This year’s State 4-H Horse Show was held in College Station. The State Show is a very competitive event made-up of the best horsemen and ladies from across the state. Local Comanche youth took some top honors at this year’s show. McKinnzey Hidrogo took 6th place in goat tying and 12 in the mares 5 and over halter class. Whitnie Tabor placed 6th in the stakes race and 14th in geldings 5 and over halter class. Kye Tomlinson did a remarkable job in the speed events placing 3rd in poles and barrels and 2nd in stakes, these top placings put her in 2nd place overall for top speed event horseman. Being well-rounded Kye also placed 7th in open jumping, 5th in hunter hack, 6th in working hunter and 10th in the large class freestyle reining class. I hope I did not miss anyone or their placings. If you see any of these young ladies, be sure to give them a thumbs-up for a job well-done.
Fall is a very good time for turfgrass diseases to strike, diseases like Take All Patch and Large Patch become very active when the nighttime temperatures start dropping below 70 degrees, we are not quite there yet, but it will not be long.
To help lower the incidence of these and other diseases manage your lawn irrigation schedule to where you are watering early in the morning. Watering in the evening or at night will result in prolonged wetness of the turfgrass leaves which in turn promotes disease. Also, in the fall lawn grasses begin to slowdown and you should not need as much water or fertilizer.
Fall is also the perfect time to get some of those invasive grassy weeds or even good grasses identified. In the fall most all summer perennials and annual grasses will begin putting off seed heads, these seed heads can certainly aid in identification. It is often hard to tell the differences between some grasses with just leaves, but if you also have some seed heads it is much easier. Of course, everyone can recognize the evil sandbur or grassbur, whichever you want to call it. Unfortunately, there is not much you can do about sandburs this late in the year but knowing where it is in your lawn and how big of an infestation you have can help you make plans for controlling it next year. If you recognize sandbur or other grassy weeds now you can get ready to apply a preemergent this late winter or early spring to help control it next year. Preemergent herbicides are the most effective means of controlling grassy weeds.