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2015 winter storm

Manage the weather risk to avoid uncertainty: What to watch for in 2016

I went into this winter with the most firewood ever. I was ready to take on winter’s worst after battling multiple severe winters with a less than adequate firewood arsenal in the past. But, due to what has been a fairly mild season, it looks that I will have a head start on next year. [...]

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Sunday morning mutton bustin’ makes for unique “elevator speech”

We have a new pastor at church and he was walking through the congregation prior to the service last Sunday morning and he stopped to say, “Hello.” He looked down at my six-year-old son and said, “Pleased to meet you, what is your name?” Rather than sharing his name, my son said, “I went mutton [...]

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Not all grass is created equal. Here at West Coast Turf, sod is scrutinized. Ryan Young for ESPN

Even the biggest football game depends on agriculture

For those of us in agriculture, it is easy to see all of the ways that farmers, and what they produce, make our lives a bit easier to live. From the jeans we wear to the food we eat, there are an unlimited amount of products we use everyday that are taken for granted. Heck, even [...]

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Steps for a successful lambing or kidding season

Goat and sheep lambing season is here and well underway for some producers. It is always important to review your last lambing/kidding season and its successes and failures as you prepare to raises lambs and kids during the current year. The following article offers some helpful tips for goat and sheep producers. Take some time [...]

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Power Show Ohio

The 46th edition of Power Show Ohio is welcoming nearly 200 exhibitors displaying products from more that 600 companies. Power Show Ohio offers the opportunity to learn about products in the fields of agriculture, outdoor power equipment and construction.  It’s a chance for those same customers to get information that will afford them the know-how [...]

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Mountain Monsters: Trapper is not dead

I am pleased to confirm that despite rumors to the contrary in January of 2016, Trapper from the television series “Mountain Monsters” is alive and well. A publicist for Discovery Communications, Inc. and “Mountain Monsters” confirmed he is in good health after a cliff hanger during one of the episodes left fans worried he had [...]

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Follow up on our yield guess based on planting by the moon in 2015

If you’ll recall from last spring, we formulated a yield estimate based on the state’s planting progress according to the best phase of the moon to plant. According to two different almanacs, for planting corn in Ohio, the best days in 2015 were April 19, 20 and 23 through 25 and May 21, 22, and [...]

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New Campbell’s soup labels are GMmm-mmmO good for agriculture

When I first heard about Campbell’s soup voluntarily putting the Genetically Modified ingredients they use on their labels, I wasn’t quite sure what to think, in all honesty. Would this be a positive change to make for one of the nation’s largest food companies, or would it be a slippery slope toward making such labels [...]

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Approaching 2016 with a grateful heart

Earlier in the day a bag of dried beans for soup had broken open and a significant portion of its contents tumbled across the counter and down the kitchen sink drain. At the time, I hoped that they went all the way down. They didn’t. Instead, the dried beans soaked up water and swelled, completely [...]

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Top Stories of 2015

Our web site keeps track of the stories that generate the most interest and at the end of the year we like to review the top stories to gain insight into how to better serve readers of our web and print content and our radio listeners. Plus, it is always fun to see which story [...]

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