1. Rain, Rain, Go Away, Right On Down the Ditch and Drain

    Jul. 20, 2021

    It’s not a surprise to anyone that last week was a little wet. Okay, maybe a lot wet. Most folks I talked with reported no less than 2 inches of rain in a day of torrential downpours. For a 10-acre farm, that equates to 543,080 gallons of water! I won’t even mention the volume for larger tracts of land (hint: a 250-acre farm breaks 10 million gallons). Where is all that water going?

  2. Easy Home Food Preservation

    Jul. 20, 2021

    Interested in preserving foods at home but don’t know where to start? You might be surprised to learn there are a variety of food preservation methods – canning, drying, freezing, and fermenting, to name a few. There are several methods that require little equipment which makes it easier to try out food preservation without spending lots of money.

  3. Japanese Beetles - Little Beetles with Big Appetites

    Jul. 13, 2021

    This past week I have been asked several questions regarding Japanese beetles.  Typically, Japanese beetles emerge around the last week in June.  This year, earlier emergence can be attributed to our warmer than average temperatures that are causing growing degree days (GDD) to be accumulated at a quicker rate than most years.  Plant and insect development are both correlated with growing degree days.  At any rate, expect to see increasing numbers of Japanese beetles in the landscape over the next several weeks.

  4. Making Time for Family Vacations

    Jul. 13, 2021

    July is a month where many are looking forward to time away from work, a vacation that can be arranged with family and/or friends.  I found some information that got me to thinking about how I approach vacation time and I hope you will find it helpful as well.

    On average, most Americans only use half of their vacation days citing work as the reason they can’t get away and 75% of the population don’t use all of their vacation days.  I hope by the time you finish with this article you might change your mind and/or approach about taking time away from work.

  5. Honda Supports Wayne County 4-H

    Jul. 06, 2021

    College Hills Honda of Wooster in partnership with the Northern Ohio Honda Dealers recently presented a gift of $2,000 to our Wayne County 4-H Camp Counselors to help provide camp scholarships and support for our camp counselors.  4-H Camp just ended July 3rd and 184 youth, counselors, and adult volunteers engaged in fun and educational activities at 4-H Camp including archery, campfires, crafts, swimming, scuba diving, zip lining, and much more.  We are very grateful for the support of businesses like College Hills Honda that step up to support our 4-H youth.

  6. Crop Scouting Update

    Jul. 06, 2021

    As the growing season moves along so do the potential pests and diseases of our various crops. Scouting at least a few fields of each crop on a regular basis can provide warning of increasing insect and disease pressure which allows for more efficient and tailored control options.

    Agronomic Crops

  7. Laundry Tips and Myths

    Jun. 29, 2021

    Laundry. It’s often a dreaded yet necessary task. I assume I’m not the only one who has let the clothes in the hamper pile up until it’s overflowing then groan at the thought of having to fold it all once it’s washed.

  8. Shoo Fly, Don't Bother Me. Or My Cows!

    Jun. 29, 2021

    Farming in the winter is usually not a livestock producer’s favorite time of the year. But, if I must give it a positive aspect, the lack of flies and other flying pests make it somewhat enjoyable compared to when those same critters burst forth in full swing come summer.

  9. Warm Weather Means Warm Season Grasses

    Jun. 15, 2021

    The heat and humidity of the last week have signaled that the comfortable temperatures for our cool season perennial grasses are behind us and the warm season grasses will start their growth cycle. Planting warm season annual grasses are a feasible way to improve summer pastures or hay fields to maintain dry matter production during the cool grass summer slump. A few warm season annual grasses that come to mind include forage sorghum, sudangrass, and sudex (a catch-all phrase for sorghum-sudangrass hybrids).

  10. Taking a Time Out

    Jun. 15, 2021

    How long is your to do list today?  Do you ever feel like your multitasking needs to have an overhaul because all you are doing is moving tasks from one day to the next?  Have you ever considered taking a “time out” for yourself?  Dr. Daniel Siegel, co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center suggests that in this age of distraction, we are so busy running from one activity to another and interacting with so many people, that we neglect to tune in to ourselves.  I suspect that in this era of constant change, we might find this to be even more accurate.