Welcome To The
Sharp County, Arkansas
Cooperative Extension Service
We are part of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service’s statewide network and the University of Arkansas System’s Division of Agriculture. Our mission is to provide research-based information through non-formal education to help all Arkansans improve their economic well-being and the quality of lives. Whether it is agriculture, 4-H, health and living, or community development, the Sharp County Extension Office is at your service!
Guiding Children Successfully Classes
The Sharp County Extension Office will begin offering “Guiding Children Successfully” classes beginning in 2016. Each class will be held at the Sharp County Courthouse in Ash Flat in the main courtroom at 6:00 pm. Feel free to bring your children of any ages as we will have responsible 4-H kids to help keep them entertained as the class is going on. If you have any questions please contact Chelsea Maguffee or call the Extension Office at (870) 994-7363.
If you plan to attend please RSVP by 2:00 PM the day of the class to ensure we have enough materials for everyone.
These classes have been approved to count as training hours licensed foster parents.
|August 22nd, 2016||Managing Anger and Stress|
|September 26th, 2016||Are Children Angels, Devils, or Clay?|
|October 24th , 2016||Languages of Love: More Than Saying, “I Love You.”|
|November 28th, 2016||Enjoying Life with Children|
|December 2016||No class|
Photo: Guiding Children Successfully Logo
Rebels 4-H Club Cares for our Troops
Rebels 4-H Club (Sharp County) recently had a very special guest speaker and proud 4-H dad, Chief Warrant Officer Beau Dean, who was preparing for deployment. Dean spoke to the group about jobs done by men and women in the military and also spoke about what it is like to be separated from your loved ones. To honor our troops the club collected care package items; shampoo, tooth brushes, deodorant, and other toiletry items along with hard candy, snack foods and more. The club put together thirteen care packages full of goodies and thank you cards mail to troops in Afghanistan. Since sending the packages, 4-H members have received thank you cards from the troops. One such card read “Thanks for all the wonderful letters and stuff. It always makes our day to get something in mail call. Often getting a small gift or letter is the highlight of any soldier’s day-week. Your letters help remind us why we are here and connect us with home. God bless.” The club also made a display for the courthouse with photos of family members and friends who are serving or who have served in the military.
Photo: 4-H Members show off the care packages they packed for deployed troops Members are: Back Row: Marley C., Landon N., Ben W., Kenzie M., Taci H. Front Row: Austin W., Briley W., Graci H., Blakely W., and Mallory M.
Armyworms, johnsongrass, and fly control are all issues cattle farmers deal with this time of year. Contact Joe Moore, County Agent, for answers to questions on these topics and for any other questions
Armyworms: Armyworms arrived early July and are still feeding. Fall armyworms feed on a variety of forage crops but often prefer lush green well fertilized bermudagrass. Scout fields regularly and examine at least ten one square foot samples for the worms. Insecticides should be applied when 3 or more per square foot are found. If hay fields are almost ready to harvest and worms present at treatment level, then consider harvesting the hay instead of spraying. If you purchase the 11.4% lambda-cyhalothrin use 4 oz per acre. The rate for the 22.8% lambda cyhalothrin is 2 ounces per acre. These two products have no grazing restriction and work well but have a short time frame of 5-7 days resulting in sometimes having to re-spray.
Johnsongrass: Problems can occur with cyanide poisonings when plants are drought stressed and regrowth occurs after a good rain. Wait 4 days after the rain and cautiously turn in cattle which are not hungry. We do not have a test for the cyanide chemical. Cyanide poisonings are a concern also when a hard killing frost occurs. Johnsongrass is generally safe after 10 days as long as the plants are paper bag brown. Nitrates can pose a problem if you fertilized heavy with chicken litter or commercial fertilizer and little rain fall occurs. We can test hay for nitrate levels for a fee of $5.00 per sample.
Fly Control: Beef cattle ear tags for fly control work approximately 14-16 weeks, so depending on when they were put in, fly numbers will start building soon. Dust bags, backrubbers, and sprays are options to use after the tags quit working.
Veterinary Feed Directive
The new Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) goes into effect October 1, 2015. This means all antibiotics labeled as a VFD drug must have a prescription from a veterinarian. Examples of these are CTC mineral (chlortetracycline) and many others.
Photo: Commercial Cow/Calf Pairs grazing in pasture