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Agriculture

  • Free home freezing and canning classes

    One way to store vegetables for later use is to freeze them. When doing this it is recommended to first blanch most vegetables. Blanching is where you steam with water or submerge the vegetable pieces into boiling water for a short amount of time to stop the ripening enzymes in the food. These enzymes can cause loss of flavor, color and texture.

  • Steps to reduce mosquito populations

    With the spring and summer rain comes mosquitoes. They can get to be a problem rapidly. Let’s consider some practical, fairly simple, nonpesticide, environmentally friendly ways to reduce mosquito populations.

    Following the steps below will keep your property from becoming a prime mosquito breeding ground:

    Since used tires a mosquito breeding area, remove all discarded tires.

  • FFA shares patio garden tips

    FFA students Morgan Durham and Felicia Hornback gave a presentation to the seniors showing them different ways to plant a patio garden and which vegetables are best to plant together as well as gave them ideas and answered any garden questions they may have had. We also let each senior plant their own vegetable plant in a pot to take home along with any other plants they wanted to take to make a patio garden. We also gave away 4 prizes after the activities.

  • Farmers to receive documentation of USDA services

    U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director John W. McCauley reminds agricultural producers that FSA provides a receipt to customers who request or receive assistance or information on FSA programs.

    “If you visit our office, you’ll receive documentation of services requested and provided,” said McCauley. “It’s part of our mission to provide enhanced customer service for producers. From December through June, FSA issued more than 327,000 electronic receipts.”

  • LaRue FFA in state's top 15

    Submitted by LCHS FFA

    LaRue County FFA had a tremendous week at State FFA Convention June 7 - 11.

    The following teams placed 1st in the state contest and will now compete at National Convention:

    Ag Communications

    Nichole Thomas

    Chasity Bryant

    Morgan Durham

    Lindsey Shelton  - alternate

    Milk Quality and Products

    Chloe Owen - State High individual

    Cade Milby

    Cristine Shive

    Levi Goodin

    Food Science

  • Pigweed posing problems for state's soybeans

    By David Zoeller

    Kentucky Press New Service

    A couple of “members” of the pigweed family are causing problems for farmers locally and across the state.

    “The real problem issues are with soybeans,” said Jim Martin, a weed scientist with the University of Kentucky’s research and education center in Princeton. “It’s (pigweed) across the state. It started in western Kentucky along the river bottoms and found its way into central Kentucky as well as the rest of the state.”

  • Kentucky 2015 Acreage reporting dates

    In order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements, all producers are encouraged to visit the Elizabethtown FSA office to file an accurate crop certification report by the applicable deadline.

    The following acreage reporting dates are applicable for Hardin and LaRue County:

    July 15, 2015: Spring Seeded Crops (Corn and Soybeans) and CRP

    September 30, 2015: Aquaculture, Value loss and controlled environment crops (except Nursery)

    The following exceptions apply to the above acreage reporting dates:

  • 2015 Kentucky Junior Angus Preview show results
  • Tips for Hay Harvest

    While hay acres may have dropped off a little in LaRue County, hay is a still a significant agricultural crop. It is especially important to cash hay growers and ruminant and equine producers.

    Therefore, harvesting hay for higher and better yields is critical. It’s not always easy to do. Consider these ideas on how to shorten the harvest window, enhance forage quality, and reduce the chance for rain damage.

    Mow to a proper height, which is between 2- 4 inches for alfalfa and between 3-4 inches for most grasses.

  • Sunglasses a necessity for any fishing trip

    Every angler has at one time or another forgotten something in their rush to leave for a fishing trip.

    It’s disheartening when that something is sunglasses. Squinting and shielding your eyes for hours takes some of the fun out of the experience.