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The Life Of An Extension Agent, Fair Last Week, Hunting Camp This Week


I talked last week about the State Fair livestock show but didn’t mention Yalobusha County’s own Lillie Beth Blissard, the daughter of Jody and Jada Blissard.  Lillie Beth participated in the Open Hereford Show and also showmanship as well as Beef Breed classes with her bull, Timeout, and heifer, Miss Danielle.  Lillie Beth placed second with Timeout in the two year-old class, which also was his last show.  

I am starting this week at an irrigation training at Catfish Point Hunting Club on the Mississippi River.  The training is in a house on the banks of the river.  I have never really been this close to the river and even though it is low right now, it sure looks mighty.  

For those of you that try to manage your lawns and keep weed free lawns now is the time for winter pre-emerge applications.  I would recommend using Prodiamine as a grass pre-emerge and Simazine as a broadleaf pre-emerge. I would also recommend using Snapshot in your flowerbeds as a pre-emerge herbicide.

If you plan on ordering cheese this year from Mississippi State now is the time to do so.  Cheese orders can be placed online at msucheese.com or just call the Extension Office at 662-675-2730.

Horticulture Tips

The dormant season ahead would be a good time to establish or expand a flowerbed.  Adding soil amendments or taking soil samples now will allow plenty of time for planning, transplanting or planting before next spring.  Moving dormant perennials, sowing seed of cool-season annuals, working in compost or other organic matter during the winter months is a great way to get a head start on that revived and rejuvenated flowerbed for maximum impact next spring. 

Pansies

Set out pansies now for colorful blooms throughout the cool months.  Shop around and try some of the newer selections available.  There are so many colors to choose from now—you can be more selective in your choices. Also, there are more heat resistant varieties available now as well.  The only problem with these is you hate to yank them out next June when they are still looking good to plant your summer bedding plants. 

When setting out pansies space them six inches apart and apply one teaspoon of a slow-release fertilizer around each plant.  Wait until hard freezes are forecast to mulch heavily; remove faded blooms for continued flowering.

Vegetables

Garbanzo beans, also called chick peas, are the second most popular pulse in the world. Most Mississip-pians consume it as hummus. The plant is native to the eastern Mediterranean and isn’t well adapted to our wet climate. However, gardeners can find the seed in several national catalogues sometimes listed under one or the other name in the sprouting seeds page. The plants are unique in that the leaves contain glands that exude acid. Always wear leather shoes, long pants and gloves when working with chick pea. This is a cool season plant so it can be planted now so you can prepare your Christmas hummus from fresh seeds.

There seems to be a lot of foliar disease on turnip greens lately. Observe your greens at least twice a week and apply fungicide at the first sign of pale yellow or white spots.

Petit pois peas are just very young, small peas. There are a few varieties that advertise themselves as petit pois and they do tend to make smaller peas. Any pea can make petit pois if you harvest the seed at a very young stage. Peas planted now will bear in December. Young pea plants are more tolerant of cold than the blooms, so a severe cold snap may not allow any pods to develop. Spring planted peas are often more successful than fall planted ones.

Horticulture Tips Provided by Dr. Leila Kelly and Dr. David Nagel).

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