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Agriculture

  • Take advantage of free soil testing this fall

    Fall soil sampling allows farmers and gardeners time to utilize University of Kentucky research-based fertility recommendations before spring planting.

    The turn-around time for samples from the Extension office to the UK Soil Testing Lab is much faster in the fall, usually within a week, because fewer people are submitting samples this time of year. Spring turnaround time can approach three weeks during the busiest times.

  • Student takes third in photo contest

    Amateur photographers from across the region participated in the annual Farm Foto Assignment photography contest held at the National FFA Convention, Oct. 29-31, in Louisville.

    Jessica Walters, a student in the LaRue County FFA chapter, was selected as the third-place winner of the second annual contest, presented by McDonald’s Restaurants of Kentuckiana. Local McDonald’s owner/operators awarded $500 to the LaRue County FFA chapter for Walter’s winning photograph. 

  • PHOTO: Running beans

    Farmers on Old Sonora Road were running soybeans Saturday.

  • PHOTO: 4-H pumpkin decorating
  • PHOTO: Cloverbuds and jack o’ lanterns
  • Cattleman’s Association to hold Nov. 11 referendum

    The LaRue County Beef Cattle Association will meet 6:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at the LaRue County Extension office. The speaker will be Dr. Jeff Lehmkuhler, UK Beef Extension specialist. His topic will be “Winter Cattle Nutrition – LaRue County Style.”

    He will use analyses from 66 hay and haylage samples collected in the county as the basis for his discussion. All interested individuals are welcomed to attend the meeting and a free meal will be served

  • Co-op growing sweet potatoes

    Throughout Kentucky, there is a push to “buy local.” In LaRue County, this movement is in full force, with events like the upcoming Holiday Open House asking locals to do their Christmas shopping in town, instead of going to one of the surrounding counties.

    A local group is heading the charge in the agriculture arena.

    These LaRue Countians are working hard to provide one more locally grown crop: sweet potatoes.

  • Southern States, John Deere offers scholarship for college bound

    For more than 11 years, Southern States Cooperative has partnered with John Deere Financial to provide competitive financing programs for Southern States customers. In 2013, the two companies established a scholarship fund available to rising college sophomores pursuing an associate’s degree focused on agriculture. Applications for the 2015 academic year will be accepted from Nov. 3 through Feb. 13, 2015.

  • LaRue’s FFA students compete in Nationals

    Thirteen members of LaRue County High School’s chapter are in Louisville this week competing for national recognition in the 87th National FFA Convention and Expo.

    The competitive areas and students in each include:

    • Agriscience Fair (first finalists in this contest ever from LaRue County) –Lindsey Shelton and Cristine Shive.

    • Agriculture Communications – Cayleigh Allen, Keeahna Bowen and Jacob Hurt.

    • Food Science and Technology – Forrest and Morgan Durham, Chloe Owen and Hunter Thomas.

  • LaRue farms use tons of nitrogen fertilizer

    It is estimated that half of the food produced in the world is supported by the use of commercial nitrogen (N) fertilizer. About 5,500 tons of nitrogen containing fertilizer is used in LaRue County annually.

    All N fertilizer begins with a source of hydrogen gas and atmospheric N that are reacted to form ammonia. The most-used source of hydrogen is natural gas (methane). After hydrogen and N are combined under conditions of high temperature and pressure to form ammonia, many other important N-containing fertilizers can then be made.