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Milkweed Seed Pod Collection


The Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative (OPHI) is seeking public involvement to collect and drop off common milkweed seed pods from established plants, September 1 through October 31, 2017 at collection stations around Ohio. Hancock Soil & Water Conservation District will be a collection station in Hancock County. The seeds will be used to establish new plantings and create additional habitat for the Monarch butterfly throughout Ohio in coming years.


Seed pods from common milkweed should be collected when the pods are dry and gray or brown in color. If the center seam pops with gentle pressure, they can be picked. It is best to collect pods into paper bags or paper grocery sacks. Avoid using plastic bags because they can attract moisture and allow mold to develop. Store seeds in a cool, dry area until you can deliver to the closest pod collection area. It is recommended to wear disposable gloves when picking and handling pods. Harvesting seed pods from milkweed plants will not have any effect on the population of milkweed in established areas.

For more information on OPHI or the seed pod collection contact OPHI at (614) 416-8993 or Hancock SWCD, 7868 C.R. 140, Suite E, Findlay, Ohio at 419-422-6569.

Brights Ditch Grant

Hancock SWCD has grant funds available for farmers & landowners in the Brights Ditch Watershed. The Great Lakes Commission-Great Lakes Restoration program provides the funds to help local farmers install BMPS to reduce sediment, phosphorus, and nitrogen loadings. The Brights Ditch watershed is located in Hancock and Wyandot counties. Wyandot SWCD and the Blanchard River Watershed Partnership are partners for this grant.

The Best Management Practices available are: Conservation Tillage, Cover Crops, Water Control Structure with no Main and Water Control Structure with Main. For more information contact Hancock SWCD at 419-422-6569 or Wyandot SWCD at 419-294-2312. 

2017 Fall Newsletter

The Hancock SWCD Fall Newsletter is now available. Click here to download your copy!


Hancock SWCD Supervisors presented the 2016 Outstanding Cooperator award to Bruce &  Denise Arnold! Bruce and Denise have made many conservation improvements on their farm in Union Township including: Erosion Control Structures, Filter Strips, No-Till plantings, Conservation Tillage and cover crops. Congratulations on a job well done!

The award was sponsored by Sparks Commercial Tire, Inc. 

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Hancock Soil & Water Conservation District
7868 County Road 140, Suite E
Findlay, Ohio 45840
Phone: 419-422-6569