Spring is when I start getting lots of questions, and ponds will account for a lot of them.
Most of the time it’s about getting rid of the weeds but occasionally it will be something else. If you have a pond and would like to find out more about taking care of it you have a great opportunity coming up. The Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service and Kentucky State University are hosting two aquaculture programs at the Extension Office.
An aquatic plant and algae control training program will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.
Forrest Wynne, William Wurts and Bob Durborow are KSU extension specialists for aquaculture and will be presenting. Discussion topics will include aquatic plant and algae identification, methods of control, and herbicide and algaecide use with a special emphasis on proper chemical selection, application techniques, applicator safety and record keeping.
Continuing education units for pesticide applicators are available including three specific hours in category 5 and two general hours in categories 10 and 12.
If you don’t need continuing education credits and just want to find out more about managing your pond, then day two will be for you.
Wurts, Wynne and Durborow will present a second workshop on pond management from 8:30 a.m. until noon this Saturday at the Franklin County Extension Office.
“The workshop will provide a broad perspective about managing ponds for farm use and recreational fishing as well as small-scale and recreational aquaculture,” Wurts said.
Both the workshop and training are free and open to the public. Preregistration is not required, but to ensure you receive workshop materials, call the office at 502-695-9035 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 56th Farm-City Banquet, sponsored by Whitaker Bank, is April 29 at the Capital Plaza Hotel. Tickets, priced at $10 each, will be available at the Farm Bureau Insurance offices and the Frankfort Area Chamber of Commerce, 100 Capital Ave.
The cost of the meal is subsidized by the event sponsors and a portion of the money goes to the FFA chapters. To sponsor a table or reserve booth space, contact Carmen Inman at The Chamber at 502-223-8261.