Livestock Hazard Protection Workshop

The Washington County OSU Extension Office is presenting a Cash Flow and Forage Workshop for Beef Cattle Producers from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on July 28.

The free course will cover how Livestock Hazard Protection (LRP) and Pasture, Range and Forage Coverage (PRF) can protect both.

LRP and PRF are subsidized insurance products sold by private insurance agents similar to traditional crop insurance. Both programs are easily suited to beef producers of all sizes in eastern Oklahoma.

The workshop is interactive and will explain to producers what the programs are, how they work and provide the necessary tools to analyze how they can work on their farm. OSU Area Agriculture Economics Specialists. Scott Clawson and JJ Jones will present the workshop.

RSVP to the Washington County office at 918-534-2216.

Tree and shrub plantation meeting: Class is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on July 20 in Meeting Room A of the Bartlesville Public Library. This meeting is free and no RSVP is required. David Turner became a master gardener in 2003. Since then trees and shrubs have been central to his concerns. In this presentation, he will discuss the recommended methods for planting both. Items such as the preparation of planting holes, planting position, use of soil amendments and other issues will be covered.

Visit the flower beds: A tour of the Bartlesville Public Library flower beds will take place from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on July 27 in Meeting Room A of the library. This tour is free and no RSVP is required.

For several years, the Washington County Master Gardeners Association has been responsible for maintaining the flower beds that line the library parking lot. Each parterre is adopted by one, two or three Master Gardeners. The same gardener (s) maintained some of the beds for a few years. Others change every year.

The city donates money for this effort and is responsible for the irrigation system. The Master Gardeners have also invested funds in the beds. The adoptive gardeners take care of all the planting and maintenance of the flower beds.

A few years ago, the beds were certified as habitat for the monarch butterfly. Some of the beds specialize in providing food for the caterpillars as well as nectar for the adult monarchs. All beds include several plants which will provide one or the other. Swallows and other pollinators are also expected. It’s best to plant for monarchs, or pollinators in general, yard by yard, city by city. You can help a lot by planting some of these nectar and caterpillar food plants in your garden.

Katie Hughes is the Agricultural Educator for the Washington County OSU Extension Service.

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