1. Time Management

    Feb. 27, 2018

    It’s about this time of year that I get spring fever.  The few warm days have tempted me to look at cleaning out the flower beds, sorting out items inside and challenged me to begin a list of additional tasks that need to be addressed after a long winter.  Time management is a topic that will forever be discussed in different medias and while each of us have our own work styles, there might be some motivation that we can gain from reading how others accomplish tasks.

  2. Beef Cattle Marketing Expectations

    Feb. 20, 2018

    Participants in the February 8 Wayne County Extension Beef School session heard Bill Tom, Executive Vice President, Livestock Marketing of United Producers Inc. and Dr. Henry Zerby, Senior Director of Protein Innovation for Wendy’s talk about beef cattle marketing expectations and what beef cattle producers need to do to gain greater market access.  In this column, I’ll attempt to summarize some of the discussion highlights.

  3. Spend or Save Tax Returns

    Feb. 16, 2018

    The winter chill has returned, and it seems like a long time till spring returns.  What are you looking forward to?  For many, it’s the tax return that may provide a means to dream.  How many ways can you think of right now, to spend it?  If I take time to think about it and plan for it, I will probably make wiser choices than if I just cash the check and go shopping.

  4. 2017 eFields Research Report Available

    Feb. 16, 2018

    Elizabeth Hawkins, OSU Extension Agronomy Systems Field Specialist provided the following description of and examples from the 2107 eFields report from the Precision Agriculture and Digital Information Extension Team.

  5. Don't Forget About Livestock Water Needs in Winter

    Feb. 16, 2018

    Although livestock may drink less water in the winter, clean, good quality water is still a basic need.  Ted Wiseman, Extension Educator in Perry County, recently wrote an excellent article about winter water needs of livestock that appeared in the on-line edition of the OSU Extension Beef Cattle Letter.  I’m using the major portion of that Wiseman article in today’s column.

  6. Plan Now for Frost Seeding Renovation

    Feb. 16, 2018

    Frost seeding is a low cost option to renovate a pasture or hay field. It involves broadcasting seed on to the soil surface and letting natural freeze/thaw cycles work to increase seed to soil contact.  Fields roughed up by livestock grazing and/or are overgrazed are candidates for frost seeding.  In some cases, a light tillage pass can open up the sod canopy enough to allow broadcast seed to reach the soil surface.  Thin alfalfa stands can be renovated by frost seeding red clover into the stand.

  7. Take the Ohio Custom Farm Rates Survey

    Jan. 23, 2018

    One of the most common questions I receive is someone calling to ask about a custom rate for some type of farm work whether that be tillage, planting, mowing hay, baling hay, chopping silage or hauling manure. I generally use an Extension custom rate publication to help answer those questions. The OSU Farm Custom Rate publication is published every 2 years based on survey responses from farmers, custom operators, and Ag professionals from around the state.

  8. Healthy Life

    Jan. 23, 2018

    If you were asked, “How is 2018 going?”  What would you say?  What are you doing differently than you did last year?  Sometimes life has a way of causing us to pause and reflect, even when we may not need we think we need to.  Below are some suggestions from Ohio Buckeye Wellness that might prompt some thoughts, talk with your family and see what you are doing well and what things we might need to improve upon.

    *Commit in 2018 to making “just one change” for your and your family’s health. 

  9. The Farm Balance Sheet

    Jan. 23, 2018

    Our 2018 Farm Financial Management School began on Monday evening, January 15 and this first session focused on the farm balance sheet.  The farm balance sheet is a core financial document.  The balance sheet provides a snapshot of what the farm business owns as well as what it owes.  Generally, a farm balance sheet is put together to reflect the farm’s position as of January 1 of the New Year.  The farther along we get into the year the more difficult it becomes to look back and remember with accuracy what that early January financial picture looked like.  Farms involved in comprehensive...

  10. The Declutter Project

    Jan. 18, 2018

    Through the cold winter months when we spend more time inside, it’s a great time to do projects that we don’t like to do when it’s nice outside.  Many talk shows and magazines are focusing on ways to declutter, or get rid of “stuff”.  When we have too much “stuff” in our homes it takes more of our time to clean or maintain it and just keeping up with it becomes a daily challenge.