Stories tagged with: Mark Mechling

October 7, 2013 - 1:48pm
1 year 30 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 - 5:23pm
1 year 32 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 - 6:34pm
1 year 34 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 - 3:19pm
1 year 50 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 51 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 - 6:00pm
2 years 4 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 - 11:38am
2 years 6 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 - 7:28pm
2 years 16 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...

September 10, 2012 - 4:22pm
2 years 33 weeks ago

A new health worry is coming to Muskingum County.

Blacklegged ticks, a Lyme disease carrier rarely seen in Ohio before 2010 are now making themselves at home in the Buckeye state. They are thought to be established in Licking, Coshocton and even Muskingum county. The influx of the blacklegged tick also known as the deer tick poses a much larger threat than regular dog ticks because they are so hard to detect.

"Deer ticks are much smaller than dog ticks. Think of them as...

February 29, 2012 - 6:10pm
3 years 9 weeks ago

The weather this winter has been unseasonably warm to say the least -- so how is that going to affect locally grown food?

Farmers in our area are paying close attention to the fruit crops. OSU Extension Educator Mark Mechling said that of all the crops grown locally, there are a few he's keeping his eye on.

"The apple crop typically could be, but the peaches, and plums, would be the ones that would be, the ones that would more likely to sustain some cold damage if those cold...

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