Payment and order are due to the district office no later than Tuesday, April 21, 2020……
The Wood Soil and Water Conservation District is offering a spring fingerling fish sale.
Fish species offered include: Bluegill, Hybrid Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Fathead Minnows, and White Amur. Order forms are available on the website at www.woodswcd.com or by stopping by the office at 1616 E Wooster Street (Greenwood Centre – The Courtyard) Bowling Green, OH. Please call ahead if stopping by the office, 419-354-5517 #4. Fish pick-up is Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 9:30 AM at the Wood County Fairgrounds. Payment and order are due to the district office no later than Tuesday, April 21, 2020.
COLUMBUS, Ohio—Rain creates mud, and mud creates angst for farmers kept from doing what they value most: getting out in the fields.
2019 ended what was the wettest decade in Ohio on record. This winter has not been as wet as the last one, but it has been warmer, so the ground has not frozen for long, leaving fields saturated. And this spring is projected to bring above-average rainfall to Ohio, which will bring on more mud.
And mud is not simply a gooey mess for the animals and people who trudge through it. Mud can keep farmers from planting and harvesting, lower crop yields, put livestock at higher risk for some diseases, and make it tougher for livestock to gain weight.
Drive on wet soil with heavy equipment such as a planter or harvester and the pore space between the soil particles becomes compressed, leaving the soil less able to support crop growth.
The mud from Ohio’s plentiful rain has led to 10 fewer days when it’s suitable to work in farm fields—five in April, when planting typically occurs, and five in October, the typical harvest period.
“That’s more than a week’s worth of work—time that’s no longer available,” said Chris Zoller, an educator with Ohio State University Extension, the outreach arm of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).
“It squeezes the time you have in the spring, when you have to plant, and in the fall, when you have to harvest.”
Farmers certainly found that out last year. In 2019, rain led to an unprecedented number of acres that never could be planted. This spring is projected to also bring above-average rainfall, which might bring similar challenges for farmers.
Trudging through the mud is hard work. Cattle, pigs, and other livestock burn more calories stepping through mud and staying warm when cold mud sticks to them. And burning more calories means they weigh less when they go to slaughter, so cattle often have to be fed food that’s higher in nutrients if the animals are dealing with a lot of mud.
“Cattle can handle cold weather better than mud,” said Stephen Boyles, cattle specialist with CFAES. “We complain about cold temperatures, but there can be some benefits because then at least the ground is frozen.”
Weight gain for beef cattle in mud becomes even tougher. Shin-deep in mud, cattle experience a 14% decline in their ability to take on weight. If the mud is up to their bellies, there’s a 35% decline, federal statistics show.
Out on the pasture and sometimes in the feeding areas, ruts and reseeding often are necessary.
Laying down concrete in a feeding area or creating a slope in that area so rainwater rolls off can help, Boyles said.
“If not, about all you can do is reseed and level the feeding area,” Boyles said. “Admittedly, I have not found a perfect answer.”
Winters in Ohio have gradually been warming—and are doing so quicker than summers are—and this winter the ground hardly stayed frozen at all.
“Typically we would still see soil temperatures close to freezing,” said Aaron Wilson, climate specialist with CFAES. “We just haven’t had much of that, overall. It’s been too warm for that to happen.”
Given that the ground is saturated in much of Ohio and the forecast is for a rainier-than-average spring, Wilson advises farmers to take advantage of any day that’s suitable for fieldwork.
“I tell them, ‘Be prepared and ready to roll when you get those windows to plant in the spring. Don’t take them for granted.”
Cub Scout Pack #372, boys and girls, have put it to a vote and they want to start collecting caps to keep them out of the landfill.
from Eric Trout, Cut Scout Leader Pack #372
What to Recycle or not to Recycle?
As of March, 2020 the NB Recycling Center is CLOSED due to COVID-19
A lot of community members of North Baltimore pull up to the recycling center south of the Village Park on Saturday mornings. Some get out of their cars while others wait for someone to help them get their recyclings out of their car. There are a half dozen dedicated men that run the recycling center every week. They take almost everything for recycling, almost everything.
Cub Scout Pack #372 has helped them out numerous times throughout the year and the boys and girls of our pack always enjoy helping sort the cans, bottles and magazines into the different bins.
This last time that a few of us were up there we learned something new. There is one item that many recycling centers will not accept, PLASTIC CAPS. Many of you probably didn’t know that. The helpers at the recycling center normally take any of the caps off of the bottles and containers before they sort them. The plastic cap is something that gets tossed in a separate bag to go to the landfill or if someone else needs them they are set aside.
