Agriculture News: Beef Bash is Sept. 27 and you are invited

By Keenan Bishop Published:

The Beef Bash occurs every other year and this year is our chance to visit. The Bash is a huge UK beef field day held at Princeton. Established in 1925, the West Kentucky Substation at Princeton has functioned as a center of agricultural activities in western Kentucky. The Experiment Station Farm consists of almost 1,300 acres, including soils of both sandstone and limestone origin, characteristic of soil types throughout the state.

The event is on Sept. 27 during the day. Registration starts at 9 Central time which is 10 our time. We’ll leave the extension office here around 7:30 a.m. or so. If you want to ride call the office at 695-9035 by Sept. 14 so we know how big a vehicle to rent. We should be back by late afternoon sometime. This event typically attracts around 2,000 attendees.

Demonstrations and exhibits include: Meat Cutting Demo featuring New Beef Cuts, Dead Animal Composting, Beef Quality Assurance, Weed Control in Pastures, Feeding After the Drought, Forages Tour.

Also, Hay Quality (Sampling, Testing, and Feeding), Genomics In Selection and Management, Grazing Wheat, MAG 60 Marketing/Pre-Conditioning, Managing Around Fescue Endophyte, Nutrigenomics Research, Reducing Hay Loss with Feeding Structures, Simplified Ration Balancing and Trailer Safety.

'RINSE AND RETURN'

Every year the Kentucky Department of Agriculture sets aside a day to pick up used chemical jugs for recycle. This Thursday, the 13th, is your chance to drop off the empty, triple rinsed plastic containers at the County Road garage from 9 until noon.

The Rinse and Return Program is a voluntary, cooperative program sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the Agri-Business Association of Kentucky (ABAK).  Other partners include Farm Bureau, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and the local conservation districts.

The Rinse and Return Program has collected 956,503 pounds of pesticide containers since its inception with more than 100 counties participating. It started out in 1991 with three participating counties and gathered 10,000 pounds of material in the first year.  KDA field technicians believe the 1 million pound mark can be achieved this year.

Pressure Rinsing: 1. Remove cover from container. Empty the pesticide into the spray tank and let the container drain for 30 seconds. 2. Continue holding the container upside down over the sprayer tank opening so rinsate will run into the sprayer tank. 3. Insert the pressure-rinse nozzle by puncturing through the bottom of the pesticide container. 4. Rinse for length of time recommended by the manufacturer (generally 30 seconds or more).

Triple Rinsing: 1. Remove cover from container. Empty the pesticide into the spray tank and let the container drain for 30 seconds. 2. Fill the container 10-20 percent full of water or rinse solution. 3. Secure the cover on the container. 4. Swirl the container to rinse all inside surfaces. 5. Remove cover from the container. Add the rinsate from the container to sprayer tank and let drain for 30 seconds or more. 6. Repeat steps 2 through 5 two more times. 7. Puncture container.

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