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Agriculture

  • Cooking corner - February 22, 2017

    No fuss meatloaf

    2 eggs

    1/2 cup water

    1 package (6 oz) instant stuffing

    2 pounds ground beef

    Ketchup

    For easy clean up, combine mixture in a resealable plastic bag.

    Beat eggs and water together. Add stuffing and contents of seasoning packet, mix well. Add beef, mix well. Press into ungreased 9x5x3 loaf pan. Top with ketchup. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 1 1/4-1 1/2 hours.

  • Farm calendar - February 22, 2017

    2017 Heartland Master Cattlemen Program

    The Heartland Master Cattlemen program starts on February 23 and will meet monthly on the 4th or 5th Thursday of each month for a total of ten meetings. Meetings rotate between Hardin, LaRue, and Meade County extension offices. Dinner is provided at each meeting. These classes can also fulfill educational requirements for several funding programs, including CAIP. Call the Extension office for more detailed information at 270-358-3401.

  • 4-H calendar - February 22, 2017

    Cooking club

    The 4-H Cooking Club will meet from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 23 at the Extension Office.

    Dog Club

    The 4-H Dog Club will meet at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 25 with dogs at the club leader’s home.  If you have any questions, contact the club leader or the Extension Office at 270-358-3401.

    Poultry Club

    The 4-H Poultry Club will meet from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1 at the LaRue County Extension Office.

    Wrangler’s Club

  • Establishment and first-year management of tall fescue

    Tall fescue, specifically Kentucky 31, is a cool-season grass that is widely grown throughout Kentucky and the eastern United States, because it is resistant to many unfavorable conditions including drought tolerance and insect resistance. However, the very reason for its resiliency is also its Achilles heel. It contains a harmful fungal endophyte that causes fescue toxicosis in cattle and horses. Affected animals get sick, have reduced weight gains, reproductive problems and other issues.

  • Small changes you can make for better health

     If your New Year resolutions have already gone by the wayside, try a new approach. Instead of making large and broad resolutions, try focusing on small changes that you can add to your daily life. Try one new approach per month and keep adding on for the rest of the year.

  • Be ready when fishing opportunities arise

    Planning a fishing trip more than a couple of days ahead of time can be a gamble in late winter when the weather is a mixed bag and the favorable conditions here today may be gone tomorrow.

    With some advance preparation, you can be ready to grab what you need and go when that friend calls at daybreak or the impulse strikes and the schedule allows for a last-minute trip.

    Performing regular maintenance on your reels can prevent catastrophic problems or costly repairs down the road.

  • Farm calendar - February 15, 2017

    2017 KY Small Ruminant Grazing Conference

    The 2017 Kentucky Small Ruminant Grazing Conference is Saturday, February 18 and registration starts at 7:30 a.m. at the Hardin County Extension Office. Three hours of continuing education is available for veterinarians. Registration fee is $35. For program and registration info please visit: www.rcars.ca.uky.edu/small-ruminant-grazing-conference

    Farmers Market Meeting

  • Fresh Start Farms, No-Till Wheat State Champion

    Fresh Start Farms of Hodgenville took state championship honors in the no-till wheat division at the Kentucky Commodity Conference held recently in Bowling Green. Ryan Bivens and crew planted Southern States 8340 for a yield of 115.94 bushels per acre.

    The Kentucky Commodity Conference is the annual meeting of soybean, corn and small grain growers in the state.

  • Ragland honored at Commodity Conference

    Caleb Ragland of Magnolia was recognized as the Kentucky Soybean Association’s Top Recruiter for fiscal year 2016.

    “KSA is a membership-based, policy-focused organization,” Ragland said. “The more members an organization has, the more power it wields. When we go to Frankfort or to Washington, D.C. with an issue, we need the power of a strong membership base behind us.”

  • Looking forward to summer vegetable garden

    Last week we discussed which seeds were best for disease tolerance or resistance. Selection of resistant cultivars can reduce the impact diseases may have on plant vigor and yield, as well as reduce or eliminate the need for other cultural or chemical management practices. Disease resistance is especially important for the home garden, which many either cannot or prefer not to spray.