Well it has been brought to my attention through one of the village’s recyclers that there is an organization that will take plastic caps and turn them into benches, trash receptacles, planters, picnic tables, etc. This organization is Green Tree Plastics located in Evansville, Indiana. Cub Scout Pack #372, boys and girls, have put it to a vote and they want to start collecting caps to keep them out of the landfill and make something useful.
Currently, I think the pack is leaning towards a bench or a trash receptacle that could be given back to the community. Below is the amount of caps that we need to collect to transport to Evansville:
6 feet long bench with back – 200 lbs caps
Trash Receptacle – 250 lbs caps
There is a fee associated with the manufacturing of each bench, but our concern right now is collecting the significant amount of caps needed. We will be setting up locations around town for you to drop off the caps, but for now continue to take them to the recycling center on Saturday mornings and the pack will get them from them. We will keep you updated on our collection and future drop points set up.
If you are interested in seeing what Green Tree Plastics can do, check out their website: https://www.greentreeplastics.com/
No Metal TRASH……………ANY drink bottles prescription bottles ALL food containers Cardboard Liners plastic Ziplock typebags soap pumps trigger sprayers lotion pumps ALL fast food drinklids grocerybags Plastic thatis not a capor lid, plastic pieces and parts Caps or lids with (1) (3) (6) or(7) recycle number Human or Animal Medical Supplies K-Cups and Straws METAL…………….ANY PAPER……………ANY
One popular option on lawnmowers is a mulching blade, which returns finely cut grass pieces to the lawn as a natural fertilizer.
(Family Features) Whether you’re a first-time homeowner or looking for an upgrade, deciding what lawn mower to purchase deserves careful consideration. Similar to day-to-day life, new technology over the last five years, specifically in the gas mower industry, is making it easier to maintain your lawn.
If you’re in the market for a new mower, consider these tips to find the perfect tool to match your needs.
Yard Size Looking at the size of your yard is the first step in determining the best mower for your needs. Walk-behind mowers work well for yards that are 1/2 acre or less, but for yards 1-3-acres or larger, a zero-turn rider (ZTR) or riding mower may be appropriate.
Terrain A small, flat yard may only require a walk-behind mower. If your yard is sloped or hilly, you may prefer a self-propelled mower rather than one you have to push. A walk-behind mower with big back wheels is easier to maneuver across rough terrain. Riding mowers and ZTRs can handle varied terrain, although some handle better on slopes than others.
Engine Engines are one of the most important factors affecting a mower’s performance, so purchasing one with a quality engine is essential. For example, Briggs & Stratton engines can be found on several brands of lawn mowers, including eight of the top 10 walk-behind brands. As a global leader in gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment, these engines power mowers ranging from small walk-behinds to large ZTRs and riding mowers.
Special Features While certain features may add to the cost of lawn mowers, many provide functions worth considering. One popular option is a mulching blade, which returns finely cut grass pieces to the lawn as a natural fertilizer. Another common choice is a bagging attachment, which is a grass-catching bag that can be affixed to the side or back of the mower to collect grass clippings.
Technology to Get the Job Done Explore high-tech features that make mowing more manageable with these insights from professional home improvement contractor Jason Cameron, host of DIY Network’s “Desperate Landscapes.”
Avoid disturbing the neighbors. If finding time to mow means you might be inconveniencing your neighbors, a mower designed to operate quietly may be what you need. To take advantage of weekend mornings without bothering others, look into modern models, some of which even feature technology to make the mower quieter than the average gas mower.
Skip oil changes. Seasonal maintenance can help keep your mower in top condition, and new innovations allow you to skip the messiest part: oil changes. Some mowers, specifically those with Briggs & Stratton’s No Oil Changes technology, are built with the intent that you never have to change the oil; you can simply check the level at the beginning of the season and add what you need.
Get an assist starting the engine. You can forget the days when starting a mower was a hassle; many of today’s gas-powered mowers feature the starting reliability of lithium-ion battery technology, so you can unleash the power of gas with the push of a button.
Save space in the garage. If storage is a challenge in your garage, look for a compact model with Briggs & Stratton’s Mow N’ Stow technology, which makes storage easy. This patented design allows owners to fold the mower and store it upright without fuel or oil leaks, saving you up to 70% of the storage space in your garage or shed.
“Food Brings Everyone to the Table” 7 ag-focused ways to get involved….
(Family Features) From the food on your table to the clothes on your back, agriculture provides a variety of things you eat, wear and use daily. Those items don’t magically arrive at the store or appear in your home, however.
