Soil and Water

Winter 2014 Newsletter

    Read now…  January 2014 Winter Edition

The next Stanly SWCD Board Meeting  will be April 16, 2014 at 7:00 am at Judy’s Restaurant in Albemarle, NC. Meetings are open to the public.

  

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  Middle School Team goes to State Envirothon

This five member team, Creation Explorers,  placed fifth in the Souther Piedmont Envirothon (SPE) on April 1st, sucuring a place in the State Envirothon.  The SPE is sponsored by the NC Division of Soil and Water Conservation Districts. A total of 19 teams competed in testing in the areas of aquatics, forestry, soil, wildlife and current environmental issues. The Creation Explorers remain hard at work preparing to  compete in the State Envirothon on April 25-26 in Burlington, NC. The team was formed from the Stanly County Homeschool C0-Op Science Study Group. Members of the team are (L-R): Thomas Maness, son of Dana Maness and Johanna Drye; Lexie Burns, daughter of Tim and Susanne Burns; Rylee Carrick, daughter of Robert and Mandy Eudy; Amelia Martin, daughter of Ward and Felicia Martin; and Dayli Williams, daughter of Scott and Luanne Williams. 

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Soil & Water Recognition of Achievements:

2013 No-Till Corn Yield Winner                   2013 Conservation Farm Family

Sunnybrook Farms                                                            John S. Pickler

261.22 bushels/acre                                                            Long Creek Farms

Sunnybrook Farms also placed Second in the Southern Piedmont Dryland/Non-Irrigated Division. It will also be Second Place for the Tri-County Corn Yield Contest. Butch Brooks/Sunnybrook Farms was also recognized as a 225 bushel club member for the state. All of these awards and recognitions were given by the NC Corn Producers Association.

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SWCD holds Annual Awards Banquet February 24th    The Stanly Soil and Water Conservation District held its annual awards banquet February 24, 2014 at the Stanly County Agri-Civic Center in Albemarle. The theme for the contest this year was “The Living Soil” For details… Awards Banquet 2013 news release

Third place poster winnerEssay winner with teacherSecond place poster winner

First place poster winner

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See more pics of the winners here….

2013 Contest Winners

 

Click here to download and watch the winning Computer Designed Slide Show (PowerPoint) by Graham Eddy and here to read the winning essay by Marcie Harward. Congratulations to all the winners!!

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Research Conservation Workshop…A great educational experience for current sophomore and junior high school students. June 22-27, 2014 on the campus of NC State University. 

RCW2009-MacroinvertebratesRCW2009-Wildlife RCW2009-2 DEADLINE IS APRIL 30, 2014

The RCW is a week long intensive study and hands-on conservation workshop sponsored by the NC Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts and the Soil Science Department of NC State University. This workshop requires student application and offers participation in a wide range of conservation topics. Students are housed in NCSU campus dormitories under the guidance of live-in counselors. In order to achieve success, students should come prepared to apply themselves to meet the primary objective of this workshop – learning about natural resources and their management in today’s environment. Awards and scholarships are won and presented to students under several awards programs. For an insider’s look at activities during the Resource Conservation Workshop, please see a promotional video prepared by the Durham Soil and Water Conservation District. Check out the full details at http://www.ncagr.gov/SWC/educational/RCW.html 

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No-Till Drill Available For RentDrill from Nathan

The practice of turning the soil before planting a new crop leads to soil erosion and farmland degradation. No-till planting reduces  erosion and promotes soil health. Stanly SWCD’s Truax 88 No-Till-Drill is designed with three seed boxes that allow for planting regular grass seed, fluffy seeds and clovers. It’s perfect for seeding and reseeding fields and pastures. The District rents the drill for  $10 per acre in Stanly County and $12 per acre for out of county use. There is a $50 minimum charge in county.   Call the SWCD office at 704-986-3059 for more information

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National Cover Crop  and Soil Health Conference

Unlock the Secrets of Soil

A national conference on cover crops and soil health was held in Omaha, Nebraska February 18-19, 2014.  The conference was sponsored by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE), and USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and broughtg together key leaders, researchers, innovators and policy makers in American agriculture to examine the benefits, opportunities and challenges associated with improving the health and function of soils through the adoption of soil health management systems.  District Conservationist, Nathan Lowder, and Stanly SWCD Supervisor, Curtis Furr, attended the conference. Mr Furr presented a PowerPoint presentation highlighting the benefits of cover crop planting on his farm, Big Bear Creek Farms Inc..

Cotton Inc.A grant was awarded to Stanly County SWCD by Cotton Inc. to install mixed cover crop species on cropland to be planted in cotton during the spring of 2014. The demonstration plot was

Cover crop picplanted with no-till drill in a mixed cover crop of crimson clover and wheat following a corn harvest. The cover crop will be managed until April 15 and then terminated to allow for the planting of NT cotton. The plot was established on a farm operated by Larry Coley and the office hopes to host a spring cover crop meeting to showcase the results of the plot. As part of the grant, a local meeting was held for producers to discuss the pros and cons on the practice of using mixed cover crops and was highlighted by a presentation by Curtis Furr, a local producer and SWCD Supervisor who actively uses mixed cover crops in rotations on his farm, Big Bear Creek Farms, Inc.