A bit of OCJ history for you (Part 2)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Things have certainly changed both for Ohio’s Country Journal, and the farms that were featured since our Vol. 1; Issue 1 came out in November of 1992.The Crops Section from November of 1992 included a story with Tom Ramsey, of J. M. Hiser Seeds in Ross County. Things have really changed since then. The 1992 story covered the challenges of the growing season for the seed corn production that only averaged 30 bushels per acre, down from 40 bushels per acre the previous year. The planting of the male corn plants in the spring was hampered by wet conditions, though the summer weather evened the crop out for what was an average seed corn yield.Tom Ramsey’s business, Hiser Seeds, continues the family tradition started in 1937. In 1992 he was the junior partner in the business.“The business was started in 1937 by my wife’s grandfather. I was the junior partner in 1992 and now I own Hiser Seeds and my son Greg works for me. We got out of hybrid seed corn production when all of the traits got so intricate back in the early 2000s. We still raise seed wheat and we were big in non-GMO seed back then and now we are big in Liberty Link beans,” Ramsey said. “We are now also a member of the Malt Seed Producers and we are raising barley seed for the farmers who will be producing the malt for the Ohio Craft Malt House project that should be breaking ground on their production plant next spring.”Along with barley, today Hiser Seeds sells a variety of cereal crops including wheat, oats, and rye. They still sell hybrid seed corn including conventional hybrids, triple stack hybrids, and the Agrisure 3000 hybrids and carry lines of Liberty Link and Roundup Ready soybeans.Budd Martin of Huron County and his 400-ewe flock of Cheviots, Dorsets and crossbred sheep was featured in the 1992 Livestock Section. The focus of the article was on maximum production efficiency using pasture rotation and turnips (along with other experimental forages at the time) to extend the grazing season and breeding for hardy grazers. Martin also talked about his effort to balance the needs of the showring and the commercial market.“That hasn’t been easy,” Martin said in 1992, “because many folks in the sheep industry don’t really see these two areas being similar, unfortunately. I think the market lambs and the breeding sheep should look the same. After all, it’s all going to the same market, isn’t it?”A long string of success on the Budd Martin & Family Sheep Farm Facebook page shows that, at least in the showring, the strategy has paid off. He still uses alternative grazing techniques and, after some time away, he returned to the showring and the family had the champion Cheviot ram at the Big Ohio Sale just this spring.
Struggling Davao gets aggressive, targets Younghusband siblings via transfer window
Philippines Football League club FC Meralco Manila will be facing stiff competition in its bid to keep stars Phil and James Younghusband in the squad as the mid-year transfer window opened this week.Two clubs, including newcomer San Miguel Davao Aguilas, have expressed interest in acquiring the Younghusband brothers, whose three-year deal with Meralco ends at the end of August.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Simone Rota, who recovered from a knee injury recently, is also reportedly beefing up the Aguilas, along with another Ceres player, Jorrel Aristorenas.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ View comments National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo PH students strike gold It will cost AguilasThe transfer won’t be easy as it looks.With the transfer window closing on August 15, two weeks before their contract ends with Meralco, the Sparks could ask for a transfer fee for the two players.“The fee could go beyond P10 million (for the Younghusband brothers),” said the source.After going winless in its first 10 games of the season, Davao, which is owned by businessman Jefferson Cheng, is undergoing a massive roster upgrade with midfielders Matthew Hartmann and Jason De Jong heading to the Mindanao club from Global Cebu and Ceres-Negros respectively.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “Two clubs are interested, but they are still under contract with Meralco,” said a reliable source. “What’s important to them (Younghusband brothers) is that they can continue playing at a high level.”The Younghusband brothers have been with the Sparks since 2011, winning two trophies, including the UFL Cup in 2014.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsA source within Meralco said the club is ready to offer Phil and James a one-year deal.But the two clubs are reportedly offering a longer deal for the Younghusband brothers. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant LATEST STORIES
Previewing the OSU-Kansas State game
