The next SWCD Board meeting will be July 8th at 7:00 a.m. at the Agri-Civic Center. The public is invited.
2015 Southeastern Soil Health Field Day
Overcast skies and cool temperatures didn’t hamper the Southeastern Soil Health Field Day held at Fork L Farm in Norwood on April 29. Approximately 100 attendees from Virginia, North and South Carolina rotated between three different twenty minute breakout sessions as they gleaned information from soil experts. Read more…
Stanly’s two teams represented us well in the 2015 Southern Piedmont Envirothon and also in the State Envirothon held at Cedarock Park near Burlington. Read more…
Stanly SWCD Holds AnnualAwards Banquet
Wetlands were the focus of this year’s student contest. After dinner, awards were presented to this year’s winners. With so many great poster entries from across the county, judging was difficult. Millingport student, Emily Speedling Efird took first place in the 5th grade competition and went on to win third place in the Area VIII competition. Second place winner is Alexis Goode from Badin and third place is Serenity Febus-Hopkins, also from Badin. Essay winner was sixth grader Tilman Hatley, from North Stanly Middle School. The title was “Wetlands are Wonderful.” Tilman later placed first in the Area. Read more…
For more about contests sponsored by the Stanly SWCD please visit this site http://www.ncagr.gov/SWC/educational/contests.html
Dig It! The Secrets of Soil …Coming to North Carolina !
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences May 16 – August 16, 2015
This is the ONLY opportunity we will have to view this one-of-a-kind exhibit in NC.
The State’s soil testing lab has issued an update:
Turnaround time for the soil testing lab is currently posted as 1 to 2 weeks for routine (predictive) samples; from the time samples are received, growers should expect reports in about 5 to 7 working days. Turnaround time for problem (diagnostic) samples is 3-5 days from the time samples are received. No fee is charged for soil testing until peak season in November.
The NCDA&CS is urging users to submit soil sample information online. Read more here… Online Soil Sample Results
No-Till Drill Available For Rent
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.