Stories tagged with: Mark Mechling

July 28, 2014 - 5:13pm
5 weeks 21 hours ago

Ohio's bumper crop of corn this year will likely equate to lower prices for consumers at the grocery store.

High yields both last year and this year are forcing a drop in prices not seen in the past five years. While this benefits shoppers, it's not exactly what grain farmers like to see. Yields are up in most areas of Ohio, particularly in the western portion of the state, but Extension Educator Mark Mechling said many farmers in southeast Ohio may only see an average yield this year...

May 12, 2014 - 11:39am
16 weeks 21 hours ago

The consecutive days of wet weather we've seen have local farmers concerned about planting this season.

The rain has not been excessive, however, the breaks between events have been minimal. This has resulted in poor soil conditions and untimely planting.

"Typically we'd like to see that corn planted in the early part of May," said Mark Mechling,Extension Educator for Muskingum County. "Here we are almost half way through the month and a lot of crops are not in the...

March 10, 2014 - 4:12pm
25 weeks 18 hours ago

The turn of the season has many thinking about their lawns and what to plant in their gardens this Spring.

Harsh Winter weather takes a toll on outdoor plants and gardens. At this point in season,  snow melt still has the ground soaked in areas. Our region is also still susceptible to an occasional freeze.

"Dont work soil yet, it's still too wet, so we need to let that soil dry out," said Mark Mechling, Extension Educator of Muskingum County. "Don't plant...

February 10, 2014 - 5:47pm
29 weeks 21 hours ago

With the cold weather we've been experiencing, Ohio farmer's are having a rough start to the new year. OSU Extension Educator Mark Mechling, says because of the sub-zero temperatures across the state, there are some farmer's who could see damaged crops come springtime.

"Those fruit crops that we would be most concerned about would be peaches, our wine grapes, perhaps blueberries and certainly blackberries," Mechling explained.

Mechling said he doesn't expect...

January 7, 2014 - 7:28pm
33 weeks 6 days ago

With last fall's rainy weather, OSU Extension Educator, Mark Mechling, says many farmer's weren't able to complete their harvest. But with the cold weather we're experiencing, it's allowed farmer's to finish harvesting.

"We see a little bit of corn left and actually the cold weather has solidified that soil and allowed some of our farmer's to actually get some harvesting done in the past week or so," said Mechling. "So that's been a positive also."

But...

October 7, 2013 - 1:48pm
47 weeks 21 hours ago

The stink bug you may have been seeing is called the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug. The stink bug, which is native to Japan, Korea and China, is more destructive than the native green-colored stink bugs that typically show up in fall. OSU Extension Educator Mark Mechling says the bug isn't harmful to humans, but to Ohio's agriculture industry.

"It's potentially a very destructive insect to the fruit and vegetable industry here in the Midwest," said Mechling. "It's really...

September 19, 2013 - 5:23pm
49 weeks 4 days ago

A new full-time position with the Ohio State University Extension Agency is open in Muskingum County.

Educator, Mark Mechling says he is currently looking to fill a 4-H Educator position. The deadline is October 6th.

"the 4-H Educator positions requires a master's degree," said Mechling. Their main job will be to work with the youth of Muskingum County who are enrolled in the 4-H programs. "

Along with a master's degree, the position requires strong...

September 5, 2013 - 6:34pm
51 weeks 4 days ago

The purpose of Farm City Day is to highlight the importance of agriculture in our community. OSU Extension Office Educator Mark Mechling, says this year's farm day theme is all about horses.

"We're gonna have some horses out at the fairgrounds; some different breeds of horses," said Mechling. "There will be some demonstrations some of the different types of riding classes that are affiliated with horses. So that'll be something a little bit different, that'll be taking...

May 20, 2013 - 3:19pm
1 year 14 weeks ago

County Commissioners met with a new member of the OSU extension Monday.

Jacqueline Kirby Wilkins is the Northeast Ohio Regional Director for the OSU extension and says it's important to meet with the people who she will be working with in the future.

"I have 31 counties that runs from Wood County down to Guernsey and Muskingum and back to Ashtabula so one of the things I like to do is get out to the counties and meet with all the County Commissioners and thank them for their...

May 8, 2013 - 4:22pm
1 year 16 weeks ago

Nearby buzzing, can irritate or scare you , knowing a bee is close by, but most people don't even realize how critically important honeybees are to crops and by extension consumers.

Over the past few years, honeybees have been disappearing at a rapid rate. OSU Extension Educator, Mark Mechling, says this is a national problem and honeybee owners in Muskingum County have lost over half of their hives this winter. Now significant research is being done to figure out the cause of the...

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