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Agriculture

  • Extension programs impact all Kentuckians

    Regardless of what your family is involved in, Cooperative Extension plays a role. For more than 100 years, we’ve been offering something for everyone to help them see returns in their endeavors, careers, finances and more. If you have one acre or more than 1,000, our agriculture and natural resource Extension agents can help you with a range of topics that can make you more knowledgeable and profitable.

    Through research-based education, we bring the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment straight to you.

  • Farm calendar - November 15, 2017

    2018 Farm Bill Listening Session

    A session will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. on Monday, November 20 at the Elizabethtown Tourism and Convention Center for farmers to learn more about the 2018 Farm Bill. There will also be open discussion to allow farmers to air their concerns, preferences and priorities for the upcoming bill. Breakfast will be available at 7:30 a.m. EST, please RSVP to kycorn.org.

  • FFA receives cash for trash
  • Proper hay storage, feeding areas are important

    Hay stored outside before feeding suffers substantial losses of both yield and forage quality. Weathering losses in round hay bales are deceptively large. In fact, just a four inch layer on the surface can contain up to one third of the entire bale volume. A weather damaged 1,200 pound bale of hay would therefore actually provide only 800 pounds of feed.

    Weathered hay is much less palatable to livestock than undamaged hay. If livestock don’t like it, they won’t eat as much. If they eat less, they are in a worse nutritional state.

  • Farm calendar - November 8, 2017

    LaRue Co. Cattlemen’s meeting

    LaRue County Cattlemen’s Meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 14 in the cafeteria at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School. Burkmann Feeds is sponsoring the meeting; they will discuss how to figure feed rations for calves. There will be a meal; attendees are asked to please bring a dessert.

  • Winter hay needs for horses

    It’s hard to believe that winter is right around the corner. If you’re a horse owner, you should already be preparing your winter hay supplies.

    How do you estimate the amount of hay you will need? If you have mature horses at maintenance level, you want to feed a mainly forage diet.

    The estimate would be similar to a 1,100-pound horse eating 2 percent of its body weight. That equals 22 pounds of hay per day. Feeding for 120 days, December through March would equal 1.3 tons of hay per horse.

  • Livestock Management After a Frost

    As temperatures continue to decrease, it is important to know and understand how various species of forages react to frosts and freezes in order to best utilize these forages and to avoid possible health problems such as Prussic Acid (Cyanide) poisoning. Freezing changes the metabolism and composition of plants. Depending on plant species, this can create possible forage-related animal disorders or the need to alter grazing management practices.

  • Hemp Program taking applications

    Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles announced today that the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) has opened the application period for Kentuckians wishing to participate in the state’s industrial hemp research pilot program for the 2018 growing season.

  • Outstanding Farm Bureau Youth

    LaRue County Farm Bureau held their county Outstanding Farm Bureau Youth and Variety contests on October 17. Kalli Flanders and Nate Risner for OFBY and Jacob Hinton for Variety contest will compete in Elizabethtown in the district competition on November 6. 

  • Cattlemen's Meeting