agriculture

Planting Native Trees and Shrubs

Planting Native Trees and Shrubs

Late fall is an excellent time to plant trees and shrubs in the south. Cooler fall days are a pleasant time for us work outdoors, plus a fall planting gives roots time to establish, giving you a better performing plant next summer than one planted in the spring. More frequent gentle rains also mean you will not have to spend as much time and labor watering new plants. Woody plants provide a multitude of functions in your landscape, so take some time to think about what purpose you might want your new tree or shrub to serve before planting. Trees…
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Safely sharing the road with farm equipment

Safely sharing the road with farm equipment

ASHEBORO — During the Spring and Fall, the volume of farm equipment appearing on the road increases significantly. In the Fall, farmers are working hard to harvest crops in a narrow window of time with unpredictable weather. They rely on large equipment designed to aid them in these tasks, equipment that is not designed to match the speed of a common automobile on the road. Generally, this equipment will be travelling no more than 30 mph. Public roads are dangerous with passenger vehicles and commercial vehicles interacting. Adding farm equipment increases accident risks for farmers and for motorists. Studies in…
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Tobacco growers will vote on research funding

Tobacco growers will vote on research funding

ASHEBORO — The Randolph County Tobacco Research Referendum will be held on Thursday, November 18, 2021, from 8:30am to noon. Blake Szilvay, County Referendum Chairman, said one polling place has been established in Randolph County at the Randolph County Extension Office located at 1003 S. Fayetteville Street, Asheboro. The referendum lets tobacco growers vote on whether they desire to continue the self-assessment program that funds research and extension projects at the Tobacco Research Commission housed at NC State University.  This program has been in place since 1991, and the law requires that a new referendum be held every six years.…
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4-H Livestock show brings regional competitors to Randolph

4-H Livestock show brings regional competitors to Randolph

ASHEBORO — The seventh annual 4-H/FFA Livestock Show was held in Asheboro on August 7. The event featured 68 competitors showing cattle and goats from Randolph, Guilford, Chatham, Stanly, Cabbarus, Johnston, Rockingham, Richmond, Anson, Cumberland, Wake, Person, Moore, Montgomery and Stokes counties.  Scarlett Farms in Snow Camp hosted the event. Brandon Hartman served as judge and the Trinity High School FFA served concessions. The competition featured youth competitors in showmanship and a separate competition based on the animal’s characteristics and classification. The youth competitors were judged for showmanship which included handling the animal, eye contact with the judge, setting the…
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Are your chickens cool enough to beat the heat?

Are your chickens cool enough to beat the heat?

ASHEBORO — Summer heat and humidity is upon us and we are all looking for ways to cool off.  Your backyard feathered friends are no exception. Chickens are becoming popular as backyard egg producers and pets so owners should be on the lookout for heat stress on members of their flocks as the summer heat reaches its peak. An experienced chicken keeper knows their flock, their personalities and habits.  This type of relationship provides you quick insight into changes in flock disposition that can be an early sign that something is a little off.  Disease or other stressors can decrease…
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