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Agriculture

  • LaRue 4-Hers attend Teen Summit

    LaRue County 4-H was represented at the State 4-H Teen Summit held recently at the Lake Cumberland Leadership Center.

    The state wide 4-H conference provides leadership opportunities for 6th through 8th graders.  Participants attended workshops and funshops during the Thursday through Saturday event.

  • Farm calendar - March 22, 2017

    “Hort Shorts” Gardening Series

    LaRue County “Hort Shorts” Gardening Series started on March 20 at the LaRue County Extension Office. The first class was on Growing Strawberries in LaRue County. Other scheduled classes include Gardening with Tomato, Peppers, and Eggplants on March 27, Straw Bale Gardening on April 3, and Growing Melons on April 10.

     Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Training

  • Managing frost damage in Kentucky’s alfalfa stands

    First, it is important to understand that determining the temperature that alfalfa stands were exposed to during a frost event is less than exact science. 

    Air temperature reported by local news stations likely use data logged at a weather station that was installed according to National Weather Service guidelines.  These guidelines state that sensors should be installed on level terrain, away from paved or concrete surfaces and upright structures, four to six feet above the soil surface, and in a radiation shield. 

  • Cattleman’s Chili Cook-Off
  • Wheat freeze damage likely

    On Saturday, February 25 and Sunday, February 26, temperatures dipped down to 21 F for two and a half hours. As I mentioned in last week’s article, for winter wheat that has reached the jointing (Feekes 6) growth stage, damage can occur to the developing wheat head, which is above the soil surface at jointing, when temperatures are 24 F or below for at least 2 hours.

    There was wheat that was jointed in the county and with the weather conditions we had damage is very likely. We will see some yield losses from that this summer.

  • Farm calendar - March 8, 2017

    Dixie Fire School Farm Safety Symposium

    The annual Dixie Fire School Farm Safety Symposium is at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 10 and will take place at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College in the RPC building room 212 (Auditorium).

    LaRue County Beef Producers

  • Renewing Farm tags benefits 4-H, FFA

    4-H and FFA has an opportunity to raise funds for LaRue County and statewide 4-H and FFA programs through the Kentucky Ag Tag Donation program.

  • 4-H calendar - March 8, 2017

    Cooking Club

    The Cooking Club will be working the conservation banquet as their annual fundraiser on the evening of Thursday, March 9.  4-Hers and parents are needed to help.  If you aren’t available to be here, please consider making a dessert for the event.  Please call club leader, Connie Smith, at 270-766-7771 if you are able to assist in any way.

    Livestock Club

    The 4-H Livestock Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 13 at the LaRue County Extension Office.

    Arts and Crafts Explorers Club

  • Early warm weather not welcomed by many farmers

     I have really enjoyed this early onset spring that we’ve had for the last few weeks. I have gotten a three week head start on many of my outside chores that need to be done. What’s been convenient for me and many others out there, has not been so pleasant for our area farmers. In fact it’s been quite stressful. It’s tough when things that happen that are beyond your control, and several crops of local importance will pay dearly for this span of abnormally warm temperatures.

  • FFA gives back