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Agriculture

  • Conner earns Junior Bronze and Silver Award

    Benjamin Conner, Hodgenville, has earned the National Junior Angus Association’s Bronze and Silver awards, according to Jaclyn Upperman, junior activities director of the American Angus Association in Saint Joseph, Mo.
     

  • 'Zinnia Fest' brought friends and flowers together

    Much like the highly anticipated London Summer Olympics, the first annual Zinnia Fest is now one for the record books, I am happy to report.

    The number of readers who stopped by Groundhog Hill more than tripled my estimate, and I thank them for coming. Hope they are still enjoying their flowers and are recounting to friends and family about their time visiting what very well may be The Garden Spot of the Universe.

  • Horsemen's Caucus planned for Aug. 21

    The Kentucky Horse Council is hosting a Horsemen’s Caucus for all area horsemen 7 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Hardin County Extension office. The event is free to all horsemen and related equine businesses, and will offer a meal, presentations and discussion of area horse concerns and successes.

    The caucus includes horsemen from Meade, Breckenridge, Hardin, LaRue, Grayson, or Hart counties. Judge executives and state representatives from each of the areas have also been invited.

  • Farm Calendar -August 7, 2013

    Rinse and return
    Empty five gallon or smaller plastic pesticide containers will be accepted at Southern States in Hodgenville 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 7. Containers should be properly rinsed and have lids and labels removed if possible. There is no charge. For more information, call the LaRue County Extension office at 358-3401.
     
    Beef producers meet

  • Wheat test results are in

    Despite some concerns over fusarium head blight in wheat this spring, most LaRue County farmers had excellent wheat yields. Growers now are selecting the varieties they will grow for the 2013-14 crop.

    As growers select their varieties, they should consider results of the UK Small Grain Variety Performance Test. In the 2012-13 growing season, 99 wheat varieties were evaluated in six locations across Kentucky, under both no-till and conventional tillage systems.

  • Impatiens downy mildew is widespread

    A new disease affecting a popular bedding and container plant will likely change the look of Kentucky gardens for years to come, said Nicole Ward Gauthier, extension plant pathologist for the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

    Impatiens downy mildew was first reported in the state in June 2012. It is widespread this growing season. Kentucky is not alone. The majority of states in the eastern half of the United States reported cases of the disease in 2012.

  • Farm News -July 31, 2013

    Conservation program for tornado damage

  • Pesticide container collection date is Aug. 7

    The LaRue County Plastic Pesticide Container Recycling Project will be conducted again this year. Commonly called Rinse and Return, the program provides a free, environmentally friendly way to dispose of used plastic pesticide containers.

    Local farmers and other users were encouraged to rinse the containers as they were used and store them until the collection date on Wednesday, Aug. 7. Other eligible plastic products can be recycled at the county’s recycling center.

    All recycled containers must be properly rinsed. Triple rinsing is suggested.

  • Check out Zinnia Fest on Groundhog Hill

    Sitting alone in a folding chair on a sunny afternoon in the middle of a babbling creek, a tired gardener’s mind tends to wander, and to wander, and then finally, to go blessedly blank.

    Then, the mind wanders some more before an image takes shape and solidifies: I sit on the edge of my truck tailgate smiling as friends mill about the garden laughing as they discover one flower more beautiful than the last. This isn’t Heaven. It’s Groundhog Hill.

    Ladies and Gentlemen, Zinnia Fest is upon us.

  • New mantra: Woulda, coulda, shoulda

    As I was mowing the garden the other day (that’s right, mowing — don’t judge.), the following thought occurred to me: This year’s garden at Groundhog Hill is both the prettiest and the ugliest garden I’ve ever tended.

    Beautiful zinnias planted in hedge-like rows. Check. Stately sunflowers about to bloom. Check. Johnson grass. Check.

    Rows of marigold overgrown with crabgrass. Check. Squash plants dying of wilt. Check. Rows of basil that never came up. Check.

    Pumpkin plants that still hold promise. Check.