2005-09-28 / Farm & Home

Ag Line: Hurricane relief, peanut maturity tests

By Wade Parker County Extension Coordinator

Hurricane Relief

The Jenkins County 4-H Program has initiated a hurricane

Rita/Katrina relief operation. For the past two weeks, we have asked f i f t h g r a d e students to collect items

that are necessary

for the survival of hurricane evacuees.

We are asking students to bring in toothbrushes, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, and bottled water. These items can be found at several different stores here in town. Even though the hurricanes have since passed, there are many people still living in shelters. Therefore, the Red Cross is still calling on the general public to lend a helping hand. It was only Thursday that the last of 600 evacuees left the Rock Eagle 4-H Center.

To make our relief effort more interesting, we are having a competition between the different “teams.” The teams are according to homerooms: Mrs. Sherrod/Mrs. Oliver, Mrs. Burke/Mrs. Swan, and Mrs. Dorsey/Mrs. Brinson. We have placed a banner in the hallway that has the teacher’s name, which will be used as our scoreboard. As soon as a team acquires ten items, a 4-H clover is placed under that team’s name. I am encouraging all of our 5th grade students to participate!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the Extension Office at 982-4408.

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Peanut Maturity Tests

As I wrote in one of my previous articles, we are now testing peanuts for maturity in a more efficient manner. Instead of the old pod blaster, a pressure washer is now used to blast the outside layer of the hull. I have been running the majority of samples at the office. However, due to the recent dry weather, I have been sampling some peanuts on the farm which provides an opportunity for me to observe the health of the peanut vines. As dry weather continues, the vines are deteriorating in places. Even in these situations, I am still recommending that farmers leave their peanuts in the ground until they are mature. The weather forecast as of Monday is calling for rain early in the week. If we do receive rain, this should move the peanuts across the board accordingly.

If you have some peanuts that need to be sampled, bring them by the Extension Office. The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service offers educational programs, assistance and materials to all people without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability.

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