Farmers beware of rare condition in Angus cattle and SDS in fields

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Dr. Darrh Bullock, extension professor of beef cattle genetics, sent some information about a rare genetic condition in Angus cattle called developmental duplication. The primary result of this condition is embryonic death, but very rarely an animal may survive to term and be born with extra limbs. The condition is caused by a recessive gene that must be carried by both parents of the offspring to cause problems. The researchers tested 1099 Angus bulls and found about three percent of them carry the gene. Some of these were widely used artificial insemination sires. Dr. Bullock advises that commercial herds that follow good crossbreeding programs should have no problems with this condition, but those who use straight Angus breeding programs should check with the American Angus Association to see if any of the bulls they are using carry the genetic condition. If you need information on crossbreeding programs or how to find out if you are using possible carriers of the condition, please call the extension office.
A soybean disease called Soybean Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) has shown up in Kentucky fields. This disease looks like a leaf fungus but is actually caused by a root fungus called Fusarium Virguliforme. According to UK Plant Pathologist Don Hershman the symptoms are yellow or brown blotches between the veins of the leaf, but the veins remain green. Eventually, the leaves may fall off. Other symptoms are severe rotting of the roots and a light brown discoloration of the stem when sliced open with a knife. There is no effective control for the disease, but the good news is despite its name the disease is not necessarily sudden or always results in death of the plant. Sometimes they may recover but yield will be reduced. It is important however to confirm that you have this disease because resistant varieties are available. Like all soil borne diseases the fungus can stay in the soil a long time so planting resistant varieties will help preserve yield. If you need help identifying this disease contact me at the extension office.
The Marion County Cattlemen’s Association will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, Sept. 12 at Floral Hall. The featured speaker will be Dr. J. D. Green, extension professor of weed science at the University of Kentucky. He will speak about identification and control of weeds that appear in the fall and winter. Many weeds that cause problems in the spring actually start growing now, so if we can control them this fall we will have much cleaner and more productive pastures next spring. This meeting will satisfy the educational component of the County Agriculture Improvement “Cost Share” program.  Please call the extension office if you plan to attend.
On the same topic, the Kentucky Beef Network is holding a two part weed identification and control series at the Eden Shale farm in Owen County. The first session “Know Your Weeds” will be held Saturday, Sept. 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This will be a hands on meeting with tours of pastures to identify actively growing weeds along with a roundtable discussion on how to control them. The second session “Treating Your Weeds” will be held Saturday, Oct. 26, also from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Topics will include sprayer technology, what type of herbicides to use for various weeds and when to use them. There is no charge for either session.
We will hold a Beef Quality Assurance training session on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 5 p.m. in Floral Hall at the Marion County Fairgrounds. Farmers who qualified for CAIP Cost Share funds and plan to use money for cattle or cattle facilities must have a BQA Card to qualify for the cost share. Cost of the certification is $5. However, the Marion County Cattleman’s Association pays for its member’s certification as part of its educational efforts for its members. This training session will be just prior to the Marion County Cattlemen’s Association dinner and meeting at 7 p.m. also at Floral Hall. If you have been thinking about joining but haven’t gotten around to doing it, this would be a good opportunity to get your BQA card, join the association, get your training paid for and attend your first meeting!
The Lebanon Farmers Market is open every Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the pavilion on Martin Luther King Street in downtown Lebanon. This week, they expect to have apples, watermelon, potatoes, cucumber, tomatoes, yellow and zucchini squash, garlic, peppers, baked and canned goods, homemade soap, honey, maple syrup and fresh eggs.
I had announced last week that beginning Labor Day weekend the market will only be open on Saturdays. However, some of the farmers at the market have said they have had a good run of late produce so they will be open on both Wednesdays and Saturdays until further notice. Please come out and support our Marion County Farmers!
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