The Muskingum Soil and Water Conservation District honors Muskingum County educators for his/her work in
conservation education each year. The Conservation Educator of the Year awards program was instituted in 1984.
The objectives of the awards program are to create an awareness and appreciation of the value of conservation
education and to stimulate efforts by teachers to advance the wise use, protection, and enhancement of the nation’s
soil, water, and related resources.
The winner will receive the award at the Muskingum Soil and Water Conservation District’s Celebration of
Conservation held in the fall.
2018 Resource Conservation Award Winner- Ag Division
Doug, Beth, Landyn, and Kendyl McConnell
The McConnells farm 240 acres of corn for cash grain and feed for their 22 cow/calf pairs and 170 head of dairy beef steers they raise from 6 weeks of age to market weight. They raise 240 acres of soybeans for cash grain and have 8 acres of alfalfa.
For the past three years, they have transitioned into using rye cover crops on the soybean acres. Most of their acreage is considered highly erodible land, and they use no-till and cover crops to reduce erosion. They have installed grass waterways were applicable, they rotate crops, and pay particular attention to nutrient management.
The McConnell Farm was a featured stop on the 2016 ATV Tour because they had no-till planted their corn into 6 foot tall standing rye cover. They have participated in strip-trial nutrient management plots in conjunction with OSU, OSU Extension and the Muskingum SWCD and have been a cooperator with the SWCD’s Nutrient Management and Water Quality Study for several years. By implementing the various different conservation practices and decreasing nutrient applications, they have seen a decrease in fuel use, better soil conditions, and reduced input costs.
Doug is a member of the Muskingum County Farm Bureau County, in which is a current Board member. The McConnell’s motto is “you take care of the soil and the soil will take care of you.” Congratulations to Doug, Beth, Landyn and Kendyl McConnell!