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The McLean County Soil and Water Conservation District proudly preserves McLean County's most valuable resources. 

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Golf Outing Registration
Jim Rutherford Conservation Golf Outing
Save the Date! August 2, 2022
Proceeds fund the Jim Rutherford Conservation Scholarship

Register using the above Flyer

Pond Shocking Demonstration
Save the Date! August 18, 2022, 6:30pm Lexington, IL
RSVP by Calling Our Office

2021 McLean County Plat Books Available!
Plat Books are $35 Cash/Check or $40 Credit. Add $5 per plat book for shipping

Orange Marking Flags Available
Orange marking flags are available in bundles of 100 for $12.00 per bundle.
Contact our office to purchase.
The Normal USDA office is open to Landowners and Producers. 
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm

402 N Kays Drive
Normal IL 61761
SWCD/NRCS 309-452-3848 ext 3
FSA 309-452-3848 ext 2

Jim Rutherford Conservation Scholarship Golf Outing

The Jim Rutherford Scholarship was established by the McLean County Soil and Water Conservation District to assist outstanding agricultural students at any Illinois College. The student awarded the scholarship demonstrate superior agricultural academic achievement, commitment to soil and water conservation and potential for innovation and/or leadership ability. The Jim Rutherford Scholarship is awarded in the fall semester of the academic year. This scholarship fund is made possible by generous donations from local donors. Each year an annual Golf Outing is held to raise the necessary funds. Help support the next generation of local agri-business professionals! To make a donation, please contact our office.
Golf Outing Registration

Lake Bloomington & Evergreen Lake Watesheds

Lake Bloomington & Evergreen Lake Watershed Newsletter

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Pond Shocking Demonstration

Save the date for our Fall Pond Shocking Demonstration just outside of Lexington, Illinois. We will review fish species from a local private pond and discuss recommendations going forward. To register contact the SWCD office at 309-452-3848. RSVP is required, this is open to the public and a free educational event. 

August 18, 2022 at 6:30pm

McLean County Cover Crop Meeting

Cover Crop Informational Meeting
Thursday August 25, 2022
11:00am (Lunch Provided)
Location: Danvers Township Building 898 N West St. Danvers, IL 61732

Jim Isermann- Illinois Sustainable Ag Partnership
Adam Wyant- Natural Resources Conservation Service

Topics to Include:
Cover Crop Application & Implementation
Conservation Cost-Share & Program Application
A Field Day to follow, weather permitting

RSVP required, Contact Brett Irwin at 309-452-3848 ext 3
Pollinator Species ID

Prairie Dock (Silphium terebinthinaceum)

Prairie dock’s large oval or heart-shaped leaves develop only at the base of the plant. The leaves are toothed along the edge and may be two feet long and eight inches wide. The small yellow flower heads develop at the tip of a long stalk. The flower stalk may grow from six to 10 feet tall. Prairie dock grows in moist prairies throughout the state. It produces flowers from July through September. The leaves persist when dry and add interest to the garden through fall and winter.

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McLean County Pheasants Forever Drills

The McLean County Pheasants Forever chapter has made three Truax Drills available for wildlife habitat installation in McLean County. These drills were purchased in cooperation with Illinois DNR through Habitat Stamp funds purchased by Illinois Hunters. Reporting of seeding is required to maintain records of habitat installed. The Drills are located at the SWCD office for rental. 

Rental Agreement Details: Checks made payable to: Pheasants Forever

  • $250 Security Deposit (Returned when equipment is returned in good working order. **Operable and Clean) Drill inspection is made by Resource Conservationist, and must be dropped off with the employee present.
  • $50 per Business Day Cost. (Planter to be picked up and returned on same day. If not, an additional $50 charge for each day utilized.
  • $100 per Business Day Cost for Waterway Seedings

Equipment Requirements/Specifications

Learn how to calibrate the Drill for the Correct Seeding Rate Per Acre

- Minimum 50 Horsepower Tractor
- Drill has Pioneer ends and 2 hydraulic Lines for raising/lowering
- A truck with a hitch pin needed for transport (45mph max speed)
- Drill is pulled with a tow bar
- Drill is 8 feet wide and does 5 feet of planting
- The three seed boxes are capable of planting native seed mixes, pollinator habitat, food plots, and cool season plantings.
Special thanks to the following sponsors for their support of our conservation mission in McLean County. 
These sponsors are advertisers in our SWCD publications and not an endorsement of the company or services provided. We are an equal opportunity farm advertiser.  


The McLean County Soil and Water Conservation District does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status or disability. This policy covers all programs, services and procedures of the District, including employment. The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


SWCD board meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at our office. Contact our office for changes and details.

Our mailing address:
402 N Kays Drive Normal Illinois 61761
309-452-3848 ext 3

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