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Agriculture

  • Endangered whooping cranes spotted in Kentucky

     Wildlife biologists have confirmed the presence of five federally protected whooping cranes in Hopkins County and sixth in Barren County. In addition to these confirmed reports, whooping cranes have been seen in more than a dozen counties across Kentucky in the last two weeks.

    Biologists with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources caution hunters to be vigilant for the possibility of whooping cranes being present in areas being hunted.

  • Bucket brigade saves farm equipment, truck

    A LaRue County farmer lost two rolls of hay to fire recently.

    Wayne Graham was transporting the hay on a wagon – pulled by a pickup truck – on Ky. 84. The wheel came off the hay wagon, according to LaRue County Fire Chief Jason Sadler.

    Graham attempted to pull the truck off the roadway. Sparks “from the wheel falling off set a couple of rolls of hay on fire,” said Sadler.

  • PHOTO: Chugging along
  • Outdoors Woman program celebrates 20th anniversary

    Next year marks the 20th anniversary of the acclaimed Becoming an Outdoors Woman program in Kentucky.

    A series of special events in 2015 will commemorate this milestone, beginning with a Beyond BOW workshop scheduled for Jan. 16-18 at Kenlake State Resort Park. The workshop is open to women ages 18 and over.

    “I hope women interested in wildlife-related activities in Kentucky will join us for this special event, and come celebrate the BOW Program’s 20th year at the workshops planned for 2015,” said Beth Spivey-Minch, BOW volunteer coordinator.

  • Requiem for a Ford Ranger

    Since early 1993 my transportation as I visited farms around LaRue County has been a Ford Ranger pickup. It was brand new when I drove it off the dealer’s lot in February 1993.

    The truck was bright (UK like) blue, my favorite color. Zero miles, stick shift, AM/FM radio with cassette player and air conditioning.

    Now almost 22 years later, it has 239,144 (mostly LaRue County) miles. It has experienced a lot over that period of time, as I have.

  • FFA goes to nationals

    LaRue County FFA continues to grow, as the program has now seen three students take home victories at the National Convention.

    Lane Meredith, a prospective engineer who won a trip to Costa Rica for his work in the proficiency contest, is one of the students, along with Lindsey Shelton and Christine Shive. Shelton and Shive took home 11th in the nation for their agriscience project, making them the first LaRue County students to ever place nationally in this category.

  • FFA: National Three Star Chapter

    Several LaRue County FFA members excelled at the 87th National FFA Convention and Expo. The Chapter was recognized as a National Three Star Chapter.
    Lindsey V. Shelton, Bethany C. Shive, Chasity Bryant and Hunter Thomas were named national finalists in the Agriscience Fair – a competition for FFA members who are interested in the science and technology of agriculture. It is sponsored nationally by Cargill, John Deere and Syngenta.
    Shelton and Shive competed in food products and processing – division 3.

  • PHOTO: LaRue County Cattlemen meet
  • Soybean variety plot results are in

    The LaRue County Extension Service annually conducts corn and soybean variety trial plots in cooperation with a local farmer and participating grain dealers. Both the corn and soybean plots were in cooperation with Fresh Start Farms.

    The double crop soybean plot was planted on June 21 following an excellent wheat crop and harvested on Oct. 27. All varieties were Roundup Ready Group IV. The field was planted no-till. The beans were planted in 15-inch rows at about 180,000 seeds per acre. Fertilizer applied was 0-0-120, and individual plot size was .20 acre.

  • PHOTO: Hunter’s first buck