• Pasture and Grazing Management

    Pasture growth from mid-June to mid-August typically slows down greatly. As a result, producers should extend the length of time that pasture fields are rested between rotational grazings, and not graze as short to leave more leaf area for cool season grasses (mainly fescue and orchardgrass).

    Warm-season grasses (annuals and perennials) and deep-rooted legumes such as alfalfa, lespedeza or red clover, can be very useful during this time to rest cool season grass pastures and also to provide a break from the endophyte of infected tall fescue.

  • Kentucky State Fair

    The 2015 Kentucky State Fair will be Aug. 20-30 and entry deadlines are near.

    Open livestock entries ($14/head) must be postmarked by July 10.

    Open Show livestock may actually enter from July 11-25 (received date) by paying a double entry fee ($28/head), or from July 26-Aug. 5 with an extra late entry fee of $50/head.

    Open show poultry and Pigeon entries must be postmarked by July 18 and rabbit entries by July 18.

  • Farm News

    Farmers Market

    The LaRue County Farmers Market will be open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursdays beginning June 18 through mid-August at 2533 Lincoln Farm Rd. in Hodgenville. Several vendors will be participating and meal options are available. Potential vendors may contact the Extension Office for more information, 270-358-3401. Stock up on local fresh produce, baked goods, flowers, beef, pork, goat and so much more.

    Agriculture  Development Council Meeting

  • Flight risk : bird sales grounded

    State Veterinarian Robert C. Stout has enacted restrictions on bird sales and movement in Kentucky to protect Kentucky’s poultry industry and bird population from the current avian influenza outbreak.

    “We are taking these steps out of an abundance of caution,” Dr. Stout said. “Poultry is Kentucky’s leading agricultural commodity, and we will do everything we can to keep our commercial and backyard poultry industries secure.”

    The Office of the State Veterinarian announced the following actions:

  • Blue mold in tobacco possible

    Blue mold in tobacco has been found in East Tenn-

    essee, and there is a possibility of spread into our area. It has been many years since blue mold has been a threat locally. Tobacco growers should take a proactive approach to the situation, and closely examine tobacco float beds and fields for signs of blue mold. Report any suspected activity to our office.

  • Bivens names to soybean promotion board

     Ryan Bivens, a soybean, corn and wheat farmer in Hodgenville, has been appointed to a two-year term on the Kentucky Soybean Promotion Board, which is the entity charged with investing Kentucky’s soybean checkoff dollars to create opportunities for increased profitability.

    Directors on this board serve as stewards of those funds, investing in production research, promoting animal agriculture, discovering and promoting new uses for soy-based products and keeping soybeans as a top-of-mind commodity with consumers.

  • Upcoming home canning classes

    When thinking about home canning, safety is of utmost importance. Bacteria, molds and yeast can grow quickly on fresh foods, and fruits and vegetables contain oxygen and enzymes that can cause food to spoil. Safe home canning methods help prevent the growth of these bacteria, yeast and molds in addition to removing excess oxygen from the food, which destroys spoilage enzymes and helps form strong vacuum seals on the jars.

  • Farmers hoping for resurgence of local farming by reinstating hemp

    rmers – Shelby Floyd from Upton and Matt Smith from Roanoke – are hoping for a resurgence of a strong local farming economy by area farmers reinstating hemp – a crop that hasn’t been grown here commercially for more than 60 years.

    Smith and Floyd, both 2011 LaRue County High School graduates, traveled to Colorado April 4 to the Northern Colorado Hemp Expo to learn more about the producing the plant commercially. They found that hemp is relatively easy to grow and quite versatile as it can be made into 25,000 products.

  • State opens comments on impaired waters list

    The Kentucky Division of Water has opened a 60-day comment period on the draft 2014 list of impaired waters, as required by the Water Pollution Control Act of 1972.

  • PHOTO: Ramona's first turkey

    Ramona Coffey, of Boston, harvested her first turkey April 20. The turkey weighed 20 pounds, and had 3/4-inch spurs and 11-inch beard.