Q. I don't have enough room in my refrigerator to thaw a turkey. Can I cook it from a frozen state?
A. It is safe to roast an unstuffed turkey from the frozen state, however, it will take longer than a thawed bird. When starting, add 50 percent to the recommended time for oven-roasting a thawed turkey. Cook to an internal temperature of 165 degrees. The giblet packages can be removed when the turkey has sufficiently defrosted.
Q. My grandparents would keep a bucket of nails rusting in water. When they would plant a fruit tree, they would throw a handful of nails into the hole to help provide the tree with iron. Is this just an "old wives tale?"
A. It may have been a way of getting some iron into the plants long ago, but it isn't efficient. Iron is fairly immobile in the soil and the plant. Meaning, it needs to be applied directly near the roots and does not move easily to every part of the plant. For best results, you should apply iron fertilizers directly to the leaves to be absorbed.
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Q. How long can I leave carrots in the ground during the fall?
A. Summer-planted carrots may be left in the ground until a killing frost. Some gardeners place a straw mulch over the row so that carrots can be harvested until the ground freezes solid.
Q. Why is it important for producers to know what it costs to produce hay?
A. Farming is a business as well as a way of life. It is important in the winter to spend time knowing costs of production and what can be done to improve its profitability.
-- Questions should be called in to the WSU Extension offices in Kennewick at 735-3551 or Pasco at 545-3511.