• FFA receives cash for trash
  • Proper hay storage, feeding areas are important

    Hay stored outside before feeding suffers substantial losses of both yield and forage quality. Weathering losses in round hay bales are deceptively large. In fact, just a four inch layer on the surface can contain up to one third of the entire bale volume. A weather damaged 1,200 pound bale of hay would therefore actually provide only 800 pounds of feed.

    Weathered hay is much less palatable to livestock than undamaged hay. If livestock don’t like it, they won’t eat as much. If they eat less, they are in a worse nutritional state.

  • No Market for Milk

    More than 100 dairy farmers, around 20 of them from Kentucky including Gary Rock from LaRue County, recently received a letter stating they would no longer have a market for their product come May 31.

    Dean Foods, a Dallas Texas based food company, sent the letter to independent producers in Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Indiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania and New York, dated Feb. 26, according to numerous reports. In the letter, Dean’s terminates contracts with the producers and gives two reasons for the “difficult decision.”

  • Reduce stress with good record keeping

    Record keeping may not be every farmer’s favorite activity, and probably not the reason someone chooses farming as a career. With time, patience and a commitment to get it done, it can make your financial life a lot less stressful.

    Record keeping doesn’t have to be difficult. It’s a way to keep track of things about your operation that will help you make better long-term decisions. You can use a ledger book or a computer—whatever helps you maintain consistency. Software programs can make your data more meaningful.

  • Farm calendar - November 8, 2017

    LaRue Co. Cattlemen’s meeting

    LaRue County Cattlemen’s Meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 14 in the cafeteria at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School. Burkmann Feeds is sponsoring the meeting; they will discuss how to figure feed rations for calves. There will be a meal; attendees are asked to please bring a dessert.

  • Winter hay needs for horses

    It’s hard to believe that winter is right around the corner. If you’re a horse owner, you should already be preparing your winter hay supplies.

    How do you estimate the amount of hay you will need? If you have mature horses at maintenance level, you want to feed a mainly forage diet.

    The estimate would be similar to a 1,100-pound horse eating 2 percent of its body weight. That equals 22 pounds of hay per day. Feeding for 120 days, December through March would equal 1.3 tons of hay per horse.

  • Cattlemen's Meeting
  • Outstanding Farm Bureau Youth

    LaRue County Farm Bureau held their county Outstanding Farm Bureau Youth and Variety contests on October 17. Kalli Flanders and Nate Risner for OFBY and Jacob Hinton for Variety contest will compete in Elizabethtown in the district competition on November 6. 

  • KY Growers networking event

    Kentucky Proud fruit and vegetable producers and buyers are invited to a meeting on November 8 aimed at helping participants make connections that will generate business opportunities.

    The meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m.-2 p.m. EST at the Fayette County Cooperative Extension Service office, 1140 Harry Sykes Way, Lexington. The meeting is sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) and the Kentucky Vegetable Growers Association.

  • Hemp Program taking applications

    Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles announced today that the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) has opened the application period for Kentuckians wishing to participate in the state’s industrial hemp research pilot program for the 2018 growing season.