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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...

What is equipment on CSX tracks?

Q: What is the solar-powered equipment on the CSX railroad tracks just north of Sixth Street, Findlay? — Andy K., Findlay. A: It’s a machine that pumps lubricant onto the wheels of railroad cars as they pass, reducing...

Happily awaiting his favorite parts of fall

Welcome to my favorite time of the year. The crimson and gold leaves are waving the summer goodbye in the cooling breezes. Steelhead are beginning their creep up inland streams as they follow that unexplainable tug to follow the...

Sharing the roads with farmers

The abnormally warm and dry weather the past several weeks has allowed farmers to get an early start on the soybean harvest. For the next six weeks motorists will be sharing rural roads with tractors, combines, grain carts, and other...

Why was grass killed along Eagle Creek?

Q: Why did they kill the grass along Eagle Creek in Findlay’s Emory Adams Community Park? — Andy K., Findlay. A: Native grasses and trees will be planted there as part of a creek restoration project. — Paul Schmelzer,...

Woolly worms, like woodchucks, can’t predict weather

Is this going to be a rough winter? Just as woodchuck Punxsutawney Phil forecasts spring, the little banded woolly worms have been our winter weather bug long before smartphone apps. Also known as woolly bears and fuzzy bears, the...

Wheat farmers wait till Fly-Free Date for planting to avoid pests

Farmers rely on soil conditions to plant wheat, but they wait until after the Fly-Free Date before starting. The Fly-Free Date refers to the date when the Hessian fly adults have migrated and will not infest wheat. This date was...

What’s the building near the river?

Q: What’s the history of the brick building on the north bank of the Blanchard River, just east of the Findlay’s Main Street bridge? — Bob Schoonover, Benton Ridge. A: It started as a livery stable, then became a...
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