Ag Notes Week of 3/09/20

Staff writer

Women in Conservation
Registration is under way for the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District’s “Women in Conservation Series,” which will be held on the third Wednesday of the month from 5:30-8 p.m. April through September at various locations in Ottawa County.
The first workshop will be held April 15 at the Port Clinton Yacht Club. During the session, participants will create their own fish prints using gyotaku, an ancient art used by Japanese fisherman to record their prize catches. The cost for this session is $15.
The topics and dates for future sessions are:
• May 20: Backyard Birds at Winous Point Marsh, Port Clinton, $15;
• June 17: Rockwell Trout Club, at Rockwell Springs Trout Club, Clyde, $25;
• July 15: Archery at Winous Point Marsh, Port Clinton, $15;
• Aug. 19: Fishing at Tibbels Marina, Lakeside Marblehead, $40;
• Sept. 16: Howard Marsh Tour, Curtice, $15.
Each session will include dinner, an opportunity to talk with experts in their field and socializing with other women interested in the outdoors.
Early registration is suggested, since sessions are limited to 15 participants. To register or for details, call 419-898-1595 or visit

Farmer Breakfast
The Lucas Soil and Water Conservation District will host a free farmers’ breakfast Thursday, March 19 at The Andersons headquarters in Maumee.
Doors will open at 8 a.m. After breakfast, attendees will hear from Dr. Angélica Vázquez-Ortega, assistant professor of geochemistry at Bowling Green State University, who will share her research on Lake Erie dredge material being used as a soil amendment on farm fields.
Dr. Vázquez-Ortega obtained a grant from the Lake Erie Protection Fund to identify the appropriate ratio of soil to dredged material in order to achieve the best crop yield and minimize fertilizer use. A question-and-answer-session will follow her presentation.
Lucas SWCD staff will also share information on current agricultural assistance programs available to Lucas County producers, including Gov. DeWine’s H2Ohio Initiative.
The event, including a hot breakfast, is free; however, registration is required by Monday, March 16. Visit or contact the Lucas SWCD office at 419-893-1966 to register. This event was made possible by Bowling Green State University, Lake Erie Commission, The Andersons and the Lucas SWCD.

Lucas SWCD spring
fish, cover crop sale
The Lucas Soil & Water Conservation District (Lucas SWCD) is offering a Fish Sale and a Cover Crop Sale this spring.
Lucas SWCD has partnered with Walnut Creek Seeds, of Carroll, Ohio, to offer several different cover crops, including Buckwheat and a Color and Cover multi-species mix, that are well-suited for backyard gardens in Northwest Ohio.
Cover crops planted in the spring/summer reduce erosion and compaction, attract beneficial pollinators and increase water permeability in the garden. Each mix is $7.50 per pound. The deadline to order is Friday, March 27. Orders will be ready to pick up on or after Thursday, April 16.
To place an order, visit or call 419-893-1966. Pre-order and payment are required.
Fish sale
Lucas SWCD is also partnering with Fender’s Fish Hatchery, of Baltic, Ohio, to offer pond owners a convenient and affordable way to stock their ponds.
Five different types of fish fingerlings ranging from 1-6 inches in size, depending on species, are available through the sale for less than $1 each. Available species include Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Channel Catfish, Bluegill and Fathead Minnows.
Lucas SWCD is also offering Nature’s Pond Conditioner, an all-natural solution to reduce pond muck and improve overall pond water quality. The deadline to place an order is Friday, May 15. The pick-up date is Tuesday, May 19 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Lucas SWCD office, 130-A W. Dudley St., Maumee.
Pre-order and payment are required. To place an order, visit or call 419-893-1966.


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