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Page 4 The Woodville Republican, Thursday, January 15, 2015 THE FAR CORNER Ft. Adams & Lake Mary by Rhonda M. Quirk It seems very little has changed since I last attended a BOS meeting. Many of last year's problems are linger- ing right on into the new year. Garbage collection is becoming a problem for lots of folks in Wilkinson County. Lake Mary and Pecan Grove have become accustomed to paying for garbage collec- tion and not receiving any service. However, Supervisor Kenyon Jackson stated it is alo becoming a problem in his district. Supervisor Jack- son sent his truck to collect and properly dispose of at least 30 bags of garbage from one elderly resident. Super- visor Jackson's actions were very generous, considering all supervisors are operating on a shoestring budget and Waste Pro is being paid to collect the garbage. It should not ,fall on the supervisors to have to provide these ser- vices with district monies al- located for other necessary services. Waste Pro has not collected garbage from Pecan Grove in over a year. Lake Mary's garbage collection is so irregular, that one is never certain if or when it ll be picked up. Now, Waste Pro is not picking up in other ar- eas of the county. Supervisor Nettles stated they are short handed on drivers because the oil industry has enticed many of the garbage truck drivers to drive oil trucks. I am not sure about this ex- cuse because folks here have been complaining since day one and that was before the big oil boom had begun to consume Wilkinson County. Waste Pro must be held ac- countable to fiflfill the con- tract, if you live outside the city limits and your garbage had tape on the stock), a Marlin 22 riffle, a new Ryobi miter saw, a skill saw, a nail gun, a 40 inch flat screen television, at least 10 red and reels and a duffel type tackle box. If you have any information on these items please contact the Wilkin- son County Sheriffs Office at 601-888-3511. Hopefully, someone has knowledge of these stolen items and can help put this thief behind bars. We appreciate the WC- SO for responding and inves- tigating this matter. I am sll hesitant that Jackson Point Road will be able to receive the aggregate on time to meet the deadline for the surplus monies from the spillway grant funding. Aggregate was scheduled to be delivered starting Mon- day, January 12. Today is Sunday, January 11, and it is pouring down rain. We have less than 2 weeks to meet the deadline. Winter- time on the Mississippi River is extremely difficult to pre- dict. Hopefully, the rains will dissipate soon and roadwork can resume quickly. I have enjoyed meeting so many out of state folks, who subscribe to the Wood- ville Republican. Folks from everywhere have been stop- ping by my little shop on Lake Mary Road and sharing why they love to vacation here. On Saturday, Mr. John Vaden from Alexandria, Ten- nessee, dropped in. He has vacationed at Lake Mary for over 30 years. I love listen- ing to other folks brag on Lake Mary and Fort Adams. However, many are confused by our standard of road con- ditions. I have been asked, '%Vhat do we consider a good CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY BUCK -- Katherine Webb shot this ll-point, 175 pound buck with a 7mm ri- fle at a distance of 75 yards last week. She bagged the deer on Percy Creek while visiting with her father, Bobby Webb, during Christmas break from her studies at LSU-Alexandria. This is Katherine's second buck as she took a nice 8-pointer last year. -- Photo Submitted Year Of Monthly Field Days Begins Fri., Jan. 16 isn't being collected please road?" My answer is always call toll free 769-247-1007 when you don't have to  tunnels for season extension, and report it to Waste Pro. pulled by a tractor "0r   mulching, starting Seed, -Last week several camps ,. four-- whee} dce. tt.,excit , propagating muscadines were burglarized on Kirk me to know that folks travel Lane. It is very disturbing to great distances to visit our me. Most folks around here neck of the woods. I hope we would give you the shirt off can continue to improve our their back, if you needed it. road situations, so folks like However, this thief made off Mr. Vaden can continue to with two 410 shotguns (one enjoy The Far Corner. Time To Prune Fruit mark with a ribbon or colored tape. Tie the four arms to the trellis and remove every-thing else. Prune off the ends of this yeas arms so that 10 to 15 buds remain on each of the arms and only 2 to 3 buds are left on the renewal spurs. Prtming fimit trees -- Peaches, plums, pears and apples require amlual pruning to remain productive. If left un- pruned, fixlit production tends to be limited to the top and outer portions of the tree, oc- curs every other year, and har- vesting becomes a real chore. Remove any diseased or crossing branches first. Then cut back last yeas growth by about 50%. Peaches and plums are usually pruned to an open- center so remember to keep that area free of branches. For more information on fruit production, insect and diseases, contact the Wilkin- son County Extension Of- fice at 601-888-3211 or find fruit publications on the Mississippi State Univer- sity Extension Service web- site at You can also keep up with breaking gardening news at %Vayne's World of Garden- ing in Mississippi' at www. gardeninginms.blogspot. com. Organizers have plan- ned a variety of relevant workshops in 2015 for farm- ers and home gardeners as part of a year-long series of monthly field days at the Alliance for Sustainable Ag- riculture Production Farm near Goodman. Experts from the Missis- sippi State University Exten- sion Service, the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, Alcorn State University and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians will provide informa- tion