The Medina SWCD just completed a soil testing project in cooperation with Spencer Feed and Supply, located in Spencer, Ohio, in the western part of Medina County. Their service area is mostly in the headwaters of the Black River Watershed to Lake Erie.
I often get questions about what the name of a particular plant is. Sometimes I know it right off the top of my head, sometimes I mull it over for a while and reach back into that part of my mind filled with cobwebs and pull out the answer, or too often I do not […]
Cover crops are an old topic, but the benefits are worth repeating.
Take a little time and a little money and take a good look at the fertility level of your fields. When was the last time you pulled a soil test for that corner pasture that you can only graze for a few days a month cause there’s not much grass? For that matter, when’s the last time you sampled your best field?
By CATHY BERG As I sit here today in my office watching the trees sway in the wind, and admiring the beautiful hostas, iris’s and bleeding hearts growing outside my office window, I think of how much the world has changed. Public perception Public perception and our beliefs appear to now be more influenced by […]
I see farmer’s fields littered with plastic bags. Equipment gets tangled in plastic. I see bags stuck in trees. I know they get swept in creeks and streams and out into our oceans.
By LEVI ARNOLD As agriculturists we do as much as we can to plan everything within our power. Whether Mother Nature lets our plans work out is often times a completely different case. From artificial insemination in livestock, fixing equipment, and everything else at hand a somewhat thought out plan is a good way to […]
By TAMMY L. JONES Did you know that cigarette butts are litter? In Ohio, as well as other states, you can be fined for throwing your cigarette butts out of your car window the same as if it were a pop can or fast food bag. A good website to visit is www.cigarettelitter.org. It lists […]
Use best management practices when it comes to your conservation practices.
The recent surge of long-awaited warm weather has brought some of us back to a long-lost, yet oh so familiar place…our yard! In the weeks ahead, we will joyfully watch spring bring our yard back to life. This sacred space surrounding our home hopefully brings feelings of comfort, relaxation, pride and security. Whether we are […]
High tunnels make it possible to grow crops in cooler conditions and extend the growing season.
Writing Dirt on Conservation articles is a rewarding task that all the soil and water staff members who write take seriously. We all want the readers to know what we do, how we do it and who we do it with. My problem is coming up with a topic that hasn’t already been covered and […]
Some ongoing tips for successful cover crops.
Is this year’s winter weather setting ponds up for massive fish kills? The answer is probably yes. Most ponds could be subject to possible fish kills later this year, attributed to prime conditions brought about by this winter’s extreme weather. The disaster recipe for a fish kill in a pond starts with sustained periods of […]
Even the most die-hard winter fan must be hoping that spring is right around the corner. I don’t fall into the category of liking winter; I simply endure it. Most days I find myself needing an attitude of perseverance to get through this time of year. I like this quote about perseverance: “Don’t be discouraged. […]
By JON ROALES Winter is here, there is no doubt about that. As someone who has worked outside his entire adult life, that means one of two things. Either, I am putting on many layers of clothes and trudging through cold days, or I was laid off. While it is not very fun to work […]
Liming is not new science, back in 1760 George Washington was adding marl, a source of calcium carbonate, to his farmland as a way to “sweeten the soil.” Managing soil acidity sounds so old school but we are still using calcium carbonate to perform this soil altering function. Liming recommendations Current liming recommendations are more […]
I am just hoping that someday my children will actually go to school for a whole week!
As the Super Bowl Groundhog Day approaches … think about the Bill Murray movie. … Are you stuck in a negative loop? Could you improve and make things right?
Legacies can also be left in the area of ‘conservation.’