• Proper hay storage, feeding areas are important

    Hay stored outside before feeding suffers substantial losses of both yield and forage quality. Weathering losses in round hay bales are deceptively large. In fact, just a four inch layer on the surface can contain up to one third of the entire bale volume. A weather damaged 1,200 pound bale of hay would therefore actually provide only 800 pounds of feed.

    Weathered hay is much less palatable to livestock than undamaged hay. If livestock don’t like it, they won’t eat as much. If they eat less, they are in a worse nutritional state.

  • Winter hay needs for horses

    It’s hard to believe that winter is right around the corner. If you’re a horse owner, you should already be preparing your winter hay supplies.

    How do you estimate the amount of hay you will need? If you have mature horses at maintenance level, you want to feed a mainly forage diet.

    The estimate would be similar to a 1,100-pound horse eating 2 percent of its body weight. That equals 22 pounds of hay per day. Feeding for 120 days, December through March would equal 1.3 tons of hay per horse.

  • Cattlemen's Meeting
  • Outstanding Farm Bureau Youth

    LaRue County Farm Bureau held their county Outstanding Farm Bureau Youth and Variety contests on October 17. Kalli Flanders and Nate Risner for OFBY and Jacob Hinton for Variety contest will compete in Elizabethtown in the district competition on November 6. 

  • KY Growers networking event

    Kentucky Proud fruit and vegetable producers and buyers are invited to a meeting on November 8 aimed at helping participants make connections that will generate business opportunities.

    The meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m.-2 p.m. EST at the Fayette County Cooperative Extension Service office, 1140 Harry Sykes Way, Lexington. The meeting is sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) and the Kentucky Vegetable Growers Association.

  • Hemp Program taking applications

    Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles announced today that the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) has opened the application period for Kentuckians wishing to participate in the state’s industrial hemp research pilot program for the 2018 growing season.

  • Livestock Management After a Frost

    As temperatures continue to decrease, it is important to know and understand how various species of forages react to frosts and freezes in order to best utilize these forages and to avoid possible health problems such as Prussic Acid (Cyanide) poisoning. Freezing changes the metabolism and composition of plants. Depending on plant species, this can create possible forage-related animal disorders or the need to alter grazing management practices.

  • FFA has had a busy September

    LaRue County FFA had a very eventful month in September. We started off our month by sending two of our chapter officers, Cole Holt and Clay Rogers, to the Kentucky Leadership Training Center for “Rising Sun,” a leadership conference. On September 16, we had around 40 members, parents, and advisors, help to beautify our county through the Trash for Cash program. It gave us an opportunity to see parts of the county we may not have gotten to see before and also gave us a chance to see how awful people treat our county.

  • Soybean delivery app released just in time for harvest

    The Kentucky Soybean Board partnered with the University of Kentucky to develop an app to help Kentucky soybean producers to accurately calculate and compare the price offered by elevators, considering delivery costs and high-moisture penalties for grain as it is harvested.

  • Efficient soybean harvest and storage

    It has been estimated that an average operator will leave from 2 to 4.5 bushels of soybeans per acre in the field (5 to 10% loss). Considering the price of soybeans ($10/bu), reducing losses from 10% to 5% results in a savings of $22.50 per acre. Measure harvest losses (4 seeds per square foot = 1 bu/ac loss) and strive to keep them below 3%.