Having a rose which is resistant to many of the problems of the old roses has made Knockout Roses very popular around Henry County. However, a new disease called Rose Rosette has appeared in the landscape, and it can certainly take out the Knockout.
Rose rosette was first diagnosed on Knockout Roses in Kentucky in 2009. Since then, the UK disease lab has seen a rapid increase in the disease, with 2012 being no exception. The symptom of Rose Rosette include: stem bunching or clustering (witches broom), elongated and/or thickened canes, bright red leaves and stems, excessive thorniness with small red or brown thorns, distorted flowers, distorted canes, and dead and dying canes. The cause of the disease is a virus that is spread by the rose leaf curl mite. It is systemic and occupies all tissue in a plant, even though only some parts of the plant may show the symptoms described. Once the virus is in the plant, there is no cure. Controlling the mite is difficult if not impossible. Infected plants should be removed and destroyed, new rose plants should be thoroughly inspected before purchase.
While the news for rose lovers isn’t good, farmers with fencerows covered with unwanted multiflora rose may actually be getting a break. Rose rosette may eventually take them out too.
Cattleman to meet
The Henry County Cattleman’s Association will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, June 25, at the Henry County Extension Office. The Cattleman’s Board of Directors has planned another entertaining and informational session, including the Veterinarians report, as well as updates on FSA, NRCS, FFA and Extension programs. In addition, a sponsored beef-based supper will be enjoyed as part of the meeting.
To reserve your spot at the table, please contact the Henry County Extension Office at 845-2811 and let Kelly know your intentions to attend.
The largest expense in the production of beef, whether it be cow-calf, backgrounding or finishing, is feed. Our warmer season feed supplies are usually supplied quite well with grazing, with the winter feed supply coming from on-farm stored feed in the form of baled hay. With some management, grazing can supply a high quality feed supply for most of the year, even extending into the winter time with stockpiling of fescue. Research shows us that allowing our ruminant animals to graze is the cheapest way to meet their nutritional needs. This means that stored hay costs more as we feed animals, and now is the time to begin planning the winter feeding program.
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Forage Testing program is a great start to the winter feeding program. Knowing the quality of the stored hay allows a producer to make sure the animal herd can be adequately fed at any stage through the winter, including the period close to and after calving when the cows needs are highest. To get hay tested, contact KDA at 800-248-4628. KDA will schedule a visit to pull the samples at only $10/sample.
Third Thursday Thing
The Third Thursday Thing at KSU’s Mills Lane Farm near Frankfort will feature a full day of fruit and vegetable production information this Thursday, June 21. Beginning at 10 am, and continuing into the afternoon with a sponsored lunch, the day will feature traditional vegetable production, pawpaw production, blackberry production, organic vegetable production, perennial fruit and nut crop production, and some handy disease and insect identification training.
If you are currently in production, or are studying your options to enter fruit and vegetable production and marketing, this workshop should be a great help.