• Spring forage decisions affect yearly production

    Spring is here. Management practices during the early spring directly impact future performance and profitability for the upcoming year. Let’s look at two common misconceptions and why some may need to rethink their management practices as they relate to the harvest of spring-time forages.

    Wet weather during the spring makes it nearly impossible to put up quality hay is one misconception. While not impossible, it is difficult. We cannot turn the water off and on to accommodate the growth of forages and our harvest schedule as farmers do in the western United States.

  • PHOTO: Ireland harvests turkey

    Chase Ireland, son of Tiffany Ireland and Eli Ireland, harvested this turkey during a weekend hunting trip at Peabody Coal Mine WMA with his grandfather, Owen Montgomery.

  • PHOTOS: Gabe's gobblers

    Gabe Fortier, 10, took full advantage of Youth Turkey Season and bagged his limit of two gobblers. Turkey #1 was taken on Saturday and weighed 17 pounds with a three-inch beard. Turkey #2 was taken on Sunday and weighed 22 pounds with a 10-inch beard.

  • Conservation Banquet Awards

    The LaRue County Conservation District Banquet was held March 17 at the LaRue County Extension office.
    The awards dinner is held to honor the winning participants and teachers of the Jim Claypool Art and Writing Contest. LCCD coordinates the event while local businesses sponsor awards for students.
    Participating businesses that sent a representative to present the awards were
    Southern States of Hodgenville, Crop Production Services of Hodgenville, Lincoln National Bank, Magnolia Bank and McDowell Farm Machinery.

  • 4-H Calendar - April 8, 2015

    Livestock Club

    The 4-H Livestock Club will meet 6-8 p.m. April 13 at the Extension office.


    Talent Show

    The LaRue County 4-H Talent Show will be 6:30 p.m. April 17 at the Extension office.  Participants must pre-register by April 13 by calling 270-358-3401.


    4-H Camp

  • COLUMN: Fertility and grazing management help control weeds in pasture

    Grass, clover (and weeds) are now actively growing in LaRue County pastures. Unfortunately, weeds can be difficult to control in pastures. Farmers often use herbicides to control pasture weeds, but there are not many labeled that are effective (especially in established mixed clover grass stands). However there are some cultural practices that can assist in weed control.

  • COLUMN: 4-H Gardening Club returns for season

    The 4-H Gardening Club will start back Saturday, April 25 with its first meeting for the season.

    The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. at Lee’s Garden Center. All LaRue County youth with an interest in gardening are encouraged to attend.

    This club is open to youth of all ages. Parents are encouraged to attend with their children.

    Participants will learn about gardening and will also be given plants to take home and plant to begin their own garden. They will also be encouraged to keep a journal of when they plant, water and fertilize.

  • Shelby County farmer injured

    The farming community of Shelby County is still reeling in shock after one of its best known – and best loved – farmers was seriously injured Sunday in a farming accident.

    Longtime farmer Jack Trumbo was taken to the University of Louisville Hospital Sunday after he a tractor he was working on rolled over him.

  • FISH AND WILDLIFE: Grouse survey online

    The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is seeking additional public input about forest management and restoration of woodland species such as grouse.

    A recent series of public meetings on the topic included a survey for attendees to complete afterward. The department has placed this survey online to gather more input from those who were not able to attend the public sessions. The survey is located at http://fw.ky.gov/Hunt/Pages/GrouseInput.aspx.

  • COLUMN: Reduce grain production costs by testing soil, controlling weeds

    With the low prices of corn and soybeans, associated with high land rent and other high production costs, grain farmers are looking to cut production costs.

    According to Chad Lee, UK Extension grain specialist, there are at least two primary things farmers need to do. The first is to use appropriate soil-applied fertilizers based on soil tests, and the second is to use highly effective weed control, which probably includes a soil residual herbicide.