Clay County Extension Connector - October 2017
If you have grapes, then you should be on the lookout for black rot. Black rot impacts grape production every year. It is a fungus that infects young canes, flowers, tendrils, leaves, and fruit. Most individuals do not notice they have black rot until they see the dark, mummified grapes on their vines.
This year, I had the joy of continuing to host livestock skill-a-thon contests at the Owen County Fair and the Clay County Fair. The winner of the livestock skill-a-thon is not based on how an animal looks, but on the youth's knowledge of the livestock industry as a whole. So here are a few tidbits of information I hope the youth gained thanks to participating in the livestock skill-a-thons this year.
Once again I would like to share some of the tidbits of information I hope the youth gained thanks to participating in the livestock skill-a-thons this year. The livestock skill-a-thon allows the youth a chance to test their knowledge of the livestock industry as a whole.
Arthritis is an inflammation of a joint which impacts numerous farmers and gardeners on a daily basis. Working on a farm requires individuals to climb up steep slopes, lift odd and heavy objects, walk long distances holding heavy items, and grip items tightly for extended periods of time. All of those motions are made even more difficult when you are dealing with arthritis.
One of the poisonous hazards that homeowners often deal with this time of year is poison ivy. Some individuals are lucky and never seem to get it, but others can be 10 feet away from it and still end up with it.
Over the last two weeks, I have had countless calls about large quantities of caterpillars being around individuals' houses and trees. The caterpillars that everyone is dealing with are Eastern Tent Caterpillars. They are a nuisance which defoliates trees, make webs in trees, and are a pain to deal with when they are on your porch.