Safe, abundant, affordable food

Today is National Agriculture Day, a day established to celebrate the contributions that agriculture has made to our lives. It is a time to reflect on what it takes to produce food for our tables and fibers for our clothing, a time to...

How many crossings are there in Findlay?

Q: Our fifth-period language arts and reading class discussed how many railroad crossings Findlay has. We couldn’t find the information. Can you help? — Roseann Jagla Halliday, teacher, Glenwood Middle School, Findlay. A:...

Ice responsible for high number of duck deaths

The Niagara River from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario is a notable wintering area for waterfowl and, this year, a lot of birds are turning up dead. After January’s plummeting temperatures, wildlife biologists noticed that dead ducks...

Wheat able to withstand cold

It has been a long and very cold winter. The office has received many calls the past several weeks asking about the effects the extreme cold has had on the wheat crop. Winter wheat is a cool-season grass that can tolerate fairly harsh...

Was St. Patrick really Irish?

Q: They say St. Patrick wasn’t Irish! That’s blarney! A: Sorry. Maewyn Succat was born in Kilpatrick, Scotland, about 387 to Roman colonial officials. He was not the first to preach Christianity in Ireland. In 431, Pope...

Build a Wildlife Area campaign fighting for habitats

The best wildlife habitat can be described by one word: variety. While large, mature woodlots may be great for squirrels, they offer little to grassland species. Brushy areas don’t offer much for either, but they can be crucial...

Hancock corn crop set records

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Ohio county yield averages for 2013 corn and soybean production are out. Although they are estimates, they will be the numbers used to compare other years and to determine government and...

Why is Channel 11 ‘most accurate?’

Q: WeatheRate says Channel 11′s forecasts are “certified most accurate.” How accurate are they? What other forecasters were evaluated and how did they compare to Channel 11? — V. Daley, Findlay. A: WeatheRate...
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