Despite the mild winter experienced through much of the nation, insect pest populations have been mostly below average in Kentucky. However, as the summer season continued, weather patterns made it favorable for insects to begin migration, especially in southern states. There have been reports of increasing numbers in the corn earworm, fall armyworm, and yellow-striped armyworm populations in various crops.
Old farm sites that are long vacant often have remnants of a once thriving agricultural model that fed the whole family. Among the farm smorgasbord was the small home orchard; and among the orchard, the Kieffer pear still stands if nothing else does.
The Kieffer pear has been around for a long time and it seems we have forgotten how to treat it as an eating pear. If you have ever happened upon an old tree, you may have been put off by the hard fruit.
Stetson Baird, Brayden Morrow, Darilyn Browning, Rebecca Mobley, Michael Koch, Leah Shelburne, Lilli Hanik, Courtney Jeffiers, Christopher Miles, Apryl Wood, Scott Jeppson, Dalton Stallings, Bradley Thomas, Peter Koch, Hailey Pawley, Dillon Stallings, Sydney Warren, Thomas Koch, and Michelle Thomas participated in the country ham project this year and received the following awards at the Kentucky State Fair. Thank you to Connie Jeffiers for doing an outstanding job as their club leader!
With the 2012 tobacco growing season coming to an end, growers are working hard to get their crops into the barns. On one hand, the dry conditions of this past summer have kept leaf diseases like frogeye and target spot in check and we have not seen any blue mold. On the other hand, we saw more black shank and Fusarium wilt than we have for the past three or four years.
“Newly transplanted trees must remain hydrated in order for the natural process of root system regeneration to begin” writes Roger Harris, associate professor of horticulture at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. This is something that has been repeated countless time this summer by many in the green industry, yet, I fear, some homeowners may have turned a deaf ear.
With record-breaking heat and drought conditions for many in Kentuckiana, plants suffer the most if their caregiver is less than committed.
John W. McCauley, USDA Farm Service Agency State Executive Director announced that calendar year 2012 brings several changes to the way FSA reports a producer’s farm program payments to the producer and to IRS.
In past years, IRS Forms 1099-G would be issued to show all program payments received from the Farm Service Agency, regardless of the amount.
“Starting with calendar year 2012, producers whose total reportable payments from FSA are less than $600 will not receive IRS Form 1099-G (Report of Payments to Producers),” said McCauley.
After I finish writing this column, I need to go pick figs. Every other day seems to be right on in order to harvest ripe fruit. It takes some finesse because it is the soft texture of the fruit that reveals ripeness, not necessarily the color. And picking only ripe fruit is the goal: figs do not improve if picked under ripe so if it feels firm leave it on the shrub.