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Agriculture

  • COLUMN: Check fields for poison hemlock

    Poison hemlock is abundant again this year (though not in bloom yet).  Although often seen along roadways, fence rows etc, it has expanded in recent years into grazed pastures and hay fields.

    The concern not only comes from its invasive nature, but also because it is one of the most toxic plants in the world.

    Poison hemlock is a biennial that reproduces only by seed. It is capable, however, of completing its life cycle as a winter annual if it germinates early during the fall. Flowers and new seed are typically produced in late May and June.

  • 4-H Calendar May 7, 2014

    Dog Club

    The 4-H Dog Club will meet 3:30-4:45 p.m. May 8 at the Extension office.

    Livestock Club

    The 4-H Livestock Club will meet at 4:15 p.m. May 9 at Martin Meadow Farms for a goat judging clinic. Members from Taylor County will attend. Contact the Extension office at 270-358-3401 for directions.

    Poultry Club

    The 4-H Poultry Club will meet 3:30 p.m. May 14 at the Extension office.

    Fair Project day camp

  • COLUMN: This old barn belonged to Mr. Goff

    This old barn is located on Stiles Ford Road, on a farm owned by Earl Howell. The farm was previously owned by Ezra and Hazle Goff, the uncle and aunt of Earl’s late wife, Jean.

  • COLUMN: Stock trailer maintenance prevents injury, liability

    Hauling animals is an integral part of most livestock operations. Whether cattle or other livestock are hauled to the local livestock market or to a different pasture, ensuring that proper transportation practices are used can prevent injury.

    Reducing hauling stress and injury can lead to more profitable operations (especially with the high price of most livestock now). To do this, trailer maintenance is critical. Let's consider some guidelines suggested by the National Cattlemen's Beef Associations Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program.

  • 4-H Calendar April 30, 2014

    Rabbit Club

    The 4-H Rabbit Club will meet 3:30 p.m. May 5 at the Extension office.

     

    Wranglers

    The 4-H Wranglers Horse Club will meet 7 p.m. May 6 at the Extension office.

     

    Cloverbuds

    The 4-H Cloverbuds will meet 3:30-4:45 p.m. May 7 at the Extension office. The Cloverbuds program is open to youth ages 5 to 8 years old or K-3rd grades.

     

    Dog Club

    The 4-H Dog Club will meet 3:30-4:45 p.m. May 8 at the Extension office.

  • Massive die-off of Asian carp
  • COLUMN: Raised beds an option for backyard gardeners

     Don’t let a sore back, bad knees or lousy soil stop you from gardening. Elevate your garden for easier access and better gardening results.

    The simple act of creating a raised bed improves drainage in heavy clay soil. Add in some organic matter to further increase drainage and improve the water holding ability for sandy soils.

    And if your soil is beyond repair or you don’t want to wait, a raised garden allows you to bring in quality soil and create a garden right on top of the existing soil or even paved areas.

  • Farm Calendar - April 23, 2014

    Kentucky elk hunt
    Hunters looking for a chance to check a Kentucky elk hunting adventure off their bucket list have until midnight April 30 to enter this year’s quota hunt drawing. Completing the online application at fw.ky.gov well ahead of time is encouraged to avoid the expected last-minute rush.
    Kentucky residents and those living out-of-state are eligible to apply for as many as two of the four permit types but can only be drawn for one. Each application costs $10.

  • PHOTO: Tom turkey taken

     

  • FFA teams excel at Agriculture Field Day

     More than 1,300 students representing 47 schools from across the Commonwealth attended the 42nd annual University of Kentucky 4-H/FFA Agriculture Field Day. This event, hosted by the College of Agriculture and the Department of Community and Leadership Development, took place at Commonwealth Stadium. The field day events assessed students’ content knowledge in the areas of agriculture, food, and natural resources. Twenty-eight competitive events assessed students’ core academic knowledge in the area of agriculture.