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Tickets Are On Sale For Annual Agriculture Banquet

By Steve Cummings

The annual Yalobusha County Agriculture Recognition Banquet will be March 6 at 6:30 pm at the Yalobusha County Multipurpose Building.  This year’s banquet looks to be another really good one.  Kent Hull, retired NFL Football Player, will be the featured speaker.  Kent is from Greenwood and played his college football at Mississippi State University.  He went on to play for the Buffalo Bills at center where he was three time pro-bowl player and played in four super bowls.  Kent retired back to the Greenwood-Carrollton area as a cattle producer among other things.  

Entertainment will be provided by the new and upcoming recording group, Thompson Ward.  Water Valley residents, Steve Thompson and Brian Ward, headline this group which is currently on tour in the Southeastern United States.  I have just finished listening to their latest CD and we are honored to have this quality of entertainment.

Also, this year’s winners will be announced which will include awards for Outstanding Young Farmer, Excellence In Agriculture, Commitment to Agriculture, and Agriculture Hall Fame.  Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the Yalobusha County Extension Service, Farm Bureau, or through many of the young farmers.  This also includes a meal.

I encourage you to mark your calendars and go ahead and get your tickets.  For additional information, you can call our office at 675-2730.

Horticulture Tips:

Lawn Burweed (sticker weed) Control

Lawn burweed (Soliva pterosperma), more commonly called sticker weed is best described as a low-growing, freely branched winter annual having leaves that are twice divided into narrow segments or lobes similar to the appearance of carrot leaves but much smaller.  The real identifier is once the plant reaches a reproductive stage the small fruit clusters, small rosette buttons, begin to form down in the leaf axils. At the tip of each seed within the cluster is a tiny spine that eventually dries at maturity and is what is left to cause you pain as they stick into tender flesh of bare feet, knees, hands, or whatever parts of the body that may come in contact with them.

If you had lawn burweed in your lawn last summer and did not apply a pre-emergent herbicide earlier this fall to control winter annual weeds then you most likely have them again and will have to endure their painful spines again this summer each time you walk barefoot on your lawn unless you take immediate action to control them now.

Once the fruiting clusters have formed and produced the tiny seeds and spines killing the plants will eliminate the weeds but the tiny spines and seed will remain to inflict pain for another summer.  Extension publication #1532 provides a list of several good post- emergent herbicide choices (atrazine, 2, 4-D, dicamba, metsulfuron, chlorsulfuron, etc.) that will control this weed along with most other winter annual weed species but timing is critical. This publication and others pertaining to weed control and home lawns can be downloaded from the extension web site at www.msucares.com <http://www.msucares.com/> .

Reading vegetable seed catalogues can be confusing. Pole green beans are a commonly grown vegetable in Mississippi gardens, with ‘Rattlesnake’ beans having large following. Listed in the catalogue with rattlesnake, Kentucky wonder, Louisiana purple and other pole beans there is often listed “yard long bean” Yard long beans are actually a version of Southern pea that has been selected for tender pods and require the same warm weather as pink eye purple hull, crowder, and Lady peas we grow to eat the seeds.  They do require poles, trellises, or corn stalks for support just like pole beans, but they grow best when nights are in the sixties rather than the fifties that best grow beans. Research at the Beaumont and Truck Crops research stations has shown yard long beans well suited to Mississippi’s climate. They are available in both green and purple pods.

A reminder to those growing beans: they don’t require large amounts of nitrogen fertilizer. Bean plants that are fertilized like tomatoes produce large, succulent plants that do not bloom or produce any beans.

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