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Agriculture

  • COLUMN: Fair Bill meeting planned for Feb. 19

    As a part of the 2014 Farm Bill, LaRue County landowners have a one-time opportunity to update their payment yields (based upon 90 percent of a farm's 2008-2012 average yields) and to possibly reallocate their farm base acres based upon the share of 2009-2012 acres planted to program crops. The deadline is Feb. 27.

    Almost all farms can benefit from updating with many program crop yields improving by several bushels per acre. The decision to update yields can be made on a crop-by-crop basis.

  • PHOTO: Chili Cook-off
  • How to control pesky thistles

    Musk or nodding thistle is the most common type of thistle locally. The primary growth period is in the spring and summer. However, most seed germinate in the fall and form a rosette which grows close to the ground, often growing unnoticed until spring.

    The most important step in long-term control of thistle is to prevent flowering, and the production and spread of new seed (which is carried by wind). This can be done by mechanical or chemical control.

  • Kentucky burley market taking a hit

    A drop in burley prices from around $2 or more per pound in recent years to $1.40 per pound or less at current auction is a sign of “volatility” in Kentucky’s tobacco market, an agriculture economist told state lawmakers Wednesday.

    University of Kentucky Extension Professor Dr. Will Snell told the House Standing Committee on Agriculture and Small Business that some burley is selling for less than a dollar a pound at auction, although the leaf is still selling around the $2-per-pound mark on contract depending on quality.

  • PHOTO: Curious Cows
  • Pasture renovation time is soon

    Renovating pastures and hay fields to renew grass productivity is one of the most important things LaRue County farmers can do to improve their pasture and hay fields. Pastures and other forages feed the county’s 24,000 head of cattle and calves in addition to the other ruminant livestock and horses. It will soon be time to renovate this year.

    Pasture renovation (seeding legumes, usually clover, into an established grass stand) is a win-win situation because it decreases production costs and increases animal performance, which should result in increased income.

  • COLUMN: Pasture renovation to be rolling in clover

    Renovating pastures and hay fields to renew grass productivity is one of the most important things LaRue County farmers can do to improve their pasture and hay fields. Pastures and other forages feed the county’s 24,000 head of cattle and calves in addition to the other ruminant livestock and horses. It will soon be time to renovate this year.

    Pasture renovation (seeding legumes, usually clover, into an established grass stand) is a win-win situation because it decreases production costs and increases animal performance, which should result in increased income.

  • 4-H Calendar

    Arts & Crafts

    The LaRue County 4-H Arts & Crafts Explorers Club will meet 3:30-5 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Extension office.

     

    Cloverbuds

    4-H Cloverbuds will meet 3:30-4:45 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Extension office. The program is open to LaRue County youth ages 5-8 years old or K-3rd grades.

    4-H Council to meet

    The LaRue County 4-H Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Extension office.

     

    Cooking Club

  • CAIP deadline is Feb. 4

    Farmer applications for the 2014 County Agricultural Investment Program are available through the Feb. 4 deadline at the LaRue County Extension office. All areas have been designated by the LaRue County Agricultural Development Council as a primary focus investment area and are eligible for a maximum producer 50 percent cost share reimbursement limit of $2,000.

  • Farm News

    Private pesticide applicator training

    Private pesticide applicator training will be conducted 6:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at the LaRue County Extension office in Hodgenville. For more information, call the Extension office at 270-358-3401.

    Bacon Creek Watershed Council

    The Bacon Creek Watershed Council will meet 4:30 p.m. Jan. 28 central time at Bonnieville City Hall, 7775 N. Dixie Hwy., Bonnieville. There is no charge to attend and the meeting is open to the public.