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Anyone remember cyclone seeders? The early years of drills and related planting equipment

Thursday, March 29, 2012

When I was a kid, my father’s crop rotation was corn, oats, wheat and hay. The wheat was planted in the fall after the oats stubble was plowed and, in order to have a crop of hay in the year following the wheat, grass seed had to be sown either with the wheat, or the […]

Get your land ‘buff’ and in shape

Thursday, March 22, 2012

To get in shape, or “buff” as the slang term implies is to have good muscle tone, be physically fit, and trim. Well, I’m not talking about you and your body, what I’m talking about is your land and property. Whether you own a half acre, five acres or hundreds of acres, your land is […]

Oil and gas pipeline easements — the next phase of the leasing process

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Phase I If you live in Carroll or Jefferson counties, the frenzy of the leasing process is beginning to slow up somewhat, and drill sites are popping up all over the horizon. Ahhh, finally, we can let out a slow sigh of relief and wait to see what unfolds. Unfortunately, just when you thought it […]

OASWCDE — What the heck is it?

Thursday, March 8, 2012

The OASWCDE is the Ohio Association of Soil and Water Conservation District Employees. The organization is open to employees of all 88 districts as official members. District board members and partners from other agencies are welcome to join as associate members. Purposes The OASWCDE has three main purposes: To promote the professional development of district […]

Signs of spring … and the Envirothon

Thursday, March 1, 2012

As I sit and look at the weather outside, the sun is shining and it is almost 40 degrees in February in Ohio. Wow, what’s next? Spring, and along with spring comes Envirothon. What is the Envirothon? It is a competitive outdoor environmental education event for area high school students. Area III Envirothon will be […]

SWCD offers something for everyone

Thursday, February 16, 2012

As I near my 10th anniversary with the Columbiana Soil & Water Conservation District, I reflect on one of the questions I hear the most; “What do you guys do here?” And while this may seem like any easy question to answer, it actually can be quite complex. The reason this question is so complex […]

Runoff is more than a nuisance

Friday, February 10, 2012

As I stare out my window, desperately searching for that first sign of spring, all I see is rain, again. Normally, I look forward to the rain after a long, cold, snowy winter. The thrill of watching the snow slowly melt away, releasing winter’s icy grip one drop at a time, gives me comfort. However, […]

Bats mean more to us and the economy than you might think

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Bats are hard at work around the world, fulfilling tasks that are vital to healthy ecosystems and human economies. Many of the more than 1,200 bat species are insectivorous.

With all the oil and gas drilling buzz, who’s thinking about conservation?

Thursday, January 26, 2012

With all the attention that is being given to the oil and gas play in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, have you thought what the local soil and water conservation district could do to assist you as a landowner?

Geotextile fabric great for heavy-use

Thursday, January 12, 2012

As beneficial as soil is, even we conservationists have a hard time extolling its virtues when spring rains turn farms to mud and the cows are standing in it up to their knees.

Farm nutrient management looks to be hot issue in Ohio in 2012

Thursday, January 5, 2012

As 2011 ends and we look ahead at what might be the big issue for agriculture in 2012, I think the big issue will be on farm nutrient management.

Plan ahead to avoid repeat of 2011

Thursday, December 29, 2011

2011 will certainly be remembered for a long time as one of the wettest on record. I can’t cite any “official” data, but we’ve had at least 12 more inches of rain this year than our average.

The Dirt on Conservation: Challenges of the wet harvest season

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Do you ever get in a rut? I don’t mean like in your field or yard. The “rut” I’m talking about Webster describes as “a usual or fixed practice, a monotonous routine.”

Quick tips for holiday conservation

Thursday, December 8, 2011

It’s hunting season. Depending on your perspective, you imagine hunting as wearing camouflage, being in the woods in the early morning hours and waiting for the perfect moment as a large buck or doe comes into view in your scope … or … you scour the local ads, online deals and also do the early […]

Conservation 101: The process that is taking me from student to teacher

Thursday, December 1, 2011

When I took a part-time position with the Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District, little did I know what a learning experience it would be.

What habitats exist on your property?

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Do you recognize the habitat or habitats your property holds?

The Dirt on Conservation: Program prepares students for college

Thursday, November 17, 2011

H.E.L.P. is an acronym for Higher Education Learning Partnership. This type of organization is more commonly known as a P-16 (Preschool-Bachelor’s Degree) Council.

The Dirt on Conservation: Rural life is all about respect

Thursday, November 10, 2011

For rural neighbors, maintaining a positive relationship and mutual respect for one another could be one of the most important aspects in an ever-changing environment.

Lasagna gardening: A tantalizing technique

Thursday, November 3, 2011

The word “lasagna” brings mouth-watering thoughts of baked pasta noodles layered in tomato sauce, fresh garlic, meat, and melted cheese. But in the world of gardening and composting, “lasagna gardening” is far from tasty. It gets its name from the layers created on Mother Nature’s giant sheet pan.

Stream quality important to maintain

Thursday, October 27, 2011

If you are like me, you have a fascination with streams and creeks.
This fascination may be due to my childhood. There was a stream near our house where kids from the neighborhood spent many summer days playing.

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