and hands-on demon- strations at the first field day January 16. Topics include using high and preparing spring fields. Participants will receive free muscadine cuttings. The field day begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. Attendance is free, but preregistration is required. Lunch and materials will be provided. Growers of all experience levels can learn by nun  Dav, Wilkinson County Extension Agent It is hard to get interested in working outdoors when the temperature is 34 degrees and a light rain is coming down. However, according to Mis- sissippi State University Ex- tension Horticulturist Wayne Porter, it is time to think about priming fruit trees and vines. We usually have a long win- dow of opportunity to do many of our late winter chores and can usually find a good day to suit our comfort level from late January to early Marc Pruning grapes and muscadines- Remember when pruning grape vines, the grapes are produced from the buds of one year old canes which are about 1/4 to 1/3 inch- es in diameter and are reddish brown. When properly pruned, 80 percent to 90 percent of the grape wood is removed every year. Now you know why peo- ple can make so many grape- vine wreaths. Grape vines with a main trunk and four canes are often trained to a two-wire trellis. Before pruning, Dr. Porter sug- gests selecting four strong lat- eral one-year-old canes (arms) that are close to the trellis and Netterville Lumber Co. Natchez Salvage & Pads, Inc. Why buy new when used will do? USED AUTO & TRUCK PARTS Bay Here! Pay Here! USED AUTOS 601.442-3626 or Toll Free 1-600-759-0631 i techniques to improve their skills and increase produc- tivity. Field days are sched- uled for the third Friday of each month from January through November. The last field day is set for Dec. 11. To register for the field day or for more informa- tion, contact Keith Benson at 601-988-4999 or keithm- The Alliance for Sustainable Agricul- tural Production is located in Holmes County between Goodman and Durant. It is one mile southwest of High- way 51 at 1184 Coleman Road. The MSU Extension Service and Mississippi Ag- ricultural and Forestry Ex- periment Station, Alcorn State University Extension Program and the University of Mississippi Transactional Legal Clinic produce the se- ries, while the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Grant Pro- gram fund it. Experts Offer Blueberry Research At Workshop Mississippi blueberry growers will have an op- portunity next month to hear from seven top statewide researchers on various topics related to crop production. The Mississippi State University Extension Service, in conjunction with the U.S. Depart- ment of Agriculture's Ag- ricultural Research Ser- vice and the Gulf South Blueberry Growers Asso- ciation, will host the edu- cational workshop from 1 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 12, at the For- rest County Extension Office, located at 952 Sullivan Drive in Hat- tiesburg. The cost to attend the event is $10, which will be collected at the door. Proceeds will go to the Gulf South Blueberry Growers Association for future workshops. Topics covered will in- clude blueberry genom- ics, production methods, economics and disease control, along with the Food Safety Moderniza- tion Act and how it re- lates to production. Speakers featured are experts from Extension and the USDA-ARS unit in Poplarville. For more informa- tion, contact Eric Stafne at 601-403-8939 or eric. MDOT Launches New Winter Weather Website The Mississippi Depart- ment of Transportation (MDOT) has launched a new website focused on winter weather prepared- ness. MDOT's number one priority is the safety of the traveling public. Winter is officially upon us, and that means the chance of ice and snow, and hazardous driving conditions increas- es across the state. Visit www. GoMDOT. com/winter, and you can learn safe driving tips, and discover ways to help pre- pare your vehicle for win- ter conditions and ideas for making an emergency car kit. You can also download a Winter Weather Check- list to keep in your home. "Making preparations before winter weather con- ditions occur is one of the best ways to stay safe," said MDOT Executive Di- rector Melinda McGrath. "Our new website offers valuable information to help you survive your drive this winter." Along with tips and ideas to help you prepare for winter weather, MDOT wants you to ge involved by sharing your own prepa- ration plans. Submit your ideas directly from the website, and you could win a prize. In addition to the new winter weather website, MDOT has other resources, such as, the MDOTTraffic mobile app and Mississippi 511. These tools are available to provide real-time, up- to-date traffic information and road conditions. Winter weather is com- ing, and MDOT wants you to be prepared. Down- load your Winter Weather Checklist today. For more information about winter weather prep- aration, visit wwwGoM- DOT.corn/winter or call 601-359-7074. Kudzu Bug, A New Occasional Invader Pest Submitted by Lionel Brown, Jr. Wilkinson Co. ANR Agent Multicolored Asian lady beetles ll encounter some new competition in many parts of the state this year when they seek to overwinter in Mississippi homes, kudzu bugs. It was only two years ago that kudzu bugs were first detected in four Missis- sippi counties. This pest has now been officially reported in more than 50 counties, and that number will likely increase through the remain- der of this fall. These little bugs have in- creased their range rapidly since they were first detected in Georgia in 2009 because they are so adept at hitching rides on semi-trucks, recre- ational vehicles, cars, trains, and other modes of transpor- tation. The latest distribu- tion map shows them to be present throughout Georgia, South Carolina, North Caro- lina