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Agriculture

  • 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.

  • Extension given for CRP grazing

     A two-month extension for emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program acres is being offered.

  • Farm News

     Forage Field Day

  • PHOTO: Beautiful Dixie

     Russell Young of Buffalo took the 4-H Showmanship award with his calf “Dixie” in the open dairy cattle show at the LaRue County Fair.

  • NOTES FROM GROUNDHOG HILL: Return of Bud and Lou

     The following conversation was overheard sometime between 2 and 5 a.m. just east of Ovesen Heights near our beloved Groundhog Hill: