Jonathon Manuel, “Resource Conservationist” for Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District, joins the Morning Show and in this week’s Ag Answers he is discussing pond control and their office’s fish sale.
A pond is a lot of work. If a pond is left alone you will lose all the benefits that you bought it for. Ponds that are not taken care of can become very stagnate and a possible misquote breading ground. So it is very important for a pond to be maintained.
Every pond is different in general someone should be monitoring a pond for plant and fish growth. Things that may need to happen every year include stocking your pond or working to control vegetation growth both in the water and on the bank. You may need to set up habitat for your fish and plant life.
They are able to help with stocking recommendations of both subdivision ponds as well as farm ponds by providing the owner a guide from IDNR. They also have fish sales twice a year. The fall one is currently going on.
The Champaign County Soil & Water Conservation District, has bass, catfish, bluegill, and more. We sell them in different sizes. Plus they are all Illinois fish from our supplier in Murphysboro.
They do a mailing by paper and E-mail to those that have told us to keep them informed. This is also the same list they use to let pond owners know about upcoming pond clinics we might be having. Or you can go their website at www.CCSWCD.com and look for fish under the sales tab on the left.
Their new Saving Tomorrows Agriculture Resources form is up and ready to be filled out. This is a great way for a land owner or farmer to take just 3 minutes to see how they are doing on working towards the goals of the Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy. They courage every land owner and Farmer to pick just one field and fill out the form. Send it in and they will let you know how many STARs your field has made this year.