Agriculture field days begin this month

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It’s the time of year for agriculture field days and there are a number of them to choose from. Locally, we will have a Tobacco Field Day at 5 p.m., July 24, at Steve Downs’ farm. UK Tobacco Specialist Bob Pearce has arranged demonstration plots of no-till, strip till and conventional tillage with 11 different varieties of tobacco. We will have tours of the plots and educational stops along with supper cooked by the Marion County Cattlemen’s Association. The meal is sponsored by Altria, but you do not need to be contracted with them to attend. Please call the Marion County Extension Office at 270-692-2421 by July 23 if you plan to attend. We had our family event this year in conjunction with our 100th anniversary of Cooperative Extension event back in May so there will not be any family or children’s activities at this event.
Washington County Ag Day will be held Saturday July 19, at the Elizabethtown Community and Technical College off Highway 555 in Springfield. Sponsors include ECTC – Springfield Campus, Washington County Cattlemen’s Association and Washington County Cooperative Extension Service. Thirty-two vendors have signed up to display at the event. Highlights of the day will be new Ag technology including demonstrations of drones and the newest GPS tools. There is no charge for the event. For more information call the Washington County Extension Office at 859-336-7741.
UK will hold a Corn, Soybean and Tobacco Field Day at the Princeton Research Farm in Western Kentucky on July 31. Items on the agenda include; corn populations and yield; sidewall compaction: predictable or unpredictable; soybean variety and corn hybrid update; update on movement and distribution of invasive bugs in Kentucky grain crops; back to the basics on managing herbicide- resistant weeds in Kentucky; environmental management of agricultural nutrients in the Chesapeake Bay watershed; nutrient management and the KY Ag Water Quality Act; watersheds, water quality and your Kentucky Commodity Groups; tank mixing tobacco pesticides; tobacco variety development update; conservation tillage in tobacco.
Attendees can sign up to receive pesticide training credits towards renewing their pesticide certification cards.
The field day begins at 7:30 a.m. Central time and wraps up at noon to beat the heat. At noon, lunch will be provided by the Kentucky Soybean Association, Kentucky Corn Growers Association, Drexel Chemical Co., and Burley Stabilization Corporation.
This is always an interesting field day, which is well worth the long drive to attend. I plan to attend and can transport several people. Call the office for more information.
Don’t forget support our local farmers by visiting the Marion County Farmers Market. A wide variety of summer produce is now available, as well as canned items, baked goods and crafts. The market is located in downtown Lebanon on Martin Luther King Boulevard and is open on Wednesday’s and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Applied Master Cattleman Course has filled to the initial allotment of seventeen openings. Nelson and Washington counties have not filled their allotment so it is possible we will be able to accept more Marion County participants. Cost is $50, but the Marion County Cattlemen’s Association will pay the cost for its members. Call the office to sign up for the classes.
The next edition of the container gardening classes will be held at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, July 17, at the Marion County Extension Office
The next beekeepers meeting will be at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the extension office.
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