Milkweed is essential to the survival of Monarch Butterflies in Ohio and Ohio is a priority area for Monarchs. The monarch butterflies that hatch here in the summer migrate to Mexico for the winter and are responsible for starting the life cycle all over again in the spring. During September - October everyone is encouraged to collect Milkweed Pods from established plants and drop them off at the Van Wert SWCD. To collect the seed pods from a milkweed plant it is best to pick them when they are dry, gray, or brown in color. If the center seams pop with gentle pressure, they can be picked. It is best to collect pods into paper bags or paper grocery sacks. Mark the sack, the county it came from, date/time and if other than common milkweed; which species of milkweed was collected. Avoid using plastic bags and store the seeds in a cool, dry area until you can deliver to the Van Wert SWCD. The collection will take place between September 1 - October 30, 2020. There will be a collection container located outside of our office.
The first round of the H2Ohio Program has been completed. Our thanks to the producer in Van Wert County for their patience and cooperation meeting the August 14, 2020 deadline. Van Wert has 179 producers that signed up 109,833 acres in the amount of $4,246,333.30 for 2021.