By Faye Gaston
"Bullock County Highlights" for August 2021 was published by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.
The following highlights gleaned from that publication will let Herald readers know they can get further information about these topics from the Extension System. The local office is in the Richard Stone Complex building. The Bullock County Extension System Co-Ordinator is Carla Elston.
There was information on how to feed hummingbirds, a beautiful and exciting part of Alabama summers. Directions were given about using white granulated sugar in bird feeders and how to rescue hummingbirds tangled in spiderwebs.
Beautiful Mimosa trees on our Southern landscape are an ornamental tree that are considered an invasive species, capable of outcompeting most vegetation. Animals that are dependent on the resources from native trees will struggle because of mimosa trees.
Alabama ranks second in the United States in catfish production and water acres devoted to catfish farming. Currently, sixty-six farms produce catfish on approximately 16,000 water acres of ponds. Most are in the Black Belt region and is a significant source of income for families. Success requires diagnosis and treatment of diseases in catfish.
This summer, Alabama has seen several periods of persistent rainfall leaving many hay producers behind schedule with their harvesting
Understanding the daily requirements and influences on water needs/intake can help beef cattle producers plan for reliable sources and supply of drinking water for cattle.
Summer is the peak season for mystery bugs in the house. "Drugstore beetles", also known as bread beetles or biscuit beetles are a common pest. They feed on bread, flour, pet-food, packed goods, hot spices, prescription drugs, and non-food items such as hair, leather, etc.
One can dehydrate fast in the hot Alabama sun. Adult men need to drink 12.5 cups of water per day, and adult women need to drink 9 cups of water per day. Recipes for fruit-flavored water recipes are given.
Two new staff members were introduced: Tara Tarver, Assistant I, Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program for Bullock and Pike counties, and Megan Jones, Regional Extension Agent in Home Grounds, Gardens & Home Pests.
Grassroots Survey results were given from the virtual meeting held on July 21, 2021, with 22 participants.
SNAP-Ed Educators helped to establish 28 community gardens and gardens at Alabama schools, making fresh vegetables available to 6,830 Alabama residents. Harvests were distributed to food pantries, soup kitchens, school cafeterias, or summer feeding sites. The value of gardening for nutrition and food access was promoted in Bullock and Macon counties.
In partnership with Tuskegee University Extension, Bullock County High School, and the Bullock County Extension Office, SNAP-Ed educator helped establish a school garden.
The first harvest in fall 2019 was sent home with the students and faculty of the high school. The 2nd harvest went to the Bullock County Department of Human Resources to give away to families in need.
For more than 100 years, Alabama 4-H has empowered youth to use their heads, hearts, hands and health to become their best self and achieve their goals. 4-H prepares for another club year.