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Agriculture

  • PHOTO: Straw bale gardening

    Hailey Speakman, 12, stands in front of her grandfather’s straw bale garden. Tim Speakman of Hodgenville experimented with growing tomatoes in straw bales – after having problems with blight in his garden. The bales have to be conditioned with water and fertilizer before the plants are added. When harvest is complete, the straw can be composted. Tomatoes have been plentiful in the “straw pot,” while squash did not produce well.

  • PHOTO: Blackberry lily

    This blackberry lily was spotted growing in a field on Miller Road. The perennial has orange blooms with red dots. The flowers turn into seed pods which split open in late summer. The pods resemble a blackberry.

  • Be safe when canning food

    How long will canned food keep? If properly sealed and stored in a cool, dry place, home canned food should keep for up to two years. However, for best quality, use within a year.

    Canned food stored in a warm place may lose some of its quality in a few weeks or months, depending on the temperature. Dampness may corrode metal lids, causing leakage and spoilage of the food.

  • Zinnia Fest is successful

    Steve LaRue

     

    Zinnia Fest two is now one for the history books.

    A fun day was had by all Saturday at Groundhog Hill. Anniversaries were celebrated (Marge and Bill Handley). Local celebrities stopped by (Mother of the Year Wilma McDowell), and lots of zinnias were gifted.

  • Pesticide container collection is Aug 6

    The LaRue County plastic pesticide container recycling project will be conducted again this year. Commonly called “rinse and return,” the program provides farmers a free, environmentally friendly way to dispose of used plastic pesticide containers.

    Local farmers and other users were encouraged to rinse the containers as they were used and to store them until the collection date on Wednesday, Aug. 6. Other eligible plastic products can be recycled at the county’s recycling center.

  • Farm Calendar - July 23, 2014

    Farmers Market

    The LaRue County Farmers Market will be set up from noon to 6 p.m. July 24 and 31, at 2533 Lincoln Farm Road, Hodgenville (beside Lincoln Jamboree). Several new vendors have been participating and meal options are available. For more information, call the Extension office at 270-358-3401.

     

    Farm Service Agency County Committee nomination

  • 4-H Calendar - July 23, 2014

    Rabbit Club Fundraisers

    The LaRue County Rabbit Club is holding several fundraisers to send club members and their families to the National Convention and Show of the American Rabbit Breeder’s Association in Fort Worth, Texas in November. The club will host a yard sale beginning at 8 a.m. July 26 at the LaRue County Extension office, 807 Old Elizabethtown Road, Hodgenville.

     

    Forestry Field Day

  • 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.