Second Winter Educational Dinner to be held February 10
The second Winter educational dinner meeting will be held at Moorefield Middle School LGI room in Moorefield on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 beginning with dinner served by the MMS FFA at 6:00 p.m. The topic for this meeting will be “Baleage as a High Quality Feedstuff.” Dr. Bill Shockey, of the WVU Extension Service, will be our featured speaker. Dr. Shockey will address the advantages and some of the issues with making and feeding baleage to cattle. This talk will report some of the results of on-farm research conducted in WV showing the effects of baleage best management practices for making quality winter feed.
RSVP to the WVU Extension Office at 304-530-0273 by February 6 so an accurate count for dinner can be provided the MMS FFA.
2015 State Fair update
The fair dates for 2015 are August 14-23.
Changes for 2015
An official State Fair of WV Junior Livestock Entry Form must be completed online by Friday, July 10 by 12 midnight. Junior show entries MUST BE MADE ONLINE. NO PAPER ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED! A list of all entries, from your county, will be sent from the Fair Office to Extension Agents/FFA Advisors for approval. Exhibitors will be notified of approval by a letter before the Fair.
Showmanship- Starting in 2015
o All junior exhibitors will be required to show in the showmanship contest for each animal species they are exhibiting. Those who do not show in showmanship will NOT be allowed to show in other classes or participate in Youth Livestock Sale. In this rule, animal species refers to Market Hogs, Market Lambs, Market Steers, Market Heifers, Beef Heifers, Feeder Steers, Purebred Sheep, Purebred Swine, Dairy, Market Goats and Junior Horse and Pony.
o All lambs must be skin clipped prior to weigh-in. In the past, all lambs were to be skin clipped prior to arriving at the fair.
o Exhibitors may show 2 market hogs. The show will not be terminal
We will be doing the tagging for market hogs the same as in 2014.
Exhibitors will be required to pick-up tags from the Extension Office/school,
tag their own animals
Bring a picture of the tagged animal back to the office by the set deadline.
o If you have a large number of animals, I would strongly encourage you to have an animal-less tagging day. This would be the day that all pictures would be due.
2015 Garden Calendar
Planning some of us love it, some of us try to ignore it. But one thing is for certain, planning makes any undertaking more productive and goes a long way toward eliminating wasted effort.
Planning is key for producing an abundant and successful garden. This year, look at WVU’s Garden Calendar articles early to learn what good garden planning entails before you start your garden.
From pointers on plant selection, location, and soil preparation to tips about seeds, garden upkeep, and harvesting, this information will help you make your gardening experience both satisfying and productive.
Each month’s illustration depicts examples of vegetables that can be harvested in that month. Whether it is potatoes you stored for a February harvest; gathering corn, apples, and tomatoes in late summer; or collecting kale in December planning will help you reap an abundant garden year-round.
Don’t forget our bonus article at the end of the calendar introducing two unexpected vegetables that you can try this gardening season for something new.
As always, the “by the date” garden information will help remind you when certain gardening chores should be done. For best results do the tasks around the suggested date within a few days, either way, usually will work. Some tasks have an even longer implementation range that will still give you good results.
However, if you have any questions about timing or other gardening concerns, please contact your county’s WVU Extension Service office.
Enjoy this year’s Garden Calendar and may you have an abundant harvest! Stop by and get yours today.