Stories tagged with: Mark Mechling

February 10, 2014 - 4:47pm
1 year 41 weeks 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 - 6:28pm
1 year 46 weeks 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."


October 7, 2013 - 12:48pm
2 years 7 weeks 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 - 4:23pm
2 years 9 weeks 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 - 5:34pm
2 years 12 weeks 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 - 2:19pm
2 years 27 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 - 3:22pm
2 years 29 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...

April 2, 2013 - 5:00pm
2 years 34 weeks ago

The U.S. Department of Agriculture distributed a planning report that indicated farmers will plant the largest corn and soybean crop in history.

The plan shows more than 100 million acres will be planted and the report already has affected crop prices

Extension Educator, Mark Mechling said, "But the price of corn and soybean, which have been historically high the past couple of months, have really tumbled the past couple days. So that has some implications for farmers as we...

March 20, 2013 - 10:38am
2 years 36 weeks ago

The official first day of spring is Wednesday, though it may not feel like it.

Though the temperatures are still cool one expert said this time of year is great to clean debris from the yard and transplant trees and plants because they are in a resting stage.

"If we transplant plants while they're still in a resting stage or a dormant stage they adjust more readily and as long as the ground isn't extremely wet we could dig a plant up and move it to another location in the...

January 9, 2013 - 6:28pm
2 years 46 weeks ago

The drought of last summer had many local farmers concerned about future crops.

Area farms had to deal with around two to three inches less of rainfall than normal. But with the recent snowfall the soil is able to play catch up.

Mark Mechling, OSU Extension Educator said, "certainly this rain and snow that we have experienced the last several weeks have been helpful, it has not completely replenished the ground water resources. So I think that is an important point, is...

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