Check out our Winter Newsletter! Also, our annual Tree Seedling Sale has started, so follow the link for more information.
This year there are 20 native tree species for sale, including several that are new to the sale. Wildflower seeds, deer repellent, and marking flags are also available for purchase. The order form and tree descriptions are in the link below. All orders and payment must be received by 4 pm on Friday, March 16. Estimated pick up date is Friday, April 6. Please be sure to specify on the order form how you would like to be notified of the pick up date.
Recently a teacher contacted us because one of her students was using our website to research for a project. The student, Dennis, found another helpful website and wanted to see if we would like to add it to our “Useful Links” page. We appreciate the suggestion, and the link appears on that page and below. Thank you Dennis!
Thank you to all who joined us to celebrate our 75th anniversary! Shrimplin Catering served a delicious buffet dinner featuring roast beef and Parmesan chicken, mashed potato bar, green beans, salad, and desert.
Dale Minyo from Ohio AgNet was our featured speaker with the topic “The World is Run by Those that Show Up.” Dale is the most widely recognized farm broadcaster in Ohio and is well known for his continuous promotion of Ohio agriculture. The Coshocton SWCD also debuted a special 75th Anniversary video featuring current and past highlights of the SWCD program. Other highlights for the evening included awards for the Outstanding Conservation Farmer, Big Tree Contest, and the Hay Show.
The entry deadline has passed for the 2017 Big Tree Contest, but mark your calendar for next year! Entry forms will be available by May 1st, 2018. The entries for this year’s contest will be measured soon, and the nominators will be notified about how their tree scored. The two winners will be recognized at this year’s Annual Meeting on October 19.
The Big Tree Contest is open to all species of trees growing on privately owned property in Coshocton County. Property line trees and trees growing on federal, state, or local government land are not eligible. Any person can enter a tree physically located in Coshocton County whether or not the tree is growing on the nominator’s property. The Big Tree Contest is a county-wide contest, while the “Coshocton Is Blooming” category is limited to trees growing within the City of Coshocton. Coshocton SWCD encourages you to submit as many entries as you like for you and your neighbors.
To celebrate this landmark year, we are publishing a series of articles in the Coshocton County Beacon that review our history and the people who have made it all possible.
The Coshocton County Commissioners honored the Coshocton Soil and Water Conservation District with a special proclamation to commemorate their 75th Anniversary at their regular meeting on Wednesday, June 24, 2017. District Supervisors Greg Waters, David Lapp, Adrian Garber, and Beth Mullen accepted the proclamation.
Past Supervisors John Powell, Fred Zimmerman, Vernon Mizer, Knox Porteus, Wendell Waters, and Gerald Finlay attended the ceremony along with SWCD and NRCS staff Ryan Medley, Zach Wallace, Samantha Priest, Gina Schworm, and Deb Bigelow, and former employee Mary Thomas.
The Coshocton SWCD is a legally organized subdivision of State Government, assigned under law the task of protecting and improving our soil and water resources. A 95% referendum vote of Coshocton County citizens created the Coshocton SWCD on May 25, 1942. This was the beginning of the one-on-one technical assistance of the local SWCD program that continues to this day.
On September 30th 2017, Senate Bill 150 will be in effect for the entire state of Ohio. Part of this law is the responsibility of farmers to develop Voluntary Nutrient Management Plans and have them approved by SWCD board of supervisors or Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).
Voluntary Nutrient Management Plans (or NMPs) will give affirmative defense to a farmer should anyone complain about use of commercial fertilizer, as long as the plan is being followed. These plans are for farmers using commercial fertilizer only – anyone using manure must have a Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan or CNMP. Unlike a CNMP, which the district can complete for anyone that needs one, a NMP can be developed by the farmer following the Ohio Nutrient Management Workbook available from OSU Extension.
Another way to develop an NMP is if grid soil sampling and variable rate application are being used, the recommendations that a farmer receives back from the grid sampling will suffice as long as the time of year and method of fertilizer application are included. These plans also must follow Tri-state recommendations for P and K to be approved.
If a farmer would like the SWCD to develop a NMP, we can do that as well. We just need a current soil test for every field and the fertilizer products used, time of year they will be applied, and application method. ODA is in the process of approving a very nice spreadsheet that will make NMPs fairly quick and easy to read. The spreadsheet will also have a records page for each field where a farmer can write down the time, date, field conditions, 2 day weather forecast, what product was applied, etc. Good record keeping is paramount for defense in the event of a complaint. If anyone has any interest in developing an NMP or has any questions please feel free to contact us at the Coshocton SWCD.
Cover Crops in Coshocton County
Thanks to area producers, over 4,100 acres of cover crops were seeded in Coshocton County. Seed was applied using a few different methods. It was flown by airplane by Fisher Ag Service, broadcast from a high boy by Buckeye Soil Solutions, or broadcast or drilled by the producer. With the warm fall temperatures, cover crop seedings have been successful and will have a good stand going into the winter months.
The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District once again offered cost share for these acres. This amounts to over $50,000 in cost share funds for Coshocton County landowners. The SWCD worked with ODA Division of Soil and Water Resources to rank applications, map fields, coordinate the purchase of seed, and get the seed on the ground. SWCD Technicians Ryan Medley and Zach Wallace were responsible for most of this work and are commended for their dedication to this program.
