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Agriculture

  • FISH AND WILDLIFE: Grouse survey online

    The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is seeking additional public input about forest management and restoration of woodland species such as grouse.

    A recent series of public meetings on the topic included a survey for attendees to complete afterward. The department has placed this survey online to gather more input from those who were not able to attend the public sessions. The survey is located at http://fw.ky.gov/Hunt/Pages/GrouseInput.aspx.

  • COLUMN: Reduce grain production costs by testing soil, controlling weeds

    With the low prices of corn and soybeans, associated with high land rent and other high production costs, grain farmers are looking to cut production costs.

    According to Chad Lee, UK Extension grain specialist, there are at least two primary things farmers need to do. The first is to use appropriate soil-applied fertilizers based on soil tests, and the second is to use highly effective weed control, which probably includes a soil residual herbicide.

  • 4-H Calendar - April 1, 2015

     Wranglers meet

    The 4-H Wranglers Horse Club will meet 7 p.m. April 7 at the LaRue County Extension office.

    Livestock Club

    The 4-H Livestock Club will meet 6-8 p.m. April 13 at the Extension office.

    Talent Show

    The LaRue County 4-H Talent Show will be 6:30 p.m. April 17 at the Extension office.  Participants must pre-register by April 13 by calling 270-358-3401.

    4-H Camp

  • Deadline approaches for speech, demonstration contests

     The 4-H Speech and Demonstration Contests will be held in April. Both contests provide participants with the opportunity to develop their communication skills. Participants must register by calling 270-358-3401 by Friday, April 3.

    4-Hers may participate in both the speech and demonstration categories, if they wish.

    Speech contest rules:

  • Follow the flight of a golden eagle

     Researchers recently captured a golden eagle in the Bernheim Forest in Bullitt and Nelson counties and fitted it with a tracking device as part of an ongoing research project. Golden eagles are seldom seen in Kentucky.

  • Falcon cam provides close view of nest

     For the third year in a row, the world will have a front-row seat to a nesting pair of peregrine falcons, 300 feet up a smoke stack at the Mill Creek power plant in Louisville.

    Louisville Gas and Electric Company and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources the state's first peregrine falcon web cam inside the nest box in 2013. It's drawn nearly 200,000 viewers, and about 15,000 so far this year, LG&E said on Monday.

  • Migratory bird survey moves online

    Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources News

        Hunters who plan to purchase certain Kentucky licenses and permits need to be aware of changes in the way users buy these licenses or permits beginning in the 2015 license year.

  • COLUMN: Pick a better bull

    One way a beef producer can increase net income is to improve herd genetics through individual bull selection. A beef producer should assess four primary characteristics for a herd bull when considering a purchase. These are reproductive soundness, structural soundness, and visual evaluation and performance characteristics.

  • PHOTO: Quail Hunting

     Danny Gentry and son, J.D., spent an afternoon hunting quail and pheasant at the Meadowbrook Game Farm in Westmoreland, Tennessee.

  • PHOTO: Poster and Essay Contest

    Four students from LaRue County were winners in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's annual Poster and Essay Contest. Honored at the Ag Day Luncheon Friday at Locust Trace AgriScience Farm near Lexington were, front from left: essay winners Anthony Pike, a home-schooled third-grader, and Cyrus Bivens, a first-grader at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School; back, poster winner Richard Pike, a home-schooled eighth-grader, and essay winner Chasity Bryant, a sophomore at LaRue County High School.