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Agriculture

  • FFA members compete in Agricultural Communications

     LaRue County High School FFA students Hayley Utter, Kyle Edlin and Shea Elswick will compete for national honors in the area of Agricultural Communications. The three member team will attend a press conference, utilize information gathered in a group activity and be tested on editing, design and electronic media. The competition will be held at the 85th National FFA Convention. Misty Bivens is the chapter advisor. 

  • COLUMN: Fall care for lawns

     Summer can be hard on our lawns. With much of the country suffering from extreme heat and drought conditions this past summer, many lawns took a beating.

    Fall is the perfect time to help your lawn recover from the stressors of summer and prepare for winter. The warm soil and cooler temperatures promote root growth and thickening of the lawn.

  • Fall Fire Season: Oct 1 to Dec. 15

     The Kentucky Division of Forestry is once again preparing for an active wildfire season as lack of rain this summer and increased fuel loads from spring storms could pose problems for fighting fires. 

  • Outstanding Young Farm Family Finalists: Ryan and Misty Bivens

      Each year, Kentucky Farm Bureau presents its “Outstanding Young Farm Family” award to recognize a couple under age 35 who has exhibited the strongest farm management skills, most consistent financial growth and highest level of involvement in both Farm Bureau and their community.

    Ryan and Misty Bivens of LaRue County are one of three finalists for the award. Others are Michael and Jill Harton of Christian County and Bruce and Charissa Wade of Mercer County.

  • COLUMN: Web site can assist with crop decisions

     Corn, soybean and wheat prices have all done well this year, although yields (especially corn) have suffered. Many grain farmers are considering planting wheat this fall and following with a soybean double crop.

    However, double crop soybeans are more susceptible to summer drought and typically yield about 20 percent less than full season soybeans. Let’s consider an example of a planting decision and possible implications using a UK agriculture economics web based decision aid.

  • Spotted wing Drosophilia found in Kentucky

     The U.S. Department of Agriculture has confirmed a spotted wing Drosophila fly was found in south central Kentucky. Originally from Asia, this particular fruit fly species can be destructive to softer skinned fruit. The fly was captured in a University of Kentucky Integrated Pest Management trap in a peach orchard.

     “For years to come, this is going to be a major production issue for raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, grapes and strawberries,” said Ric Bessin, extension entomologist with the UK College of Agriculture.

  • FARM CALENDAR: 9/26/12

     

     

    Keep good records

    Farmers with livestock or feed losses related to natural disasters such as the drought or Hurricane Isaac should document for disaster assistance programs. Document number and kind of livestock that have died, supplemented by photographs; dates of death; costs of transporting livestock to safer grounds or new pastures; and feed purchases if feed or grazing pastures or destroyed. For more information, contact the Farm Service Agency at 765-2702.

    Farm Service Agency nominations

  • COLUMN: Be safe this harvest season

     Farm accidents are often preventable. With the fall harvest underway, let’s be careful and prevent accidents and tragedies from happening. Consider the following safety tips.

    • Be sure all workers are trained and physically capable of operating equipment and understand the safety procedures. Take time to talk to workers about safety.

    • Long working hours can lead to fatigue and stress, making you less alert to potential safety hazards. Take some breaks when operating equipment for an extended period of time.

  • PHOTO: Running beans

     LaRue County farmers have been harvesting soybeans during the last couple of weeks. The field pictured is located between Lincoln Parkway and Old E’town Road. Soybeans are grown on about 1.3 million acres in Kentucky generating about $300 million, according to the state Extension Service. It’s the second largest row crop in the United States.

  • Gardener's Toolbox series begins in Hardin County

     The Gardener’s Toolbox Series, sponsored by Hardin County Extension Service, 201 Peterson Dr., Elizabethtown, will offer several classes this fall.

    • The class, Making a Mosaic Pot, will be 6 p.m. Oct. 10-17. You will decorate an 8-inch terracotta pot and saucer with mosaic tiles in the first class. The next class is about grouting. All supplies are included. Cost is $25; class limited to 20. The deadline to register is Sept. 27.

    • The class, How to Grow Garlic, will be Oct. 24. Cost is $5.