Archive for December, 2014

Wheat growers advised to scout for stripe rust; still time to apply fungicide

Thursday, May 31, 2012

COLUMBUS — While most wheat statewide is at the early grain fill stage of development, growers should still scout carefully for stripe rust, as some farmers have reported finding the disease in their fields, according to an Ohio State University Extension wheat researcher. For those who do find the disease, there still may be time […]

There are varied reasons as to why birds sing songs

Thursday, May 31, 2012

A Parkersburg, West Virginia reader writes that, “Mockingbirds woke me up several times last night. Why are they singing at night?” Daily conversation Birds vocalize throughout the year, but the purpose of the sounds varies. It may be tempting to assign human explanations to bird behavior, but such logic misleads. Contrary to folk wisdom and […]

Think About it: Senior adults

Thursday, May 31, 2012

SENIOR ADULTS We hear much today about senior citizens. Senior citizens are people who have reached an age in their lives that are now looked upon as older adults or as elderly people. “Rebuke not an elder, but entreat him as a father I Tim 5:1.” I remember when I was a teenager I used […]

Take a guess how this is going to end

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Since you speak English as well as anyone, perhaps you understand the working paragraph of a May 19 Washington Post column that explains the trading strategy employed by JP Morgan Chase & Co. to, ah, hedge its market risk. It reads: “It is this exemption that would allow (J.P. Morgan executive, Ina) Drew and her […]

Bad gas causes problems for boaters

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Jarrod Craft, lead mechanic at Ravenna Marine, has a big cardboard box full of bad news. Bad news to boaters that is. The stuff Craft collects represents lots of ruined boating days. Wreckage His bad news box is packed with costly pieces and parts, things like plugged fuel filters, degraded fuel pump parts, carburetor floats […]

The secret life of a drainage ditch

Thursday, May 31, 2012

You’ve heard the saying that the value of land is based mainly on location, location, location. But after working for many years in a conservation district, I have come to believe that the value of land is also greatly affected by drainage, drainage, drainage. Many of the drainage systems landowners rely on have deteriorated over […]

Life as a news junkie

Thursday, May 31, 2012

I watch the news mainly to feel better about myself. No matter how dorky I might be on any given day (and my dork is legendary), there is always someone trying to rob a bank with a blow dryer, or driving their car into a swimming pool on the evening news. How can you not […]

A roundup of 4-H news for the week May 31, 2012:

Thursday, May 31, 2012

ASHTABULA, Ohio — The Saybrook Raiders met May 21. Proceeds from the bake sale fundraiser were used to buy everyone a T-shirt. The club will be selling food June 16 at the small animal clinics on the fairgrounds. Abri Jones reported on her recycling project fundraiser with Ashtabula Recycling. The club will raise a pen […]

A roundup of FFA news for the week of May 31, 2012:

Thursday, May 31, 2012

MILLERSBURG, Ohio — Thirty-three members of the West Holmes FFA attended the 84th annual state convention May 3-4 in Columbus. Members Travis Campbell, Garrett O’Donnell, Aaron Clark, and Shane Gardner had proficiency interviews to start the morning, and the other members went to the Columbus Zoo. All members then attended the first session, led by […]

Moorefield Farms is sold on hay

Thursday, May 31, 2012

For Josh Moorefield, of Shreve, Ohio, making hay is what got him into farming, and kept him farming.

Creating a new digital divide?

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Technology is helping communication companies merge telephone, television and Internet services, but a push to deregulate may leave some customers on the wrong side of the digital divide during this convergence, according to a Penn State telecommunications researcher.

‘Abnormally dry’ soil causing issues with early-planted crops

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Although planting is ahead of last year, much of the area is short on rain and some damage is being observed.

Farmers, say hello to the weather market

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Put this week in your diary as the one that determines if we make a weather market run back up on grain prices, or continue the weekend downturn into new lows. Rain will be the reason.

Ask FSA Andy: FSA elections and Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

FSA Andy discusses Memorial Day and the upcoming County FSA Committee Elections.

Disease could kill Ohio’s walnut trees

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

In an effort to protect the walnut trees of Ohio, the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is proposing an exterior state quarantine regulating the transportation of walnut products from areas of 12 states to prevent the introduction of Thousand Cankers Disease (TCD) to Ohio’s walnut trees.

Bigger heifers take better management

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Breeding heifers by size, rather than age, can impact profit potential.

Economist: Dairy title in new farm bill cuts volatility by protecting margins

Monday, May 28, 2012

One of the dairy measures proposed for the next farm bill would kick in when the price received for milk sinks too close to the cost of feed.

West Virginia Agriculture and Forestry Hall of Fame inductees

Saturday, May 26, 2012

The West Virginia Agriculture and Forestry Hall of Fame Foundation has selected four individuals for induction in 2012.

Training to help companies meet new food safety requirements

Friday, May 25, 2012

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The PennAg Feed, Grain and Allied Industry Council will host a training opportunity for industry members, to learn the concepts of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point which will help each company meet the requirements contained in the Food Safety Modernization Act regulations. The training will be held June 5-7 at the Lancaster […]

The self-employed, and not just farmers, boost rural economies

Friday, May 25, 2012

Economic leaders in rural areas should recognize and encourage self-employed entrepreneurs.


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