February, early March best time to prune fruit trees

Posted January 29, 2015 at 9:31 am

From February to early March is an excellent time to prune fruit trees according to John Hobbs, an agriculture and rural development specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

“Sometimes, we plant trees and neglect them for several years or just don’t have time to maintain and keep them pruned on a yearly basis,” said Hobbs. “It is worth taking the time to prune fruit trees you just want to do it at the right time of year and in the right way.”

First, Hobbs says to study the tree to determine some of the major problems. One of the first things to do is to remove all sucker growth around the base of the trunk around the base of the main trunk.

The second step is to remove outer branches if they hang so

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    Hot dang, I love February, all because of Valentines Day. Lots of our lady readers send me small boxes of chocolate candy. I say this hoping that you realize that a person can lie about one thing without really lying about everything else.

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    Records of Little Brown Bats indicate that they commonly live and reproduce up to 12 years of age.

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    It was early October of 2010, and the first falling leaves were floating along the river beside us. Uncle Norten and I had enjoyed a great day of fishing. The bass had been hitting, and I marveled at how well he could cast and fish at his age of 87.

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    Lake Stockton Report

    by Michael Weis

    Stockton State Park Marina

    A couple of guys brought in a lot of crappie the last couple of nights. They said they were using lights.

    The crappie were keepers, but not much bigger than keepers.

    We have a few crappie beds throughout this area.

    People have been bringing in a steady amount of catfish. They are using perch on trotlines and jugs. The cats run up to 10 lbs. a couple of blues but mainly flatheads.


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    Regular spring turkey harvest totals 40,447

    Hunters checked 40,447 turkeys during Missouri’s regular spring turkey season, up by 2,120 from 38,327 last spring, or about one percent. The harvest of 4,319 turkeys during this year’s spring youth weekend, March 31 and April 1, brought the 2012 spring turkey harvest to 44,766, up about one percent from 2011. Youth hunters harvested 3,893 turkeys during the 2011 spring youth weekend for a 2011 spring total of 42,220.

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