April—2013

Beaver County Extension P.O. Box 466 105 E. Center County Administrative Bldg. Beaver, UT 84713
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Beaver County Extension
Beaver County 4-H Super Saturday
Come join us for our annual 4-H Super Saturday on April 20, 2013 at the new Belknap Elementary school in Beaver. This family event starts at 10:00 a.m. Lunch will be served at 12:00 p.m. Workshops will be held for the adults while the children do crafts and shoot rockets with the assistance of the Teen Council. Workshops being offered this year are: Teaching a Photography club, Making Portfolios, Livestock, 101 Club ideas, Fun with Foods and Ideas for Clubs with boys. In addition, Jacob Webb will be demonstrating the WeDo and NXT robots. The Beaver County Extension Office hosts this event each year to introduce 4-H to the public. We encourage active volunteers to bring friends and family who are interested and would like to learn more about the 4-H program and how to get a club started.

Contact Information: Phone: (435) 438-6450 Fax: (435) 438-6499 E-mail: mark.nelson@usu.edu cindy.nelson@usu.edu sharol.harris@usu.edu lori.bailey@usu.edu

Or Current Resident

Healthy Habits Beaver County Wellness Program
The Healthy Habits Wellness program is now more than half way finished. Participants are in their second six-week challenge and have made some huge improvements in their overall health. The Wellness participants are now drinking more water, exercising regularly, getting plenty of rest, taking the time to stretch and meditate, complimenting others, driving without talking on their cell phone and eating more fruits and vegetables. The majority of participants received their first $5.00 rebate for reporting their progress on a weekly basis. After the completion of the first six-week challenge, point winners were awarded prizes. Congratulations to the individual and team winners for Challenge #1: Shannon Bridge, Braxton Rose, Melissa Rose, Breanne Harris, and the Carb Crushers, a team from Milford. Jenny Atkin won the in-class challenge, and Darrell Yardley was the Biggest Weight Loser. As a group, the Healthy Habit participants lost a total of 124 lbs. in the first six weeks, which is an average of 6.5 lbs. per person. Special thanks to Audree Williams, the Food Sense Nutrition Education Assistant for presenting nutritional information to the group and providing healthy recipes weekly. Also thanks to Michelle Evans for sharing her knowledge and expertise in assisting with assessments and teaching strength and stretching exercises and Janice Foster for volunteering and offering information and support. The Wellness program would not be complete without the support of local businesses willing to donate awards and prizes. So far donations have included: Ski passes from Eagle Point, and gift certificates from Design 2 Shine Sign and Banner, Mikes Food Town, and Beaver Drug. Thanks to all who are helping to make the Healthy Habits Challenges a success.
Utah State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution Reasonable accommodations will be available for those with disabilities. Please contact us at 435-438-6450 to discuss your needs

ATTENTION CATTLEMEN
County Cattleman’s Meeting Thursday April 18th, 6pm Beaver County Fairgrounds With cattle prices near record high, we need to do everything possible to keep our cattle. None of us are able to watch our cattle 24 hours a day. The sign shown here would allow us to get help from the public to keep an eye on our cattle. It would also let thieves know that everyone is watching them. Cattlemen in other counties have done this and it has worked well for them. We think it will work well for the cattlemen of Beaver County too. For more information contact:
Thayne Marshall

Brandon Yardley, 435-691-4438 Mark Nelson, 438-6451 Thayne Marshall, 386-2445

Turf grass Management
By Mark Nelson, Agriculture Agent
We are enjoying a nice spring, but we are dryer than normal. We need to begin now to conserve the water we use to irrigate. Here are some water saving tips that you can use to conserve and still have a beautiful yard. Water Requirements: The amount of water needed for a bluegrass lawn in Beaver County varies according to the temperature, wind and humidity. Lawns need less water in the spring and fall. The following table is a general guide. April 15 – June 15 ½ - ¾ inch/week June 16 – July 15 1 – 1¼ inch/week July 16 – Aug 15 1 ½ inch/week Aug 16 – Sept 30 1 – 1¼ inch/ week This watering should be applied 3- 4 times a week. Water deeply and infrequently. By watering deeply (6-8 inches) you are training the roots of your grass to follow the water and it will not burn or scorch easily. Allow the turf and soil to dry between watering. If you see mushrooms in your lawn you are applying to much water. Measuring the amount of water applied: Most people have no idea how much water they are applying to their lawns each time they turn their sprinklers. Here is an easy way to measure the water you apply to your lawn. 1. To measure the water applied to a lawn, you can use specially designed catch cups or any straight-sided cans. Set five or six can in a random pattern on the lawn. 2. Turn on your sprinklers and let them run like you normally would. 3. Measure the amount of water found in each can, and calculate the average per can. 4. Times that amount by how many times you run your system in a week. This tell you how much water you would put on in a week. Time of day to water: The best time to water is in the late evening or early morning. It is generally less windy and there is less evaporation. Do not water in the hot part of the day, from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Fertilization: Apply a lawn fertilizer that is high in nitrogen at a rate of ½ pound of actual nitrogen per 1,000 square feet. This equals about 5 pounds of 21-0-0 or an equivalent fertilizer. You should apply once in the spring and this is also a good time to control weeds in your lawn. You can apply again in midsummer if your lawn is starting to yellow. You should apply the 3rd application in the late fall. This will strengthen the root and your lawn will green up early in the spring. If you do not over water your lawn your fertilizer will last longer. Mowing: A great way to save water is to not cut your grass shorter than 2 inches at one time. The preferred mowing height for all varieties of lawn grass is 2.5 – 3 inches. I hope you have a great summer and a beautiful yard. If you have any questions please call or send me an e-mail. LIVESTOCK SHOW PARTICIPANTS
The Southwest Livestock Show will be held Sept. 4th - 7th, 2013 in Cedar City All animals must be tagged on Saturday June 8th, at the Beaver County Fairgrounds in Minersville. Any questions, call Mark Nelson at 435-438-6451

Money Management Class
Get a Clue!
Where did it go? Where do I find it? How do I keep it?
This is a basic, three time workshop for the residents of Beaver County. It will include information on organizing your finances, setting financial goals, budgeting, spending and savings plans. It is offered through Utah State University Extension and facilitated by Cindy Nelson, Beaver County FCS Agent. Three-two hour classes will be held on the following Wednesdays at 7:00pm April 24, 2013 May 8, 2013 May 15, 2013 Classes will be held at the Beaver County Administration Building. Please register for the class by calling the Extension office at 435-438-6450. Cost: $10.00 per person, $15.00 per couple. Cost includes workshop materials, handouts, and refreshments each evening. A rebate of half your cost is available if you attend all three classes.

Why Family Mealtime? By Audree Williams , FSNE Assistant
Children who live in families that eat together 5 or more nights per week on a consistent basis enjoy the following as compared to kids who eat less than 2 times per week with their families:

Nutrition and physical development – eat more fruits & veggies; wider variety of nutritious foods; lower rates of obesity; make healthier choices when on their own. Emotional development – better able to manage negative emotions; less risk of having eating disorders; more positive interactions with others. Social Development– learns important turn-taking skills; improved communication skills; learn appropriate ways to share thoughts, feelings, and opinions.