Poultry producers tighten security

After a quiet fall, an avian influenza virus again has been detected in commercial poultry, this time in southern Indiana. Nine other cases have been found in that area since the first confirmed case on Jan. 14. It has been identified as an H7N8 subtype, a different strain of...

Training, tests scheduled for farmers

What do farmers do during the winter after the harvest? One thing is to attend training to fulfill requirements to be recertified for licenses. Most of these licenses or certificates have to be renewed every three years. One of the more common renewal programs in our area is for...

State law restricts area farmers’ application of nitrogen, phosphorus

Most farmers take soil samples for nutrient analysis in the fall. They will then apply lime, phosphorus, and potassium, depending upon the analysis. These nutrients are applied as commercial fertilizer or manure in the fall after crops have been harvested and before the soil...

Chamber-sponsored tour to visit Cooper Farms, Haviland Plastics

Agriculture is one of the primary industries in our area. Years ago, many of us had direct experience with a farm owned by our parents, grandparents, or other relatives. Today, however, many individuals have no connection with a farm. Social media is loaded with incorrect and...

Corn pollination problems unlikely

Corn has tasseled, which means pollination has begun. It’s a critical time in corn production. If pollination does not occur, a farmer will have ears of corn with few to no kernels. Pollination transfers pollen from the male flower parts to the female flowers. The male...

Grillmasters: Read the meat labels

The challenge of being a grillmaster is more than throwing a slab of meat on a wire grate. It takes an understanding of the different cuts of steak, and selection of the best quality. Certain meat cuts are more conducive for grilling. The following steaks are appropriate for...

Frost seeding can improve pastures

Soils thaw and freeze during the transition from winter to spring. This can disturb and mix the upper soil layer by the swelling and shrinking properties of clay, which is abundant in many of our soils. Farmers take advantage of this by a practice that is called frost seeding,...

‘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...
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