The Franklin County Conservation District has done an excellent job of enticing farmers to recycle their scrap metal piles. This has made a huge positive impact on the environment.
Franklin County Fiscal Court has recently stepped up to provide free waste oil disposal, which is another huge step forward in protecting our soil and ground water. An ongoing disposal issue is used tires. They cannot go to a landfill so they sit in piles or sinkholes much like the scrap metal did.
Every three years the state offers free waste tire disposal for counties. Franklin County’s chance comes up Sept. 6-8 at the State Highway Garage at the corner of US 127 South and I-64. Now’s the time to collect those derelict tires and recycle them because you never know when you’ll get another chance. For details contact Mark Barrett at 875-7987.
MORE CORN WOES
Seems like grain farmers just can’t get ahead.
We’re now getting word of another issue to look out for, mycotoxins. Drought stressed corn can become susceptible to fungi, especially when ears are damaged as with birds feeding, etc. Corn that did manage to make an ear and can be harvested for grain may have issues with aflatoxins, which can be detrimental to livestock and humans. Tests labs are available and are listed in UK publication PPFS-MISC-01.
While the drought has been tough on pastures and grains, tobacco has fared a little better. Yes most have had to irrigate but for burley it’s better to start off dry and finish with some rains rather than vice versa. At least the heat and dryness has kept most diseases at bay.
Now comes the tricky art of curing.
Kentucky is ideal for aging bourbon and curing burley due in part to fluctuations. Cool nights and warm days cause both products to go in and out of season, which draws out and concentrates flavors. Hot dry days and dry nights don’t allow that.
Old timers used to have it down to an art and would ventilate barns and even burn coke stoves. Now days we have a website that recommends how to regulate your barn for curing. Visit http://weather.uky.edu/burley_curing.html to see the daily recommendation for your county.
CATTLEMAN'S MARKETING MEETING
Mark your calendars for the evening of Sept. 4. Kenny Burdine, UK Livestock Marketing Specialist will speak at the next Cattlemen’s meeting about what market changes to expect this fall. Lack of pasture, lack of hay, high corn and feed prices are all going to impact beef cattle prices, not to mention the effect the economy has on the resulting demand for beef.
Members will be receiving details in the mail. Not a member? Joining is not hard or expensive, visit us that night to find out how or stop by the office ahead of time.