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Timber sales require education, caution

Thursday, August 22, 2013

If there’s one thing that most Farm and Dairy readers have learned in the past couple of years, it’s that when you deal with someone who is interested in the natural resources under your property, you need a long agreement that covers every imaginable scenario to protect your land and secure the future for you […]

No-till drills — saving money while protecting the environment

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Have you ever used a no-till drill on your farm? Have you thought about it, but decided the traditional method of plowing and planting into bare soil is the only way to go? What if I told you no-till drills are an essential tool for anyone looking to improve their soils, save money, and operate […]

Planting cover crops can make life easier

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Farmers in Ohio must realize a number of facts. Among those are: • The weather is going to be different from one growing season to the next, but never ideal. • There will be a variety of crop pests and the pest remedy options will have drawbacks. • Soils will vary greatly, but soil organic […]

Pond owners: Plan ahead for dredging

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Many ponds are more than 50 years old. Depending on their drainage area, they can accumulate debris, leaves, sediment, yard waste, decaying pond plants, etc. Eventually the pond will need to be dredged to restore the full use of the pond for the owner. When cattails march out toward the middle of the pond, it […]

Use these resources to get the dirt on soil

Thursday, July 18, 2013

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 […]

Many reasons to plant cover crops

Thursday, July 11, 2013

(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? […]

Let’s get serious about conservation

Thursday, June 27, 2013

There is not one person on this earth who does not need our soil and our water in order to survive.

Balloon releases: What goes up, must come down

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Balloons become pollution, and sometimes, deadly pollution.

Life lessons learned: Grandparents can connect children to nature

Thursday, June 13, 2013

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 […]

It if can hold soil, use it for plants! Garden size doesn’t really matter

Thursday, June 6, 2013

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 […]

It’s everyone’s job to keep invasives out

Thursday, May 30, 2013

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 […]

Dirt on Conservation: Trees do more than provide shade

Thursday, May 23, 2013

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 […]

Dirt on Conservation: Ag plastic recycling project underway

Thursday, May 9, 2013

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 […]

Bobcats are intriguing creatures in Ohio

Thursday, May 2, 2013

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 […]

Cicadas won’t be visiting Ohio this year

Thursday, April 25, 2013

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 […]

Helping young people care: closing the gap between children and nature

Thursday, April 18, 2013

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 practices

Thursday, April 11, 2013

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 […]

Keep a wary eye on your tile line or you will suffer the consequences

Thursday, April 4, 2013

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 […]

Some insight on the out-of-sight and out-of-mind: septic systems

Thursday, March 28, 2013

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 […]

Keeping soil healthy and productive

Thursday, March 21, 2013

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 […]

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