Archive for November, 2013

Invasive weeds may be partially to blame for flooding along U.S. rivers

Saturday, December 31, 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.

Disease-causing strains of Fusarium prevalent in bathroom sinks

Saturday, December 31, 2011

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.

Soybean yield and quality contest winners announced

Friday, December 30, 2011

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

Weed killer Atrazine aids conservation tillage

Friday, December 30, 2011

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.

Rare swine breeds: Are heritage hogs the next niche market?

Friday, December 30, 2011

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

Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference set for Feb. 9-11 in Mich.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

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.

The brake sign is flashing

Thursday, December 29, 2011

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!”

Farm and Food File: Readers respond in year-end column

Thursday, December 29, 2011

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.

Welcome 2012

Thursday, December 29, 2011

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.

Plan ahead to avoid repeat of 2011

Thursday, December 29, 2011

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.

On My Mind: Looking forward to reaching summit

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Awaiting my morning wake-up call — Toby knows exactly when 8 a.m. comes — my mind rambles, and on this morning I reflect on what my imagination can create. (What would we do without a good imagination? It can make or break your day.)

It pays to watch the behavior of woodland animals

Thursday, December 29, 2011

The two hours after dawn and the two hours before dusk offer wildlife watchers and hunters excellent viewing opportunities. I like to sit quietly with my back to a big tree, and watch and listen. Chipmunks, squirrels, and other small mammals often dominate the action as they alternate between barking out alarms calls and searching […]

Gray wolves are no longer endangered species in the Great Lakes region

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Give a standing ovation to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for a recent decision to remove the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act in the western Great Lakes region.

Dairy Excel: Who knows what milk prices will do!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

USDA December forecast for the incoming year has been so bad over the last 10 years that it is very tempting to advise people to take a position opposite to the forecast.

A roundup of FFA news for the week of Dec. 29, 2011:

Thursday, December 29, 2011

JEROMESVILLE, Ohio — The Hillsdale FFA chapter’s Food Science and Technology team, Sarah Bookman, Jordan Haas, Megan Poynter, and Logan Garber, competed Nov. 21 at Loudonville High School, where they placed first and moved on to state. At the state level, Dec. 3, the team placed third overall. The chapter’s junior and senior parliamentary procedure […]

Top farm stories of 2011

Thursday, December 29, 2011

A year-in-review look at 10 of the biggest farm issues we covered in 2011.

Farmland leasing website assists landowner, farmer

Thursday, December 29, 2011

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The North Central Extension Farm Management Committee has published a website to help farm operators and landowners construct a farmland lease agreement they can both equally benefit from.

OSU Extension, conservation services partner for livestock composting workshop

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

NEWARK, Ohio — The Seneca, Crawford and Wyandot Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Natural Resources Conservation Service and OSU Extension will hold a livestock mortality composting workshop Jan. 18 from 7-9 p.m. at Wyandot County Recycling Center, 11385 County Highway 4, Carey, Ohio.

Online tools, app help guide guests through Pa. Farm Show

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

HARRISBURG, Pa. — New, interactive online tools can help visitors to the 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show navigate the show’s more than 24 acres and nearly 250 events and activities

Hunters, show us your bag!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Hunter Sam Arisman holds the antlers of an 11-point buck he took on his family farm in Enon Valley, Pa. Show us your own hunting triumphs by submitting a photo for our Brag About Your Bag gallery. Of course, bragging rights aren’t just reserved for deer hunters. Snag a wild turkey, squirrel, rabbit or waterfowl this season? We’d love to see!

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