Forestry Association Will Host Field Day
Last Saturday I was invited to talk at a Forestry Field Day in Carroll County. I was asked to talk about pond management, which is something that I have learned a lot about over the last couple of years. I talked about what I have learned and what is important to having quality small ponds/lakes for fishing and family enjoyment.
The thing I have learned that is most important in small ponds is having a healthy alkalinity level in your water. Alkalinity is the measure of pH buffering capacity of the water, anything above 30 is okay, but preferably above 50 is even better. Anything below 30 allows the pH fluctuate from 5 to 10 or more during the day. This big fluctuation in pH causes the fish to be sick, stunted and not eat as well.
Another huge factor that alkalinity affects is phytoplankton bloom, which is the microscopic plants that thrive in healthy water. Phytoplankton turn the water a greenish tint, keeping aquatics weeds from sprouting, and also feed the zooplankton, which are microscopic insects that feed baitfish. If the alkalinity levels in your ponds are low they can be adjusted and now is the time to do that with the spreading of lime in your ponds.
Monday I was out on a site visit on Mr. Joe Snider’s farm south of Coffeeville, where the Yalobusha County Forestry Association will host a Forestry Field Day. The field day will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 14, and continue through lunch. Topics will include pine pole production, upland hardwood production and farm pond management. If you would be interested in attending please call the Extension office at 662-675-2730 to reserve your spot.
The Mississippi State Fair is coming up in a few weeks and Yalobusha County has a couple of kids that are showing animals at the fair. Last year was the first time that I had ever attended the fair and I must say that I was pleasantly surprise with the overall experience. I would advise someone looking for something to do for entertainment during the first two weeks in October to look at the schedule for the fair.
The Yalobusha County Cattleman’s Association will host a meeting on September 28 at 6 p.m. at the Multi-purpose building in Coffeeville. Purina feeds will be the sponsor, presenting a program on cow health during calving season. If you would like to attend or want more information on the program call the extension office at 662-675-2730.