The purpose of the cover crop program is to plant cover crops, which provides a growing cover over the winter months to minimize soil erosion, increase soil organic matter, improve water infiltration, and improve water quality. The Coshocton SWCD would like to thank the producers that participated in our program, Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, Fisher Ag Service, Buckeye Soil Solutions, Lapp Farms, Jason Massie, TMK Bakersville, Richard Downing Airport, and ODA Division of Soil & Water Resources for helping make this program a success.
Soybeans are being harvested in a field
where oats were aerial applied in September.
The growing cover did not hinder harvest and
provides valuable cover to reduce erosion.
Buckeye Soil Solutions applies
seed mixture to a corn field.
Zach Wallace & Ryan Medley load
oats onto an elevator to be used for
aerial application . Over 2,000 acres
were applied from Richard Downing
Airport on September 6th.
Please congratulate the winners of the 2016 Jr. Hay Show, Michaela Greten and Abigail Lorenz. They have each won monetary prizes and rosettes. Thank you for taking park in our Hay SHow! The 5th grade poster contest theme was “Have you eaten any soil lately?” First place was Brianna Karr, having won $25 and a pizza party for her class. Second place went to Riley Woodie, who won $15 and an ice cream party for his class. Israel Rice won third place for $10 and an ice cream party for her class.
The Coshocton Soil and Water Conservation District held their 74th Annual Banquet at the Coshocton County Career Center Thursday evening, October 20, 2016. 142 area residents and special guests were in attendance. A baked ham dinner was served by the Fresno Methodist Church preceded the meeting.
The Ohio Soil & Water Conservation Commission held an election for two supervisors elected to the Coshocton SWCD Board of Supervisors. Kristy Leindecker and Greg Waters were re-elected and will serve three year terms starting January 1, 2017. Jim McKinney was also a candidate for the position.
Mr. Brad Perkins was the evening’s guest speaker talking about Bald Eagles in Ohio. Mr. Perkins highlighted his work as a volunteer for the Division of Wildlife monitoring bald eagle nests after discovering the nest at Wills Creek in 1996. Perkins shared pictures and facts about the Bald Eagle population in Ohio. Mr. Perkins, a native of Coshocton County spent 38 years with the former Stone Container Corporation papermill as a forest resource professional. Brad is currently the Executive Director of The Ohio Forestry Association and he and his wife Diane live in Muskingum County.
Coshocton Soil and Water Conservation District announced the 2016 Outstanding Conservation Farmer Of the Year Award which went to Rob and Sheri Stout and family. The Stout’s farm is located in Jackson Township and consists of 110 acres where they graze a small flock of sheep and a herd of 150 recipient cattle. Rob and Sheri have been cooperators of the Coshocton SWCD since November of 1999. Conservation practices installed on the Stout farm include 660’ of fence, 98 acres of prescribed grazing, 2,755’ of pipeline, 1 spring development and 6 watering facilities, a rip-rap stream crossing, and a heavy use pad. The Stout family hosted a stop on the 2007 County Officials Tour and a 2010 Teacher Workshop.
Rob graduated from The OSU Veterinary School in 1995 and operated practices in Coshocton until 2004 when he and Sheri established Eastern Ohio Embryo Transfer. The Stout’s have two grown daughters; Emily who is a teacher in Hilliard, and Kristy who is a senior at OSU and recently applied to Vet School. Congratulations to Rob and Sheri Stout and family on being named the 2016 Outstanding Conservation Farm of the Year.
Coshocton SWCD sponsored the Coshocton County Junior Fair Hay Show and recognized the winners at the 2016 County Fair: Four of the categories were won by the same young lady, Michaela Greten, daughter of Mike and Kerrie Greten, This-N-That 4-H won the Alfalfa, Clover, Grass, and Light Mixed Hay. Abigail Lorenz, daughter of Steve and Malinda Lorenz, Go Getters 4-H won the Mixed Hay class. Winners received a Rosette and $25 cash award for each class.
Amos Mast was recognized as the winner of the Coshocton SWCD’s Big Tree Contest. The winning “Big Tree” was a White Oak tree which measured 210” in circumference with a vertical height of 87’ and an average crown spread of 110’.
Tom Heading from Coshocton is Blooming Committee presented the fifth annual City Big Tree Contest award for anyone living in the City of Coshocton. Jerry McKenna was recognized for his Maple tree that measured 218” in circumference with a vertical height of 97’ and average crown spread of 94.5’.
The winner of the Mystery Photo Contest, which was part of the SWCD’s display at the Coshocton County Fair, was Eric Deibel. Eric was among twenty-four winning entries received. The mystery photo was of the Derr Dairy Farm in Linton Township.
The meeting adjourned after door prizes were drawn.
The Coshocton SWCD is participating in the Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative (OPHI) to serve as a collection and drop off site for common and swamp milkweed seed pods from established plants. We will collect these until Oct. 30, and the seeds will be used to establish additional habitat for the Monarch butterfly in Ohio.
Seed pods should be dry and gray or brown in color. If the center seam pops with gentle pressure, they can be picked. Please collect your pods in brown lunch or grocery bags. DO NOT use plastic bags.
You can deliver to our office at 724 S. Seventh Street, Coshocton, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Questions: Call 740-622-8087, ext. 4.