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Agriculture

  • Tulip tree in season, out of season

     Rita Gibson of Magnolia poses with her Magnolia Tulip. The tree usually blooms only during the spring season but this year has reached a second blooming cycle. Rita and husband Kenneth Gibson attribute the unconventional bloom to recent irregular weather patterns.

  • Ogden lives the dream, promoting agriculture

     Promoting what she’s loved her entire life in the very region where she grew up is a dream job for Michelle Ogden.

  • Notes from Groundhog Hill: Season's End

     At Groundhog Hill this past week, the sunlight has changed from blaring to golden, walnut trees have dropped half their leaves and some of their nuts, and the grass has finally started to slow which is welcome news to my push mower.

    Even though the calendar says late August and the temperatures are climbing upward again, a change of season is upon us. All hail, Autumn.

  • COLUMN: Red corn puts producers in the red

     Corn plants in many fields have turned red and that is not a good sign. The red color is coming from a build-up of sugar in the leaves and stalks. The build-up of sugar is a result of too few kernels being developed on the ears. That, of course, results in greatly reduced yields and income.

  • Michaela Rock wins 4-H bronze award

      Throughout their 4-H career, young people are encouraged to set and reach goals. No program better exemplifies this than the Kentucky 4-H Achievement Program.

    The Achievement Program replaced the 4-H Honors Program in September 2011. The new program allows 4-Hers to start accumulating points as soon as they start their 4-H careers and to begin earning recognition in the sixth grade. With a new 4-H program year beginning in September, now is the time for 4-Hers to begin thinking about joining this program.

  • Volunteers sought for water quality monitoring

     The Kentucky Watershed Watch Program is offering free training to persons interested in learning how to take water samples and monitor water quality in the Upper Green River Basin.

    The training will be 8:30 a.m. until noon Sept. 8 in Room 2134 of the Engineering Biologic Science Building located at 1500 Chestnut St. on the Western Kentucky University campus in Bowling Green. Parking will be available at 1400 Chestnut St.

  • Wheat test results ready

     It is likely more wheat will be planted this fall as result of the drought and poor corn crop. 

  • Emergency haying available for CRP participants

  • EHD is possible in deer and cattle

     Epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus (EHD) in deer and cattle is another potential drought problem and can cause significant death loss in deer.  Usually, however, the strain of EHD virus in cattle is uncommon, rarely fatal and usually associated with an epidemic in deer.

    The virus is transmitted by a specific biting midge but some gnats and mosquitoes may transmit it as well. EHD in deer has been correlated with droughts because the deer tend to concentrate around the few wet areas available and these are where the gnats breed. 

  • NOTES FROM GROUNDHOG HILL: Leave the weeds alone

     

    Should you see a very angry-looking gardener with flared nostrils and blood-red pupils staggering around town this week and muttering expletives to himself, don’t be alarmed. It’s just me.

    A few days ago, Dad and I drove over to Groundhog Hill to check on the storm damage where I had expected to find lots of downed sunflowers.  Instead, I found something much worse and far more disturbing: Someone had weeded or mowed my pumpkin patch.