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Grape harvest

Posted August 28, 2014 at 12:06 pm

by Marilyn Odneal, Horticulture Adviser

Grape harvest at the Missouri State Fruit Experiment Station is underway. We have harvested the cultivars Cayuga White, Delaware and Seyval Blanc so far. This is a great time of year, even though it is hot and hectic, because you see the results of all of the work for the year (and maybe some you wish you had done.)

Veraison or color change is the signal that the grape clusters are beginning to ripen. Veraison occurs when the colored grapes start to change from green to red or blue and the “white” grapes change from an opaque green to a more translucent green or golden color. Once the color has changed and the berries have sized,

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    Good news about nuts


    I have good news and bad news for those who like to get outdoors in the fall and pick-up walnuts.

    The good news is, Hammons Products, the walnut-buying folks at Stockton will pay $14 per hundred pounds of hulled walnuts starting Oct. 1, the most they have ever paid. The bad news is, they expect the walnut crop to be down a little under the average. They have been buying walnuts since 1946, and one year in the early eighties they bought 49 million pounds. The average has

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    Create a plan for wildlife to thrive on your land


    Whether your home rests on a small lot or a large woodland, there are steps you can take to create a thriving ecosystem for local wildlife. And if you live on woodlands, you may even consider turning your property into an ideal game habitat.

    Deer, for example, could use more healthy land, say experts. There are roughly 15 million white tailed deer in this country, according to Cornell University Statistics — and this explosive population is always looking for a good habitat.

    With a little foresight and planning,

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    Fishin’s hot, catchin’s not

    ElDo Report

    by Ruth Foreman

    R&R Sporting & Tackle

    They are catching some crappie over at Bucksaw they tell me.

    He didn’t say how deep they are. He just comes in and gets him three dozen minnows and heads out of here.

    I forgot to ask him how he keeps them alive.

    Lake Stockton Report

    by Greg Auffert

    Stockton State Park Marina

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    Missouri waterfowl seasons set

    The Missouri Conservation Commission set 2014–2015 waterfowl seasons at its regular August meeting, giving hunters another 60-day season for ducks.

    Season dates approved by the Commission follow.

    Duck season:

    *North Zone: Oct. 25 – Dec. 23

    *Middle Zone: Nov. 1 – Dec. 30

    *South Zone: Nov. 27 – Jan. 25

    Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

    Bag Limit: Six ducks daily with species restrictions of:

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    The last bass

    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.

    He had begun to have trouble remembering how to get to the river, but he had no trouble remembering how to fish a spinner-bait, or bounce a jig

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    Deer hunting, then and now

    I remember what deer hunting was like back when I was a boy. I am utterly amazed at how it has changed. Some very good hunters regularly visited Dad’s pool hall where I worked as a kid. Most of them were rural people who knew all about deer and how they moved. At that time in the mid-60′s I would estimate the Ozarks of southern Missouri had about 10 to 20 percent as many deer as we have today. In those times, if I remember right, the season was only a few days and

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    Fish biting at night

    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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    Walleye bite in August in Canada

    It was hot last year, too, the first week of August.

    We wondered what the weather was like in Canada. Sondra Gray, who is the editor of the Lightnin’ Ridge Outdoor Journal which I publish, loves to fish, and her husband, David, had a vacation coming up. Gas was high, about 2.59 a gallon, if I remember right, but a display company in Minneapolis had asked me to build an old time wooden johnboat about 10 feet long and they would pay my expenses for delivery. So

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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.

    Top harvest counties during the regular 2012 spring turkey season, April 16 through May 6, were Franklin with 852, Texas with 803 and

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