnels takes planning

Thursday, April 3, 2014

High tunnels make it possible to grow crops in cooler conditions and extend the growing season.

What is sustainable agriculture, really?

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Writing Dirt on Conservation articles is a rewarding task that all the soil and water staff members who write take seriously. We all want the readers to know what we do, how we do it and who we do it with. My problem is coming up with a topic that hasn’t already been covered and […]

Herbicides and cover crops must agree on each other

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Some ongoing tips for successful cover crops.

Expect more fish kills after this winter

Friday, March 7, 2014

Is this year’s winter weather setting ponds up for massive fish kills? The answer is probably yes. Most ponds could be subject to possible fish kills later this year, attributed to prime conditions brought about by this winter’s extreme weather. The disaster recipe for a fish kill in a pond starts with sustained periods of […]

Perseverance to correct erosion problems

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Even the most die-hard winter fan must be hoping that spring is right around the corner. I don’t fall into the category of liking winter; I simply endure it. Most days I find myself needing an attitude of perseverance to get through this time of year. I like this quote about perseverance: “Don’t be discouraged. […]

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