Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Thursday, January 4, 2018
My name is Mark Wallen and I am the new Agriculture Resources Specialist for the Guernsey County Soil and Water Conservation District. I originally hale from Champaign County near Urbana, Ohio where I grew up farming and was involved in agriculture. I am an avid outdoorsman and enjoy spending my time either helping on the family farm, or spending my time afield either behind a good hunting dog or in a tree stand chasing deer.
I am a graduate of the Ohio State University where I earned my Bachelors degree in Environmental sciences. After graduation I worked for the South McLean County Soil Conservation District in Turtle Lake, North Dakota as the District technician assisting agriculture producer’s with cover crop enrollment and tree windbreak plantings. From there I joined the team at the Guernsey County SWCD where I enjoy working with producers and look forward to meeting with local landowners in the near future, so if you’re in the area please drop by and say hi, and we can discuss how I can be of assistance to you and your operation.
Monday, October 2, 2017
Guernsey Soil and Water Conservation District Election
On Tuesday October 24th, the Guernsey Soil and Water Conservation District will be holding their 75th annual meeting and banquet. Every year the Guernsey SWCD holds an annual meeting for the purpose of electing members to the five member board that comprises the board of supervisors for the district. This year there will be two members elected to a three-year term.
The mission of the Guernsey Soil and Water Conservation District is to promote through education and technical assistance the sustainable use of natural resources for the benefit of present and future generations. The traditional perception of the Soil and Water Conservation District has been one of working primarily with the agricultural community. The district does work on natural resource issues with local agriculture but in addition to that, it is a considerable resource to all landowners and land users in Guernsey County.
This year's slate of candidates for election to the district board of supervisors include; John Enos, Ken Ford, Darlene Miser, and Mark Oliver. The two candidates with the most votes will be elected to a three-year term. The official election will begin at 5:00 pm Tuesday, October 24th at the Deerassic Park Education Center located at 14250 Cadiz Rd, Cambridge, OH 43725.
The dinner, catered by Theo’s Restaurant, will be served at 6:00pm, with a brief program following the meal. Tickets for the banquet are $10, and can soon be purchased from any current board member, or from the SWCD office. If you are unable to attend the day of the election, absentee ballots are available at the district office located at 335C Old National Rd, Old Washington, Ohio until 2:00pm October 24th. Eligible voters are all individuals who are at least 18 years of age and a resident of Guernsey County or at least 18 years of age and own real estate in Guernsey County. Consider participating in this important process. For additional information you may contact the Guernsey Soil and Water Conservation District office at (740) 489-5276.
Friday, August 18, 2017
Guernsey SWCD and OSU Extension teamed up on Tuesday August 15th for a Pond Clinic. We had a wonderful turnout, as close to 30 people showed up to learn about pond construction, wildlife habitats and weeds. We had delicious sandwiches from McKenna's Market for all who participated. Speakers included GSWCD employees Jason Tyrell and Levi Arnold, as well as OSU Extension's Clif Little. It was a great overall program that we all enjoyed. We would like to send a special thanks to Mike and Jenny Abbott for allowing us the use of their pond as a site for education. For information on upcoming events, please call Guernsey SWCD at 740-489-5276.
Thursday, August 10, 2017
It's that time of the year again! The Guernsey SWCD annual fish sale is taking place now until October 10th. If you own a pond and are interested in adding some new fish into it, this is your chance! Fenders Fish Hatchery will be delivering the fish on October 12th and pick up will be here at our Guernsey County Fairgrounds office. You can print an order form here, fill it out and mail it in to us. Or, stop by the office or our website to print off an order form. Don't forget, August 15th is our FREE pond clinic where we will cover things regarding fish management and stocking recommendations. Thanks and tell your friends! for more details, call the office at 740-489-5276.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
July 27th and 28th marked the 32nd Annual Guernsey SWCD Conservation Camp. We logged 2 days of activities with children ages 8-11. On the first day, we were at Salt Fork State Park. The kid’s activities consisted of fishing, canoeing, archery, making candles out of bees wax, and learning about snakes. The second day was a tour of The Wilds. The kids got to see all kinds of animals from Giraffes, Zebras and Rhinoceros to Camels and Persian Onagers. They also learned about pollinators and plants while walking trails. We want to thank everyone who was involved in making our 32nd Annual Conservation Camp a success. Without the help of our volunteers, none of this would be possible. A special thanks to Dave Schott, Rusty Roberts Sidney Rhinehart, Jolie Black and John Hickenbottom for all their help.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Time to plan for cover crops
Make this a year to ‘Cover Some Ground,’ Soil Health Partnership says
OUIS — When it comes to growing cover crops, some common advice from the more than 100 farmers enrolled in the Soil Health Partnership is “start small.” The SHP is encouraging farmers new to cover crops to start small, but start now.
A cover crop is a crop planted primarily to reduce soil erosion, improve soil health, and protect water quality, among other benefits. Typical varieties in the Midwest include cereal rye, oats and tillage radish.
David Moose, an Auburn, Ill. farmer enrolled in the SHP program, has grown cover crops on his farm for several years. Kneeling in his black soil at a November field day, Moose pulls up a tiny green plant. The cereal rye’s thin roots extend deeper into the soil than looks possible.
“This root is already nearly 12 inches long,” Moose says. “It will grow to be another one or two feet down in the soil, providing a nice environment for worms, and creating channels for water to go down deep. I don’t have to rip up the soil for this to happen.”
Growing cover crops, usually in fall and winter, can provide striking benefits to soil health, including:
- Erosion Prevention. Reducing the soil’s exposure to wind and water can help keep precious topsoil in place.
- Restoring Organic Matter. Some components of organic matter can help bind soil.....(To Read more, click the following link:
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Picture taken by: Jason Tyrell
Picture taken by: Jason Tyrell
This little guy decided to drill a few holes in my green beans in my garden. This caterpillar will be found on flowers and fruits from a ton of different plants. However they are most commonly found on the pea and mallow family, including beans (as we can see from my picture), clovers, cotton and mallow. This caterpillar is capable of causing economic loss in bean and cotton crops.
After this caterpillar turns into a butterfly, this is what it will look like:
© S. Bright 9/3/2007 Blount County
4-11-07. Falcon Heights, TX. ©Berry Nall or as stated
As an adult, the Gray Hairstreak Butterfly will rely on nectar from several flower species including: Milkweed, goldenrod, white sweet clover, dogbane, mint , winter cress, and trefoil.
You will find this butterfly in non-forested areas, mostly in disturbed weedy areas.