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Agriculture

  • Farm Calendar - April 15, 2013

    Farmers market planning

    A planning meeting for the 2013 LaRue County Farmers Market will be 5:30 p.m. April 18 at the LaRue County Extension Office. Past and potential vendors are encouraged to attend the meeting. A tentative opening date for the market has been set for May 3.

     

    Bacon Creek Watershed Council to meet

  • 4H Talent Show

    The 4-H Talent Show was held recently in the LaRue County High School auditorium. 4-H members showcased their talents in vocal, instrumental, physical skills and theatrical categories. Results are as follows:

    Junior Instrumental

    Champion – Richard Pike

    Reserve Champion – Madison Wilmoth

    Blue – Sydney Pepper

    Senior Instrumental

    Champion – Leslie Pike

    Reserve Champion – Andrew Coy

    Blue – John, Millie and Anna Ronkainen

  • 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.