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2018

To Tree or Not to Tree?

That is the question? The Putnam SCD has conducted a Spring tree sale for several years. Usually in March of each year. However, the research has shown that is not the opportune time to plant trees. According to the leading research the best time to plant trees is in the fall. In part, this time is best because of soil temperature. Research has shown that until soil temperatures drop below 50 degrees roots continue to grow. This shows that planting trees in late fall or early winter promotes root growth. The warming temperatures in spring typically allows the foliage to outgrow the root system and deplete the tree of needed nutrients. This process will usually cause a much higher mortality rate in spring planted trees.

Spring time is when most plants come to life and we want to get outside and get our hands dirty. Planting trees, working gardens and flowerbeds are all on the top of our list of things to do in springtime. However, trees survive the cold winter months based on the nutrient they have stored in preparation for the winter. In the fall trees need less carbohydrates because the tree is going into a winter dormant state. The tree allows the root system to absorb nutrients and prevents the shoots of the tree itself from getting all the carbohydrates.

So, planting trees in the spring would reverse this process and allow the needed nutrients or food to go into new plant and shoot growth. In reality it starves the root system of those nutrients. This process actually stresses the tree and could cause it to die. Therefore, Spring planting of trees have much higher mortality rates. This process takes place the same way for shrubs and ornamentals.

This is not to say you cannot spring plant trees and shrubs, it just is not recommended by professionals in that field of study.

This brings us back around to the Putnam County Soil Conservation District tree sale. The SCD board made a decision to go to the late fall and early winter with this year’s tree sale. The date for the 2018 tree sale will be determined later but it will be late November or early December. The SCD certainly appreciates the public support of our tree sale and would like to thank TTU Soil staff and Dr. Janice Branson for the dedication and continued support for our annual tree sale.

Watch the Putnam County SCD face book page for the date of our sale. It will also be ran in the Herald Citizen a couple of weeks before as well.

*By: Darrell Beason, District Conservationist

**All programs and services of the Putnam County Soil Conservation District (SCD) are offered on a nondiscriminatory basis without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activities.

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Healthy Soils Are Full of Life

Healthy Soils Are Full of Life was the theme for the newly launched poster contest. Students from 3rd grade classes in Putnam County were asked to participate in a poster contest, on a voluntary basis. Some of the schools chose to skip this year, hopefully they will participate next year. Out of the schools that participated some had the school’s adopters purchase the poster boards for the students while other schools the teachers purchased the poster boards for the students. Those were the schools that had the most success. Other schools still participated but did not have as large of a turn out of posters.

Each school had an opportunity to have 3 student winners, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. The students that won 3rd place won $10.00, 2nd place won $15.00, and 1st place won $25.00 and had their name entered to win a Chromebook. Also, out of the 1st place winners one was picked to move onto the state TACD contest where they were able to win more money and have an opportunity to move onto the national NACD contest. There were also incentives for the teachers. The teacher from each school that had the 1st place winner received $25.00 to spend on their class and the teacher that had the district winner was given $100.00 to put back into their class.

Besides the incentives that were offered to the students they were encouraged to participate in the contest, so they could let their voices be heard. These students are our future and if we can help them understand where their food and other natural resources come from then we can have a better tomorrow. At the end when all the posters were collected we had a wonderful selection of carefully crafted posters to pick from.

The schools that participated were Sycamore, Cornerstone, Capshaw, Jere Whitson, and Northeast. The district winner that went on to the State TACD poster contest was Bella Hitchcock from Northeast Elementary. Her poster is pictured. Next year we hope to have all the 3rd grade students in Putnam County participate in this wonderful opportunity.

**All programs and services of the Putnam County Soil Conservation District (SCD) are offered on a nondiscriminatory basis without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activities.

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2018

News Release

USDA Announces Sign Up for NWQI Pilot Watershed Project

Agricultural producers located in Caney Fork and Nolichucky River Watersheds are eligible to apply

Applications are due by Friday, April 13, 2018.

Please read the latest news release on our TN website by clicking here.

You may also learn more about Tennessee NWQI by visiting the website.

 Non-Discrimination Statement:

All Programs and services of the Putnam County Soil Conservation District (SCD) are offered om a nondiscriminatory basis without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activities.

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2017

68th Annual Awards Banquet

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2017

New Rental Equipment

FLXII-812 Truax No-Till Drill

FLXII-812 Truax No-Trill Drill

The Putnam County Soil Conservation District would like to announce our new addition to our rental equipment.  Thanks to the Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) we were able to get a new FLXII-812 Truax No-Till Drill.  The new drill is an end-drive, about 11′ wide, and plants an 8′ wide row.  It has a traditional large seed box, a small seed box, and a native warm season box for fluffy seed.  If you would like to rent the drill call the office at 931-528-6472 extension 3 for more details and availability or stop in the office at 900 South Walnut Ave. Room 1, Cookeville, TN.

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2017

May is American Wetlands Month

“Wetlands Make a Splash”

In Tennessee, NRCS will end the month of May with a total of 47,093 acres on 316 wetland easement areas, which is a significant contribution to the restoration and preservation of our wetlands!

American Wetlands Month was created in 1991 to “celebrate the vital importance of wetlands to the Nation’s ecological, economic, and social health and to educate Americans about the value of wetlands as a natural resource.” (US EPA)

Most of you are probably well aware of the amazing habitat that wetlands provide for all sort of critters, but did you know that wetlands are also critical for providing humans with clean water to drink? One of the lesser known facts about wetlands is that they play the role of nature’s water filter. Wetlands also clean out excess nutrients such as phosphorous and nitrogen from our water that are deposited there by industrial systems and agriculture. Finally, wetlands can assist in the treatment and cleansing of waste water. Of course if too much pollution runs into a wetland it can do harm to the ecosystem, but if managed properly, wetlands can be a critical tool in our efforts to provide clean drinking to people across the globe. (info taken from www.aswm.org)

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2017

Stewardship Week

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2017

Landowners: Don’t Forget to Visit NRCS when Transferring Land or Changing Ownership

Landowners: Don't Forget to Visit NRCS when Transferring Land or Changing Ownership

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2017

Women in Ag

women in ag flyer

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2017

Pathways Position

The Cookeville area office has 1 vacancy for a Pathways Position (student trainee) for the Engineering Department.  The position was posted on the following website on March 23, 2017.  If you are interested or know someone that would be interested in this wonderful opportunity please have them go to the following wesbite: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/466457700.  The deadline for applications is Monday, April 3, 2017