Wildlife poachers come from all walks of life

Thad Bingham, 44, and Brian Scheer, 45, stretched the rules a bit during a 2014 hunt in Colorado. On July 12, their day in court arrived and they had to explain their actions while entering their guilty plea. Their activities are tough...

Pollination a critical stage for corn

Grain yield in corn is determined by ears per acre, kernels per ear, and kernel weight. These components are determined at different times during the growing season. All of the yield components originated from cells in the growing...

Who takes care of the downtown flowers?

Q:What does the city of Findlay do to keep the hanging baskets of flowers on Main Street looking so nice? — Sharon Elchert, Fostoria. A: The lush hanging baskets are the work of Stratton Greenhouses, near Bluffton, which is under...

Garage clutter can tell someone’s life story

Hunters and anglers are pack rats. Don’t believe me? Walk into any of their garages and, regardless of how well organized it may seem, it’s a sham. You’ll find brand new decoys stored in mesh bags while there are just...

Area crops at all stages of growth

This is the time farmers evaluate their crops to make changes in their marketing plan and to adjust management practices. So far, weather has been the big factor. Most of the wheat has been harvested. The recent weeks of warm...

What should we know about the beach?

Q: What should we know at the beach this summer? A: Experts say avoid: • Sunburn, of course. Always use sunscreen. It takes 15 minutes for ultraviolet rays to damage skin. Try to keep clothes dry because wet ones offer less UV...

Woodchucks are surprisingly wily critters

Briar, my little English cocker, launched herself from our porch in her usual ear-flapping attempt to fly, landed with her legs already pumping and dashed toward a brushy patch of trees. As soon as she entered, I heard a shrill whistle...

Cropland values, cash rents both fall

The Ohio State University’s Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics completes a survey each year to estimate current and future trends of cropland values and cash rents. The 2015-16 survey for western...
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