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Agriculture

  • Pasture care: Take care of those weeds in the fall

     Farmers need to look at their pastures; they may see developing weed problems that need action to correct. If there are weed problems, here are some points to ponder.

    Consider whether or not to drill or overseed more forages into existing pasture to improve the stand, spray herbicides to control emerging broadleaf weeds, renovate the stand next spring, or do nothing.

  • FARM CALENDAR: 9/12/2012

     

    Goat and Sheep Meeting

    The LaRue County Goat and Sheep Producers Association will meet 6:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at the LaRue County Extension Office. The educational program will be a live demonstration of artificial insemination in goats. Also, the goat and sheep shows at the County Fair will be reviewed. The meal will be potluck with a meat provided. All interested producers are invited to attend.

    Pork Producers Meeting

  • Division of Water extends deadline for comments on water sources

     The Kentucky Division of Water has extended its comment period until Oct. 15, on its draft  2012 list of impaired waters, as required by the federal Clean Water Act.

    Section 305(b) of the Act requires each state to monitor, assess and report on the quality of its water relative to designated uses established in accordance with Kentucky╒s water quality standards. This biennial report is known as the Integrated Report to Congress on the Condition of Water Resources in Kentucky, Volume 1. 

  • COLUMN: Farewell, Groundhog Hill

     Delta Airlines Flight 65 – Atlanta to Los Angeles – Somewhere over Texas.

    A flight attendant moves through the aisle to speak to a co-worker:

    “There is a man from Kentucky sitting in 20-B wearing dirty bib overalls and a stained white T-shirt and muddy work boots. He offered me a watermelon he says he grew himself. What a weirdo!”

  • Grimes' children compete at State Fair

     Going to the Kentucky State Fair has a whole new meaning for Abraham Lincoln Elementary School fifth grader Alexis Grimes and her younger brother, Jamie. The two competed in the State Goat Show after advancing from the LaRue County Fair this past August.

    At the state level, Alexis placed third overall in class showmanship and eighth overall in showmanship. She also placed fourth in commercial doe with her goat Sally, 11th in market show with goat Mimi, and 15th in market wether with goat Nibbles.

  • Rains from Isaac give soybeans a boost

     Remnants of Hurricane Isaac provided much needed moisture for most of the state’s soybean crop, said Chad Lee, grain crops specialist with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.

  • COLUMN: Grow veggies later in the season

     Don’t let fall or potentially frosty temperatures stop you from enjoying garden- fresh produce. Extend the nutritional value and homegrown flavor into your fall and early winter meals with the help of short season crops and season extending strategies.

    Lettuce, spinach, radishes, turnips and beets are quick to mature from seed to harvest. Plus, the cooler temperatures enhance their flavor. Simply count the number of frost-free days left in your growing season and compare it with the number of days from planting to harvest listed on the seed packet.  

  • CAIP grants require recordkeeping and site visit

     There are 11 major investment areas eligible for reimbursement in this year’s County Agricultural Investment Program (CAIP). All areas have been designated by the LaRue County Agricultural Development Council as a primary focus investment area and are eligible for a maximum producer 50 percent cost share reimbursement limit of $2,000.

  • 4-H program needs volunteers

     4-H enrollment is currently taking place for 2012-13. School club meetings are being held for 4th and 5th graders. These students have the opportunity to sign up and participate in 4-H at school. However, 4-H is open to all youth ages 9 to 18. 

    All current members must complete a new 4-H enrollment form each year in order to remain a member. 4-H Cloverbud activities are also available for 5 to 8 year olds. The 4-H year goes from Sept. 1 through Aug. 31.

  • Farmers eligible for disaster loan assistance

     Ninety Kentucky counties are eligible for FSA emergency loans.

    Sixty-eight counties have been declared as disaster areas due to damages and looses caused by drought that began April 1.

    Twenty-seven counties, including LaRue, were named as contiguous counties where eligible family farmers may qualify for FSA EM loan assistance pursuant to Section 321(a) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act.