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Bond County Soil and Water Conservation District

Randy Dowdy:  Record Corn Yields - Speaking on Nov. 28

 

Randy Dowdy is a grain producer from Valdosta, Georgia that has set several yield records for corn production.  He will be speaking on Nov. 28 at the Farm Heritage Museum in Greenville, IL.  The Bond County SWCD & Ag in the Classroom program is a supporter of this event.  To register for the event click on this link:

Randy Dowdy Meeting

Gehrig Scholarship Applications Due 12/31/17 

Dr. Harold W. Gehrig believed in service.  He spent his life serving others through his work as a veterinarian at Greenville Veterinary Clinic, through his church and through his many hours as a livestock and crop producer.  He also served for over 10 years as a director of the Bond County Soil and Water Conservation District.  To commemorate Dr. Gehrig’s dedication to service, his passion for agriculture, natural resources and veterinary medicine, the Bond County Soil & Water Conservation District and Bond County Agriculture in the Classroom programs offer the Dr. Harold W. Gehrig Memorial Scholarship.  This scholarship is for students currently enrolled in college that are majoring in agriculture, natural resources, or veterinary medicine.  Applicants must have graduated from Greenville or Mulberry Grove High School.  For more information, visit the Bond Co. SWCD website at www.bondswcd.org or stop by the office at 1111 E. Harris Ave., Greenville.  Applications are due Dec. 31. 

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD APPLICATION

 

Meeting Schedule

Board Meeting Schedule

Unless otherwise posted, Regular Board of Director Meetings are scheduled the second  Wednesday of each month at 9:00 a.m.at the USDA Service Center, 1111 E. Harris Ave., Greenville, IL 62246.  Meetings are open to the public. 

Notice:  The next meeting of the Bond Co. SWCD board will be held on Dec. 13 at 10:00 a.m.

Please note a meeting may be cancelled due to possible lack of quorum.  Please contact the office for scheduling details.

FOIA Officers:

Emily Hartmann

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Holiday Hours

The SWCD office will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 24. 

The office will be closed for Christmas on Dec. 25.

Please contact the office to schedule an appointment to ensure the appropriate staff are available. 

Healthy Soils Matter!

Why should we care about soil health? Roger Marcoot, Conservation Associate with the Bond County Soil and Water Conservation District, explains that healthy soil is important for agriculture and our state’s ability to feed the nation, but it actually has a direct impact on many larger issues that affect life as we know it.  

Soil health can improve and regulate water, sustain plant and animal life, filter potential pollutants, cycle nutrients, and support building and structures. Healthy soils hold more water, which can reduce flooding and help with drought. Healthy soils also resist runoff and erosion, they suppress weeds and pests naturally, and sustain our precious natural resources. 

Simply put, healthy soils are productive soils and they are important to every one of us. Cover crops are one way to improve the health of soils.  As we plan for next year’s crop production, there are several considerations to take into account as you incorporate cover crops into your plans.  Cover crops can be used to reduce erosion, sequester residual nutrients from the soil, and provide a source of animal feed. 

 Reducing erosion is one of the ways to not only protect our top soil but also reduce phosphorous loss.  Here in Southern Illinois reducing phosphorous loss is a priority in the Illinois Nutrient Reduction Strategy.   Another priority area is nitrogen loss.  Cover crops can take up excess nitrogen in the soil and hold it in the plant resulting in reducing nitrogen loss from leaching and run off. 

Cover crops can provide a lot of supplemental feed to livestock producers.  Chemical label restrictions for forage consumption need to be considered. 

Determining what your goals are for cover crops is the first step.  Once your goal is established, decisions can be made about the type of cover crop to be planted.  Do you need grasses or broadleaf plants or a combination?  When will the harvested crop be off of the field so a cover crop can be planted?  What method of establishing a cover crop is best for you?   

Begin by identifying priority fields.  Highly erodible fields might be a place to start.  Consider an earlier maturity for the crop on those fields.  This will allow more time for the cover crop to get established.  Don’t forget to evaluate your chemical program.  Be sure there are no restrictions on planting cover crops, especially if you plan on using them for livestock feed.  Finally, think about the crop to be grown in the following year.  The crop to be grown the following year may help determine the appropriate cover crop to prevent any antagonistic effects.

 

To learn more about health soils contact the Bond County Soil and Water Conservation District at 618-664-0555 ext. 3.

Soil Sampling - Call Now

         

Call now to schedule your field for soil sampling.  Allow us to pull the samples and submit them for lab analysis.  Or you can drop off your samples and we'll analyze them for you.  For more information or to book your appointment call Roger Marcoot at 618-664-0555 ext. 3013 or 618-292-6043.

Recycling Center Info

See below for the full list of items accepted by the Bond County Recycling Center.  No dumping allowed.    DUMPING OR DEPOSITING OF LITTER IS PROHIBITED BY ORDINANCE §136.31 AND §136.32.  ANYONE FOUND TO BE DUMPING  OR DEPOISTING LITTER CAN BE FINED NOT LESS THAN $10 NOR MORE THAN $500.