Each American farmer feeds about 165 people, according to the Agriculture Council of America, an organization comprised of leaders in the agriculture, food and fiber communities dedicated to increasing public awareness of agriculture’s role in modern society. Learning more about the industry can allow individuals to make more informed choices about everything from their diets to legislation.
In honor of the 47th annual National Ag Day with the theme “Food Brings Everyone to the Table,” consider these activities that can help you learn more about how the agriculture industry impacts daily life.
Make a Farm-to-Table Meal Making a meal together is an easy activity for spending quality time with your entire family, but you can turn it into a learning experience and an opportunity to talk about where food comes from by combining seasonal produce like asparagus, peas, broccoli, oranges and lemons with ingredients your state is known for such as pork, apples, almonds, beef or corn, for example.
Research Agricultural Issues From climate change and protecting air, soil and water to feeding a growing global population and using technology to improve food production, there are a variety of issues facing the agriculture industry. To be more aware of what the future may hold, consider making yourself more familiar with some of the challenges farmers face.
Consider Agricultural Careers For students and young adults considering their futures, joining the 22 million people who work in agriculture-related fields can be a rewarding pursuit. While the most obvious careers in agriculture are directly related to the farm or ranch, today’s agriculture offers more than 200 careers from research and engineering to food science, landscape architecture, urban planning and more.
Tour a Local Farm or Dairy Taking a tour of a farm or dairy (or both) can provide a better understanding of how food and fiber products are produced and the role agriculture plays in producing them. Make it a group outing with friends or family to help more people see the process food goes through from production to sitting on store shelves.
Contact Legislators in Support of Farm and Food Initiatives The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 created reform for United States Department of Agriculture programs through 2023. To get more hands-on, you can contact your legislators to show support for farming initiatives like local FFA and 4-H programs as well as those that can help improve opportunities for farmland leasing, subsidies, urban gardening, food hubs and other ag-focused resources and operations.
Visit a Farmers Market Open seasonally, farmers markets can provide a perfect opportunity to get up close and personal with your food and the people who grow it. Prices are usually competitive with traditional grocery stores and oftentimes better, plus some markets offer free samples as well as music and games so you can make an event out of picking up some fresh produce to use in family meals.
Volunteer at a Community Garden Many cities and neighborhoods, even those in more urban areas, provide plots of land community members can use to grow food for themselves or to donate within the community. Consider setting aside some time each week to give back by cleaning out flower beds, laying mulch or planting flowers and crops in the designated areas.
Find more ways to celebrate agriculture at agday.org.
In consideration of the health of our visitors, volunteers, staff, and the community at large, the Wood County Museum is closed to the public effective Monday, March 16, 2020, and will remain closed through Thursday, April 30, 2020. The Museum grounds will remain open as a public park daily from 8 AM until 30 minutes past sunset.
All events, tours, & rentals scheduled from now through April 30 are canceled and in the process of being rescheduled. Updates will be posted at woodcountyhistory.org
All volunteer shifts & meetings are cancelled. Alternate arrangements can be made by calling the museum at 419-352-0967.
The Wood County Museum will continue to follow the guidelines and recommendations of local, state, and national organizations including the World Health Organization (WHO), Center for Disease Control (CDC), and Ohio Department of Health (ODH) to monitor the COVID-19 situation.
We encourage you to stay connected to the Museum on social media, where we will continue to post historical musings and museum activity.
Geochaching, Bread Making, The Art of Wandering, much more…….
Here are some of the programs from the Wood County Park District:
PiPs: What Does the Fox Say?
Friday, March 13; 10:00 – 11:00am
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve
Friends Green Room
29530 White Road, Perrysburg
Children 3-6 years of age enjoy an activity and craft while learning about the mysterious, yet musical, fox! Adult companions must remain with children for this program. Please register attending child only.
Encountering wildlife is exhilarating, but if you’re not careful, it can turn dangerous quickly! Learn all about this large creature, including how to avoid too-close-encounters, and have a chance at defending yourself from our very own “animal.” Participants will be chosen to go through physical defensive scenarios by chance or voluntarily. Participants are not required to go through the physical scenario if chosen. All participants must sign a legal release of liability upon arrival at the program.
Adventure, exploration, discovery, and peace are everywhere around us, if only we open ourselves to them. Wandering is about allowing yourself to see what is already here, and then letting what you see, guide you on where to go. Our experience begins with a slow 1 hr. wander. After wandering, Michelle Pelton will guide us on how to use our curiosity & senses to paint what has inspired us. Please dress VERY warmly for the slow wander.
