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....
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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."