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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • RUSSELL HIVELY: Rural happenings, information

  • The perfectly clear skies and super moon made for unusual walking conditions along Wildcat Boulevard last week. It wasn’t dark. Two new neighbors also contribute light to the streets by leaving on outside lights most nights. Thanks.
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  • The perfectly clear skies and super moon made for unusual walking conditions along Wildcat Boulevard last week. It wasn’t dark. Two new neighbors also contribute light to the streets by leaving on outside lights most nights. Thanks.
    I was thinking about all the agriculture related events that occur in our area of the state that few people are aware of.
    Kay and I receive the Missouri Extension, Southwest Region, News press release. Lately I have found some interesting things happening in our part of the state plus several informational articles.
    One article was about “Time to Start Planning a Successful Fall Garden.” The article stressed soaking most seeds the night before planting and putting a thin layer of mulch over the planted seeds to retain moisture. The article said dry ground is the biggest drawback of starting a fall garden.
    Another article told that the Ozark Fair hay entry numbers were down this year. Still the hay entered in 2014 was the “best hay ever” with the highest feed value on Ozark Fair records.
    A listing of new Century Farms was included in a recent press release. Three Newton and McDonald County Farms were honored for being in one family for over 100 years and are still contributing to the overall farm income.
    Dale Jasumback’s 60-acre farm was honored in Newton County for 100 years of production. Regina Hembree’s farm also was listed as a 2014 Century Farm. Her great-great-grandfather, A. F. Lankford, was the first owner in 1910.
    In McDonald County, Harvey Price’s farm became a Century Farm. It has been in the family since 1897.
    Two other articles gave suggestions on ways to pack a healthy school lunches for the youngsters who do not eat in the school cafeteria.
    It was also announced there would be a “Growing Garlic” class, and a 10th Anniversary Celebration to “Honor Women in Farming”(Annie’s Project) in September.
    Not in the press release was an announcement of a future event in rural Newton County. On Sept. 27, the Newtonia Battlefield 5K Run/Walk will be held.
    Take a walk, be aware of the information provided and happenings around you, and see what you notice while passing along Wildcat Boulevard.   
          
    Russell Hively writes a weekly column for the Daily News.

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