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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. […]

Winter is the time to make plans

Thursday, February 20, 2014

By JON ROALES Winter is here, there is no doubt about that. As someone who has worked outside his entire adult life, that means one of two things. Either, I am putting on many layers of clothes and trudging through cold days, or I was laid off. While it is not very fun to work […]

Liming: Are you keeping your soil healthy?

Friday, February 14, 2014

Liming is not new science, back in 1760 George Washington was adding marl, a source of calcium carbonate, to his farmland as a way to “sweeten the soil.” Managing soil acidity sounds so old school but we are still using calcium carbonate to perform this soil altering function. Liming recommendations Current liming recommendations are more […]

Cold weather brings us challenges

Thursday, February 6, 2014

I am just hoping that someday my children will actually go to school for a whole week!

Groundhog Day is chance to break cycle

Thursday, January 30, 2014

As the Super Bowl Groundhog Day approaches … think about the Bill Murray movie. … Are you stuck in a negative loop? Could you improve and make things right?

Natural resources conservation on the farm: It’s our obligation to leave a legacy

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Legacies can also be left in the area of ‘conservation.’

Following tile and pipe rules makes for ‘one less thing’

Thursday, January 9, 2014

By DAN KRAMER Forrest Gump was a great movie. At least that’s my opinion. I’ve had people tell me it wasn’t something they enjoyed because it was kind of quirky and just odd. One example was Forrest rambling on about, well, everything. The entire movie takes place as a story Forrest is telling various people […]

Foresters can offer sound advice on timber sales

Thursday, January 2, 2014

WOODSFIELD, Ohio — A few months ago I wrote an article about timber sale contracts. Since then I have had a few people call and stop me on the street and say how much they enjoyed the article and how it helped them to prepare for future timber sales on their property, or they wished […]

Firmly grounded yet moving forward

Thursday, December 26, 2013

With bellies full and hearts warmed by family festivities, hopefully the holidays provide the much needed time to recharge our minds and rejuvenate our spirits. With a new year quickly approaching, this time also allows us to reflect on the past and plan for the future. In just five short days, we’ll be turning the […]

Growing chestnut trees from seed

Thursday, December 19, 2013

This summer I had numerous landowners stop in our office asking for information on how to grow chestnut trees from seed. Many of these landowners were going to gather seeds from other mature trees on their property and were not sure what to do next. Options One option is to plant the seeds outside as […]

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