Some of you may remember Jennifer Hudnall, who was our 4-H agent here several years ago. Jennifer is now our FSA County Executive Director at the Woodford County Farm Service Agency.
She would like to remind Franklin County producers to visit the Farm Service Agency (FSA). Once spring plantings are complete, producers are encouraged to visit the FSA office that services Franklin County producers, 182 Beasley Road, Versailles.
Farmers in Franklin County can make the most of their time by bringing all pertinent information in regards to planted crops, planting dates and total acreage. Reporting planted crops is an essential component for producer eligibility for crop insurance and many programs offered by the Farm Service Agency.
The crop reporting deadline is July 15.
Producers are also reminded to enroll for the 2013 Direct and Counter-Cyclical Payment Program (DCP) before the deadline. Producers who wait until the last minute to sign up could face increased waiting time at the FSA county office.
The DCP sign up period ends Aug. 2.
Lastly, FSA suggests all producers who participate in programs with FSA notify the office in the event of the sale or purchase of agricultural property. A phone call and quick visit to the office will allow them to promptly rectify records to improve service to the farmers.
Kenaf Field Day
For those of you that are Cattlemen’s members you might have read the article on kenaf in Cow Country News. Corrine Belton, Shelby County ANR agent, would like to invite you to have a look at the crop and talk with Martin Smith, author of the CCN article.
Smith is involved in all aspects of the development of kenaf markets in North America. A local farmer in Henry County is growing the crop for use as a forage and is willing to let us come have a look at it in the field.
Kenaf is a warm season annual row crop in the same plant family as okra and cotton. Kenaf plants are capable of growing to a height of 20 feet under favorable conditions; however, heights generally average 8-14 feet in a growing season of four to five months.
The stalks consist of two kinds of fiber: an outer fiber (bast) and an inner fiber (core). The bast is comparable to softwood tree fibers, while the core is comparable to hardwood fibers. After harvest, the plant is processed to separate these fibers for various products. In addition, kenaf has been investigated as a possible livestock feed, with very favorable results.
At 10 a.m. July 9, join Corrine, Henry County agriculture agent Steve Moore and Smith at the Paul Keith farm on Highway 22 just west of Eminence in Henry County.
Smith will give an update on his work with investors, innovators and farmers to develop production and marketing avenues for kenaf, as well as answer questions and provide general information about the crop.
Call the extension office, 502-695-5203 for the address and to RSVP.