Cummings and Goings in Agriculture

Hot, hot, hot, especially for October.  This has been the weather condition we’ve been dealing with.  Yalobusha County has had excellent harvest conditions and the yields have been unbelievably good.

But, it is still too hot for October.  Temperatures in the 80 – 85 degree range would be great compared to the 90-degree temperatures we’ve had.  The dry conditions have been good for the harvest, but not for anything else.  Pastures, lawns, and fall gardens are suffering.  

Congratulations to Betty Baker Thomas and Jane Franklin for designing winning scarecrows for the scarecrow trail at the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Verona (see photos on page B1).  The scarecrow entered by the Yalobusha County Homemaker Volunteers won first place in the adult category while the Yalobusha County Master Gardeners entry won third.  You can view these and more than 60 other scarecrows during the month of October at the R&E center in Verona.  If you are in the Tupelo area you might enjoy touring these scarecrow trails.  Tour times are 8 am to 5 pm each day in October.

Congratulations to Kyle and Lauren Jeffreys for being selected to serve on Farm Bureau’s State Young Farmer and Rancher Committee.  Kyle and Lauren join a long list of farm/agriculture couples from Yalobusha County that have served on this state committee.

It’s been a while since we’ve had a horse show at the Multipurpose Building.  But, this Saturday, October 13th, we will have an open horse show starting at 2 pm.  Admission is free, and there will be cakewalks and other activities that the audience can participate in as well.

Many of you have read about Mary McCachren and her arts & crafts in the local newspaper recently.  Now you will have the opportunity to see some of Mary’s arts & crafts and learn many of her tips.  The Yalobusha County Homemaker Council is hosting Mary in a workshop on October 16th at 10 am at the Yalobusha County Multipurpose Building.  As usual, this program is free and open to the public.

Kudzu is a problem for many landowners.  The Yalobusha County Forest Landowners Association is hosting a Kudzu Control Program on October 22nd at 6:30 pm at the Yalobusha County Multipurpose Building.  George Rowland with the area NRCS office in New Albany will conduct this program.  If you want to learn more about Kudzu control, please call our office at 675-2730 and make reservations.

Another good program, MS Women in Agriculture, targets women who work on the farm as an operator, bookkeeper, purchasing/receiving agent, tax preparer, payroll clerk, sales/marketing manager, and more.  Seminars are scheduled in Starkville October 23-25 and Hattiesburg November 7-9.  Registration is required and the cost is $60.  For more information contact our office at 675-2730 or go to the website at www.msucares.com/womeninag  . This week is National Newspaper Week.  Therefore, the Yalobusha County Extension Service would like to thank both the Coffeeville Courier and North Mississippi Herald for all the help they provide our office each week and for the services they provide to Yalobusha County.  Thank you newspapers.

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