According to the animals, spring has arrived

As ice in ponds and small lakes gives way to spring, dead fish may be found floating near shore or resting on the bottom. This is “winterkill.” It will likely occur in some areas. Winterkills are caused when persistent ice...

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...

Where does Publishers Clearing House get its money?

Q: Where does Publishers Clearing House get the money it supposedly gives away? — Mark Donaldson, Findlay. A: The private company in Port Washington, New York, claimed $750 million in revenue in 2012 from its sale of magazine...

Meet Hancock’s wildlife officer: Eric Vonalmen

Many think that a wildlife officer’s primary responsibility is to arrest poachers, I don’t believe that’s an accurate assessment. My experience in this unique profession has taught me that the very best officers are...

Top weed problem still marestail

The annual Hancock County weed survey prior to the soybean harvest showed that marestail (Conyza Canadensis [L.] Cronquist) is still the top weed problem. This tough native plant began to appear in our fields about seven years ago....

Eagle is unfinished folk art

Q: What about the “eagle monument” on the east side of Hancock County 220, just south of Van Buren? — Joe Rowan, rural Findlay. A: It is Larry Finch’s uncompleted folk art, about 10 feet tall, from the mid- to...

Frozen lakes delay annual rainbow trout release

Ohio’s annual release of rainbow trout was scheduled to begin March 6, but has been postponed due to the winter weather. Many lakes are likely to be frozen on their scheduled stocking dates. Early stockings have been postponed...

Records set for soybean, corn yields

Hancock County farmers enjoyed record-setting yields for corn and soybeans last season, an average 193.3 bushels of corn per acre and 54.2 bushels of soybean per acre, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It amounted to...
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