Stories tagged with: Mark Mechling

June 23, 2015 - 5:41pm
1 year 9 weeks ago

A community member with a long history at the OSU extension office announces that he will retire on June 30. 

Fifty-nine year old Mark Mechling has worked at the extension office for 27 years, and before that he taught for 11. Now, he will call it quits next week. 

But Tuesday, he remembered some of his fondest memories. 

"I've had the opportunity to facilitate several studies of the county," Mechling said. "Back in the '90s we had a farmland...

June 12, 2015 - 3:21pm
1 year 11 weeks ago

The sound of a nearby bee usually gets people swatting around and jumping for cover. 

But many bees want nothing but to get to the fruits or flowers in your garden. According to the Ohio Department of Agriculture, honey bees spur growth of over 70 types of crops. However, beekeepers around the state are reporting dwindling colonies. 

"It really is of concern," said OSU extension educator, Mark Mechling. "It's really one of those things that we don't talk...

March 31, 2015 - 4:51pm
1 year 21 weeks ago

Spring is in the air, and the Ohio State University Extension Office in Muskingum County has tips for getting your lawn and garden ready for the season.

Extension Educator, Mark Mechling, said Spring is the time to do preparation work. While people may want to rush into getting plants into the ground, Mechling said you have to make sure the soil is ready for those plants.

"One thing we always recommend is not tilling the soil up when it's moist," Mechling explained....

February 9, 2015 - 4:30pm
1 year 28 weeks ago

During a luncheon today, the Ohio State Extension Office gave a progress report to the Muskingum County Commissioners.

Extension Educator, Mark Mechling, said the meeting provides extension officials with a platform to update the commissioners on the past year's work. Some of the items discussed included programs the office deals with in agriculture and other service projects. Mechling highlighted some of their upcoming plans.

"We're doing some soil testing with looking at...

November 3, 2014 - 7:04pm
1 year 42 weeks ago

There are a few issues with getting crops out of the fields during this harvest season.

After a wet spring delayed the planting of crops this spring a cool growing season hasn't provided the right atmosphere for crops to dry out and it could be costing area farmers. OSU Extension Educator Mark Mechling explained how leaving crops in the fields provide a greater opportunity for big yield loss.

"We're beginning to see things get started late and not really terribly productive...

October 14, 2014 - 5:18pm
1 year 45 weeks ago

After the last couple of warm days there's been an increase in the number of visible ladybugs.

Ladybugs feed on insects that live in plants and on their leaves. Mark Mechling at the Ohio State University Extension Office in Muskingum County said the ladybugs can be a problem but are usually just more of a nuisance as they try to find places to hibernate.

"As the leaves drop off and their food supply becomes scarcer, then the ladybugs, that's a signal to the ladybugs to head...

September 22, 2014 - 4:27pm
1 year 48 weeks ago

As the weather turns colder people aren't the only ones seeking warmth. Insects also try to protect themselves from the cold.

Only, instead of bundling up, the brown marmorated stink bug finds its way into your home. This stink bug entered the United States around 15 years ago and has spread rapidly. Ohio State Extension Educator, Mark Mechling, said early prevention is key.

"The best thing we can do is on a preventative measure, so we want to encourage people to caulk...

July 28, 2014 - 5:13pm
2 years 4 weeks 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
2 years 15 weeks 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
2 years 24 weeks 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...

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