Cummings and Goings in Agriculture

Last Open Horse Show This Saturday At 2 p.m.

By Steve Cummings

Two big activities are going on in Yalobusha County this week: The annual wildflower tour at the Jamie L. Whitten Plant Materials Center and the Coffeeville Horse Show.  The Wildflower Tour is June 17 and by the time you read this, it may be over. In any event, organizers expect over 200 people from all over North Mississippi.

This Saturday, June 20, is the last open horse show before the 4-H shows start. This should be an extremely large horse show, as everyone will be tuning up for the district 4-H show the following week.

Like the wildflower tour, the horse show will draw entries ranging from the Jackson area to the Memphis area, and from Tupelo to the Delta. Some of the best horses in the state will be at this show. The judged horse show starts at 2 p.m. Unfortunately, the timed event classes have not been starting until after 10 p.m.  As usual, this show is open to the public and there is no fee.

The 4-H horse club will have a concession stand and proceeds from it will help pay expenses to the state 4-H horse show. If you are looking for something fun to do, I encourage you to come to the Yalobusha County Multipurpose Building for the show.

There will be a Private Applicators’ Training at 6 p.m. on June 23 at the Multipurpose Building. Anyone needing a Private Applicators’ License should attend this training.  There is a $10 charge.

Horticulture Tips:

Daylilies are blooming now and it is time to examine and label the clumps for division later. It will be  frustrating next fall or winter to be standing over the place where the flowers were and not be able to remember which clump produced which color flower. A small garden stake or metal strip identifying the variety, if you know, or the color will allow you to distribute  your palate over wider areas in the landscape next year.

Most vegetables have responded well to the abundant light and warm temperatures of the last few weeks. Temperatures are starting to consistently be above ninety five degrees and some plants are not adapted to grow well in those conditions. Anyone growing butter peas or butter beans should be very conscious of water amounts in the soil and should strive to keep the plants from being stressed by lack of moisture. These plant tend to shed blooms and pods when stressed.

Peaches, plums, and apples should be treated to prevent brown rot now. The temperatures and humidities are precisely right for this disease to attack the fruit. Whichever fungicides you use, either organic or synthetic, they need to be applied so the fruit is thoroughly covered and the treatments should be repeated as often as the label allows.

Homeowners can find  neem oil, captan, Immunox, Fertiliome Halt Systemic Fungicide (make sure you don’t get this confused with Halt herbicide for lawns), Greenlight Systemic fungicide, and mixtures of these fungicides with  insecticides.

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