Cummings and Goings in Agriculture

Yalobusha Is Haven For Retired Extension Workers

By Steve Cummings

Last week I went to a retirement party of an Extension Director/County Agent in another county, partly because this agent plans to spend his retirement in Yalobusha County.  Eddie Harris retired as Extension County Director in Humphreys County after serving 25 years as the 4-H Agent and County Director.  

Eddie is highly respected in Humphreys County, as indicated by the number in attendance at his retirement party.  Eddie moved back to Coffeeville around the first of the year, and joined at least six other MSU Extension Service employees retired and now living in Yalobusha County.

The list includes Doyle Varner, retired Tallahatchie County Extension Agent; Carl Wilbourn, retired Grenada County Extension Agent; Mamie Shields, retired Yalobusha County Home Economist; Ethel Morgan, retired Panola County Home Economist; Christine Fielder, retired Yalobusha County 4-H Program Assistant; and Betty Finch, retired Tallahatchie County Extension Office Associate.  

Eddie will now join the ranks of these outstanding former extension employees who chose to retire in Yalobusha County.  He will be a great asset to Coffeeville, Yalobusha County, and the Yalobusha County Extension Service.  Yes, we have great plans for Eddie.

A week of dry, sunny weather not only provides the best working opportunities Yalobusha County farmers have had, but should have helped everyone’s spirits as well.  Hopefully, our farmers can salvage the remainder of their crops rather quickly.  

Out of the 30 harvest seasons I have been in Yalobusha County, this year has been the worst.  When I came to Yalobusha County there were numerous farming operations. Now there are a little more than ten.

Hopefully, these will survive, and they should.  Yalobusha County has the best farmers in the state of Mississippi, but this does not make this year’s farming disaster any easier.

Horticulture Tips:

Season Ending Lawn Mowing

With the busy holiday season preparations for Thanksgiving and Christmas now in full swing we may not be giving much thought to our lawns even though for many they have pretty much ceased foliar growth.  However, does that mean we can put closure to our lawn mowing chores?  Not if you want your lawn to have that neat groomed appearance throughout the winter.  Even though much of your lawn may have already gone dormant there will be localized areas with southern exposure or otherwise been protected and will require a hard killing frost or freeze to completely shut down growth.  As we rake leaves from the lawn we often lift grass blades of unequal lengths creating an uneven turf canopy. Therefore, once the last leaves have been raked and the lawn has gone completely dormant a final mowing slightly higher than the normal summer mowing height will leave a nice clean appearance to the turf canopy.  For those lawns that did not receive a fall pre-emergent herbicide application winter weeds are already beginning to appear and you will need to plan on a post-emerge herbicide application to control these weeds or keep the lawn mower ready to mow throughout the winter.

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