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Camelina crop may save the day for northwest Pa. farmers, landowners

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

WEST MIDDLESEX, Pa. — A rather low-budget, low-input crop may be a boon to northwest Pennsylvania farmers. Camelina sativa, an oilseed from the Brassica family, is a valuable crop for biofuel production. Already in production in Crawford County, with a demanding market in place nearby, camelina is poised to be a real moneymaker. Spread the […]

Ohio Maple Days: There’s so much to say about syrup

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

KIDRON, Ohio — As technology improves, our production practices tend to change. Whether you’re milking cows or growing apples, it’s natural to check out the latest trends and newest equipment. But cutting-edge innovations often come with a big price tag, so how can you be sure those new ideas are worth a hefty initial investment?

Grazing conference inspires hope

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

DALTON, Ohio — It didn’t matter that the winter roads were terrible, or that the outlook for milk prices is even worse — the atmosphere at the North Central Ohio Dairy Grazing Conference, Jan. 29-30, was positive, even revival-like.

No-till pioneers from two continents highlight tillage conference

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

WEST MIDDLESEX, Pa. — Nearly 150 farmers from Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York interested in no-till farming gathered to share their knowledge and pick up some new tips at the 12th annual Tri-State No-Till Conference last week in West Middlesex. Franke Dijkstra, a pioneer of no-till farming in Brazil, and Steve Groff, billed as Pennsylvania’s […]

Ohio farm wins American Sheep Industry Association award

Monday, February 2, 2009

DENVER — Outstanding U.S. sheep industry members were honored for their contributions to the industry at an awards luncheon held Jan. 23 at the American Sheep Industry Association/National Lamb Feeders Association Convention in San Diego.

Fertilizer prices vary at the retail level, but are stabilizing in general

Friday, January 30, 2009

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — After reaching unprecedented price levels last year, fertilizer markets are adjusting to a dramatically different economic situation, making it hard for fertilizer dealers to set their prices and causing some farmers to delay their purchases, said a Purdue University specialist. “Fertilizer markets are now much more global, not only from the […]

Building fences in the bayou ’til the cows come home: Volunteers help rebuild Texas ranches

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — Chip, a Texas cattleman, bragged to Jesse Dotterer and the handful of others visiting his Anahuac, Texas, ranch. Years of selective breeding had paid off in the herd he managed with his wife, Jean, and her twin sister, Janet. The cattle were resistant to bayou mosquitoes, suited for the area’s grasses, and […]

It’s time to evaluate your pastures

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

There is no time like the present to evaluate your pasture fields for damage from over grazing and weather related stress. While you are trying to warm up after feeding your livestock and checking on their water, it is a good time to evaluate your recent management successes and challenges. After dealing with a drier […]

New apple was 20 years in the making

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

URBANA, Ill. — A new, late-ripening apple named WineCrisp, which carries the Vf gene for scab resistance, was developed over the past 20 plus years through classical breeding techniques, not genetic engineering. License to propagate trees will be made available to nurseries through the University of Illinois. Apple scab Being resistant to apple scab is […]

Open wide: Tooth abscesses are very common in alpacas and llamas

Monday, January 26, 2009

With spitting accuracy like a sniper, alpacas and llamas use their mouths for more than chewing. But unfortunately, “tooth abscesses are very common,” said Varsha Ramoutar, a resident in the Farm Animal Reproductive Medicine and Surgery section at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Depending on the sex, llamas and alpacas have 30 […]

Exhibition offers sweeping history of the horse

Saturday, January 24, 2009

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Carnegie Museum of Natural History will display the acclaimed exhibition The Horse, an in-depth look that showcases spectacular fossils, models, dioramas and cultural objects from around the world, Feb. 28 through May 24. The exhibition also shows how horses have influenced civilization and major changes in warfare, trade, transportation, agriculture, sports and […]

You better know your production costs for 2009

Friday, January 23, 2009

By MIKE DUFFY Estimating costs of crop production for 2009 will be extremely difficult. Some farmers have received forwarding pricing, some set a quantity only and still others will use the spot market. The price consequences of these decisions are substantial. Foreign competition for material, the current U.S. financial crises, the energy price situation and […]

Shorthorn female reigns supreme

Thursday, January 22, 2009

There was a great deal of excitement as the supreme champion beef winners were named Jan. 12 at the 2009 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg, Pa.

Ohio cattlemen remember Roy Wallace, present top awards

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

COLUMBUS — A year ago, the U.S. beef industry mourned the death of Ohio’s Roy Wallace, vice president of beef programs at Select Sires, who died suddenly while attending the National Western Livestock show in Denver. On Saturday, the Ohio beef industry celebrated Wallace’s life and contributions, as the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association awarded its Industry […]

Champion animals hit auction block at Pa. Farm Show

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Evan Vonada, a 4-H’er from Clinton County, earned a $10,000 bid for his grand champion market steer at the Pennsylvania Farm Show. Hoss’s Steak and Sea House purchased the 1,300-pound champion at the farm show’s sale of champions Jan. 13. This year’s sale totaled $32,800. The second-highest selling animal at the sale […]

Brown brothers take top spots in horse pulling contest

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Brown brothers of Acme, Pa., in Westmoreland County, took home the bragging rights in the heavyweight division of the horse pulling competition at the 2009 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.

Lots of new faces on ag committee

Monday, January 19, 2009

WASHINGTON — The new House Committee on Agriculture will sport many returning representatives, but at least on the Democrat lineup, 11 are freshman legislators. Committee chair Collin C. Peterson, Minnesota, announced the House agriculture committee members for the 111th Congress last week. On the Democrat side, members include 11 freshmen and 17 returning members. The […]

2009 Ohio Auctioneer’s Hall of Fame Inductees

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Herbert Bambeck and Dennis Eberhart were inducted into the Ohio Auctioneer’s Hall of Fame during the OAA Winter Convention held in Dublin, OH.

Researchers derive accurate estimates for the cost of foodborne illness

Saturday, January 17, 2009

COLUMBUS — Ohio State University researchers have derived new, more accurate estimates for the cost of foodborne illness in Ohio. To do so, they developed a method for more comprehensively measuring the social cost of foodborne illness that could become the standard model used nationwide. New model Using the new model, the best estimate of […]

Cattleman finds perfect combination

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Dave Noll thinks about expected progeny differences and corn gluten and how many round bales he needs to get through winter. He builds fence and drives tractors and vaccinates cows. It’s the stuff that farming is made of.

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