Volume 36 / September 2021
Pottawatomie County

Agriculture & Horticulture
News & Updates
Note: Underlined texts are clickable links for more details.
Time to Think About Winter Forage Needs
There is an old saying, "farming is a gamble, but planning improves the odds." This is definitely true when it comes to planning for your cattle's winter forage needs. Follow the link below for more information.

Marketing Hay for Horses
Marketing horse hay is just a different business. Ask horse owners what is important when it comes to choosing hay and most will say quality is important, but good quality horse hay can be difficult to define.

Link to find out more about marketing your hay for horses.

Armyworms are Still Marching!
Armyworms are marching across the state, as we often see this time of year. For lawns and ornamentals, keep an eye out for them, especially if you have fescue lawn areas. The inverted Y on the head of the caterpillar helps identify this pest. See Photo on right.

See our Ornamental and Lawn Pest Control for Homeowners OSU Fact sheet EPP-7306 See page 11 for armyworm control options.
For Pasture and Rangeland see OSU Current Report CR-7193

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mike Trammell for Crops and Pastures or
Carla Smith for Ornamentals and Lawns, both of us can be reached at 405-273-7683 or by email.
Fall Gardening
We are still in the window to plant fall vegetable crops, especially root crops and leafy greens! If you would like more information on fall gardening, check out the article below, or give me a call. Fresh veggies for football parties! Yum! ...And Go Pokes!

Shawnee News Star Article on fall gardening
Kissing Bug
Keep an eye out for this one...
The first documented Kissing Bug specimen for Pottawatomie County was brought into our office in late August.

This insect can carry a tropical disease and is being tracked in many states, including Oklahoma and Texas. Chagas disease, Trypanosoma cruzi, is transmitted to humans and canines by infected kissing bugs. This sample will be tested to see if it is a carrier or not.

If you spot this insect, do not touch it!
Collect the sample with gloved hands and do not directly handle the insect. There are some that look similar, so the link below will help identify and gives instructions on how to collect a sample.

OSU Web page for more details:
Carla's Kitchen - Featuring Garden Recipes
Apple Butter (click)
A family favorite to make your home smell delicious!
What is coming up in Pottawatomie County?

Events are also posted on our website, just scroll down to Local Events Section:
Multi-County Master Gardeners
The Executive Board Meeting is cancelled, we will be at the county fair!

Association Meeting
September 15th at 9:30 am
OSU Extension Office Cowboy Classroom

Program will include a recap of the County Fair events, and garden stories from home and abroad (You are telling your summer stories, so come ready to share!)
Master Gardener Field Trip - Sept 18th
OSU Botanical Garden Tour - Stillwater, OK
Leaving Extension Office at 7:45 am to be at the gardens by 9:00 am
Details are pending - Contact Carla to sign up (email is preferred due to fair)
Weather permitting, this workshop will be outdoors in our own butterfly garden. Some classroom time will also be utilized. Habitat, plant selection, and pollinator life cycles will be featured. Masks are encouraged indoors.

Call our office 405-273-7683 to sign up today! Class size will be limited to 15, please RSVP.
If needed, another date will be offered, so please sign up and provide your contact information.

Tuesday, Sept 21st, 10 am to Noon.
14001 Acme Road, Shawnee, OK
Pottawatomie County Cattlemen
Next Board Meeting Time August 31, 6-8 pm.

Join us for an educational meeting and dinner on October 5 at 6:30 pm at the Tecumseh Alumni Center.

Speakers will be Sydnee Gerken of Oklahoma Prairie Beef Solutions and Brian Freking, OSU Area Livestock Specialist.

Please RSVP to our office by 4:30 October 1 at 405-273-7683.
Announcements and Webinars
Pottawatomie County Free Fair
Sept 8-11, 2021
Theme "Buckles, Boots, and Blue Ribbons"
You can pick up your fair tags and get entry numbers/sheets at the extension office prior to entry day. Save time spent waiting in lines!
It's ALL Online - Fairbook and latest details, go to the Pottawatomie County Free Fair website:
freefair.org (click)
Pottawatomie County Free Fair
Annual Farmer / Rancher Dinner will be Thursday, Sept 9, 2021

Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center
Shawnee, OK

5:30 pm Doors Open and Serving Begins

Followed by Award Presentation by the Shawnee and Konawa Conservation Districts
Keynote speaker will be Jeff Hammonds with the Oklahoma Beef Council

RSVP to our office by 4:30 pm on Sept 3rd to save your seat and fill your plate! 405-273-7683

Flyer (click)
Pecan Grower Update Sept 10th, 1-2 pm These are held monthly via Zoom. These are filled with great management information timely to the current issues. Becky Carroll provides great content! You can register by emailing becky.carroll@okstate.edu
Sept 16th, 2021 1- 3 pm Online Shackelford Horticulture Webinar Series
Sept. Topic: From Zones 7a to 9b: Horticultural Pursuits from Oklahoma to Alabama F. Todd Lasseigne, Executive Director, Bellingrath Gardens and Home, Theodore, Alabama. He was formerly at Tulsa Botanical Garden and is quite engaging!
Great educational opportunity for our Master Gardeners and anyone who loves gardening. There is no charge for this series due to the generous donation by Charles and Linda Shackelford, former owners of TLC in Oklahoma City.
Just four more sessions, monthly on Third Thursday Evening! During these programs, there will normally be live question and answer time, tune in for great discussion and the opportunity to ask your questions. Just call the office to sign up for these sessions.
The previous RANCHER's LUNCHTIME SERIES workshops are available online for viewing at your convenience.

Go to our landing page at Beef.okstate.edu or just click on the link below:

Average Fertilizer Prices
Current Price/Last Reported
Urea (46-0-0).......$595 no change from last report
DAP (18-46-0)......$725 no change from last report
Pot Ash (0-0-60)..$560 up from $537.00
These prices are based on an average of three area bulk fertilizer dealers. (updated August 30, 2021)

Just a note, these prices can change daily. Shop around for price and availability.
For Hay and Cattle prices: Red will indicate a drop in price, Green will indicate a rise in price. (8 30 2021)
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