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Have You Started Your Transplants Yet? & Farmers and Ranchers Exempt From Livestock Emissions

County Agent News
Dan Folske
March 26, 2018


Have You Started Your Transplants Yet?

            If you haven’t, it’s time to get them going. Most vegetables and annual flowers need at least 4 weeks to get well established before transplanting outdoors and 6 to 8 weeks is better. 

Broccoli          Our average last frost is about May 19th..  Cool season plants like cabbage, Brussel sprouts, and broccoli can tolerate some frost and cool soils so they can be planted at least a week or two before that.  Many warm season plants like tomatoes and peppers need warmer soil and are less frost tolerant. Waiting a week past that last frost date gives soils a time to warm a little more and reduces the chance of frost damage.

           Squash, pumpkins, watermelons, and cucumbers are also very frost sensitive but only need about 4 weeks’ growth prior to transplanting so unless you plan to use cold frames, wall-o-water, or some other method of keeping them warm you can wait another couple of weeks before starting them indoors. These plants are also more sensitive to root disturbance during transplanting than most other vegetables. Peat pots are often used for these types of plants.  If you use peat pots to start your own transplants or purchase plants in peat pots, remember to bury them completely when putting them out. If you leave the rim of the pot exposed it forms a moisture wick and dries out very quickly.


Farmers and Ranchers Exempt From Livestock Emissions.

            The livestock emission’s rule which would have required farmers and ranchers to document and report methane emissions from their livestock has been on hold since a federal judge’s ruling in January. Congress has now stepped forward and passed legislation which makes farmers and ranchers exempt from the rule when it eventually takes effect.  One of the reasons why it was being delayed was that no one had figured out a practical way of doing it anyway!


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