No registration required. Track down spring at this open geocaching! Stop by anytime between 4:00 and 7:00 pm to borrow one of our GPS units or bring your smartphone with the Google Maps app and search for hidden geocaches in the park. Dress for the weather and be prepared for substantial walking and self-guided exploration. No SWAG for exchange necessary. Driver’s license needed to check out GPS units. Suggested age for GPS use is 8 and up. Parents/Guardians encouraged to use GPS while guiding children who search for geocaches if children are unable to use GPS.
No registration needed.
Coffee with the Birds
Wednesday, March 18; 10:00 – 11:30am
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve
29530 White Road, Perrysburg
Enjoy coffee from a local business and friendly conversation while checking out the feeders. Afterwards we’ll head into the field to look and listen for spring birds. Bring your own travel mug and fill up to fuel your trip on the trail!
Wood County Bicentennial: Spring Equinox Woodcock Wander
Thursday, March 19; 7:30 – 9:00pm
Slippery Elm Trail
14810 Freyman Road, Cygnet
As the sun sets a very special bird begins preparing for one the best aerial courtship displays in North America. He goes by names such as: bogsucker, timberdoodle, mudbat and many more. As part of this new series we will also be learning about the cultural and natural history of the park. No dogs permitted. There may be walking off trails.
Come anytime between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm for this beginner-friendly skill-builder, where we’ll focus on body posture and aiming, eventually having the opportunity to shoot at moving ball targets! All archery equipment provided, personal gear welcome (inspected at program). We suggest shooters be 7 or older. Minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian.
The amount of options for kayaks, life-jackets and paddles is vast! Learn the reasons behind the diversity of these items as well as other equipment to make educated decisions about your gear and safety. Get connected with our schedule of kayak and canoe trips and classes to take your paddling to the next level!
Above-average rainfall is expected to continue into at least early summer
Published on March 3, 2020
COLUMBUS, Ohio—Farmers anxiously awaiting spring rain forecasts might want to take several deep breaths and keep their rubber boots ready.
Above-average spring rainfall is expected in March, April, and May—which is exactly what happened last year.
However, recent forecasts call for warmer-than-average temperatures in March. If that happens, that could dry up some of the ground moisture, making it manageable for farmers to get into their fields to prep them for planting.
How much rain will this spring bring?
“It’s impossible to say,” said Aaron Wilson, climate specialist for The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).
Time will tell whether the rain levels will rival last year’s, when farmers across the state struggled to get into their saturated fields. An unprecedented number of fields across Ohio could never be planted. When farmers were able to get into their fields, they risked their tractors and other equipment getting mired in the mud and compacting the soil, making it less suitable for seed growth.
“I do anticipate there will be challenges for some farmers similar to what they faced last year,” Wilson said.
Since it is uncertain how many rainy days spring will bring or which months will have the heaviest downpours, it is hard to predict how much of a challenge the rain will be for farmers this year.
If this spring’s rain falls mostly in May, as it did last year, planting efforts could be hampered significantly, as they were last year. But if April is wet and May offers a reprieve with warm and mostly dry days, planting will likely be a success, Wilson said.
Above-average rainfall is expected to continue into at least early summer, outlooks for Ohio suggest.
But there is a bit of good news. Across southern Ohio, the ground is not nearly as wet as it was last winter. This winter has brought less rain than the winter of 2019, and this past fall was much drier than the previous fall for southern Ohio.
However, northwest Ohio has had no such break. The region never dried out last fall and it has been as wet this year as last. An extended period of warm temperatures and dry weather are sorely needed before the planting season begins.
2019 was the sixth wettest year on record in Ohio and also was the 12th warmest—part of an ongoing trend toward wetter and warmer years. Six out of Ohio’s top 10 wettest years have occurred since 2003.
“Ultimately we need to be prepared for these types of scenarios and not think of them as, ‘They’re never going to happen again in my lifetime,’” Wilson said.
Topics will range from starting and managing an orchard to purchasing a tractor.
Sowing Seeds for Success
Do you own a few acres that you want to be productive but you’re not sure what to do?
Do you have a passion for farming and turning your piece of this wonderful earth into a food producing oasis?
Do you own land or forest that you’re not quite sure how to manage?
Do you raise or produce products that you would like to market and sell off your farm but you’re not sure how to make it successful?
If you’re asking yourself these questions, you need to attend this event! Targeted to new and small farm owners, this confence offers eight educational tracts on:
You’ll also have the opportunity to browse a trade show featuring the newest and most innovated ideas and services for your farming operation. Talk with the vendors and network with your peers. If you are a new or small farm owner, you don’t want to miss this event.
