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A cotton core block variety on-farm demonstration was planted with Kody and Melanie Beavers. This is a large demonstration where a bale picker will be used to harvest and collect yield from each variety. A soybean core block variety demonstration was planted with Johnathon Campbell.
Each year brings challenges for our producers. We had a mild February with producers planting corn earlier. A late freeze in March damaged the earlier planted corn requiring replanting of many acres. In June thunderstorms brought wind and hail damage to some crop acres.
Corn acres are up, and cotton and soybean acres are down. Last year’s August rains severely damaged cotton and soybean yields and product quality prompting the shift to more corn acres this year.
The raised bed vegetable garden in front of the Extension Office at the Franklin Parish Courthouse has proved that it doesn’t take a lot of room or effort to raise vegetables. Irish potatoes were planted this spring that yielded several buckets of potatoes. Herbs are growing year-round. Squash has produced plentiful amounts this summer along with tomatoes.
Riley Remore was awarded the Scott Tractor 4-H scholarship this year. Riley has participated in the 4-H beef cattle district and state show for many years. Pictured with Riley is Mark Ricard our new 4-H Youth Development Agent who began work in April. Mark grew up in Tensas Parish participating in many 4-H events. He recently graduated from Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Franklin Parish had four high school youth participate in 4-H University that is held on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge annually in June. Samantha Shelton was selected for the Citizenship Board, Paul Kramer Shooting Sports Ambassador and Eli Rogers is Parliamentarian for the Executive Board.
We had nine youth participate in the NELA District Horse Show in Bastrop. Blakelynn Mercer was awarded second high point for the 13 and under category. Several who qualified plan to participate in the state show in Gonzales.
Paul Kramer represented Franklin Parish at the National 4-H Shooting Sports Competition in Nebraska. The Louisiana 4-H Shooting Sports Program won 1st place at the event.
The FCS Nutrition Team in Franklin parish continues to work with youth and adult audiences to strengthen the Healthy Communities efforts and improve health behaviors of people in the parish. They provide nutrition education opportunities and hands-on workshops throughout the parish.
Teen Cuisine training with youth in Crowville has developed 6 TeenChefs who have been serving as workshop directors for KidChef activities and other community events such as Farmer’s Market food demonstrations. Geaux Shop Health Kick-Off in Crowville was May 17th – a national success story was recently published by the USDA SNAP Ed Connections: Local Coalition Convinces Store to Stock Fresh Produce in Louisiana
Healthy Communities efforts in Crowville continue to expand with plans to install the Story Walk at Football Field Road in the fall and the Crowville School Gardening effort which has been adopted by the newly formed Franklin Master Gardeners.
The Franklin Parish Healthy Communities (overall) coalition has been meeting and working with the Franklin Medical Community Work Groups to construct a plan that will engage Franklin parish citizens in providing feedback on things that whey would like to see in the parish to help them get their health and the health of their families moving in the right direction.