The Richmond Register

March 12, 2013

Backyard poultry production basics and update

By Amanda Sears
Extension Agent

RICHMOND — A class on backyard poultry will be conduced on Monday, March 25, at 6 p.m. at the Madison County Cooperative Extension Office on Duncannon Lane.

Dr. Jacquie Jacob, UK Extension poultry specialist, will cover feeding, health, housing, breed selection, and egg marketing for the small flock/backyard poultry owner. Make plans to attend this meeting!

For more information or to reserve a seat, call 859-623-4072. The 4-H Poultry Pals Club will be on hand with poultry-related activities for any children who attend.

Home fruit disease management

Late winter is the ideal time to take care of some pruning sanitation jobs with your fruit plantings.

Trim fruit trees to thin the tree canopy. This allows for good air movement and sunlight penetration.

Rake up and destroy fallen leaves and remove and destroy fruit mummies left on trees or on the ground from last season.

Prune out fire blight cankers in existing apple trees and black knot swellings from plum trees while it is still cold.

Prune grapevines to allow good sunlight penetration and air movement for maximum fruit production. Remove any diseased, dead or cankered vines and remove and destroy last year’s fruit mummies hanging on the vines and lying on the ground.

Berry growers should prune out dead and winter-injured blackberry and raspberry canes and diseased blueberry twigs and branches.

Now is a good time to mulch strawberry beds between rows and under the canopy to keep fruits off the ground.

Strawberry plants need adequate spacing to help reduce gray mold fruit rot.

Hand removal of dead leaves and stems also reduces the presence of gray mold fungus.

If you use pesticides and fungicides, be sure to read and understand product labels for proper application procedures.

Appropriate timing is important for bud and blossom development and, in some cases, to protect pollinators.

When ordering nursery stock for new fruit plantings, choose to plant disease resistant varieties.

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