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Agriculture

  • Flooded forage cut for hay may affect livestock

    Flood damaged forage may have elevated levels of ash or bacterial contamination. Both must be considered when feeding livestock.
    Internal mineral content of forages is usually 6 to 8 percent and forage normally has 2 to 4 percent soil contamination is largely silica (sand) and of no nutritional value to animals. This means that forage fed to animals should be increased when ash levels are above 10 to 12 percent and the value of forage reduced correspondingly.

  • 4-H calendar

    Gardening Club
    The 4-H Gardening will meet at 10:30 a.m. June 4 at Lee’s Garden Center.
     
    4-H Council
    The 4-H Council will meet at noon June 6 at the Extension Service office.
     
    Horse Club
    The Wranglers 4-H Horse Club will meet at 7 p.m. June 7.
     
    4-H Camp Adult and Teen Leader Training
    The 4-H Camp Adult and Teen Leader Training will take place 6 p.m. June 8 at the Extension Service office.

  • Tips for holding tobacco transplants

    Due to wet weather, tobacco growers are having to hold field-ready transplants. Below are some brief suggestions for holding transplants.
    Maintain a low level of fertility:  Reducing fertility levels to the 25 to 50 parts per million of nitrogen will slow growth and reduce the amount of rank green leaf material that is susceptible to bacterial rots. 

  • Farm News

    GAP Training
    Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) training will be offered at the Extension Service office beginning at 6:30 p.m. June 6. This training will qualify individuals to receive a Kentucky Department of Agriculture GAP Training Certificate.  Producers providing samples at Farmer’s Markets and KFB Certified Roadside Markets must possess a KDA GAP Training certificate. Training requires about two hours and is free.

    Taste of LaRue County

  • Farm program deadlines

    Kentucky producers are reminded of the following program deadlines.
    •June 1 – Final date to enroll in the 2011 Average Crop Revenue Election program and the Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP).
    •July 15 – Final date to report acreage on all other crops and land uses, except small grains, including CRP acreage. Production reporting deadline for NAP crops for previous year’s production except small grains.

  • Eating local: Farm-to-school gaining ground as way to fight childhood obesity and otherwise improve students’ nutrition

    With the faint hue of green appearing in thousands of gardens and farms, the growing season has officially begun in Kentucky. While most of the resulting produce is destined for store shelves and personal pantries, there is growing demand for it to appear in kitchens that haven’t seen locally-grown fruit and vegetables for decades but are keys to children’s nutrition.

  • 4-H Calendar

    Reality Store
    The 4-H Reality Store will be held May 27 for all the LCMS eighth graders. Volunteers are needed to help with the various booths. If you are interested in volunteering, contact 4-H Agent Misty Wilmoth at 358-3401.

    Dog Club
    The 4-H Dog Club will meet 10-11:30 a.m. May 28 at the Extension Service office. You may bring your dog to the meeting. It must be on a leash.
     
    Cooking Club

  • Farm Calendar

    Taste of LaRue County
    The Taste of LaRue County event will start at noon June 7 at the Extension Service office. The event will feature recipes and cooking techniques using locally grown food or Kentucky Proud products. Space is limited, must have a ticket to attend. Cost is $3, stop by or call 358-3401 for a ticket. Sponsored by the LaRue County Farmers Market, County Homemaker organization and LaRue County Cooperative Extension Service.

    Rabies Clinic

  • Students participate in APES program

    Congratulations to participants in the American Private Enterprise Seminar program held April 26-27. Twenty-five LaRue County High School juniors participated and learned about American economics.

  • Is it too late for corn?

    Although new crop corn and soybean prices are near record highs, planting conditions remain poor for some of the corn crop. About two-thirds of the corn crop has been planted in the state, but grain farmers are concerned whether they can get their entire corn crop out in a timely manner.
    An associated question is when should a grower stop planting corn and switch to soybeans. In order to help answer this question, growers need to estimate potential yield losses for late planted corn and compare the associated profitability against soybeans.