• Tim White

    An Award for the Ages

    Buckeye Farm Beat

     by Tim White
     on May 22, 2011

    The guy on our May cover has been farming for less than 10 years. He chose to start his dairy operation at the worst possible time for milk prices. Yet by following his organic instincts he managed the low prices by signing a 4-year contract to get started and has just extended it another 4 years. He pastures the cows, milks seasonally and averages a measly 14,000 pounds per cow per year. But he’s doing well enough to have built a barn and has expanded to a year-round system. Not only…

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  • Tim White

    It’s All about Drainage Now

    Buckeye Farm Beat

     by Tim White
     on May 3, 2011

    How long will it take to dry farm fields so farmers can begin to get a crop planted? It depends on the soil type, says Larry Brown, an Ohio State University ag engineer who specializes in drainage. “Water moves only as fast the soil properties allow it to,” says Brown. “In silty clays it may take several warm and windy days to dry it out. In silty loams it may be quicker. We are talking about several days of the right weather not a night or two.” Drainage contractor Len…

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