The Richmond Register

November 7, 2012

Tobacco update slated Thursday

By Brandon Sears
Extension Agent

RICHMOND — Madison County Tobacco Producers, mark your calendars for Thursday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. until noon, for a tobacco production update from Dr. Bob Pearce, UK Extension Tobacco Specialist.

The meeting will be take place at the Harris farm at 959 Brookstown Road, Richmond. Signs will be posted. For more details, give me a call at 623-4072.

 Topics covered: Curing Conditions Update; Alternative Sources of Nitrogen; No-Till Tobacco Options, Marketing Update.

Soil test this fall

Soil testing is a very important part of most any agriculture and/or horticultural operation. It allows the producer to apply soil amendments (fertilizer, lime, micronutrients, etc.) in amounts needed for maximum crop production potential. Many times there may be no fertilizer needed. Either way soil testing saves you money!

Free soil testing is now available year round at the Madison County Extension Office. The normal $6 per sample charge will be waived. Agricultural and horticultural samples from Madison County residents will both be accepted. There is a 10 sample per person per calendar year limit!  Madison County Commercial lawn care companies will be charged $5 per sample.

Fall is a great time to soil sample! Turnaround time at the UK soil testing lab is less due to fewer samples being submitted during this period of the year (results come back quicker), fertilizer prices are typically less in the fall, if needed, a fall application of phosphorus, potassium or lime will allow any low testing soils to equilibrate prior to the spring planting season. This is especially important if an application of lime is needed. Also, assessing soil fertility needs in the fall gives you time to plan, price inputs and prepare for spring planting.

Madison County Phase I Board Meeting

The Madison County Phase I Board will meet Thursday, Nov. 8, at 6:30 p.m., at the Madison County Extension Office, 230 Duncannon Lane, Richmond. This meeting is open to the public.