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.Read More
As I sat down for what seemed like forever trying to think of a topic for this article, of course, all the "Conservation Commandments" came to mind: cover crops, no-till, soil health. Then, I wondered to myself: "What about precision agriculture practices?"Read More
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
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.Read More
For three-quarters of a century, Ashland Soil and Water Conservation District has worked hand-in-hand with Ashland County farmers and landowners to implement conservation practices designed to protect and preserve Ashland County’s natural resources. They will be celebrating that milestone August 13 at Honey Haven Farm in Ashland.Read More
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.Read More
Signup is once again underway for Ashland SWC’s cover crop cost share. Check out the latest changes to the program including:
$12/A cost-share for approved acres
$15/A cost-share for first-time participants
$15/A cost share for top ranking 650 acres with addition $5/A for cover crops planted by the end of September
County-wide aerial seeding coordination
Save money and soil with Ashland SWCD’s no-till drill rental program!
Ashland SWCD offeres both 10 ad 15-ft no-till John Deere drill rental for just $12/A. Contact Drill Sgt Maxine Swaisgood to schedule your rental today!Read More