Category Science

An Ooops, or Gonzo Marketing?

Crop production is big business.  Whether you farm several thousand acres, or keep a kitchen garden, your effort to produce plants places you in the enviable cause of helping to feed the 7 billion.  Right in line behind the folks in the fields there is a support industry manufacturing everything from equipment, fertilizers, pesticides, seeds, […]

How much is enough?

The world of global industrial agriculture is a commercial effort on a grand scale. While tempting, it really is too big a boast to suggest industrial ag might feed us all.  Clearly there are billions who feed themselves without a significant contribution from industrial ag interests.  But whether such a grandiose boast is tenable or […]

Judging Science

The Ohio State Science Day (science fair) was yesterday.  This was the 68th edition.  Not such a long time in the grander scheme of things.  But it is becoming a fine tradition. The Ohio Soybean Council has been participating several years now as an award sponsor.  I have had the pleasure of assisting OSC as a […]

Moving parts

Ever take off toward your next errand only to realize you could kill two birds with one stone if you carry something else along? Why birds have to suffer for this metaphor is unclear, but you’ve been there.  Efficiency, effectiveness, high throughput, they come at a price.  But the price for completing several objectives in […]

Playin’ hooky

Gorgeous day out there. A bit cool this morning, but appropriate for the date.  At work we’re getting ready to get out from under the roof.  It will still be a bit before planting gets underway in a serious manner.  Still, longer days, bright sunshine, greening grass, blooming forsythia… visions of sugarplums er, I mean […]

Globalizing home sweet home

Globalization. Heady stuff. Not for the faint of heart.  But there is much all around us to challenge the faint of heart.  So let’s not be too quickly put off by the challenges of globalization. Here’s a different aspect – is globalization just a spot on a continuum? First Homo sapiens settled parts of Africa.  […]

Tit for tat on habitat

As we make our way on planet earth these days more and more pressure is exerted on the resources we use. Farming is a major resource consuming activity and frequently lands in the sights of ecologists and conservationists motivated to preserve and protect resources both for our own future and for the present and future […]

Too complex?

It’s a complex world. So naturally it must be a super complex universe. Even the most gifted among us have a subject or two they struggle with. Solving a complex problem can be quite rewarding. I have to suppose the rocket scientists, physicists and others who planned and executed New Horizons’ recent flyby of Pluto […]