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Agriculture

  • Farm News: Updated 07/06

    State Fair entry
    deadlines
    The Kentucky State Fair will be Aug. 18-28, but entry deadlines are as follows:  Open livestock entries must be postmarked by July 10. Open Show livestock may enter after July 10 by paying a double entry fee, but no open livestock entries will be accepted after July 25. Open show Poultry and Pigeon entries must be postmarked by July 10 and Rabbit entries by July 18. Most entries can be made at www.kystatefair.org.

  • Tips for rapid drying of hay

    Hay is a significant agricultural crop in LaRue County and is important to livestock producers of all types. Therefore, harvesting hay for higher and better yields is critical.
    Recent research from Wisconsin Extension gives ideas on how to shorten the harvest window, enhance forage quality and reduce the chance for rain damage. Growers should consider the points below:
    • Mow to a proper height, which is between 2-4 inches for alfalfa and between 3-4 inches for most grasses.

  • Bell's farm tour coincides with midwest flooding

    When Andrew Bell flew with a group of fellow Kentucky Farm Bureau members to view Midwest feedlots, he was surprised at the extent of land he saw that was flooded by the swollen Missouri River.
    “The heavy rains plus snow melt caused a great amount of flooding,” said Bell, who with his dad, Larry, raises 25 head of Angus on their farm near Gleanings.
    “When we flew into Omaha, the river had flooded almost to the airport,” he said. “The water was in houses and the Interstate was shut down for 20 miles.”  

  • Holbert's work with National Jersey Cattle Association takes her around the globe

    As a national representative for the American Jersey Cattle Association, Patty McDowell Holbert has traveled to all 48 contiguous states, appraising and promoting the popular breed of dairy cattle.
    “I’ve spent time in places where the wind chill was minus 40 degrees and other places where it was hot,” said Holbert, who lives on B.F. Brown Road. “The good thing about my job is I get to travel; the bad thing is I have to travel.”

  • PHOTO: Beef scholarship
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  • 4-H Calendar: Updated 06/28

    4-H Camp on Facebook
    If you are on Facebook, follow along with what is happening with about 100 campers at 4-H Camp this week at Lake Cumberland. Log on to your Facebook account and type in “LaRue County 4-H” and choose “Like” to receive the updates.  

    Return from Camp
    4-H Campers will return from camp around 5:30 p.m. July 1. A parent or guardian listed on the camper’s pick up form must be present to sign the camper out.
     
    4-H Gardening Club

  • USDA works to inform of discrimination claim process

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has begun scheduling a series of outreach meetings with farmers and ranchers throughout the country to discuss a process that has been put in place to resolve the claims of Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who assert that they were discriminated against when seeking farm loans from the agency.

  • Farm Calendar: Updated 06/28

    Corn available for wildlife habitat
    The Lincoln Area Longbeards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation has roundup ready corn available for wildlife habitat. The chapter is asking a minimum fee to pay for the corn and a donation to help fund their outreach programs. A strict limit of five bags weighing 50 pounds each is enforced. For more information, call 766-4241.

    FSA nominations