Stories tagged with: OSU Extension Office

February 10, 2014 - 5:47pm
9 weeks 2 days 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
14 weeks 1 day 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."


November 25, 2013 - 7:12pm
20 weeks 2 days ago

The Muskingum County Commissioners welcomed the newest addition to the Ohio State Extension Office to our county on Monday.

Michelle Fehr is a Guernsey County native and the newly appointed 4H Extension Coordinator for Muskingum County, before accepting her current position she served as an Extension Program Coordinator in Belmont County for seven years. She graduated from the Ohio State University with a Bachelor's in Agriculture Education and a Master's in Extension Education. She...

July 2, 2013 - 4:17pm
41 weeks 1 day ago

The increase of rain and storms in our area have caused flooding in some parts of Muskingum County, which has affected farmer's crops and will eventually affect their yield at the end of the growing season. Mark Mechling of the OSU Extension Office in Muskingum County describes the weather as unusual.

"If you think back to Memorial Day, we were fairly dry and then we got kind of dry in most parts of Muskingum County during the month of June. However, in late June and now...

May 8, 2013 - 4:22pm
49 weeks 18 hours 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
1 year 2 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...

October 4, 2012 - 4:43pm
1 year 27 weeks ago

On Thursday the OSU Extension Office celebrated their role in Muskingum County.

The office held its annual tailgate party to highlight their progress in the community. This year also marks the 150th year of the Morrill Act that established the land-grant university to teach the practical skills of agriculture and mechanics.

"Ohio State University is our land grant university in Ohio has many, many more fields of study today but initially it was for the average...

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