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Tobacco growers should watch for blue mold

By Tommy Yankey

On June 2, active blue mold was found in a greenhouse in Greenville, Tennesee and in field plants that were set from the same greenhouse.


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Now is the time to fertilize your garden

By Cheryl Steenerson

It’s the popping season. Blooms are popping open and turning into fruit. Visually it is a wonder to watch. Whether it’s a flower, fruit or veggie, it’s fun to watch the changes as the growing takes place.
Tomatoes are especially cool because we get such a big red fruit from such a tiny yellow flower. Watermelons and cucumbers also follow that same fast forward path. Beans and peppers start with a little white blossom. No matter the color, the result is the same, food from flowers.


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Dad’s lessons still resonate

By Ricki Barker

“Hello, may I speak with Mr. Barker?”
I sigh and start my well-rehearsed speech, explaining to the caller they have reached Ricki Barker the younger and that I am the female Ricki in my family.
My father and I share many things: a love of animals, good books, lemon meringue pie and a name.
The latter similarity has led to many humorous moments throughout the years.


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Speed up ripening process in fruit

By Joan Martin

Summer signals the arrival of fresh, seasonal produce, which promises eating at its finest. Sometimes that produce isn’t as ripe as you need it to be.

Some produce that has traveled a great distance is picked while still green and won’t be ripe when it reaches the store. For some fruits, you can speed up the ripening process at home.

Common fruits that can be ripened at home include bananas, cantaloupe, peaches, pears, pineapples and tomatoes.


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Help livestock beat the summer heat

By Tommy Yankey

Summer is almost here. We’ve already experienced some heat, just a taste of what’s to come. Humans aren’t the only ones who suffer when the temperatures rise. Farm animals feel it, too. You can recognize when your livestock may be in danger from the heat and what you can do to increase their comfort.

Livestock become uncomfortable when the heat index reaches about 90 degrees. The heat index is a combination of air temperature and humidity, and is used to describe how it feels outside.


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Don’t let cool, damp nights sicken plants

By Cheryl Steenerson

These are the days I’m grateful to live two to three hours away from my relatives. If my mamma lived next door she’d have me up all night cleaning.

Needless to say, the majority of my free time is spent either sleeping or outdoors this time of year. Thank goodness for Sunday morning rituals.


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Adding warm-season annuals to grazing system offers several advantages

By Tommy Yankey

Warm-season annuals thrive in the heat of July when temperatures exceed 75 degrees F and other grasses are struggling. During this time cool-season grasses decrease in plant yield, and quality as the plant goes into the reproductive stage. This time frame is called the “summer slump.” Utilizing warm-season annuals during the summer may reduce or end overgrazing of cool-season pastures and the need for feeding stored feeds.

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Reduce your risk of being victimized by identity thieves

By Joan Martin

Over $2.5 billion were lost to identity theft in 2012. Victims younger than 18 represent 6 percent of the total.

The perpetrator is almost always a family member, frequently the parents.

Parents who have financial problems will use their child’s social security number to fraudulently obtain credit cards, apply for loans and even employment. The children don’t have any idea until they later apply for jobs, credit cards or loans and find out that they have a negative credit history themselves.


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Time to prune peonies, pinch mums

By Cheryl Steenerson

June has arrived to bring us closer to the summer solstice and 15 hours of daylight each day. June has been the most popular wedding month since Roman times, because they were practical planners.

Think about it. A June marriage meant childbirth in the spring, not the dead of winter and no interference with the fall harvest. Plus, the weather is usually pretty good for outdoor events.

Work in the garden and lawn is now in high gear, precisely because of that weather.


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Watch for Full Strawberry Moon

By Cheryl Steenerson

Watching the sky at night is way more interesting than watching TV.

Of course, living in the country gives me much better reception folks can get in town. There is very little light pollution when you live out in the boonies. A clear sky at night is not just an indicator of fair weather. It’s an opportunity to appreciate beauty and science all at once.


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