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Agriculture

  • Ray Mackey named Farmer of the Year

    Farming is nothing new to Ray Allan Mackey, who has been busy in the fields for more than 30 years. His diverse knowledge and techniques allowed him to win the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year award in Kentucky. Mackey will join nine other state winners as a finalist for the overall title of Southeastern Farmer of the Year. “(This is) very humbling,” Mackey said. “It just causes you to reflect on your career on farming and since the beginning.”

  • Farmers' market growing, products diverse

    There was a good crowd for the seven vendors at the LaRue County Farmers’ Market July 17. The items ranged from produce to meat to handmade soaps. Though most of the vendors were from LaRue County, a couple were from outside the county, such as Karen and Austin Davis of Green County and Terri, Clare, Patrick, and Blake Cecil of Nelson County.

    Michael Huff, of Hinton’s Orchard, said peaches were in high demand that day.

  • Wheat variety test results are available at the Extension Office

    Despite some issues with winter injury in wheat and some concerns over DON (deoxynivalenol) in the harvested crop, most LaRue County farmers had very good wheat yields this year. Growers now are selecting the varieties they will grow for the 2014-15 crops.

    As growers select their varieties, they should consider results of the UK Small Grain Variety Performance Test. In the 2013-14 growing season, 112 wheat varieties were evaluated in six locations across Kentucky, under both no-till and conventional tillage systems.

  • PHOTO: Cattlemen's Dinner

     The LaRue County Cattlemen’s Association provided a meal at the Kentucky Farm Bureau Young Farmers’ Summer Outing on July 12. The event was held at Ryan and Misty Bivens’ Fresh Start Farms.  

  • AGstravaganza returns on Aug. 9

    The LaRue County Farm Bureau is hosting its second AGstravaganza event on Saturday, Aug. 9.

  • PHOTO: IFAL Conference

     LaRue County High School junior Turner Cottrell recently returned home from Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders. He and 45 other high school students from around the state attended the five-day summer leadership conference, held June 22-26 at the University of Kentucky. Cottrell, center, was greeted by Mark Haney, president of Kentucky Farm Bureau, left, and Dr. Larry Grabau, University of Kentucky Associate Dean for Instruction.

  • PHOTO: Ag interests

     Members of the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly Interim Joint Committee on Agriculture met with the members of the  Kentucky Soybean Association and the Kentucky Soybean Board last week at Ryan and Misty Bivens’ Fresh Start Farms in Hodgenville.

  • Tips for a field (or jar) full of fireflies

    Remember how much fun it was (or is) to chase fireflies when you were young? Once you caught a firefly, you would hold it in your hand to watch the flickering light for a few moments and then release it unharmed to fly away. You might also (as I did) make a firefly lantern with fireflies in a glass jar (holes punched in the lid of course).

  • Keep dreaded palmer amaranth at bay

    Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri) is another weed that LaRue County farmers will likely encounter before too long as it continues to march across Kentucky. Initially this weed was present primarily in the west end of the state, but has been reported (at least in a single field) in counties that border, or are near, LaRue County.

    These sightings would indicate that Palmer amaranth is a growing threat to grain crop production in LaRue County.

  • Garden a tapestry of birdsong and purple corn

    Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side.

    Keep on the sunny side of life.

    I awaken each morning around 5:30. I don’t use (or need) an alarm clock because I sleep with the windows open. The first sounds I hear each day are birdsong.

    You don’t get that natural harmonious chirping in the wee hours of Los Angeles unless you count the hum of police helicopter blades as they circle your neighborhood searching for yet another thief, bandit, or burglar.

    So, a big thumbs up to life in Hodgenville is birdsong.