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Tickets Still Available For Fish Tasting

By Pamela Redwine

If you haven’t gotten your tickets for the Catch of the Day Freshwater Fishing Challenge and Tasting Buffet at the North Mississippi Fish Hatchery at Enid it’s not too late. The Extension office has tickets to sell. They are $6 in advance and $7 at the door.  The judging starts at 5 p. m. and the catfish meal will be served at 6 p.m.  Tours of the Hatchery and Visitor Education Center, entertainment, speakers and door prizes are also in the lineup for the evening.

The Panola County Cattlemen’s Association and the Miss. Gelbvieh Associa-tion will be hosting the Miss. Gelbvieh Field Day on May 7 starting at 10 a.m.  Lunch will be provided. Guest speakers, Dana Stewart with AGA and Dr. Carla Houston will discuss heard health programs after lunch.

On Monday, May 9, there will be a Beef Quality Assurance Meeting.  A meal will be served at 6 p. m. and the program will start at 6:30 p. m.

HORTICULTURE TIPS

Heavy rain and hail swept through Mississippi again and damaged vegetable plants in the garden. Some tomato plants’ new growth was stripped by wind and/or hail so badly it looked like an invasion of horn worms had eaten all of the leaflets.  As long as the main stem was not broken, just apply a fungicide and a little extra nitrogen and the plants will recover quickly.

Strawberry growers may notice the berries are slow to turn red and are not very sweet. This is due to all of the clouds blocking the sunlight and the rain leaching nitrogen from the root zone. Night temperatures in the seventies are also causing the plants to respire the little sugar the leaves make rather send it to the berries. Temperatures may moderate and the sun may shine, so keep out the weeds, bugs and diseases and hope for cooler nights.

A relatively new trend in vegetables at garden centers and some grocery stores is selling pepper or tomato plants in large pots with fruit already on them.  This is one way to ensure that you get something out of the garden since the fruit is already there, you are just finishing out the fruit expansion phase of the growth cycle. The individual plants are expensive, but count the number of fruit on them and see how much that would cost in the grocery. Make sure the plants are in good health when you buy them and don’t ever let them lack for water or nutrients once you get them home. Bury the root ball to the same depth it was in the pot (unlike young transplants that can be buried more deeply) and water immediately. Plants left in the original pots will need to be watered at least twice a day.
 

Reduce Lawn Diseases

Spring flowers, showers and temperatures stimulate us to get busy working on our lawns and landscapes.  As the turf begins breaking dormancy we have the tendency to push things along a little faster than necessary with many of our cultural practices of fertilizing, watering, and mowing.  The cool nights and warm days along with spring showers provide the ideal environment for many turf pathogens that can wreck havoc to a lawn during this period.

Being a little cautious with the cultural practices we perform on the lawn during this time can help reduce the severity of these diseases. Leaf wetness and excess nitrogen fertilization are the two major factors ideally suited for disease proliferation.  Therefore, we should not be too quick to apply heavy rates of fertilizer to our lawns, particularly highly water soluble sources of nitrogen that provides quick flushes of growth.  If the lawn does need water, applying irrigation early in the day allows the leaves to dry before nightfall and watering thoroughly once or twice a week rather than a little daily will help reduce the time the foliage remains wet.  Avoid mowing when the lawn is wet to help reduce the spread of pathogens and compaction of the soil. Mowing at the optimum mowing height for each specific turf species also keeps the turf in a much healthier state. Use fungicides when necessary to suppress active pathogen proliferation.
 

Article Source: Horticulture Tips for April 25, 2011 David Nagel, Wayne Wells

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