Saturday, July 4, 2020
Farming 101

Farming 101

Farm and Dairy is featuring a series of “101” columns throughout the year to help young and beginning farmers master farm living. From finances to management to machinery repair and animal care, farmers do it all.

High tunnels are temporary structures that extend the growing season and can be used for a variety of vegetables, small fruits and flowers.

Most hay fires occur within the first six weeks after baling. Moisture content is the main factor that causes hay and straw to spontaneously combust.

In June, Ohio passed a state law allowing multipurpose farm utility vehicles to drive on all roads, except highways.

A properly built and well-maintained fence can last a long time. A maintenance program can help you stay on schedule with routine fence checks and repairs.

Tagging livestock is an important part of animal identification but must be done properly to keep the animal from losing its tag or getting an infection.
Tilling

Understanding a tractor’s stability — its center of gravity and stability baseline — in relation to outside forces could prevent a major accident or injury.
fencing on farm

Planning is the key to ensuring fencing is installed properly and you're getting the most out of your investment.
farmland

There are many reasons for a farm to consider growing, even in today’s environment of tight margins. Here are nine options for expanding the farm business.
Angus cattle grazing

Animals can be unpredictable. No matter how well you think you know your livestock, something could spook them, causing the animal to react quickly and violently.
potato field irrigation system

Farmers who are considering the purchase of an irrigation system for their vegetables or small fruits must consider many factors.