Fall is a favorite time of year for many, and for those in our agricultural community it is a very busy time as well. The days are getting shorter, the air will be getting crisper soon (hopefully), and with that we will begin to see more and more activity in the fields. While farming can be fun it is important for those who work in the industry as well as those who live around it, to remember that it can be a hazardous occupation as well.
Early reports indicate that grain quality for 2017 should be strong, however there have been scattered reports of corn ear rots around the state, though not nearly as many as last year. The most common of these rots are Diplodia and Trichoderma. Diplodia ear rot can be characterized by a white or gray mold that covers the ear and is usually associated with a lighter than normal ear. This fungus thrives when we have wet, humid conditions when the corn is silking as well as up to 3 weeks after sil
Whether you plant them or pick them up at the grocery store or farmers' market, adding fresh herbs is a quick way to transform ordinary meals into extraordinary meals.
Besides helping flavor foods when cutting back on salt, fat and sugar, herbs may offer additional benefits of their own. Researchers are finding many culinary herbs (both fresh and dried) have antioxidants that may help protect against such diseases as cancer and heart disease.
Take some thyme (pun intended) to cook with fre
Harvest season will be in full swing before we know it, and as farmer's process how 2017 went they will also already be thinking about management plans for next season's crop. Depending on what they scouted this summer and found in the fields during harvest, weed management strategies will be one of the main things they will be considering.
For no-till farmers, fall herbicide applications should be on their mind, especially those who are having problems with marestails. Research has shown th
September is Cholesterol Awareness Month. More than 65 million Americans have high blood cholesterol, a serious condition that increases the risk for heart disease. High cholesterol does not cause symptoms, so many are unaware their levels are too high.
Lisa Franzen-Castle, RD, PhD, Nutrition Specialist for University of Nebraska Extension suggests basic ways to lower cholesterol levels lessening the risk of developing heart disease and reducing the chance of having a
Purdue University's Indiana Beginning Farmer program is sponsoring a two-day workshop for veterans who want to learn about beekeeping. The event will be held Sept. 29-30 in Wheatfield, Indiana. Military veterans who work with honey bees have found this hobby or niche business venture therapeutic and stress-reducing.
"Our goal for this workshop is to provide veterans with an interest in farming or agriculture the basic knowledge to start a beehive at home and to possibly begin a commercial bee
The September 2017 issue of the White County 4-H news is now available.