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