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Agriculture

  • 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.

  • COLUMN: 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. 

  • COLUMN: Interested in becoming a master gardener?

     The Kentucky Master Gardener program helps train those who are interested in learning more about the science behind gardening and sharing that knowledge back in their communities. Persons enrolled in this program are trained by Extension horticulture agents in the area.

    The Hardin County horticulture agent, Amy Aldenderfer, is offering an informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7.

  • PHOTO: Cookies needed with milk

    Jenny, a young longhorn cow, moos for her favorite treat – oatmeal cookies – at a farm in Ovesen Heights.

  • PHOTO: Giant cabbages

    Jimmy Engle, left, and Ann “Snookie” Morrison showed off the cabbages they’ve grown this summer. The one Jimmy is holding weighs 35 pounds. Ann’s weighs 25 pounds.

  • Farm Calendar - July 2012

    Farm Service Agency nominations

    The nomination period for local Farm Service Agency county committees is ongoing. To be eligible to serve on an FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in a program administered by FSA, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area in which the person is a candidate. To become a candidate, an eligible individual must sign the nomination form, FSA-669A.  The form is available at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.

  • 4-H Calendar - July 2012

    Day Camp

    A 4-H Day Camp will be held 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. July 25 at the LaRue County Extension Office. Participants will make several projects that can be entered in the LaRue County Fair, including a basket and a birdhouse. The cost is $5 and includes lunch. Participants will also make brownies which they can make again at home to enter in the fair on July 30. This day camp is open to youth ages 9 to 12. Call the Extension Office at 358-3401 to sign your child up to participate.

    Fair project entry deadlines

  • PHOTO: Mr. Stripey tomatoes

     Jerry McClure, left, and his son, Austin Blake McClure, grew these large “Mr. Stripey” heirloom tomatoes in their Tonieville garden. Jerry McClure said they weigh about two pounds each. He raises also “Mortgage Lifters” and beefstake tomatoes, “thousands of cherry tomatoes” and watermelons. He pumps about 700 gallons of water from a nearby creek to his garden every other day.

  • STEVE LARUE: NOTES FROM GROUNDHOG HILL

    Zinnias are nearing their peak at Groundhog Hill this week: So many unexpected and vibrant colors. Usually, I mostly end up with purple.

    I grow zinnias for several reasons: They’re pretty, fairly drought-resistant and they’re fun to give away to people you really like. Also, zinnias remind me of my mother, Frances Bond Enlow LaRue.

  • Charlie Williams named Tree Farmer of the Year

     The American Tree Farm System has named Charlie Williams of Munfordville  as Central Regional Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year. STIHL is the presenting sponsor of the Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year awards, which annually recognizes outstanding sustainable forest management on privately owned woodlands.

    The award of a $500 Gift Certificate from STIHL was presented on June 15 at the 19th Annual National Tree Farmer Convention in Jacksonville, Fla.