Rainfall report for September, October: We had plenty

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By Steve Moore

The weather for the past two months definitely changed in the amount of rainfall in Henry County.  At least one or two reporting stations reported only an inch of rain in July, with a similar report in August. 

September and October, normally two of the drier months of the year, have yielded considerably more rainfall.  With rainy spells throughout September, our Turners Station reporter had 7.03 inches (our highest) and our Pleasureville reporter had 5.33 inches (our lowest).  In October, the range was not quite as great, nor the rainfall quite as abundant, with Eminence getting 2.5 inches and the Extension Office getting 3.02 inches.

The rains and cooler temperatures have really helped some of our agriculture enterprises.   Our pastures and hay fields have responded with much-needed forage (by the end of August, several farmers were feeding hay with not much promise of fall pasture).  While the September rains made tobacco harvest more difficult, they promised much better curing conditions and should yield an attractive color to the market. 

This past Saturday and Sunday mornings saw significant frost.  My home and truck thermometers both agreed on 28-29 degrees Fahrenheit at home, with the truck telling me it was only 24 degrees near the creek on Kentucky 146 between New Castle and Pendleton.   If you have pasture or hay fields with johnsongrass or sorghum-sudan type grasses, wait at least a week or so for the plants to completely dry before grazing.  Questions about your forages?  Contact the Extension Office at 845-2811 to discuss.

Cattleman’s Association
annual meeting

The Henry County Cattleman’s Association will be holding its annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28, at the Henry County Extension Office.   As always, the board has come up with an interesting and informative program to complement the delicious steak supper.  In addition, some business of the association will be conducted, including the election of directors for the board. 

You may reserve your seat for the meeting by contacting the Henry County Extension Office at 845-2811.

Cow Camp

The Shelby County Extension Office will be the site for a “Cow Camp” from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3.   Topics and presenters will be:  Herd health basics — Dr. Muncey Pryor;  Feeding the herd — Dr. Jeff Lehmkuhler;  Safe and humane handling – Dr. Ryan Wonderlich;  and marketing options – Kenny Burdine.  Please call directly to the Shelby Extension Office at 633-4593 to reserve your complimentary meal. 

Beginning Farmer Program

We are calling the class for the Beginning Farmer Program, which begins Friday, Jan. 20  and runs each Friday through February and into March, with further sessions later in the year.   Most sessions will be held from 9 a.m. through lunch, rotating between Henry, Shelby, and Oldham County Extension offices.

Our proposed listing of 10 courses is as follows:  1)  Enterprise evaluation  (or “what do I do”); 2) Management and record keeping;  3) Governmental resources available;   4)Marketing;   5) Farm equipment/farm machinery show field trip;  6) Legal topics – ag issues and policies, nutrient management, water quality, lease agreements, liability;  7) Enterprise production sessions;  8) Field day (July);   9) Estate planning (Oct/Nov);   10) Leadership, share session and graduation (Oct/Nov).

The Henry County Extension Office is registering members for the class.  If you are interested, please contact us at 845-2811.

NRCS announces
2012 farm bill program

NRCS is encouraging landowners, farmers and producers to visit their local NRCS office now to apply for conservation technical assistance and possible financial funding opportunities in the EQIP and WHIP farm bill programs.   The cutoff date for consideration of 2012 funds in this sign up period is Nov. 15.

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program provides financial and technical assistance to farmers who face threats to soil or water resources on their land.  Through EQIP, NRCS develops contracts with farmers to voluntarily implement conservation practices. Persons engaged in livestock or crop production and owners of private forestland are eligible for this program. Eligible land includes cropland, pastureland, and private forestland.

The Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program is a voluntary program for developing or improving high quality habitat that supports fish and wildlife populations. Through WHIP, the NRCS provides technical and financial assistance to eligible landowners for the development of wildlife habitat.

All recipients of assistance are required to develop a conservation plan.  The conservation plan will serve as a roadmap to a variety of technical assistance and financial assistance through EQIP and WHIP.  

If you are interested in participating in farm bill conservation programs, you should sign-up as soon as possible and request a conservation plan.  For more information, contact the NRCS office in Henry County at 845-2890.