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Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017 at 1:59 pm

Pruning demonstration

UT/TSU Extension in Grundy County will host a free on-farm “Fruit Pruning Demonstration.” The demonstration will take place on Monday, February 27, at High Meadows Farm in Tracy City, beginning at 3 p.m. Jerry Walling, retired UT Extension Agent, and Creig Kimbro, UT Extension Agent, will be on-site presenting demonstrations of pruning different fruit types, hands-on fruit pruning training, and basic fruit management. The program will focus mainly on brambles, blueberries, and grapes, but other fruit types will be discussed.

After some time at High Meadows Farm, the demonstrations will relocate to the Suter Farm in Gruetli-Laager, to look at grape pruning and basic management.

Transportation to both farms will be provided for the first seven participants who wish to meet at the UT/TSU Extension Office in Coalmont, promptly at 2:30 p.m. and/or carpool to the first farm location. In case of bad weather, the demonstration will take place on March 15.

Stocker conference

The Mid-South Stocker Conference is moving south for the first time in its twelve-year history to Manchester, on March 1, at the Manchester/Coffee County Conference Center.

A stocker operation is one that takes weaned beef or dairy calves and grows the animal in preparation to enter the next phase of production.

The Mid-South Stocker conference is a cooperative effort between the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service and The University of Tennessee Extension. Traditionally the conference rotates its location between a north Tennessee and Southern Kentucky location. The objectives of the conference are to assist stocker operators in exploring ideas for the production of efficient performing healthy cattle and determining the role of stocker production in a rapidly evolving cattle industry and effectively meeting consumer expectations. These objectives are being accomplished through take home information and carrying out educational programs that present innovative ideas that can be readily applied to individual operations.

This is an excellent opportunity for area producers involved in stocker production or who may be thinking about the possibilities of including this practice into their existing operation. The conference will also provide a unique opportunity for producers to interact with other stocker operators from the Mid-South region and industry professionals. Animal health, equipment, nutrition and marketing exhibits will be available in an up-to-date trade show.

Due to producer’s interest and concerns about “rebuilding” the beef cow herd in Kentucky and Tennessee, discussions on heifer development and marketing will be part of the conference.

An additional bonus to this year’s conference will be a pre-conference tour for the first thirty-five participants to register for the tour. The tour will meet at the Moore County Extension Office and depart from there in vans on February 28, at 1 pm. The tour will include, a visit to two stocker operations that feed wet distiller grains from Jack Daniels, one feeding beef steers and another developing dairy heifers. The pre-tour package will also include a tour of Jack Daniel’s Distillery and supper in Lynchburg

. You must register for the day of the conference to be able to register for the tour.

Registration deadline is February 20.

Luncheon seminars

UT/TSU Extension in Grundy County will host “Vegetable Luncheon Seminars” during the Extension Month of March. A luncheon seminar will take place at the UT/TSU Extension Office each Tuesday beginning on March 7, at 11:30 a.m. The cost, including lunch, is $7 for each seminar or all four seminars for $20.

Topics for the luncheon seminars will include “Veggie Varieties That Sell and Taste Good Too!” on March 7; “Online Sales Opportunities for Direct Farm Marketers /Value-Added Food Producers” on March 14; “Controlling Insects that Invade Your Home” on March 21; and “Popping the Top on Organics” on March 28.

A professional from the University of Tennessee will teach programs and all participants will receive literature and information for the day at no additional charge. This will be an excellent way to pick up some new information about vegetable production and start the year off with success.

RSVP is required for each program by calling the Extension Office in Coalmont at 931-592-3971 the Monday before each program.