Monday, November 30, 2015

Monthly Archives: December 2011

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Scientists say invasive weeds are overrunning many vital "riparian" lands -- the ecologically diverse natural habitats that run along the millions of miles of our nation's waterways and help to prevent or moderate flooding.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- In the first extensive survey of its kind, researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences sampled nearly 500 sink drains from 131 buildings -- including businesses, homes, university dormitories and public facilities -- in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and California.

WORTHINGTON, Ohio -- The 2011 Ohio Soybean Yield and Quality Contest had a total of 128 applicants in its second year running.

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- According to a new study by Paul D. Mitchell, ag economist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the herbicide atrazine benefits U.S. corn, sorghum and sugar cane farmers by up to $3.3 billion annually, thanks to increased yield, decreased cost and reduced soil erosion.

PITTSBORO, N.C. -- In the world of local niche foods, raising heritage livestock is becoming just as popular as growing heirloom fruits and vegetables.

ELSIE, Mich. -- The 10th annual Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference will take place Feb. 9-11 at the Soaring Eagle Resort, Casino and Conference Center in Mount Pleasant.

Seems we always find religion when we are standing on the brakes. All I could think -- and say aloud -- as we skidded, squealing tires, seat-belt constricting my heart, which seemed poised to leap out of my chest, was "oh God! Oh God! Oh God!"

As we slip into the sweet week between Christmas and New Year's there's only one task to complete before clearing the desk and brain of all things 2011: readers having the last word in the last column of the year.

If you are anything like me I cannot believe how quickly the year 2011 passed by. It seems like the older I get the faster the year's pass by.

2011 will certainly be remembered for a long time as one of the wettest on record. I can't cite any "official" data, but we've had at least 12 more inches of rain this year than our average.