Tuesday, April 24, 2018
The Dirt on Conservation

The Dirt on Conservation

Highland was the first district organized; Coshocton was second, followed by Morrow, Clark, Butler, Noble, Columbiana, Guernsey, Monroe and Tuscarawas.

Soil management has come a long way, and crop yields have increased 400 or 500 percent. Soil erosion can't be stopped, but we have a better handle on it.

Runoff water can pick up and carry many substances that pollute water. Some — like pesticides, fertilizers, oil and soap — are harmful in any quantity.

Maybe if consumers started to see how fortunate they are and how productive farmers are, they would embrace technology and help us continue to move forward.

Riparian areas act as a buffer zone between water and the land use, provide terrestrial habitat, enhance aquatic habitat and reduce soil erosion of banks.

The main culprit for the streambank erosion is that the property owner has mowed the grass up to the streambank.

The unusual wet season has prompted many field visits for drainage problems. Learn more about Ohio Drainage Laws you may face in the future.

Each year, Living Lands and Waters, with countless conservation districts, watershed groups and local organizations, offers river and stream cleanups.

Eco-farming systems allow nature to do as it has done for centuries. They can build soil health and allow the soil to use its own slow release fertilizer.

Biodiversity could provide a framework for farm plans and agricultural conservation. The more diversity an ecosystem retains, the more adaptive it is.
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