The IPM Way at Hopkins County Field
Centered around the Kentucky Backyard Apple Integrated Pest Management
(IPM) Orchard, the 1999 Hopkins County Extension Service Field Day offered
something for everyone. Funded by the Kentucky IPM program, Master Gardeners
under the direction of Amy Fultcher, Hopkins County Extension Agent
for Horticulture, planned, created and maintained several educational
displays and demonstration gardens to teach environmentally friendly
ways to care for lawns and gardens.
Participants followed a program guide through the demonstration gardens.
Each garden was manned by a Master Gardener who gave information about
the garden or display. The summer's severe drought made the Turf Trials
one of the popular stops at the Field Day. George Kelley, Hopkins County
Agriculture Agent, worked this stop on the tour. The Turf Trials were
designed to identify turf varieties for drought and heat tolerance in
Kentucky and to compare varieties for tolerance of low maintenance sites.
One of the more talked about stops was the Soil Amendment Trials which
demonstrated the effect of poultry litter, cow and horse manure, city
compost, or no amendment on plant growth. The most colorful stop was
the Native Prairie Garden which showed how native perennials and grasses,
when put in the correct site, can be very low maintenance.
Of the participants who completed a survey after visiting the demonstration
gardens, 90% said they knew more about growing apples with little pesticide
use as a result of attending the field day and geater than 90% stated
that they plan on using less pesticides as a result of what they learned.
The survey also found that the participants were inspired to try composting
or would compost more as a result of attending the Field Day.
After completing the outdoor tour, participants could then go inside
to view the Family and Consumer Sciences, Agriculture, 4-H/Youth Development,
and Horticulture displays. Nancy Kelley, Family and Consumer Science
Agent, provided a sample of fresh salsa and recipes for using fresh
vegetables. Sally Snyder and Phillip Morgan, 4-H/Youth Development Agents,
assisted with youth-oriented displays.
From compost to fresh vegetables, the Hopkins County Field Day offered
something for everyone.
Original document: 23 February 2000
Last updated: 23 February 2000
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