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Agriculture

  • 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.

  • 4-H Teen Leadership Academy

    The 4-H Teen Leadership Academy held graduation May 16 at the LaRue County Extension Office. LaRue County graduates, Delaina White, Darian White, Kristina Durbin and Michaela Rock, are pictured with 4-H Agent, Misty Wilmoth.
     

  • Be creative: Increase your fruit and vegetable intake

    We all know that we should eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, but many of us don’t get the recommended servings. Fruits and vegetables are important to our diet, because they provide necessary nutrients and are high in dietary fiber and low in calories, fat and cholesterol. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that you make half your plate fruits and vegetables.

  • Big, big fish
  • ‘Expected Progeny Differences’ in beef cattle

    Expected Progeny Differences, or EPD, may actually be the best tool beef producers have to use in the genetics of their herds.

    The breed average EPD provides a benchmark to compare beef cattle’s genetics. They are averages for the animals included in that run of genetic evaluation.