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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 […]

Be thankful for Ohio’s wildlife in 2013

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks of course, but many hunters are especially thankful that it signals the start of deer gun season the following Monday. I think I see more pickup trucks parked along the road the first day of gun season than are on the road. And while hunting is now for […]

Despite our best efforts, grass carp are likely here

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has determined there are a number of potential concerns.

Are farm tours on your calendar? They should be

Thursday, October 31, 2013

By Deb Bigelow What do tourism, agriculture, fall foliage, history and conservation have in common? In Coshocton County it would be our Fall Foliage and Farm Tour, held annually the third weekend of October. This tour highlights farms, agribusinesses, historical sites and the beautiful landscape of our area with vibrant fall colors. Our tour is […]

Farming technology takes to the air

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Back when I was just a little feller, my dad would take some of us up to the brand new Noble County Airport for a “fly-in” that was sponsored each year by the Noble Soil and Water District. Our county was one of the beneficiaries of former Gov. Rhodes’ effort to build an air strip […]

Silage responsibility: Protect our future

Thursday, October 10, 2013

I remember one of the first times I learned about silage leachate and how toxic it can be to aquatic life. Luckily, my first experience wasn’t looking at a bunch of dead rotting fish trying to get out of their polluted homes. I was simply reading about it, and talking about conservation practices to help […]

Timber contracts: Remember to get the terms in writing

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Timber sale contracts back in my grandfather and great grandfathers days consisted of a good ole firm hand shake and working together with the landowner to make a good timber harvest. Times have changed In this busy world we live in now with modern technology and everyone going in nine different directions to make ends […]

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