Cummings and Goings in Agriculture

Get Your Deer Scored For Magnolia Records

by Steve Cummings

Saturday, July 26, will be the last chance to see our 4-Hers show their horses locally before they head out to represent Mississippi at the Southern Regional 4-H Horse Show in Virginia. Five Yalobusha County 4-Hers will exhibit eight horses at the regional 4-H show and all of these 4-Hers will be doing some fine tuning at the open horse show on July 26.  The judged show starts at 3 p.m. and the running show will start no earlier than 6:30 p.m.

The dedication of the Cody Byford Memorial will also be held between the judged show and the timed event show.  You are invited to come and be present for this special event.

As I travel through the county I have been impressed by the number of large bucks hanging on walls inside many homes.  These numbers are not reflected in the Magnolia White-Tailed Deer Records Program.  This program recognizes trophy deer taken within the state and lists them on a county by county basis.  The numerous qualification requirements are 125 typical points and 155 non-typical Boone and Crockett points.

Weyerhaeuser along with the Calhoun County Office of the Mississippi Cooperative Extension Service will host a Magnolia Records Deer Scoring Session, on Saturday August 9, from 10 am to 2 p.m. The event will be held at Extension Service office on Highway 9 in Pittsboro.

Hunters do not have to be present to enter their deer in Magnolia Records.  “A lot of trophy bucks were harvested a long time ago and many of the hunters have deceased,” says Brad Holder.  “However, the deer can still be entered by a family member or friend.  Also the antlers do not have to be on a mounted head, only the skull plate needs to be attached.”

If you have one or more deer that you think would meet the minimum requirements and want to get it scored, bring it with you to receive an official score.  There is no cost, and each person who has a deer scored will receive a certificate stating the gross and net scores.       If a deer has been scored previously for Boone and Crockett, Pope and Young or Longhunters purposes, just bring the deer and scoresheet with you.

For more information on Magnolia Records call Brad Holder at 662-563-6330, Rick Dillard at 601-965-1612 or Melanie Starnes with the Mississippi Wildlife Federation at 601-206-5703.

I encourage you to get those big bucks scored.  It is a lot of fun.  Mike Williamson and I had ours scored when the program first started.

Horticulture Tips:

Mulching

This time of year, unless we have had adequate rain, the big chore in the garden is keeping things watered. One of the easiest ways to conserve water in the garden is by mulching. Keep a 2 to 4 inch layer of mulch around shrubs, flower, and vegetables.  Pine straw, bark chips, and shredded hardwood bark are effective choices.  As a general rule, one bale of pine straw will cover about 50 to 80 square feet of bare area, depending on how deep you apply it. For replenishing areas covered with straw, one bale will cover about 150 square feet. One cubic yard (27 cubic feet) of bark mini-nuggets will cover about 80 square feet.  

Cool Colors

During these hot days, flowers and foliage in cool colors can make outdoor living areas seem cooler.  Consider using pastel-colored impatiens, begonias, petunias, Madagascar periwinkle (vinca), and hibiscus along with silvery foliage of artemisias or dusty miller in pots, hanging baskets or flowerbeds to “cool down” your deck or terrace. Varying shades of greens, blues, purples and lavenders combined with whites can trick you into thinking you’re cooler when its 90 in the shade!

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