One of the very first insects that I identified as a young gardener was the pine sawfly. We had planted over a hundred white pine seedlings over 30 years ago and after a decade or so we started to lose a couple each year to one problem or another. Daddy charged me with inspection duty. Looking for and plucking bagworms; collecting beetles in jars for identification at the County Extension Service; or closely noting the color, legs and chewing habits of the various caterpillars I encountered.
Over the past few weeks, there have been several deceased animals diagnosed in our area by drinking water that has been contaminated by blue-green algae. Dr. Gerry Dill alerted me to this and I appreciate him letting me know about this. He also passed along the following information. Dr. Cynthia Gaskill, DVM, PhD, clinical veterinary toxicologist at the University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, provided this information.
Congratulations to Kelsey Bishop and Madison Goodlett for representing Spencer County 4-H at the State 4-H Horse Show in July at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center’s Broadbent Arena. They both did a great job and were recognized at this wonderful state event.
The 2013 State Communications Day was July 13 at the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington. I am so proud to say that everyone from Spencer County did an outstanding job, and Lilli Hanik was a state demonstration winner.
Junior Animal Science Demonstration: Blue ribbon – Casey Montgomery demonstrated “How to Prepare for A Hog Show.”
Senior Performing Arts Demonstration: First place and blue ribbon – Lilli Hanik demonstrated “The Beautiful Noise Maker.”
Senior Job Interview: Blue Ribbon – Lilli Hanik
Who among us is guilty of not noticing something until it’s too late? Yes, all of a sudden there is nothing left of your blue spruce or arborvitae. Bagworms have been munching on the needles for weeks and we wonder how it all happened. Well, they are at work right now so go outside and take inventory of your evergreens because that’s what the bagworm likes the most. Now is the time they do their damage unless we put a stop to it.
Likely as a child, you, too, collected fireflies in a jar and took them to bed to light up your room on a warm summer night. I remember getting my parents to puncture the lid of a mason jar so the magical insects could breathe. Well, it turns out that all that light flashing wasn’t meant for our entertainment, but rather about entertaining love.
Farm Service Agency reminds producers that the deadline for crop acreage reporting for crop year 2013 has been extended to August 3rd. If you have not filed a 2013 acreage report, please visit the local FSA Office soon! Acreage reports are required for participation in many FSA Programs.
Signup for the DCP program continues through September 15.