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Agriculture

  • COLUMN: Home fruit disease management practices for late winter

     Homeowners will soon be busy with the rush of spring planting activities. Early spring is also when primary infections occur in many fruits crops. So, late winter is the ideal time for home fruit growers to get a jump on disease management. 

    You should trim fruit trees to thin the tree canopy. This allows for good air movement and sunlight penetration. Rake up and destroy fallen leaves and remove and destroy fruit mummies left on trees or on the ground from last season.

  • Winter taking a toll on trees

     It’s been a hard winter on Kentucky’s trees. Though the state hasn’t suffered a catastrophic ice storm this year, there has been enough ice to cause significant damage to both woodland and urban trees in some areas.

    “It was particularly onerous on some of the pines, particularly Eastern white pine,” said Jeff Stringer, referring to an icy storm that struck the Bluegrass a couple of weeks ago. Stringer is an extension professor in the University of Kentucky Department of Forestry, part of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

  • Fair board to meet

    The LaRue County Fair Board will meet 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at the LaRue County Fairgrounds.

  • Farm Calendar – Feb. 19, 2014

     FFA emblems

  • Spring fire season begins Feb. 15

     It doesn’t make sense for wildfires to start easily when Kentucky has had such a run of cold, wet weather but how wet or cold the ground is has little to do with how vulnerable dead grass is to a spark.

  • 4-H Calendar - Feb. 19, 2014

     Dog Club

    The 4-H Dog Club will meet 3:30-4:45 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Extension office. New members are encouraged to attend.

     

    Cooking Club, Conservation Banquet

    The 4-H Cooking Club will be preparing and serving the meal for the Conservation Banquet on Thursday, Feb. 20. If you would like to help with this fundraiser, contact club leader, Connie Smith, at 270-766-7771.

     

    Rubber band bracelet class

  • Extension memories wanted

     Submit an Extension memory and get a chance to win $100.

    This year the national Cooperative Extension Service is celebrating its 100th year anniversary. If you have a favorite memory or story from some Extension-related experience such as Ag, Homemakers or 4-H, share it with the LaRue County Extension Office (270-358-3401). All who submit a memory will be eligible for a $100 prize which will be drawn on March 15 at the Extension Expo. Memories can be dropped off at the Extension office, 807 Old Elizabethtown Road, or emailed to marcy.ward@uky.edu.

  • COLUMN: Consider several factors in grazing livestock

      Grazing represents the cheapest way to feed cattle and other ruminants on a cost per pound of nutrient basis. Let’s review briefly some considerations of a defined grazing program. 

  • Food Check Out Week: Feb. 16-22

     Kentucky Farm Bureau leaders across the state are celebrating national “Food Check-Out Week,” Feb. 16-22, to mark the time of year when the average American has earned enough income to meet his or her annual cost of food.

  • Daniel Carpenter hired as agriculture specialist

    Daniel Carpenter has been selected as an agriculture specialist with Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, specifically serving the agriculture communities of LaRue and Hart counties.

    A Springfield native, Carpenter is a 2007 graduate from the University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in plant and soil science, and is also a certified crop adviser. He has spent the last six years in the agriculture retail industry.