February Weed of the Month: Garlic Mustard

Check out the Weed of the Month fact sheet on Garlic Mustard here.

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Knox County Invasive Plant Species Management Cost Share Program

The Knox County Soil & Water Conservation District is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for its new Invasive Plant Species Management Cost Share Program on private lands. We are targeting landowners with natural areas (e.g. woods, wetlands, glades, prairies) of 1 to 10 acres (if more than 10, we recommend applying for the NRCS’ EQIP program; our office can help you with this process as well).

The Knox County SWCD plans to award $3,000 in cost share this year. Applications will be ranked by: quality of the area, quality of the nearby area, size of area, and specific invasive species found. High scores for quality of the area, quality of the nearby area, and threat of the invasive species found at the site will be reflected in a higher ranking of the cost share application. A larger treatment area (up to ~10 ac.) will also improve an applicant’s ranking. Applications will be discussed first at the Knox County Cooperative Weed Management Area meetings, and recommendations made at these meetings will go to the SWCD board for final approval.

Please contact Will Drews for more information at willem.drews@in.nacdnet.net or (812) 882-8210 ext. 119 or just drop by our office at 604 S. Quail Run Rd., Vincennes, IN 47591.

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January Weed of the Month: Tree of Heaven

View the fact sheet here.

A Tree of Heaven stand along a creek in Vincennes

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Tri-County SWCD’s host Cover Crop Breakfast: 2/9/17

Through a partnership with the Alcoa Foundation, The Nature Conservancy and the Soil & Water Conservation Districts of Pike, Dubois and Gibson Counties, there will be a Cover Crop Breakfast on Thursday, February 9th, 2017. This event is FREE to area producers who have a valued interest in improving their soil health and natural resources. A PARP credit has also been approved for this event.
Featured speakers include Ronan Cummins, an independent Crop Consultant and owner of Agronomy One, LLC out of Owensboro, Kentucky and Maria Restrepo-Turner, Pike County Purdue Cooperative Extension Agent.
Agenda for the morning event starts with: (please note – all times eastern)

7:30am – Registration
& Breakfast
8:30am – “Cover Crop Termination” Ronan Cummins – 30 minutes w/ Q & A to follow 9:15am – “Insect
Issues in Crops” Ronan Cummins – 30 minutes w/ Q & A to follow
10:00am – PARP “Utilizing Precision Ag to comply with setback distances” – Maria Turner, Purdue
Extension
11:00am – Dismiss
The breakfast will be held at the Jefferson Township Community Center in Otwell, Indiana with the Schnitzelbank catering a hearty breakfast fit for any producer! If you are attending for a PARP credit, it is required that you bring your PARP applicator card and $10 cash or check. Checks can be made payable to the Pike County Purdue Extension.
Again, this event is free however RSVP’s are required for catering purposes and can be made at www.alcoabreakfast.eventbrite.com or by calling the Pike County SWCD at 812-354-6120 ex.3; the Gibson County SWCD at 812-385-5033 ex. 3 or the Dubois County SWCD at 812-482-1171 ex.3. If you need assistance or dietary needs, please contact the Pike County SWCD at the number listed above.
In the event that the area has inclement weather, posting will be made on the SWCD’s Facebook pages and via email using the Eventbrite registration system.

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Weed of the Month for December 2016: Wintercreeper

Here’s a link to the fact sheet:

Weed of the Month for December 2016

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October 2016 Weed of the Month: Japanese Stiltgrass

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Check out this pdf for information on Japanese Stiltgrass: October 2016 Weed of the Month

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Knox County CWMA’s Pulling for Bats!

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When: October 29th from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Where: The Nature Center at Ouabache Trails (3500 N. Lower Fort Knox Rd., Vincennes, IN 47591)

Contact: Will Drews @ willem.drews@in.nacdnet.net or (812) 882-8210 ext. 119

Details: Our bats eat tons of insects.  But, they have a harder time finding healthy food when invasive plants are around. Join us for Bat Week 2016, an annual, celebration of the role of bats in nature.  You can make a difference by helping remove pesky invasive plants in our county park making it healthier for bats and other wildlife. We will begin with a short introduction and talk about bats and invasive plants in Knox County, followed by the plant pull. We will provide refreshments and equipment. Please wear sturdy shoes, clothing you’re willing to work in, and bring your own gloves.

 

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The Dangers of Callery Pear Trees

Check out this article in the Vincennes Sun Commercial about the dangers of ornamental pear trees: http://www.suncommercial.com/news/article_10971e62-81d7-11e6-8757-e78b86352da4.html

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