Ashland SWCD Summer Wrap Up

It’s hard to believe that the end of summer is right around the corner. Ashland SWCD has been busy wrapping up projects of Summer 2019. Including our MWCD cover crop cost share applications which totaled near 4,800 acres within the county with approximately 4,000 approved acres to receive cost share. Monday the 9th of this month we completed our first county wide aerial cover crop seeding, we were able to cover approximately 550 acres of farm fields. We anticipate these programs coming back for 2020, if you are interested, we encourage you to contact our office and get on the list for a reminder call when sign up starts next year.

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Annual Milkweed Pod Collection 9/1/19 - 10/30/19

It’s that time again!
The Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative is calling on Ohioans for a third year of Milkweed pod collections! This project started in 2015 as a 7 county pilot and last year hundreds of Ohioans worked together.  Since then the volunteers have collected approximately 5000 gallons of common milkweed seed pods, totaling over 22 million seeds! Milkweed is the only host plant for the Monarch butterfly for egg laying and caterpillar rearing

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In-Field Solutions for Extreme Weather Events

It’s no secret that 2019 has been a challenging weather season for Ashland County farmers. It seems the faucet turned on early last fall and the rains haven’t let up since. I heard this past week that the month of May had seven days suitable for field work – just seven our of 31 days.

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Aerial Cover Crop and NRCS Disaster Funding Information Night

Unusually wet weather patterns in 2019 have left many Ashland County farmers with bare fields. And those farmers with crops in the ground may already be thinking about how they can prevent runoff and improve soil health next year if a similar weather pattern emerges. For both sets of farmers, cover crops may be part of the solution.

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