Conservation districts host invasive species combat presentation

By Adam Gac, Big Rapids Pioneer Reposted with permission PARIS — Know your enemy, it’s a tenant of conflict which holds true across countless battlefields – even when the enemy is in your backyard. The Osceola-Lake and Mecosta Conservation districts hosted their annual fall seedling sale and meeting Friday, October 2 at the fish hatchery building […]

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Posted on October 6th, 2015 By

Honey harvested as pollinators prepare for cross-country journey

By Adam Gac, Big Rapids Pioneer Reposted with permission MICHIGAN — The honey is flowing and soon the bees will be going. Commercial beekeepers are winding down their Michigan honey collection operations and heading to warmer climes for the winter. But it isn’t a vacation, according to Jennifer Taylor. Taylor is the Mecosta County U.S. Department […]

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Posted on September 22nd, 2015 By

To Till or Not to Till

The Mecosta Farm Bureau in collaboration with the Mecosta Conservation District hosted a tillage field day in Big Rapids, Michigan on August 22 2014. The intent of which was to showcase the effects of different tillage types on the production of corn and soil structure. The event was well attended by more than fifty farmers and […]

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Posted on February 24th, 2015 By

RE: Federal Taxes on Timber Sale Income

Now is the time of year for forest owners to calculate the impact of timber sale income on federal income tax. While there can be a lot of details, and a tax consultant familiar with timber sale income should be used, there are some basic pieces to the puzzle. 1. Do not file the timber […]

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Posted on February 17th, 2015 By

Maintaining Established Apple Trees

Old fruit trees, principally apple and pear, can be found on a lot of private land sites. Wherever they are found, these trees can add valuable wildlife habitat variety to your property. But, without regular maintenance to remove competing vegetation within and around these trees, they likely won’t survive or produce fruit. Generally, wild fruit trees become […]

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Posted on February 13th, 2015 By