Fall Is Here
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Perilla Mint is a broadleaf weed that has been happy to stay in the shaded areas of pastures and fields. Because of its odor and taste, usually livestock do not consume it unless they were hungry, curious or they happened to consume it along with other forage. Well it seems Perilla Mint has decided to venture out more and try to be a problem. Producers are seeing more mint in areas that get lots of sun and more in the grazing areas. Perilla Mint is most toxic when it is more mature and displaying its bountiful seed. Unfortunately, this is usually in the fall when forage crops seem to be slowing down. You need to scout your pastures for this weed. I have included 3 web sites to visit for identification and control methods. It’s best to control it in the spring but you can still treat it now.
I have been told of a producer who had 2 cows die and the vet attributed it to Perilla Mint. This weed causes respiratory distress and most of the time, treatment is too late. The producer said it looks like the cattle ate the tops out of the plants he sprayed about a month ago. If you have mint, bush hogging might be the best option at this point in time and if possible, get the animals off that area until the chopped-up plant is totally dry. Then work next year to attack this weed. Look at the sites and SCOUT your pastures. This weed can spread quickly and you need to be prepared to defend your pasture.
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Farm School benefits attendees by connecting them to an entrepreneurial community of like-minded farmers and providing them with key business skills. Attendees are able to make important connections in business and networking and receive mentoring as they build their new ventures.
In Davie County, Justin and Holly Miller of Cherry Hill Farm attended NC Farm School to learn how to get their family farm up and going again. NC Farm School helped the Millers refine and expand their initial vision of selling produce at market and a roadside stand to the truly diversified operation they have today. The Millers highly recommend NC Farm School to anyone considering farming. The Millers stated, “NC Farm School really helped us build the foundation to start our business. They taught us how to run numbers before making any moves, and how to keep good records and the importance of it.”
Applications are now being accepted for the 2022 NC Farm School, which will start in January 2022. Classroom sessions are planned to be held in person at the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Davie County Center, but will be based on North Carolina and NC State Extension guidelines for safety concerning COVID-19. One field day per month will be held at different locations in the six counties that are collaborating on NCFS. For more information, call N.C. Cooperative Extension in Davie County at 336-753-6100, Yadkin County at 336-849-7908, or visit NC Farm School.
Backyard Flock Series – Winter Preparation for Your Flock