Can Tyler Lockett be stopped? (USATSI)Game: Kansas State (6-1) vs. Oklahoma State (5-3)Locale: Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan, KSTV: ABC 7 CSTGood news, everyone! That ABC primetime broadcast is regional, not national. I’m not saying the Pokes can’t shock the world, but just in case they don’t, it’s nice to know that the entire country won’t be watching us get embarrassed.There’s always a lot of talk about the influence of the crowd when you take the trip north to the Little Apple, but the real X-factor is the wind. The wind in Manhattan wears purple. It isn’t the 12th man; it’s the 6th and 7th on defense.In 2002, Kansas State tried to kick it deep, but the wind decided it was an ideal time for an onside attempt. Apparently the wind is a better tactician than Bill Snyder has even dreamed of being.You know those sports movies where a ghost or angel invisibly controls the ball? If not, ask Travis Ford. He’s an expert. Well, that’s what playing Kansas State is like.Playing K-State is also like taking on your wily grandfather. Your gut is to take it easy on him, but the moment you do, he’s building hotels on Boardwalk. And you thought you were playing checkers.The Wildcats playbook is filled with the type of plays that delusional fans would come up with, except they work.“Hey, what if we threw it when we ran a QB draw? All the receivers are wide open!”The downside of that is you can’t shake your head and chuckle to yourself when purple-clad fans exclaim after a play that they should’ve thrown it on that designed run because no one covered a receiver. The next play, that designed run turns into a pass.I don’t know what’s going to happen, but you can count on a few things when your team takes on the great white wizard.The announcers will gleefully point out that Snyder’s teams “don’t beat themselves”.The wind will blow in the opposite direction of your offense.Bill Snyder will meekly, calmly, make your team’s coaching staff look like juveniles.Wildcats To KnowI’m assuming you’re already familiar with senior QB Jake Waters, who in one season went from sharing time with a running quarterback, to being the best dual threat QB in the conference.You probably also know the continuation of the biggest recruiting mistake OU and OSU has ever made. Tyler Lockett is once again an electric playmaker much like a couple other K-State receivers whose name escapes me. So let’s dig a little deeper.Glenn Gronkowski, el esta fiesta! Gronk’s little brother hasn’t been the unstoppable force his brother has turned into, but he is a decent tight end.That means he has all the ingredients needed to wreak havoc on the Cowboys. Fairly average player that announcers will fall in love with every time they make a play. Prepare for the Gronkining.Joe Hubener, QB 2. He’s thrown 6 passes this season. Can he double that number on Saturday? He has three younger brothers, which means he’ll not only plague OSU for the next couple of years, but his brothers will be superstars too.The Wind, gamechanger. Have I beaten this point into the ground yet? No I haven’t. I tried but the wind took it and returned it for a touchdown. Wow, that joke really blew…GET IT? WIND!Why Kansas State Might WinBecause the first three letters of ‘wind’ are ‘WIN’.OK, seriously if you’re reading this section legitimately this might be the first football game you’ve ever watched. So, welcome!Kansas State might win because they are well coached and quite talented. They’re good at running, good at catching, good at tackling and those are all essential skills required in this sport.They’re also playing in front of their home crowd, which tends to make a difference. For these reasons and more, K-State is likely to win.By win, I mean score more points. Even so, you’re really in for a treat. I hope this first experience doesn’t spoil football for you forever. It’s really a very entertaining sport.Why Oklahoma State Might Win*Puts on thinking cap*Draws a blank*Takes off thinking cap*Takes shotsOK then, let’s get started.In all seriousness, even though I do think OSU getting a win on Saturday would be as surprising as the basketball team winning the conference, I do think there are some fairly realistic ways it could happen.While the Wildcats have a disciplined defense, I’m not sure that they have any unbelievable athletes. They’re more sound than spectacular.And while the coaching staff will surely gameplan for Tyreek Hill, sometimes freaks or freeks defy schemes. If the Freek finally gets fully unleashed, maybe he’d be enough, along with an inspired effort from the defense, to win the day.I make jokes because otherwise the recent results hurt too much, but I do expect this team to continue to grow up and put together a couple surprising performances before the end of the year.It may not be this weekend, but you’ve got to believe there’s one or two wins left on the schedule. No really. You have to. Otherwise, it’s basketball season.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!