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2016 1-75/I-71 Crop Tour follow up

To follow up on our I-75/I-71 Ohio Crop Tour, we got some of the actual yields from the fields we sampled in August. Below you can see how well (or how poorly) we did with our yield estimates. County, Actual yield, Crop Tour estimate in August Allen, 160, 136 Auglaize 150, 150 Darke, 205, 152 [...]

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My brother Aaron holds the mink he just caught in the closet.

Mink in the house!!

A mink is surely among the top few creatures that roam the wilds of Ohio that you do not want to encounter in close quarters. Minks are rarely seen but widely known for their beautiful pelts. They are also cunning, ferocious and have a musky odor that almost rivals a skunk. In short, a mink [...]

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Finally! A trophy worth bringing home

On my son’s window sill sit about six trophies from his days of playing anything from soccer to baseball, basketball to flag football. But the newest addition to his collection is the one that should mean the most. Two years ago, Calvin decided he wanted to join the Cub Scouts. At that time our lives [...]

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Les Imboden sits on a mountainside on a recent trip to Brazil, taking his own advice to travel and gain different perspectives. Photo by Stacie McCracken, Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association.

Top stories of 2016

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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A Farmer’s Christmas List

Dear Santa, I’m not sure what I have done wrong, but corn prices seem worse than a lump of coal these days. Am I on your good list this year? Just in case, here is a list I hope you find me worthy of. #1 A normal growing season (I don’t know what normal is [...]

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Frozen rain barrel? Don’t get caught out in the cold — like me.

“To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.” –Mark Twain It got pretty cold this past weekend. When it gets cold, water freezes. When water freezes, things break. That was almost the case with a large rain collection tank at my home recently, though a bit of rushing around helped get things thawed. [...]

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The wilds of Ohio

As the end of the year draws near, we take a look back at the web posts that have done well over the last 12 months. Since the initial post about the possibility of crossbred coyotes that grow larger and could be more aggressive in Ohio’s fields and forests in 2014, it has become among [...]

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The ugliest Christmas tree

‘Tis the season for cutting Christmas trees on the Reese family farm. We work very hard on our farm to grow nice looking Christmas trees, but anyone who has searched for the perfect tree knows that not all trees are created equal. I spend many hours this time of year with families carefully pondering their [...]

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Hot dog! Consumers want to know how the sausage is made

I am all about transparency. I have said for years that the agriculture industry should be run like a Subway shop. Let me see how my food is being made and let me have a say in how its made. But how far can this transparency idea go. What is the limit? Well, I think [...]

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