Hello, Ashtabula County! It has been tough to get much done this year due to all the rain. Whether it be getting fields planted or just getting the lawn mowed, this year continues to be challenging. Today, as we wait for it to dry out, I would like to announce the winners of the Ashtabula Co…

The Ashtabula County Agricultural Scholarship Fund was founded on April 29, 1952 by a group of local leaders to help promote interest in the study of agriculture, home economics, environmental sciences and natural resources. Since then, the committee has grown to also additional community sc…

Hello, Ashtabula County! “Time and change will surely show, how firm thy friendship O-HI-O.” Ohio State Alumni will recognize this as the final line in the Ohio State’s Alma Mater song.

Hello, Ashtabula County! Last week, I gave a peak into some of the memories I will be taking with me as I head south to Coshocton County. As promised, this week I would like share some observations and advice to our farmers as they look towards the future. Hopefully these will generate some …

Hello, Ashtabula County! This month has been bittersweet for me as I wind down my time as the Ashtabula County agricultural and natural resources extension educator. It has been my distinct honor to serve in this position for over 21 years.

Hello, Ashtabula County! Another great Ashtabula County Fair came to a close this past Sunday. It turned out to be a picture perfect week for the fair.

Hello, Ashtabula County! The Ashtabula County Fair is underway! I hope to see many of you at the fair this week. I would encourage you to stop out on Saturday afternoon and bid on an animal at the Junior Fair Market Livestock Auction, which begins at 1 p.m. Our youngsters really put a lot of…

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Hello, Ashtabula County! Wow, can you believe that it is August already? What a weird growing season we have had this summer. June was blazing hot and July was cooler than most of us expected. So what does that mean for this upcoming month? Fair is upon us and it is hard to believe that our …

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Hello, Ashtabula County! During this past week some of our farmers were in the fields harvesting our newest agronomic crops — field pea. The yield reports have been a tad better than expected especially given the crazy rollercoaster weather we have received this growing season.

We are at the mid-point of July and it won’t be long before the Ashtabula County Fair is upon us. Our rain showers from last week were all over. It appears that warm and wet conditions will be the norm for the rest of the month. This is not good for farmers making hay; but our local corn cro…

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A few weeks ago, I mentioned it would be nice to receive a nice stretch of weather for farmers to finish planting soybeans and to make a dent in our hay baling.

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It seems just like yesterday that I walked into the Ashtabula County Extension office to fill the legendary shoes of County Agent Lanny Anderson. In what seems like a blink of an eye, this week marks my 20th year anniversary of serving as your OSU Extension educator for agriculture in Ashtab…

What do Jackson Bogardus, Deanna Comp, Christiana Crites, Allison Crouch, Hollie Dalton, Tyler Dunbar, Raeann Eldred, Sarah Hermann, Andrew Holden, Lisa Kalas, Jessica Krulic, Bailee Mazzaro, Calla Mazzaro, Sydney Millard, Katie Stokes and Rachel Yilit all have in common? If you guessed they…

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On Saturday,the Ashtabula County Cattlemen’s Association hosted the 20th annual Joe Bodnar Memorial Northern Classic Steer and Heifer Show at the Ashtabula County Fairgrounds. This show was started in 1998 to give youth under the age of 21 to practice showing their beef heifers and steers, w…

Winter returned last week with a vengeance. We knew it could because it has done this in the past. Warm pleasant February weather made us feel like spring was here and we hoped it was. But we knew that winter has a habit of coming back and dealing a low blow.

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I am pleased to report the 67th annual Ashtabula County Dairy Banquet March 18 at Camp Beaumont in Rock Creek was a great event with 80 persons in attendance. The participants were treated to a wonderful meal catered by the camp staff and to a wide range of activities to celebrate a super ye…

GENEVA — The Geneva Music Boosters are going to the mattresses to support music programs in the Geneva Area City Schools district, director Mario Butera said.

Area crop farmers have a lot of things to think about as they gear up for spring planting. Questions like will the planting season allow me to get my crops in the ground in time for a good growing season? Or what will the growing season be like, too much rain or not enough? What will the pri…

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One of my favorite agriculture committees to work with is the Ashtabula County Cattlemen’s Association. This board has been very proactive in developing educational programs for our local beef industry and are great examples of how to give back to your community. I appreciate all the work th…

If you are like me, once daylight savings time arrives, you start to ache for spring weather. Over the past few weeks, we have gotten a taste of warmer weather and it has gotten many of us thinking about all the things we should be doing in our landscapes and gardens. I know I have plenty of…

Warm weather in February caused some farmers who hadn’t ordered their lime, fertilizer and seed to think that maybe it was time to get those jobs done. According to one supplier, they had considerable interest in getting orders placed from those who hadn’t yet made decisions for spring.

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At the end of last month, as part of my state-wide responsibilities to OSU Extension, I assisted with OSU Extension’s Ag Outlook meetings. As with most years, we discussed the market outlook for corn, soybean, wheat, dairy, swine and beef cattle. Additionally, this year’s meetings took a pea…

My article of two weeks ago about the Musgrave Family has prompted some interest from people who remember the family. At the same time, some folks wanted to talk about other dairy farms in Ashtabula County that are no longer in business. These were long established farms that, for various re…

GENEVA — Registration is open for the Geneva Soccer League, Geneva Recreation Director Myke Anderson said.

It is no secret that farming is a very risky business. It takes a lot of faith to be a farmer because our success is unknown from year to year largely due to weather. Whenever we face risk, we try to mitigate it in some manner.

No, winter time is not when farmers can sit in their easy chair and drink another glass of good cold milk or, second best, another cup of coffee. While there can be fewer work pressures in the winter, there is still plenty to be done.

ASHTABULA — Ashtabula harbor native Dennis Hill has published his first book, a childhood memoir called “Mind Passages.”  

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The cold gray days of winter in northeast Ohio give gardeners an opportunity to consider how they might want to plan their garden for the coming spring. For many, a simpler, less demanding garden is appealing and growing native plants is the logical solution.

GENEVA – No matter where the annual Law Enforcement Polar Bear Plunge happens, Neil LaRusch is ready to support it.