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Agriculture

  • Agriculture Market Day set for Aug. 29

    Respondents to a recent online poll in The LaRue County Herald News indicated a majority was interested in a local farmers market.

    For the past several years, LaRue County producers have had a summer, two afternoons a week, farmers market. Unfortunately, this year there was insufficient interest by vendors to have it. However, those interested could still purchase farm produce at various roadside set ups, on farm and at local orchards.

  • Farm News -August 14, 2013

    Conservation program for tornado damage

  • There are different choices in home canning tomatoes

    Home canned tomatoes may be prepared in a ready-to-use crushed format or left whole or halved. But the latter choices can be processed in a variety of ways, also. Whole or halved tomatoes may be canned with water to cover, in tomato juice, or with no added liquid. The crushed tomatoes are a hot pack only, while the no-added-liquid version of canned tomatoes is a raw pack only. It is very important to use a canning process time that matches up with the preparation directions for filling your jars.

  • 4-H Day at the Fair

    4-H Poultry Show
    Leslie Pike, Sr. Division
    Cockerel, Standard – Blue, Class Champion, Sr. Champion
     
    Anthony Pike, Cloverbud Division
    Pullet, Standard – Blue, Cloverbud Champion
     
    Tara Warren, Jr. Division
    Cock, Standard – Blue, Class Champion, Junior Champion & Grand Champion
    Hen, Standard – Blue, Class Champion
    Pullet, Standard – Blue, Class Champion
     

  • Conner earns Junior Bronze and Silver Award

    Benjamin Conner, Hodgenville, has earned the National Junior Angus Association’s Bronze and Silver awards, according to Jaclyn Upperman, junior activities director of the American Angus Association in Saint Joseph, Mo.
     

  • 'Zinnia Fest' brought friends and flowers together

    Much like the highly anticipated London Summer Olympics, the first annual Zinnia Fest is now one for the record books, I am happy to report.

    The number of readers who stopped by Groundhog Hill more than tripled my estimate, and I thank them for coming. Hope they are still enjoying their flowers and are recounting to friends and family about their time visiting what very well may be The Garden Spot of the Universe.

  • Horsemen's Caucus planned for Aug. 21

    The Kentucky Horse Council is hosting a Horsemen’s Caucus for all area horsemen 7 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Hardin County Extension office. The event is free to all horsemen and related equine businesses, and will offer a meal, presentations and discussion of area horse concerns and successes.

    The caucus includes horsemen from Meade, Breckenridge, Hardin, LaRue, Grayson, or Hart counties. Judge executives and state representatives from each of the areas have also been invited.

  • Farm Calendar -August 7, 2013

    Rinse and return
    Empty five gallon or smaller plastic pesticide containers will be accepted at Southern States in Hodgenville 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 7. Containers should be properly rinsed and have lids and labels removed if possible. There is no charge. For more information, call the LaRue County Extension office at 358-3401.
     
    Beef producers meet

  • Wheat test results are in

    Despite some concerns over fusarium head blight in wheat this spring, most LaRue County farmers had excellent wheat yields. Growers now are selecting the varieties they will grow for the 2013-14 crop.

    As growers select their varieties, they should consider results of the UK Small Grain Variety Performance Test. In the 2012-13 growing season, 99 wheat varieties were evaluated in six locations across Kentucky, under both no-till and conventional tillage systems.

  • Impatiens downy mildew is widespread

    A new disease affecting a popular bedding and container plant will likely change the look of Kentucky gardens for years to come, said Nicole Ward Gauthier, extension plant pathologist for the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

    Impatiens downy mildew was first reported in the state in June 2012. It is widespread this growing season. Kentucky is not alone. The majority of states in the eastern half of the United States reported cases of the disease in 2012.