Kyle’s News and Reviews
I have spent a long, working weekend at the Dixie Nationals Livestock show and am ready to head back north. I came down to Jackson on Thursday, Feb. 1 to work the hog show and beef show. The livestock shows are always fun for 4-H kids and a lot of work for parents and Extension agents.
For example, Thursday Feb. 1, I had to help weigh hogs in all day. At the end of the day I checked the step counter on my phone. The counter said I had walked a little over three miles and the thing is, I didn’t move 10 feet all day. I will admit that working the livestock shows is more enjoyable than sitting in the office staring at a computer screen. Details on the district and state livestock show participants will come next week.
For those of you that spray your yard now is the time to be doing that for spring pre-emergent weed control. I have people call the office every year looking for information on what to spray. If you have Bermuda grass or Zoysia grass the choice is fairly easy, prodiamine at one pound per acre and trimec at 1 quart to the acre. If you have Centipede or St. Augustine use the prodiamine at 1 pound to the acre and simazine at 2 quarts to the acre. But as always on whatever product you buy to use make sure that you read the label and follow whatever it says.
With the closing of deer season I would like to hear some reports from the hunters out there on how the season was for you. I would prefer emails sent to firstname.lastname@example.org but you can contact the office and tell me. Just to let you know I harvested three deer this year and my seven year old son got his first deer this season. He is several years ahead of me because I was 10 before harvesting my first deer. I would also like to let you know that later on in the year once the new hunting regulations are released we will have a public forum meeting on the CWD situations.
Prescribed Fire Workshop Assists Landowners
The Mississippi State University Extension Service invites private landowners to a workshop to learn about the benefits prescribed burns provide for wildlife habitat.
The prescribed burning workshop will be held at the Black Prairie Wildlife Management Area in Crawford, Mississippi, on Feb. 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Experienced fire practitioners will be available to explain timber management, burning techniques, liability considerations, and burning to accomplish objectives and attract wildlife. Weather permitting, the event will conclude with a prescribed burn demonstration.
The $10 registration fee includes lunch. Payment can be made at the event, but preregistration is required and must be done by Feb. 13. Email Reid Nevins, MSU Extension agent in Lowndes County, at email@example.com, or call 662-328-2111 to register.
A registration form can be mailed to the Lowndes County Extension office at P.O. Box 1386, Columbus, Mississippi, 39703. For a copy of the form, go to https://bit.ly/2D2bjBc.
The Black Prairie Wildlife Management Area is on 1350 Fire Tower Road in Crawford.
Personnel with MSU Extension, the Mississippi Forestry Association, the Mississippi Forestry Commission, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Mississippi Prescribed Fire Council, and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks will teach the workshop.