The Franklin County Cattlemen’s Association has quarterly member meetings with an educational speaker and meal.
Every October is the annual membership meeting when new directors are elected and the focus is on membership recruitment when the public is invited to dinner and to hear a program on an aspect of livestock production.
This meeting will take place Oct. 24 at the Extension Office and is sponsored by Frankfort Southern States.
One of the topics will be feeds and feeding and Southern States will have its representatives on hand to discuss feed programs and the formulations they offer.
Those planning to attend need to call the Extension Office to make reservations at 502-695-9035. This meeting is open to everyone, not just current association members.
Membership is $25 per person or $40 for a couple and runs from October through September.
The membership will be replacing four board members so anyone interested in serving is encouraged to contact the office or president Patrick Stone at 502-682-3174.
Goats focus of KSU workshop
Kentucky State University’s “Third Thursday Thing” Sustainable Agriculture Workshop is planned for Thursday at KSU’s research farm, 1525 Mills Lane. The focus of the daylong event, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., is goats and goat farming.
For a complete schedule of events call Dr. Marion Smith at 502-597-6437 of visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
Forest fire hazard season
Along with the changes to the spectacular fall colors of Kentucky’s hardwoods, comes the dreaded fall fire season, from Oct. 1 to mid-December. Even with all the rains we had this past summer fall can quickly dry things up.
Arsonists set the majority of the fires in Kentucky. Many of the remaining fires are found to be the result of individuals that have been burning trash or leaves and the fires have escaped. Very few, if any, are the result of lightning, as is the case in western United States. Kentucky’s last bad fire season was 1987, with nearly 300,000 acres burned.
The bark is very thin on the trees growing in Kentucky, the majority being oak, hickory or yellow poplar. Even the slightest fire will cause an opening in the base of these trees. With the exposure of inner bark, an entrance court has been created for insects and disease.
Most forest fires will only damage or kill a small section of the bark at the base of the tree. A tree only needs a small section of live bark to continue passing the nutrients between the roots and leaves, thus continuing to live and produce a canopy.
Bark supports life
A tree’s life support is the bark for food movement. The center of the tree is dead wood. Many stands of trees in Kentucky have been in reoccurring fires over the decades. As long as enough bark prevails to provide nutrients and water from the roots to the leaves, a tree will continue to produce leaves in the spring.
Many trees can be found in the forest whose diameters at the base are more than 30 inches but the entire interior is hollowed out because of past forest fires.
Trees produce many products along with providing wildlife habitat, watershed management, recreation and timber. Many of the uses are not greatly affected by fire as is timber production.
As a landowner, it will quickly be determined that if a stand of timber is ever evaluated for a sale, and a fire is evident at anytime during its life, the value of that stand will be greatly reduced.
It is not so much the amount of rain Kentucky has had, but when did the rain occur. The perfect rain pattern for forest fire prevention would be to see weekly rains during the two fire seasons.
Be careful if you have to burn anytime of the year near or in a forest. During forest fire season, there are laws that prevail, one being not to burn closer than 150 feet to a forested area. Also do not burn between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. in order to help prevent forest fires.