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Agriculture

  • COLUMN: Five Keys to High Corn Yield

    There are five keys to high corn yields.

    By optimizing all of these five keys, the odds for producing high corn yields are much improved.

    1) Good hybrid genetics start with a high yielding hybrid and includes stress tolerance and defensive traits, such as disease tolerance. The best measuring stick we currently have for stress tolerance is yield over multiple locations. Different stresses are imposed at each location and hybrid performance across locations is a good indicator of general stress tolerance.

  • Peregrine falcon available on webcam

    Three of five peregrine falcon eggs have hatched inside a nest box and can be seen live on Kentucky’s first peregrine falcon web camera, launched last week by Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. 

    The nest box is located 300 feet above ground at LG&E’s Mill Creek Generating Station. 

  • COLUMN: Avoid herbicide resistance

    Herbicide resistance has become an important issue to consider when making weed management decisions. Weed resistance can and has occurred to several products in recent years. Two examples in our area are resistance to mares-tail and pigweed to glyphosate products.

    The potential for weed resistance to develop increases with continued use of herbicides that have similar chemical compositions. So, herbicide use should be monitored and production practices implemented to prevent and reduce the potential for resistance to develop.

  • Farm Calendar - April 3, 2013

     Beef Producers meet

  • Student wins $1,000 for giant cabbage

     Holden Underwood, a student at Cox’s Creek Elementary School, is the 2012 state winner of Bonnie Plants’ annual third-grade cabbage-growing contest.

    Holden’s cabbage grew to 20.5 pounds. He was selected at random from among 65 classroom winners from across the state. Holden earned a $1,000 scholarship from Bonnie Plants, which delivered 21,516 cabbage plants this past season to third-grade students at 284 Kentucky schools.

  • PHOTO: Ag students honored

     Agriculture Commissioner James Comer recognized LaRue County students for winning statewide honors March 27 in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Poster and Essay Contest at the Kentucky Agriculture Day awards luncheon in Frankfort. Pictured are, from left: teacher Misty Bivens; April Webb, 11th grade essay winner; Aaron Elswick, 10th grade essay winner; and Commissioner Comer. 

  • COLUMN: What's up, buttercup

     One of the signs of spring is the bright yellow flowers that emerge from buttercup plants in pastures and unplanted grain cropland. While buttercup poses little problems to grain crop yields, it can be an issue in pastures.

    Buttercups tend to thrive in low areas of fields, generally in soils that remain wet long periods of time and in fields with poor stands of desirable forages. In fact, many pasture fields that have heavy buttercup populations are fields that are heavily grazed by livestock.

  • PHOTO: New calf

     Jenny, a longhorn cow, gives her new calf a spit bath shortly after its birth.

  • 'Ornery' farmer named Honorary Commissioner of Agriculture

     After 20 years of working behind the scenes, a LaRue County farmer found himself in the spotlight at last month’s National Farm Machinery Show.

  • Farm Calendar - March 27, 2013

     Beef Producers meet