Cummings and Goings in Agriculture

Coffeeville Saddle Club Members Receive High Marks

By Steve Cummings

The Tri-Lakes Western Horse Shows’ year-end awards banquet was held this past weekend.  The Coffeeville Saddle Club members did extremely well, as six of its members won saddles for high point awards.  

Jessi Lee Rhodes, Casey Moss, Casey Byford, Candy Tutor, J.W. Pipkin and Ed Stevens were the overall winners.  Judged high point winners were Casey Moss and Marty Brown, while Savanna Rhodes, William Tutor, Hayden Harbour and Lisa Byford won the high point speed awards.  Class winners included Hunter Browning, Shae Ward (2), Casey Moss (9), Marty Brown (2), Julie Stevens, Kim Moss (3), Casey Byford (5), Kailee Hall, Ed Stevens (2), Melissa Browning (2), J.W. Pipkin (2), Chuck Browning, Candy Tutor (3), William Tutor (6), Carley Little, Lisa Byford (2), Garrett Scoggins, and Jessi Lee Rhodes.  

Mary Gracen Reed won the Cody Byford Memorial Sportsmanship Award.

 Other Coffeeville Saddle Club members receiving awards included  Hannah Stepp, Janna Turner, Kim Ford, Gary Campbell, Liz Roark, Abbi Roark, Dillon Hollway, Amanda Hall, Joe Holloway, C.J. Easley, Breanna Scroggins, Charles Wells, Rebecca Wells, Joe Holloway, Shelby Leachman, David Rhodes, Megan Mann, Kameron Denley, Haley Smith, Emma Dorris, Grant Dorris, and Casey Davis.  Congratulations to all of the Coffeeville Saddle Club Winners.  The 2009 Horse Show Season starts March 13, 2009.

 There will be a forage program on January 19, at 6:30 p.m., at the Yalobusha County Multipurpose Building.  Dr. Rocky Lemus, MSU-ES Extension Forage Specialist, will present the program on summer forage and establishment of new forage crops.  This program is free and open to the public.  Beef Cattle and Hay producers are especially encouraged to attend.

 Do you want to travel?  The Yalobusha County Homemaker’s Council will host a “travel program” by the Renasant’s Bank at 10 a.m. on January 20 at the Yalobusha County Multipurpose Building.  Renasant’s Bank Travel Guides will discuss the upcoming trips they have scheduled for 2009.  This program is free and open to the public.

 In addition, the Yalobusha County Extension Service will open its site for several childcare distance trainings to be held in January.  The first one will be held this Saturday, January 17, from 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., at the Yalobusha County Multipurpose Building.  This training is a free service and provides six contact hours for childcare providers.  If you are interested in attending, or need additional information, please contact the Extension office at (662) 675-2730.

Horticulture Tips

Chickweed, lawn burweed, henbit, wild garlic, annual bluegrass and other annual weeds are showing up in our lawns now and if we wait until spring to control them they will become very unsightly and much more difficult to remove. They are best controlled while in an immature stage of growth and before they reproduce seed that will infest the lawn again next year.  There are also added advantages of applying post-emerge herbicides now rather than waiting until spring.  The safety factor to the turf and surrounding landscape plants is much greater now while they are dormant.  We are most likely not mowing now and not removing the foliage from these weeds that is needed to absorb the herbicide for their control.

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