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Agriculture

  • Mistletoe: Tree thief to holiday tradition

    Once autumn leaves have fallen, mistletoe becomes highly visible on large trees throughout Kentucky. Phoradendron, the scientific name for Kentucky’s most common variety of this parasitic plant, means tree thief. These small leafy plants are commonly found on twigs and branches of many hardwood species in the southern United States. Mistletoe extracts—steals— water, mineral elements and food from tree hosts; hence the name.

  • Drought aid Farmers in need of hay

    Farmers in ten southeastern Kentucky counties may be eligible for federal aid under an agricultural disaster declaration issued as a result of the ongoing drought throughout the Commonwealth.

    “The drought that has gripped Kentucky in recent months has been especially hard on farmers,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “Crops have been affected, and livestock producers have been forced to feed hay earlier than usual because their pastures are depleted. This aid will provide much-needed resources for Kentucky farmers.”

  • 2016 Kentucky net farm income likely to hit lowest level since 2010

    Kentucky net farm income is expected to dip to less than $1.5 billion in 2016, down from $1.7 billion in 2015 and potentially its lowest level since 2010. A significant decline in cash receipts the past couple of years, plus the end of tobacco buyout payments in 2014, have been the major reasons behind the rapid fall in Kentucky’s net farm income since peaking at nearly $3 billion in 2013.

  • Farm calendar - December 7, 2016

    LaRue County Beef Producers

    The LaRue County Beef Cattle Association will have their Annual Holiday Dinner at 6:30 p.m. EST on Tuesday, December 13 at Arrowhead Archery and BBQ, 195 Lee Oak Dr., Hodgenville.  There is a $13 per person meal charge for individuals attending who are not members of the Association. Membership applications will be available at the door (pay dues, no meal charge). For more information, and for required reservations, contact the Extension Office, 270-358-3401.

    Winter Grain Workshop

  • 4-H Calendar - December 7, 2016

     4-H Poultry Club

    The 4-H Poultry Club will meet at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 7 at the LaRue County Extension Office.

    4-H Dog Club

    The 4 –H Dog Club will meet at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 10 at the LaRue County Extension Office in Hodgenville.  No dogs at the meeting.

    4-H Livestock Club

  • Get the most from firewood investment

    Many LaRue County residents burn firewood as their main source of heat during the winter. Others use it to supplement their heating sources. For many families that means purchasing wood. To gain the most from your investment, pay attention to the seasoning, density and quantity of firewood.

  • 4-H annual Awards Banquet Monday

    Numerous 4-H members and volunteers will be recognized on Monday, December 5 at the annual 4-H Awards Banquet.  The Banquet will be held at the LaRue County Extension Office and will begin at 6:30 p.m.

    The meal is potluck with the 4-H Council providing the meat, drinks and paper products.  All 4-H members are welcome to attend, however invitations were mailed to those who will be receiving recognition during the banquet.  Please RSVP if you will be attending by calling 270-358-3401.

  • 4-H Calendar - November 30, 2016

    4-H Dog Club

    The 4-H Dog Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 1 at the LaRue County Extension Office.  No dogs at this meeting.

    4-H Shooting Sports Club

    The 4-H Shooting Sports Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 1 at the New Haven Gun Club (weather permitting).

    Piggy bank contest deadline

  • Farm calendar - November 30, 2016

    LaRue County Beef Producers

    The LaRue County Beef Cattle Association will have their Annual Holiday Dinner at 6:30 p.m. EST on Tuesday, December 13 at Arrowhead Archery and BBQ, 195 Lee Oak Dr., Hodgenville.  There is a $13 per person meal charge for individuals attending who are not members of the Association. Membership applications will be available at the door (pay dues, no meal charge). For more information, and for required reservations, contact the Extension Office, 270-358-3401.

  • 2016 County Soybean Variety Plot Results

    The LaRue County Extension Service annually conducts corn and soybean variety trial plots in cooperation with a local farmer and participating grain companies. The plots demonstrate how specific varieties can perform under local conditions for a given year.

    Both the corn and soybean plots were in cooperation with Caleb Ragland of Shady Rest Farms. This was our first year at the location and our yields for both plots were outstanding.