The Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District (District) is led by a locally elected board of directors whose responsibility is to plan and oversee the delivery of services and programs that help conserve and protect water and soil resources, wildlife habitat, and other natural resources in Yamhill County. The District is a unit of local government, and implements its programs and services in partnership with volunteers, non-profits, state and federal agencies, school districts and universities, watershed councils, landowners, and many others.
On Saturday, December 6th the Greater Yamhill Watershed Council and the Yamhill SWCD in cooperation with many partners were able to collect 39,218 pounds of unlabeled, restricted use or banned agricultural pesticides. This event gave local residents and agricultural businesses the opportunity for safe handling and disposal of these chemicals. Throughout the day 54 participants stopped at the Wilco Agronomy Center at Whiteson to give their chemicals to Clean Harbor Services, a contractor who specializes in hazardous waste disposal, to ensure the chemicals are disposed of safely and in an environmentally conscious way. We also collected triple rinsed plastic containers for recycling.
In 2012, the Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) received a $75,000 grant through the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Innovation Grant program, to demonstrate new recycling tunnel sprayer technology in vineyards in Yamhill County. The grant has allowed the district to provide incentive payments to eligible vineyard producers to purchase recycling tunnel sprayer technology.
This District has a new fax number!
Yamhill SWCD teamed up with Polk and Marion SWCDs to host a soil health workshop at the Chemeketa Viticulture Center in West Salem and was partially funded by a USDA Risk Management Agency grant. Attendees from all 3 counties listened to lectures on why it is important to manage for soil health and practical ways to manage for optimum soil health.
Amy Grotta, OSU Extension Forestry Agent, has released some information on common pests that you may see this summer in your forest. The Western Tent Caterpillar and the Western Oak Looper are both defoliating insects that affect the forest canopy, but according to OSU extension, neither are serious threats to forest or human health.
For more information on these pests, please refer to the OSU Extension Forestry blog article, The Boom and Bust Life of Defoliating Insects.
Photos thanks to: Dave Shaw, OSU extension