8:00 PM Oct 7, 2015
According to someone with the Tennessee Division of Forestry, the emerald ash borer was positively identified in Wilson County a couple of weeks ago. What was expected has now been confirmed.
7:00 PM Sep 30, 2015
Soil pH is very important. The soil pH is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of the soil. Plants are sensitive to the pH of a soil. The pH of the soil can determine if you have good growth or little to no growth.
6:00 PM Sep 23, 2015
The annual Wilson County Livestock Association will be held at the James E. Ward Ag. Center on Saturday, beginning at 4 p.m.
9:00 PM Sep 16, 2015
Producers use different methods to wean calves, but according to Andrew Griffith, University of Tennessee Extension livestock marketing specialist, some methods are better than others when it comes to the health of the animal.
7:00 PM Sep 9, 2015
The Master Beef Program focuses on issues facing the beef industry. Topics include nutrition, forage production, health, genetics, reproduction, marketing, management, cattle handling techniques and others. The Master Beef Program is sponsored by the University of Tennessee Extension.
6:00 PM Sep 2, 2015
The October issue of Consumer Reports magazine, which is due on newsstands this week, will contain an article in regard to the food safety of ground beef.
6:00 PM Aug 26, 2015
This is the season for the fall armyworm. This is a chronic pest in the southeast annually. If you notice sudden brown spots in your pastures or hayfields with thin plants, this may be an indication that you have the fall armyworm present. They feed on a variety of crops including bermudagrass, alfalfa, pearl millet, sorghum sudan hybrids and tall fescue, with bermudagrass and alfalfa being two of their favorites.
7:00 PM Aug 19, 2015
I have had lots of questions regarding what to do about thin tall fescue pastures and hayfields. A thin stand of grass allows more weed pressure and reduces overall grass production. Thin grass stands can result in reduced stocking rates which leads to reduced animal production per acre.
5:00 PM Aug 12, 2015
I have already heard someone say, “it feels like fall is in the air.” Summer gardens are beginning to show signs of decline and their production is now limited. This presents the opportunity for a fall garden.
6:00 PM Aug 5, 2015
This week was proclaimed National Farmers Market Week by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack. Secretary Vilsack announced that 8,144 farmers markets are now listed in USDA’s National Farmers Market Directory, up from about 5,000 in 2008. The directory is published online at farmersmarkets.usda.gov.
6:00 PM Jul 29, 2015
Beef cattle need minerals to remain productive and healthy. The mineral status of the brood-cow affects reproduction, growth, milk production and health. When cattle are pushed to perform to a higher genetic potential, mineral demands increase. If these de-mands are not met, performance is reduced.
5:30 PM Jul 22, 2015
Dallisgrass (Paspalum dilatatum) and goosegrass (Eleusine indica) are two of the most challenging turfgrass weeds in Tennessee to control. As a general rule, the longer they have been established, the more difficult it will be to control. Both are clumpy, low growing, spreading type grass weeds with seed heads that grow on spikes.
6:00 PM Jul 15, 2015
There have been some changes in the market. The following were the market comments from Dr. Andrew Griffith, UT agricultural economist, regarding current cattle market trends and the influences that may be affecting the market prices.
8:01 PM Jul 8, 2015
What has happened to price of eggs and the price of chicken on the grocer’s shelf? Prices are at record highs and rising. A person in the grocery remarked to me this past week that she had never paid so much for eggs. Prices on that day averaged $3 or more per dozen.
8:05 PM Jun 24, 2015
We are currently experiencing some very hot weather conditions with daytime highs in the low to upper 90’s and increased humidity. The heat index has already exceeded 100 degrees. Everyone knows these are very uncomfortable conditions. Hot weather and high humidity are also uncomfortable for livestock. Hot weather and high humidity reduces breeding efficiency, milk production, feed intake and weight gain. It can take a toll.
9:00 PM Jun 17, 2015
The cattle market continues to be strong. We have not experienced a down side to the market in quite some time. Cattle producers continue to remark on the record prices they are receiving. Someone said recently that if cattle producers cannot realize a profit currently, then they really need to explore another enterprise.
10:00 PM Jun 10, 2015
It’s “fly swatter season” in Wilson County. I have noticed that fly populations are trending upward. Warmer weather and rain showers help make for the perfect “fly breeding haven.” Flies are not just irritating but can cause production losses in cattle.