Archive for March, 2013

Pekingese dogs finally have their day

Thursday, February 23, 2012

A Pekingese isn’t your typical farm dog, but they’ve been the favorite of columnist Judie Sutherland her whole [farm] life.

FSA Andy: Tap into the services USDA offers by getting on register

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The USDA is trying to beef up the ways it reaches underserved farmers who are not currently enrolled in USDA loan, farm or conservation programs.

A roundup of 4-H news for the week of Feb. 23, 2012:

Thursday, February 23, 2012

BAINBRIDGE, Ohio — The Riders Express 4-H club celebrated its annual holiday party Jan 11. President Cassie Holub led a brief meeting, followed by a gift exchange. 2012 officers were elected as follows: Sarah Chapman, vice president; Alexa Manolio, secretary; Gina Moschella, treasurer; Kali Graft and Sydney Koenig, co-historians; Isabel Pignolet, recreation officer; Natalie Cserhati, […]

Jack Frost pays a mid-winter visit

Thursday, February 23, 2012

At last! While we were sleeping and even the stars shivered, he finally came, bringing with him his brushes to paint an icy forest on the window. Who? Jack Frost, of course. The artist has been waiting for the disgusting (to him) warm days and nights to end so he can get to work. Every […]

A roundup of FFA news for the week of Feb. 23, 2012:

Thursday, February 23, 2012

WEST SALEM, Ohio — Northwestern FFA will sponsor various activities during National FFA Week, the week of Feb. 18. Events will include a teacher appreciation breakfast, drive your truck/tractor to school day, an assembly and a community service activity. The chapter will collect items to donate to the Wooster Hope Center. The Northwestern-Wayne FFA chapter […]

Ben there, done that

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The air bag light came on in my vehicle the other day. This would be because there is a hole in my dash. A tiny pin hole in the vinyl (pleather?) the size of, oh say, a soccer cleat has been torn in the dashboard of my car. Who does that happen to? No one. […]

The Holy Bible

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Nothing is more pleasing to me as a pastor on a Sunday morning than to see people carrying to church their Bible. It is an indication to me that they have come to church prepared to learn the Word of God. When I attend a conference or a special meeting I always enjoy having an […]

Managing weeds in pastures isn’t the same as managing weeds in cropfields

Thursday, February 23, 2012

More than 95 percent of weeds can be controlled through good management practices.

Bird count might explain lack of blue jays, juncos

Thursday, February 23, 2012

With more than a month until April arrives, it may be premature to proclaim the end of winter. But since it never arrived, why not? So far this winter I’ve seen less than six inches of snow, and temperatures have been incredibly mild. Only twice has my thermometer dipped to 10 degrees. We did have […]

Cleaning supplies: How to make your house safe and healthy

Thursday, February 23, 2012

If this year’s unusual winter weather is any sign of what lies ahead, there’s a good chance we’ll be starting our spring cleaning earlier. But before you crack the windows, crank the tunes, and corral the cleaning supplies, resolve to make some small, but significant changes, in 2012 for a cleaner and greener household. Revelations […]

I’m going fishing … checkoff style

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Sometimes you just got to shoot the fish in the barrel and take the candy from babies. As a hunter of barrel-trapped fish who always takes candy from babies — that’s right, I’m a journalist — I can spot a carp from any golf course or barstool in any light any day of the week. […]

Gene helps with multiple leaf diseases in corn

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

WASHINGTON — Corn is one of the most widely grown crops in the United States, which produces 40 percent of the world crop. But as with all crops, diseases threaten corn production. Three diseases, southern corn leaf blight, northern leaf blight, and gray leaf spot, all cause lesions on corn leaves. In the U.S. Midwest […]

New geospatial data released in Cropscape tool

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

WASHINGTON — The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service recently released updates to its online geospatial exploring tool, CropScape. 2011 Cropland Data Layer products, which are derived from satellite image observations at 30-meter (0.22 acres per pixel) resolution, help users visualize how the volatile weather events of 2011 affected cropland in the U.S. The CropScape tool […]

Integrated weed management best response to herbicide resistance

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Over-reliance on glyphosate-type herbicides for weed control on U.S. farms has created a dramatic increase in the number of genetically resistant weeds, according to a team of agricultural researchers, who say the solution lies in an integrated weed management program. “I’m deeply concerned when I see figures that herbicide use could […]

Continuous corn faces higher nitrogen stress than crop in rotation, study finds

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

DES MOINES, Iowa — Corn grown in rotation with soybeans requires less nitrogen fertilizer than continuous corn, while producing higher average yields per acre, according to a recent research study by Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business. “Our research shows that corn residue acts like a ‘sponge’ immobilizing the fertilizer, making it temporarily unavailable to the […]

New Bt corn requirements used to improve refuge compliance

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

ST. LOUIS — As planting for the 2012 season approaches, the National Corn Growers Association notes that newly revamped on-farm refuge assessments are part of the enhanced Compliance Assurance Program implemented last year, which is designed to improve compliance with Insect Resistance Management requirements. Corn growers found to be out of compliance with refuge requirements […]

Need caffeine? There’s an app for that

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Caffeinated drinks such as coffee and soda are the pick-me-ups of choice for many people, but too much caffeine can cause nervousness and sleep problems. Caffeine Zone, a software app developed by Penn State researchers, can help people determine when caffeine may give them a mental boost and when it could […]

Two OSU workshops to look at what’s new in manure management

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

WOOSTER, Ohio — Manure technology workshops are set for March 19 in western Ohio near Grand Lake St. Marys and for March 20 in northern Ohio at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. The programs feature many of the same topics and speakers but also some different ones, said Mary Wicks of Ohio State’s […]

New oxen debut at Hale Farm and Village Maple Sugar Festival

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

BATH, Ohio — A team of 4-year-old milking shorthorn oxen moved from Maine to Hale Farm & Village in January. The oxen will make their public debut at the annual Maple Sugar Festival presented by Bob Evans Restaurants. After a pancake breakfast, the ancient process of maple sugar production will be demonstrated. Activities Other event […]

Farm Science Review seeking stories for 50-year celebration

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

COLUMBUS — As the Farm Science Review looks forward to its 50th farm show Sept. 18-20, show organizers want to get in contact with individuals who were in attendance at the early Reviews dating back as far as 1963 when it was held at Ohio State University‘s Don Scott Field in Columbus. “Progress is the […]

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