Sign up for the Small Farms Email list to keep up to date on all of the programs we provide for new and small farm enthusiasts. This list is only used by the OSU Extension Small Farms Team to send relevant information to its stakeholders.
Ohio State University Mansfield Campus Ovalwood Hall
What little time coyotes sleep, they aren’t fussy about where.
COLUMBUS, Ohio—Increasingly drawn to life in and around cities, coyotes might be losing their tendency to be reclusive and their fear of the neighbors.
A researcher with The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) is trying to find out: Has city life changed coyotes?
Wildlife biologist Stan Gehrt, who has researched coyotes in the Chicago area for the past two decades, recently began a study on the personality of coyotes in Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati, in addition to those in Chicago. Gehrt will explore whether coyotes living in or around cities are becoming more bold, and if so, what’s causing the change in their disposition.
If these wild urban dwellers have become more audacious, was the change a result of nature/genetic changes, or nurture, what they’ve learned in their environment from being around people?
“Coyotes spend a lot of time watching us,” Gehrt said. “They’re learning from us. We know that they are always in close proximity to people even though people might not know it.”
A change in personality might explain the occasional coyote attacking someone, or it might be that the coyote acted out of the norm, possibly because it was rabid.
Consider some recent run-ins. On a freeway ramp in January, a coyote darted toward a Columbus police officer and bit him while he stood outside his patrol car. A little over a week later, a coyote bit a 6-year-old boy in the head near a downtown Chicago park, and that same night, also in Chicago, a man reported that a coyote bit him on the back side. In all three cases, the coyote struck—apparently unprovoked.
“The vast majority of coyotes in cities have a healthy fear of people—as they should,” Gehrt said. “But when they lose their fear, that’s when you might find someone being bit.”
Long inhabitants of West Coast cities, coyotes have moved eastward into the Midwest and East Coast. And in the past two decades, they’re not just drifting through cities, they’re moving in, having babies, and setting up territories, Gehrt said.
“They found the life was pretty good,” Gehrt said.
In cities, coyotes can thrive. Their survival rate is significantly higher in a city than in a rural area, where the wild animals are more likely to be trapped or hunted, Gehrt said.
And food abounds in cities: squirrels, rabbits, mice, trash people leave behind, pet food for dogs and cats.
“What we find is coyotes are taking advantage of all of those,” he said.
What little time coyotes sleep, they aren’t fussy about where.
“They can just curl up under a bush or behind a building or in the tall grass, if there is tall grass,” Gehrt said.
Even with more coyotes living in cities and suburbs, they rarely injure people because, for the most part, coyotes prefer to avoid people, even if they’re nearby, he said.
Occasionally coyotes will step out in an area with people—just to see if they can. How people respond can determine whether the coyote feels it can claim the area, Gehrt said. Running back into the house teaches coyotes that it’s OK for them to be in that area.
“You should scare them away. You have to teach the coyotes where they can and cannot be,” he said. “To a large extent, they are not dangerous, but you do need to be vigilant.”
It’s unclear how many coyotes are living in Ohio or in the United States, Gehrt said. Despite the federal government’s many efforts to reduce their populations by killing some of them, coyotes have doubled their geographic range over the past 50 years, spreading in every direction.
“What’s really remarkable about their expansion is that people have done everything they can to try to exterminate them,” Gehrt said. “Despite our best efforts, they’ve increased their range and their abundance.”
The Wood Soil and Water Conservation District 2020 tree seedling sale ends Friday, February 28….
The tree seedling sale provides landowners the opportunity to purchase seedlings to plant in their landscape, create windbreaks, and maintain woodlots. Nearly all 88 SWCDs in Ohio offer tree seedling sales with varying species. The sales are open to the public and all are welcome to purchase from any of them. If you are looking for a specific species, be sure to look at the other local SWCD websites.
The Wood SWCD 2020 tree seedling sale ends Friday, February 28. Conifers offered are American Arborvitae, Colorado Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce, and Bald Cypress. Hardwoods include Red Maple, Shagbark Hickory, Swamp White Oak, and Tulip Poplar; Wildflower shrubs include Black Chokeberry, Butterfly Bush, and Redbud. Each seedling packet is $12 with 10 seedlings per packet.
Tree order pick up is Thursday, April 16 10:00 AM—6:00 PM at the Exhibition/Champion Barn located in the northeast area of the Wood County Fairgrounds. For your convenience when picking up trees, enter the building from the north and drive through into the building. From there, the staff will have your order for to put in your vehicle.
Also included, are links to the tree seedling sale and the fingerling fish sale.