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In 2010 an Amish crew refurbished the Reese barn.

Five generations of family and one barn

Including my children, five generations of the Reese family have worked and played in the old barn on my parent’s property — that is a lot of pitchforking and hay fort building. When faced with a decision about the future of this incredible, historic structure, my parents made the decision in 2010 to hire a [...]

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Four-bean pods in Preble Co.

Ohio Crop Tour recap

Ty Higgins barely gets a chance to catch his breath this time of year as we go from the busy Ohio State Fair straight into the Ohio Crop Tour and then he jumps right back in the passenger seat to ride along on the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour. It is always interesting every year [...]

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Farmers do business with a huge corporation

There is no doubt that farmers are becoming more productive and that is because they are doing big business with a big company. With this one humongous company’s help, farmers are more efficient. This company helps farmers grow a bigger crop and do it on fewer acres with fewer chemicals and limited trips over the [...]

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OSF Draft Horse Show 60

Ohio State Fair to add new draft horse classes

Be sure to check out the Ohio State Fair Draft Horse and Draft Pony Show Aug. 3-7, 2015. Draft horses and ponies from all across the country will visit Ohio to compete in classes throughout the week. In addition to the traditional halter and hitch classes, two new classes will be held. A new class [...]

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A small patch of soybeans trying to make a late run through some corn stalks from a year ago in Allen County.

A not-so-scenic drive around northwest Ohio

Throughout the 2015 growing season, we have heard about the challenges farmers are dealing with when it comes to disease and pest pressures, the unforgiving onslaught of thunderstorm after thunderstorm and what seems to be endless amounts of rain flooding out would-be flourishing corn and bean fields across Ohio. The weekly crop progress reports have [...]

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This little goat  seems to enjoy her time in the sink.

Goat enjoys luxurious long baths

This past spring, I spent much time washing a little goat named Sugar. Sugar was new to our little herd at the time, but I got to know her quickly because she developed a skin issue that require regular baths. Despite the fact that these baths took place in the house in a utility sink [...]

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Field signs pay tribute to Brian Myers

This summer you may see some unusual field signs when traveling rural roadways in northwest Ohio.  Here’s why. In June, 20-year-old Brian Myers from Paulding County was tragically killed in a car accident.  He was serving as an intern for AgriGold in northwest Ohio and was attending The Ohio State University. Brian was known for [...]

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Flooding in Darke County by Scott Labig

Rain, rain, go away

Nearly every USDA NASS rainfall checkpoint in the state of Ohio is in the plus category for rainfall totals since April 1, and the rains keep coming. Van Wert is leading the state in rainfall totals with a staggering 28.24 inches of rain since April 1 which puts the location more than 15 inches of [...]

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A successful interview with Jerry Bambauer in 2014

Awkward football interview offers perspective on Ohio’s great ag spokespeople

There has been quite a stir in the world of college football lately about a painfully awkward interview between ESPN’s Colin Cowherd and recently hired M*ch*gan head football coach Jim Harbaugh. On the day of the now notorious interview I was driving around western Ohio with Ty Higgins doing several story visits and we listened [...]

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As you can see, my bucks enjoy eating from their new homemade hay feeder.

Easy homemade hay-saving small livestock hay feeders

Hay waste has been a constant problem for me through the years. I love my goats, but they waste much hay. In the past, I have tried all kinds of hay feeders, but nothing has worked until we tried this most recent version. I didn’t come up with the design on my own, we modified [...]

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