and Alabama; present in much of Mississippi, Tennes- see, and Florida; and mong into Louisiana and Arkan- sas. ( http']/www.kudzubug. org/distribution_map.cfm) That's a lot of movement in only six years. Although they are simi- lar to stink bugs in many ways, including having a dis- agreeable odor, kudzu bugs belong to a different insect family than stink bugs, the family Plataspididae. This is significant because there are no other members of the family Plataspididae in the United States, and it helps explain why we are experi- encing such a dramatic ex- plosion in kudzu bug popula- tions across the Southeast. We have plenty of kudzu for them to feed on, we have a climate they like, and we do not have any of their natu- ral predators, parasites, or diseases to help keep their numbers in check. In addition to kudzu, these insects also feed on a variety of other legmnes, including soybeans. Un- controlled populations can build to huge numbers in soybeans, resulting in signifi- cant yield losses, and many Mississippi soybean fields had to be treated for kudzu bugs this year. Fortunately, these pests are easily con- trolled with pyrethroid insec- ticides. In addition to being im- portant agronomic pests, kudzu bugs become vexing urban pests in the fall when the adults migrate from kudzu to search for a place to spend the winter. Home and business owners may ex- perience thousands of these insects resting on exterior walls and windows, flying about the property, and clus- tering in cracks and crevices. Also, kudzu bugs can cause irritation and blisters when they come in contact with human skin. The severity of this response seems to vary with individuals and degree of contact, but some clients have reported suffering se- vere skin blisters that take weeks to heal. Severe eye ir- ritation can also result from getting a kudzu bug in the eye. Like Asian lady beetles, kudzu bugs overwinter as adults, seeking out cracks and crevices in tree bark, buildings and similar sites to spend the winter. They are especially attracted to the south and east sides of light-colored buildings, and buildings located near large plantings of infested kudzu may attract these insects by the thousands. Some Missis- sippi home owners and busi- nesses have already begun to experience this phenom- enon this year, prompting calls for help to local pest control companies. Unfortunately, there is no simple solution for this problem, and it will likely become even more common in future years. Homes and buildings located near large plantings of infested kudzu are likely to attract large numbers of overwintering kudzu bugs. Following are a few key points you can share with affected clients to help them deal with the problem: Making the house as bug-proof as possible through pro-active exclu- sion is the most effective thing affected homeown- ers can do to limit long- term problems. It is a lot better to keep them from getting inside in the first place than to have to deal with them once they get inside. Bug-Wise Newslet- ter No. 7 of 2014, http:// pests/bugwise/2014/201408. pdf gives steps homeowners can take to prevent indoor invasions by insect pests like kudzu bugs and Asian lady beetles. However, physical exclusion works best when completed before insects get inside the home. A vacuum is one of the best tools for dealing with kudzu bugs or lady beetles that get inside the build- ing. It is best to avoid us- ing vacuums that suck the bugs through a fan or motor as this crushes and injures the bugs, causing them to release more of their dis- agreeable odors and body fluids that can cause irrita- tion and blistering to skin of people who empty the con- tents. One method is to use a rubber band to fix a stock- ing over the vacuum tube and then invert the stocking inside the tube to catch in- sects before they are sucked deeper into the vacuum and crushed. Don't count on insecti- cide sprays alone to provide satisfactory control of kudzu bugs in terms of preventing home invasions, but pyre- throid insecticide sprays can be applied to exterior build- ing surfaces where bugs are congregating to help kill bugs before they get inside. This is where professional pest control can help. Time- ly, properly applied exteri- or sprays can supplement physical exclusion efforts and help reduce overall bug numbers and their nuisance effect. Most control will be through direct contact ac- tivity, but some treatments will provide limited residual control as well. Follow la- bel directions and reapply as necessary. Insecticide sprays are usually not rec- ommended for indoor use against kudzu bugs or lady beetles; encourage clients to use a vacuum instead. Two examples of pyrethroid in- secticides that are labeled for application to building exteriors are Hi-Yield 38 Plus Turf, Termite & Or- namental Insect Control (Permethrin) and Ferti-lome Broad Spectrum Insecticide (Bifenthrin). Note that there are limits to where and how such products may be ap- plied to exterior surfaces of buildings; read and follow label directions. In theory, the most ef- fective long-term solution would be to eliminate near- by plantings of kudzu. This may be easier said than do- ne, especially in areas of the state where kudzu is partic- ularly abundant, but there may be situations where this approach is worth in- vestigating. If your house is being plagued by kudzu bugs and the only stand of kudzu in the area is on your property removing the bug's primary food source may eliminate most of the prob- lem. Seek professional weed management advice before beginning. Kudzu is diffi- cult to control and success- ful control usually requires persistence and repeated ap- plications of restricted-use herbicides. qfle'/[,et TJw, c[ (ff)oae : r  ? ) ? T,,1 G. I|AYBOi|N LI|Ull )II,N! 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