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Agriculture

  • Emergency wheat freeze damage training

    Recent freezing temperatures may have caused damage to Kentucky’s wheat crop. The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment will host an emergency wheat freeze damage training to help producers assess potential damage and help them make appropriate management decisions.

    The training begins with registration at 8 a.m. CDT Tuesday, March 21 at the University of Kentucky Research and Education Center near Princeton. The program starts at 8:30 a.m.

  • 4-H calendar - March 22, 2017

    4-H Council

    The 4-H Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 27 at the Extension Office.  The council is currently seeking new members, if you are interested in becoming involved with the 4-H Council, please contact the Extension Office at 270-358-3401.

  • 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