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Agriculture

  • COLUMN: Simple steps to starting seeds indoors

    Get a jump on the growing season by starting your favorite or hard to find plants indoors from seeds. Starting hard to find plants, like many of the heirloom or newly introduced varieties, from seed may be the only way you will be able to add these to your garden. Plus, you’ll be extending the growing season and bringing the fun of gardening indoors.

  • Quail population rebounding in central Kentucky

    A new report detailing progress at the halfway point of Kentucky’s ambitious 10-year plan to boost quail populations in the state is now available to the public.

    The five-year benchmark report shows large scale habitat work to provide quail better living conditions is paying off. In Hart County, for example, quail counts increased by 771 percent.

  • Soybean board seeks director

     The Kentucky Soybean Promotion Board is looking for farmers from diverse backgrounds interested in filling one of Kentucky’s two director positions with the United Soybean Board. This position, currently held by Dennis Clark of Sedalia, expires in December 2015. Clark is eligible for an additional term.

  • Couple named National Outstanding Young Farmers

    Ryan and Misty Bivens of Hodgenville were selected national winners at the 59th annual National Outstanding Young Farmers Awards Congress held Feb. 12-15 in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Four national winners were selected from a group of 10 finalists for the award based on their progress in an agricultural career, extent of soil and water conservation practices, and contributions to the well-being of the community, state and nation.

  • PHOTO: Long, cold winter
  • PHOTO: Hey, bring hay
  • Consider legumes for spring grazing

    Believe or not spring grazing should be here soon. Alfalfa is a high quality, high yielding, and perennial legume and is incredibly versatile under proper management. It can be grown in pure stands or mixtures and can be the best choice for a grass-legume grazing. There are many grazing tolerant varieties.

    Red clover is easy to establish, high yielding, high quality and readily grows in a variety of soils. It provides good summer growth, but is not as drought tolerant as alfalfa. Its main disadvantage is it is short-lived and persists for an average of only two winters.

  • State Fair board adds extra day of horse show

    The Kentucky State Fair Board last week voted to extend the World's Championship Horse Show, held during the Kentucky State Fair, by an extra day. The additional day will begin in 2015.

    Held in Freedom Hall, the prestigious Saddlebred show will now begin on the first Saturday of the Fair for an eight-day run, rather than the first Sunday. The finals will continue to be held on the last Saturday night.

    Fred Sarver, who represents the America Saddlebred Horse Association on the Kentucky State Fair Board praised the action of the fair board.

  • Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Winter backyard birding basics

    The deepest, darkest, bleakest part of winter is here. The long slog from just after the holidays through the NCAA tournament is one of the toughest to weather, but watching the many species of birds that inhabit Kentucky in your backyard can brighten the most leaden days.

  • Farm Calendar: Feb. 18, 2015

    Options for Farm Bill

    A meeting to discuss options for the new Farm Bill Program will be held 1:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at the LaRue County Extension office. ARC and PLC programs will be discussed along with other options. The meeting is sponsored by the Farm Service Agency and Extension.

     

    Conservation Stewardship Deadline Approaching