September and October is a busy time for Kentucky’s apple growers. Hopefully they’ve chosen the varieties resistant to as many diseases as possible. Ripening times vary from year to year depending on the weather. If apples have coddling moth damage, they will drop up to two weeks before the crop is ripe.
Anne Patton Schubert of Taylorsville has been elected as a delegate to the 130th Annual American Angus Association Convention of Delegates on Nov. 18 in Louisville, Bryce Schumann, CEO of the American Angus Association, announced.
Congratulations to Spencer County 4-H and FFA members Sydney Warren, Darilyn Browning, Georgi Herndon, and Emily Hume for participating in the 2013 Kentucky State Fair Market Lamb Show. In Market Lamb Showmanship, Sydney won her class, Darilyn was fourth, Emily was fourth and Georgi was seventh. They each did an outstanding job in the market classes.
This time of the year I am on the lookout for a variety of masterfully camouflaged stinging caterpillars. The first time I saw one it sort of turned into a game: I took Andy down to the Parrotia tree and said “can you find the caterpillar?” He never did because this caterpillar looked exactly like the scorched edge of a leaf that would be a result of a long hot summer.
When farmers want to know how the weather will impact their planting, growing and harvesting decisions, they can get a multitude of information from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Ag Weather Center website and the Kentucky Mesonet. Agriculture meteorologists Tom Priddy and Matt Dixon continually add new features to keep the state’s farmers and livestock producers in the know.
Recently Priddy and Dixon updated the center’s PointAgCast to include additional information that farmers had requested.
Alright, I know, this last week already felt like fall but it really is only the end of August. This year may just be the perfect year to pull off the perfect fall garden as a result. Ample moisture and relatively mild temperatures mean that a second round of planting for a fall garden can get a good start. The challenge with the fall garden is getting seed and seedlings to germinate and grow during the heat of the end of summer. If we stay mild we have a better chance.
With the moist summer we’ve had in Kentucky, mosquitoes have had a prime environment to flourish and become a prevalent pest. They can make your life downright miserable. Many recreational and work activities have been ruined by the constant annoyance and irritation mosquito bites inflict.