Friday, May 24, 2013

4-H Super Summer

4-H Super Summer is ready to roll.  Registration is open for our summer workshops.  Activities include our Pizza Adventure daycamp and exploring fun, creative topics such as plants, chocolate, gardens, birds and more!

To register, come by our office for a registration form or download from here
Return the registration form by mail or in person.
Our office is located at the Agricultural Services Building, 971 West King Street, Boone

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

No Cones, Please...

Cone production on Fraser fir can mean serious headaches for tree-growers. Heavy cone years vary. When trees come under stress due to drought or other environmental conditions, heavy cone years can follow. Last year (2012) was an especially heavy cone year. Growers spent tens of thousands of dollars in labor manually removing cones, which also take away from top-growth production and create unsightly 'pegs' that endure after the cones crumble and release their seeds in the summer.

Last year, Christmas tree specialist Jeff Owen began cone-spraying trials to try and identify an herbicide or plant regulator hormone that might stop or alter cone production. This work was tricky...trying to guess which field might have a high prevalence of cones next year and growers who didn't mind risking some of their trees getting 'burned' in the process. He is continuing this work in 2013.

IPM Technician Brad Edwards sprays cones on farm in Watauga County

Monday, May 13, 2013

Parents of 10-16 Year Olds

If you are interested in learning more about what makes your tween or teen tick and would you like the opportunity to interact with other parents who have some of the same challenges and questions as you do, check out, an online site offered by the University of Wisconsin-Madison/Extension for parents of children between the ages of 10-16. Parenthetical is a combination website, blog and social network. The site provides information and discussion on a range of topics of interest to parents with children in their emerging teen years as well as opportunities for support from other parents experiencing many of the same needs and issues. Posts include subjects like parent-child conflict, discipline and limit setting, middle school romantic and peer relationships, the challenges of school achievement and much more. Parenthetical is available online 24/7 and parents can participate from any web-accessible device. 
Click here for a nice reminder about teen forgetfulness.