Crawford Soil & Water Conservation District
3111 State Route 98, Bucyrus, OH 44820 (419)-562-8280


    Our mission is to encourage and assist the people of Crawford County in making decisions for the wise use of our natural resources to provide a quality environment for all.

Conservation Districts are locally organized self-governing bodies chartered by the State. Through voluntary action and cooperation of landowners (and other stake holders), the District works to conserve land, water, forest, wildlife and other related resources for the benefit of all.

Neighbor to Neighbor Conservation Series

Crawford SWCD is hosting a workshop series highlighting what is happening around our county in the Conservation and Ag fields! Join us for one or all of the workshops. Each evening will begin at the farm/residence and last no more than two hours. Each will offer information, a tour, and chance for questions and answers.

The Buzz on Bees

Tuesday August 15th at 6:30 P.M.

2767 Brokensword Rd, Bucyrus

The Miller Family will be sharing with us all about their current 30 hive honey bee operation. You will have the chance to learn about basic bee keeping, exploring a hive, honey extraction, bottling and get a chance to tour the honey kitchen!

There will be an opportunity to purchase their honey products.

The Edible Landscapes

Tuesday September 19th at 6:30 P.M.

2255 Shafer Rd, Bucyrus

Bruce and Joyce Clinger will be sharing with us all about their edible landscape and  small space gardening. We will have a chance to tour the farm and see how they  provide fresh , organic  small fruits and vegetables. 

There will be an opportunity to purchase their produce.


Small Scale Livestock Production

Tuesday October 17th at 6:30 P.M.

980 Brokensword Rd, Sycamore

Mike and Angie Hall will be sharing tips on successfully raising livestock on a small scale. Their farm base is on pastured, grass-fed livestock, consisting of meat goats, poultry and swine. Learn how to raise livestock on small acreage that is affordable and delicious.


Contact the Crawford SWCD for questions or to register for one or all of these workshops  by calling our office at 419-562-8280 ext 3, emailing or stop in at 3111 State Route 98, Bucyrus.  Registration is due the Friday before each workshop date.

The spring series dates will be February 20th, March 20th and April 17th—topics to follow at a later date.

 Click here for a printable PDF flyer: Neighbor to Neighbor Conservation Series

Palmer Amaranth

Watch for this Weed!!!!


Palmer amaranth is a pigweed species native to areas of northwestern Mexico and the southwestern United States. Within those regions, the leaves and seeds of the plant were used as a source of food by Native American tribes.   Anthropogenic sources are the primary reason for the subsequent spread of the plant from its native region into the southeastern United States and portions of the Midwest (Ward et. al. 2013).  Palmer amaranth has become a problem species in areas where it is not native, due to the high volumes of seed produced (100,000 to 500,000 seeds per plant), adaptability and its ability to resist glyphosate and ALS inhibitors. As a result, this plant can cause significantly diminished crop yields and farm income when not controlled (“Palmer amaranth”, OSU).

As of late 2016, Palmer amaranth had been identified in 18 counties within Ohio. Thus far Palmer amaranth is primarily coming into Ohio via the use of cotton feed products and contaminated farm equipment. There have also been a few instances of contaminated Conservation Reserve Enhancement Progam (CREP), cover crop, and wildlife seed. Being able to identify Palmer amaranth, use of residual herbicides in corn and bean fields, not running combines through infected patches, removing the plant before it produces mature seeds, and avoiding use of cotton feed products can all prevent the spread of Palmer amaranth.  The Ohio Department of Agriculture will come and sample Conservation Reserve Program, cover crop, and wildlife seed for free, to test for Palmer amaranth seed.  The phone number to contact ODA for this testing is (614)-728-6410. If samples are mailed into ODA for testing there will be a charge associated (“Palmer amaranth”, OSU).

Palmer amaranth can be easy to confuse with other pigweed species. Some identifying characteristics include a smooth stem, long petioles, and leaves that tend to be oblate or diamond shaped. Female Palmer amaranth plants have very large seed heads that can reach of to 3 feet in length. If you believe that Palmer amaranth is present in your fields you can contact Mark Loux with OSU at 614-292-9081 or .

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