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Agriculture

  • Managing frost damage in Kentucky’s alfalfa stands

    First, it is important to understand that determining the temperature that alfalfa stands were exposed to during a frost event is less than exact science. 

    Air temperature reported by local news stations likely use data logged at a weather station that was installed according to National Weather Service guidelines.  These guidelines state that sensors should be installed on level terrain, away from paved or concrete surfaces and upright structures, four to six feet above the soil surface, and in a radiation shield. 

  • LaRue 4-Hers attend Teen Summit

    LaRue County 4-H was represented at the State 4-H Teen Summit held recently at the Lake Cumberland Leadership Center.

    The state wide 4-H conference provides leadership opportunities for 6th through 8th graders.  Participants attended workshops and funshops during the Thursday through Saturday event.

  • Emergency wheat freeze damage training

    Recent freezing temperatures may have caused damage to Kentucky’s wheat crop. The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment will host an emergency wheat freeze damage training to help producers assess potential damage and help them make appropriate management decisions.

    The training begins with registration at 8 a.m. CDT Tuesday, March 21 at the University of Kentucky Research and Education Center near Princeton. The program starts at 8:30 a.m.

  • LaRue County Farm Bureau offers $3000 in scholarships

    LaRue County Farm Bureau will offer a total of $3000 in College Scholarships in 2017. These include four $500 college scholarships open to high school seniors who will enter college this fall, to undergraduate college students, and to adults interested in entering college or continuing their college education. Preference will be given to applicants pursuing careers in agriculture or related fields.

  • Farm calendar - March 22, 2017

    “Hort Shorts” Gardening Series

    LaRue County “Hort Shorts” Gardening Series started on March 20 at the LaRue County Extension Office. The first class was on Growing Strawberries in LaRue County. Other scheduled classes include Gardening with Tomato, Peppers, and Eggplants on March 27, Straw Bale Gardening on April 3, and Growing Melons on April 10.

     Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Training

  • 4-H calendar - March 22, 2017

    4-H Council

    The 4-H Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 27 at the Extension Office.  The council is currently seeking new members, if you are interested in becoming involved with the 4-H Council, please contact the Extension Office at 270-358-3401.

  • Wheat freeze damage likely

    On Saturday, February 25 and Sunday, February 26, temperatures dipped down to 21 F for two and a half hours. As I mentioned in last week’s article, for winter wheat that has reached the jointing (Feekes 6) growth stage, damage can occur to the developing wheat head, which is above the soil surface at jointing, when temperatures are 24 F or below for at least 2 hours.

    There was wheat that was jointed in the county and with the weather conditions we had damage is very likely. We will see some yield losses from that this summer.

  • Renewing Farm tags benefits 4-H, FFA

    4-H and FFA has an opportunity to raise funds for LaRue County and statewide 4-H and FFA programs through the Kentucky Ag Tag Donation program.

  • Cattleman’s Chili Cook-Off
  • Farm calendar - March 8, 2017

    Dixie Fire School Farm Safety Symposium

    The annual Dixie Fire School Farm Safety Symposium is at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 10 and will take place at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College in the RPC building room 212 (Auditorium).

    LaRue County Beef Producers