2016 Country Apple Festival, Saturday, September 17th

Lots going on this Saturday at the Country Apple Festival

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Here’s our Barn Quilt for the 2016 Country Apple Festival Fundraiser.

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Pre-Order Apples Today!

Shade Tree Farm & Orchard will have a booth at the CAF and they are taking Apple orders now!  If you would like to go ahead and pre-order some apples please let me know by Thursday, 9/15 at 2pm.

They will have Red Delicious, Yellow Delicious, & Fuji

¼ peck $7

½ peck $9

1 peck $13

½ bushel $21

1 bushel $37

Ask all of your friends & family and get an order together!

Amy Clifton, Secretary 

Dickson County Soil Conservation District, 305 Henslee Drive, Dickson, TN  37055

615-446-2449 x 3 or email amy.clifton@tn.nacdnet.net

 

 

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Conservation Field Day

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2016 Dickson County Farm Tour

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PRODUCING MORE WITH LESS

PRODUCING MORE WITH LESS

Farmers will have to grow as much food in the next 26 years as they have grown in the previous 1,500 years. That’s because by then world populations are expected to exceed 9 billion.  With land for crop and livestock production at a premium and greater weather variability, we must now “do more with less”.

Famers need to be looking at ways to improve yields and reduce the cost of producing these yields. As researchers look for new varieties of crops to boost yields and improve extreme weather resilience, producers must do their own research in figuring out ways to cut costs.

Cover crops have become a major topic in many agriculture meetings, publications and other media outlets to help combat this issue. Research has shown that cover crops can increase yields, reduce inputs, improve water infiltration and reduce the impacts of extreme weather.  This can only be achieved with proper planning, application and management of cover crops.

Cover crops are not a “quick fix”, most benefits may not been seen for 3-10 years. Producers need to be thinking about cover crops at least 6-12 months in advance of planting.  Producers must ask themselves, “What cash crop will be planted next spring? What are my objectives for the cover crops? What cover crop varieties do I want to plant?  How will I terminate the cover crop before the next cash crop is planted?” Just to name a few.

Cover crops alone will not solve the issue agricultural producers have in front of them, but with the implementation of practices such as cover crops, precision nutrient management and advances in technology will hopefully help us reach this goal in the coming years.

Row crop producers are not alone in this “dilemma”, livestock producers must also find ways to reduce input costs as well. One way this can be accomplished is by setting up rotational grazing systems.  When cross fences and water sources are strategically placed and grazing management plan is followed, inputs can be reduced as the plan is implemented.  When cattle are frequently rotated between paddocks, manure and urine are more uniformly distributed throughout the pasture and forage in other paddocks are allowed to re-grow quickly.  Once fertility levels are raised through various sources, a rotational grazing system can help to reduce the amount of fertilizer applied and reduce or possibly eliminate hay being fed in the winter.

All of these management systems improve soil health, which in turn can reduce the need for external inputs and improve crop and livestock production. This can only be achieved from a commitment from the producer.                  -Nathan Hicklin, Soil Conservationist

For more information on cover crops, nutrient management, rotational grazing systems or other ways to reduce inputs contact us at:

USDA-NRCS & Dickson County Soil Conservation District

Wynne Luter, District Conservationist

305  Henslee Drive

Dickson, TN  37055

615-446-2449 ext 3

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Corn planted into residue from 5 species cover crop mix (May 29th)

Cover Crop Planting in Peas-oats

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2016 Dickson County Farm Tour! Sign up NOW!

Reservations are being accepted for the 42nd annual Dickson County Farm Tour, which is scheduled for Wednesday, July 13th. Sponsored by the Dickson County Soil Conservation District and the Dickson County Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee, the tour is open to ages 12 and up and is $10 per person. The annual day-long tour highlights a variety of agriculture-related operations and practices across Dickson County. The 2016 tour departs from Dickson County High School at 8 am with registration beginning at 7:30am.

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The tour will travel the lower south stopping at Ron Kimbro’s Farm to learn more about Tennessee Department of Agriculture ARCF BMP projects of cross fencing and feeding pads, use of Tennessee Agriculture Enhancement Building, TAEP grants, Dickson County SCD’s Lime Spreader & a Fencing Demonstration by Richard Jones, Triple J Fencing. The tour then goes to ZMAC Farm to see how Zac McClung grows Hydroponic Lettuce he sells to local restaurants. The next stop is the Bird Armstrong Farm where Vickie Witcher with U.T. Extension will speak about Pond Weed Control and Wynne Luter with NRCS on EQIP Forestry Practices.  The tour will stop for lunch at the Tennsco Community Center for lunch prepared by the Dickson County Livestock Association. After lunch the tour moves to The Dickson Livestock Center for updates at the sale barn.  The tour’s final stop is the Dickson County Farmers Market where vendors will have a variety of produce for sale and participants can enjoy watermelon provided by Dickson Farmers Coop. The tour returns to DCHS around 4 pm. The Dickson County Farm Tour is limited to 200 participants and registration is required. To reserve a spot on the tour, call Amy Clifton at 615-446-2449/615-446-0250 extension 3 or email amy.clifton@tn.nacdnet.net. Tour participants are urged to dress appropriately for the weather and to wear comfortable shoes for walking.  All tour participants must ride on the buses provided by the Dickson County Board of Education. No private vehicles are allowed.  Water, beverages and light snacks will be provided at each stop by Farm Credit, Stewart Lumber Company & Dickson County Farm Bureau. For more details on the 42nd annual Dickson County Farm Tour, visit dicksonscd.wordpress.com or find us on facebook.

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2016 “Epic” Soil Health Day

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2016 Dickson Farm Home & Garden Show

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