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‘Pigweed on steroids’ reaches area

Be on the lookout for a new troublesome weed, Palmer amaranth. Amaranthus palmeri is a member of the pigweed family, but it is much more difficult to control than our redroot pigweed. Palmer amaranth adapts quickly to new environments and many populations are resistant to popular...

Farm ‘custom rates’ on the rise

By ED LENTZ Farmers may hire someone else to complete some or all of the work that needs to be done. There are many reasons for hiring the work out: lack of special equipment, lack of expertise, lack of time, or lack of labor. For example, a grain farmer may not raise livestock,...

Pork virus spreads to 20 states

Pork producers are facing a virus that causes young pigs to die in large numbers. It is the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus, first detected in the United States last year. It has quickly spread to 20 states, including Ohio. The virus is not new. It was first observed in England...

Soil can filter, treat wastewater

By ED LENTZ Farming became a major industry in northwestern Ohio because the area was blessed with naturally fertile soils ideal for crop production. However, farmers were unable to take advantage of this resource until drainage systems were built in the latter part of the 1800s...

Ag Hall of Fame seeks nominations

By ED LENTZ Agriculture has contributed to Hancock County since the pioneers settled. Many individuals are involved in agriculture, but there are a few who stand out for their efforts and contributions to the community. The Hancock County Agriculture Hall of Fame award recognizes...

Ohio State offering beef production webinars

By ED LENTZ The beef industry is recovering from tough years of high grain prices and limited forage caused by drought. Cattle producers have thinned herds to survive. Steak and hamburger lovers are seeing the consequences with higher beef prices. Prices have also been strong...

‘Agrability’ workshop helps farmers, others with the challenges of aging

By Edwin Lentz Farmers greatly enjoy their lifestyle of independent living, working in the outdoors, and being their own boss. Most farmers in the country and in our area are more than 50 years old and do not plan to retire. However, like the rest of us, farmers face physical...