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Agriculture

  • New truck and ATV delivered to Bivens' family

    Ryan and Misty Bivens and their children Avery, 2, and Cyrus, 5, watched Monday as a brand new red 2013 GMC Sierra rolled down the long driveway leading to their farm.

    Twenty minutes later, a new Case IH Scout all-terrain vehicle rolled into the drive at Fresh Start Farms.

    The couple won the truck through Kentucky Farm Bureau and ATV through the American Farm Bureau after winning the Young Farmers & Ranchers Achievement Award in January.

  • Garden in the 'ugly baby stage'

    After a morning of hacking away at Johnson grass, I like to head over to my sister’s restaurant, pour myself a glass of tea and plop down at the community table for a leisurely lunch.

    Lotsa times, other diners will greet me and inquire after Groundhog Hill, how it’s doing, what’s new, etc.

    Lately though, a new guy has been coming to lunch around the same time I do and stealing my thunder.

  • PHOTO: Beefin' up the Band

     LaRue County Beef Producers Peggy Jones, Ann Flanders, Pat Hollingshead and Ruby Garrison took a timeout to pose for a photo during the May 7 cook at the LaRue County Band of Hawks banquet.

  • Big cat caught
  • FFA Banquet
  • 4-H Calendar

    4-H Council to meet
    The LaRue County 4-H Council will meet 6:30 p.m. June 3 at the LaRue County Extension office. For more information about 4-H or the 4-H Council, call 358-3401.

  • Farm News

    County Agricultural Development Council Meeting
    The LaRue County Agricultural Development Council will meet 7:30 p.m. May 30 at the LaRue County Extension Office. For more information, call 358-3401.

    CRP sign-up
    A four-week Conservation Reserve Program general sign-up ends June 14. Producers with expiring contracts or producers with environmentally sensitive land are encouraged to evaluate their options under CRP.

  • Providing high-quality forage boosts animal performance

    Producing and feeding high quality forages is vital to improved animal performance, whether the goal is more pounds of milk, a higher rate of gain, or improved conception.

    Forage quality is defined as the extent to which a forage, whether pasture, hay or silage, has the ability to produce the desired animal response.

    While many factors affect forage quality, the stage of maturity at harvest or grazing is the single most important consideration. It also is the one where producers can make the most progress.

  • No-till drills available from Conservation District

    The LaRue County Conservation District has three no-till drills available for rent.

    No till planting leaves most of the soil surface undisturbed as the drill places seeds directly into the soil without plowing or disking.

    Michelle Ogden, administrative secretary for the Conservation District, said two 10-foot drills and one 7-foot native grass drill are available.

    “Rates are competitive at $8 per acre, with a minimum of $50 per rental,” Ogden said.

  • Rain brings no rest for Yard Boy

    With all the rainfall in the last week, the garden at Groundhog Hill is pretty darn muddy, so there’s not much to do except to stand and to stare at the blank rows and to yell in a public pool lifeguard-type voice, “Is anything germinating under there?”

    So like all super amateur gardeners with some time on their hands, I have assumed a dual identity. I like to think of him as Estate Manager, but my father has another name for him: Yard Boy.