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Agriculture

  • 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.

  • ACRE program deadline June 1; informative meeting May 19

    With farmers facing a June 1 deadline to enroll in the Average Crop Revenue Election program, Cory Walters and Greg Halich, agricultural economists in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, will host meetings across the state to explain ACRE and help producers determine whether it fits their operations.
    The next meeting is 8:30 a.m. May 19 at Hardin County Cooper­a­tive Extension Service office.
    ACRE is an optional risk-protection program created by the 2008 Farm Bill and offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

  • Soybean field production summary

    Soybeans are in the fields for about six months of the year in LaRue County. Let’s look at a brief summary of grower actions during these months.
    May: Full‑season soybean planting should begin by mid May. Growers will burn down or till weeds prior to planting. Roundup Ready soybeans are grown most often now. Pre-emergence herbicides can be applied immediately after planting and before the crop emerges. Stand counts should be conducted to determine the quality of the stand. 

  • ACRE meeting to be held in Hardin County

    With farmers facing a June 1 deadline to enroll in the Average Crop Revenue Election program, Cory Walters and Greg Halich, agricultural economists in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, will host meetings across the state to explain ACRE and help producers determine whether it fits their operations.

    The next meeting is 8:30 a.m. May 19 at Hardin County Cooperative Extension Office.

  • Farmers have 30 days to submit notice of livestock losses to LIP

    Farmers who suffered losses of livestock due to the recent storms and flooding in Kentucky are reminded that they have 30 days after the livestock loss was apparent to submit a notice of loss with their local Farm Service Agency office. The notice of loss is the first step toward applying for partial reimbursement under the Livestock Indemnity Program.