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Thursday, August 9, 2012
Town and Country ExtensionClub met July 26 at Mom’sRestaurant with Mary Lee Drakehosting. The meeting was openedwith the flag pledges, creed andmission statement.The hostess gift was won byLinda Howey.The next event for extensionclub members is the state conven-tion in Aberdeen, September 14and 15. The information we’vereceived shows that there will besome excellent speakers and top-ics. We were all reminded to takeour cultural arts items that wereawarded ribbons during the judg-ing at the spring meeting and alsoto take the two items for the silentauction. The used book ex-change/sale will again be held.Last years attendees came awaywith many “new” books. Vera Kraemer gave a short his-tory of napkin folding and had sev-eral napkins on display. She alsodemonstrated three different nap-kin folds with members in atten-dance participating.The next meeting will be held August 23 with Beth Hulm host-ing.
Vera Kraemer, Sec/treas
Town and CountryExtension club
Thursday, August 9
Roast turkeymashed potatoes w/gravybroccoli, pearscranberry sauce
Friday, August 10
Hamburger on w/w bunhash browns, baked beans tomato slices on lettucepears
Monday, August 13
Creamed turkeyover w/w biscuit oriental vegetables tomato slices on lettucefruit cocktail
Tuesday, August 14
French dipcarolina beansitalian blend vegetablesapricots, cake
Wednesday, August 15
Hawaiian chicken salad w/w cornbread muffinsliced tomatoesapple
morning so the bees must be outthere early to get their pollinatingwork done in time, if blossoms arenot pollinated within a few hoursthe blossom will fall off the plant.We have noticed our peppers havenot set fruit very well and the leaf area is small and sparse. Bell pep-pers prefer 72 degrees however hotpeppers can handle a littledrought and higher temps, some-times the hotter the weather, thehotter the peppers. SDSU saystemps above 80 degrees can de-crease peppers by 50%.Drought and heat can cause po-tatoes to crack and become mis-shapen, cucumbers to be bitter orhave hollow centers, or both!Beans do not set well in tempsover 85 degrees, you should try tokeep the soil moist for better fruitset in these conditions. Corn is themost heat-tolerant in the gardenbut likes good moisture duringsilking to ensure tip-fill of theears. Heat, over 80 degrees, willdisrupt head development of broc-coli and cauliflower, florets will beloose and scattered if a head devel-ops at all. Drought stress willhave the same effect.What can you do? Not much,some growers in other areas areputting up shadecloth over theirtomatoes which would be a realchallenge with our winds. RhodaBurrows, SDSU Horticulturistbased in Rapid City suggestsspraying a mist to cool the plants,even though we generally avoidspraying tomatoes because of plant diseases, short periods of overhead watering may be benefi-cial to cool plants during thehottest hours of the day. Empha-sis on “short periods”, the longerleaves are wet the more opportu-nity for disease to invade. Alwaysmake sure the leaves have time todry completely before evening.Don't knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn't starta conversation if it didn't changeonce in a while. ~Kin HubbardSubmitted by Karen Englehart,master Gardener, SDSU Coopera-tive Extension Service.
Heat Can Cheat!
The extreme heat this is affect-ing quite a few vegetable gardensin western South Dakota. Therehave been several calls to variousregional Extension Offices aboutvegetables not producing. Yep, itis the heat that is cheating us outof a bountiful harvest.Ideal temps for tomatoes is be-tween 70 and 80 degrees, well noquestion, we have been well abovethose temps most of July. Tempsover 100 and 90 degrees duringthe day and over 70 degrees atnight with high humidity can pre-vent fruit set. If you are lucky andhave fruit set on exposure tostrong sun can cause the fruit tosunburn, temps over 85 degreesdecrease the development of redcolor, increases blossom end rot be-cause the plant cannot take upenough calcium for the expandingfruit, uneven or inconsistent wa-tering is also a cause of blossomend rot.Temps over 86 degrees causesquash blossoms to close mid-and ages. Fall offerings include"Duck Detectives," "Archery Ba-sics," "Family Fishing" and more.Individuals and families can signup for these classes starting Au-gust 15th via The Outdoor Cam-pus-West's website.Groups such as 4-H clubs,church groups, etc. can contactKeith Wintersteen on August 15thto set up the date and topic of theirdesired program. There is an ex-tensive list of possible programtopics to choose from, thoughgroups may also request a cus-tomized program.Schools in the area can alsochoose from a shopping list of pro-grams or work with Nico RedHorse to set up a custom program.Due to the high demand for schoolfield trips last spring, all schoolswishing to bring a class out thisyear must apply for a program slotand be entered into a lottery draw-ing. Applications for this drawingare due by September 7th for thefall season.The Outdoor Campus-West , lo-cated at 4130 Adventure Trail , isopen to the public seven days aweek and has no admission fee .For more information about TheOutdoor Campus-West go towww.outdoorcampus.org and clickon 'Rapid City.' Or call The Out-door Campus-West at 394-2310.Game, Fish and Parks' The Out-door Campus-West just releasedthe slate of program offerings forthe fall season.Program opportunities are of-fered for people of all ages and aregrouped into three main audi-ences: Community, Group andSchool."We have an amazing set of class and program topics availablethis fall. All provide hands-on ex-periences for learners of all ages.One of the best things is that al-most all of our programs are free,"Chad Tussing, director of The Out-door Campus-West, said .Community programs are thosescheduled for specific dates, times
The Outdoor Campus-West releasesfall program offerings