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Agriculture

  • Death to squash bugs

    For the last few years, my rather large family has gathered at Dad’s house just before Halloween for an annual family pumpkin carving contest.

    Filled with good-natured competition between siblings, nephews and nieces, as we crowd around an old picnic table and make a huge mess, this makes for a really fun afternoon. Pumpkin guts fly everywhere.

    There’s a fire pit, some hot chocolate or cider, some type of chili or gumbo, and touch football.  

  • Farmer’s pride
  • Grain Field Day and grain yield contest will be Sept. 3 at Fresh Start Farms

    The annual LaRue County Extension Grain Field Day will be 5 p.m. Sept. 3 at Fresh Start Farms, operated by Ryan and Misty Bivens. The farm is located at 4109 Sonora Road (Ky. 84), Hodgenville.

    We will look at Extension’s corn and soybean variety plots on the farm.

    They include 33 Roundup Ready corn varieties and 27 Roundup Ready Group III and IV soybean varieties, double cropped.

  • Farm News -August 21, 2013

    Horsemen’s Caucus
    The Kentucky Horse Council will host a free horsemen’s caucus and dinner 6 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Hardin County Extension office, 201 Peterson Dr., Elizabethtown. There will be a discussion of the region’s equine needs and overview of county equine survey results. Pre-register at www.kentuckyhorse.org/horsemenscaucuses-registration.

    Bacon Creek Watershed Council

  • 4-H Calendar -August 21, 2013

    Cooking Club meets
    The 4-H Cooking Club will meet 3:30-5 p.m. Aug. 22 at the LaRue County Extension office.
     

  • Journeys, destinations and getting there from here

    Planting a garden is a journey into the unknown sometimes.

    Of course, one knows what they are planting, but the road to harvest can get downright bumpy. Once the garden is planted, that’s the road map and the journey to harvest begins.

    There are unforeseen circumstances like the unexpected visit from the Colorado potato beetles. R.I.P. red pontiac potatoes. I hardly knew ye.

  • 4-Hers bring home Skillathon gold
  • End of Summer
  • Farms provided taste, sights and sounds of LaRue County

    More than 400 people attended Saturday’s AGstravaganza, held in conjunction with LaRue County Farm Bureau’s annual meeting.

    Five farming operations opened their gates to the public, providing tours and information. Tour locations were at Gaddie’s Hay and Cattle, Hinton’s Orchard and Farm Market, Homestead Family Farms, Lee’s Garden Center and Shady Rest Farm.

    Participants got to see and pet show cattle, and view a variety of large farm equipment, grain operations, barns and silos, a pig farm, retail establishments and orchards.

  • Lincoln Park’s People’s Garden is in full bloom for 2013 harvest

    Local volunteers planted the People’s Garden – located next to the picnic area of the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park – on May 31.

    Steve Meredith, who came up with the idea, said he has a personal interest in the garden as he grew up near the area and is a long time fan of Lincoln.

    “I had a conversation with the Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, about the project at the National FFA Convention a couple of years ago and started working on getting the garden together,” said Meredith.