• PHOTOS: 4-H Pumpkin Decorating Contest
  • 4-H CALENDAR - Nov. 7

     Cloverbuds meet

    The 4-H Cloverbuds will meet 3:30-4:45 p.m. Nov. 7 at the LaRue County Extension Office This is for youth ages 5 to 8 or kindergarten through third grades.


    Livestock Club

    The 4-H Livestock Club will meet 6 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Extension Office. Any youth wishing to show livestock will need to complete a minimum of six educational hours. For more information, call the Extension Office at 358-3401.


    Poultry Club

  • COLUMN: Soybean variety plots ranked

     The LaRue County Extension Service annually conducts corn and soybean variety plots in cooperation with a local farmer and participating grain dealers. Corn plot results were recently discussed.

    This week we will look at the soybean results. They, too, were in cooperation with Carlos Tucker on the Duell Farm.

  • Don't step on that stink bug

     As the temperature drops, many insects will search for shelter for the winter months—many times in private residences. This year, people may notice a new insect coming indoors.

    This insect is the brown marmorated stink bug, and University of Kentucky entomologists already are receiving calls from homeowners concerning its appearance and offensive odor, said Ric Bessin, extension entomologist with the UK College of Agriculture.

  • PHOTO: Ag Commissioner visits LaRue

    Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer stopped in Hodgenville Monday morning, visiting with local farmers and community leaders. Above, he is pictured with FFA students. From left, Jared Whitlock, Comer, Shea Elswick, Ashley Cottrell and State Representative Michael Meredith. Watch next week’s Herald News for a story about Comer’s visit.

  • COLUMN: 5 is a perfect score for beef cows

     Late fall and early winter is an optimum time to prepare spring calving cows for reproductive success. Adequate nutrition from about 50 to 80 days prior to calving is critical to maximizing a cow’s ability to rebreed. If a cow gets inadequate nutrition or is thin at calving and breeding, she will take longer to come into heat.

  • Commissioner Comer: New agriculture website offers transparency

     The Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s expenditures are available on the website, www.kyagr.com. In addition to a transparency link, the website enables users to easily find information about Kentucky agriculture, the department’s consumer protection services, its social media channels, and the latest headlines.

  • Farm Calendar - Oct. 24, 2012

     Kentucky Area Dairy Producer meeting

  • COLUMN: Water quality plans a must for some landowners

     The Agriculture Water Quality Act was passed by the Kentucky Legislature in 1994. It states that landowners with 10 or more acres in agricultural production or those who plan to harvest trees on 10 or more acres must develop a water quality plan.

    The plan documents the best management practices you're using to protect water resources. These best management practices could include planned grazing systems for livestock, filter or buffer strips around crop fields, animal waste storage structures and/or nutrient management plans.