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.

2017 Photo Contest

Do you have an eye for the beauty of Crawford County? We are excited to bring back the photo contest, “Showcasing Crawford County”. This contest is for amateur photographers, and the photos must be taken within the county. We have five categories this year:

•             Backyard Conservation

•             Wildlife or Livestock

•             Farm/ Rural Life

•             Scenic Landscape

•             Trees/ Crops

All photos will be displayed in our fair booth at the Crawford County Fair! We will be accepting photos and entry forms until June 30th! We are only accepting printed photos (no digital files), sized between – 4” x 6” and 8” x 10”. The category winners will be picked by staff, and then the winning photos will be polled on our Facebook page for the grand prize winner. Category winners will win $25.00, and the grand prize winner will win an additional $25.00. For rules, entry forms, and more information, please refer to our web page – or call (419) 562-8280 ext. 3.

Printable PDF Rules

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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