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Agriculture

  • COLUMN: Grazing management – July to December

     Pasture growth from mid June to mid August slows down greatly. Producers should extend the length of time that pasture fields are rested between grazings and begin to leave more residual 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.

  • Elswick and Whitlock attend IFAL

     Two LaRue County High School students are attending a leadership conference this week.

    Shea Elswick and Jared Whitlock are among 42 participants participating in Kentucky Farm Bureau’s 27th annual Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders at Murray State University.

  • Benjamin Michael Connor to exhibit at National Junior Angus Show

     Benjamin Michael Conner of Hodgenville will exhibit Angus cattle at the 2012 National Junior Angus Show July 15-21 at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center, Louisville, according to the American Angus Association.

    Conner, a junior member of the American Angus Association with headquarters in St. Joseph, Mo., is one of 712 young Angus breeders from 39 states and Canada who have entered a total of 1,530 head in the show.

  • Notes from Groundhog Hill: OH DEER!

     CAUTION:  DEER EATING…

  • UK graduate students visit central Kentucky farms

     A group of agricultural economics graduate students from the University of Kentucky made their way to Hodgenville Friday afternoon. Many of the students were international and had never seen a Kentucky farm before.  

  • Notes from Groundhog Hill: Disappointed deer

     CAUTION:  DEER EATING…

    The following dialogue might have been overheard around 2 a.m. on or around Hwy. 31E just past Ovesen Heights:

    Leader: “All right, listen up! Single file, everyone … hooves together. Remember, we hide our numbers and don’t forget to hop every few steps to confuse any trackers. Bob, you’re lagging. Don’t make me come back there.”

  • COLUMN: Foliar corn fungicides are best used at tasseling through silking

     Essentially all corn seed is treated with fungicides to help control seed rots and seedling diseases during germination and early growth.

    More recently, foliar applied corn fungicides is a practice some grain producers have utilized in efforts to control diseases, promote growth, and improve yields of their corn crop. According to UK research, benefits of this practice can vary depending on the circumstances.

  • 4-Hers compete at District Horse Camp

     The Wrangler’s 4-H Horse Club recently participated in Horse Judging, Horse Camp and the District Show. At the District Horse Judging Contest, Carey Coffey received the second place high individual in junior individual judging. She also placed fourth in junior individual hippology. Katie Gardner received third place in the senior individual hippology.

  • UK College of Agriculture taking nominations for Hall of Distinguished Alumni

     The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture has initiated a Hall of Distinguished Alumni. The award will be presented annually to no more than two living nominees. Nominations for the first inductees are being accepted through Sept. 30. Additional posthumous awards will be presented for the first three years to acknowledge the contributions of alumni from earlier generations.

  • COLUMN: Notes from Groundhog Hill

    by Steve LaRue

    Garden of Envy.

    On my way to Groundhog Hill each morning, I pass beautiful fields of green corn, recently set tobacco and purple cornflowers growing wild alongside the road. By the time I reach my experimental garden, I feel happy and eager to see what’s changed in a day’s time. All that’s missing is a bluebird on my shoulder. Not a bad way to start one’s day.