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Agriculture

  • Hay! That could spontaneously combust!

     Hay growers should be aware of the potential hay fires. When hay is baled too wet, hay or barn fires can occur. However, hay fires can generally be prevented if hay is baled at appropriate moisture and the temperature of recently baled hay monitored.

    Hay usually will go through a heating phase within one to two weeks after baling. During this time, hay should be monitored to ensure it does not reach temperatures that can damage the hay or lead to spontaneous combustion.

  • PHOTOS: HES visits Plowshares Farm
  • Farm Calendar 5-9-12

    Goat and Sheep Producers meet
    The LaRue County Goat and Sheep Producers Association will meet 6:30 p.m. May 10 at the Extension Office. Dr. Mike Keller will be present “Minerals Matter,” a program teaching the importance of mineral supplementation for sheep and goats. There will also be election of officers and planning for the LaRue County Fair sheep and goat shows. The meal will be potluck. All interested individuals are invited to attend.

    Forest Leadership Program

  • Conservation District accepting requests for cost share funding

    The LaRue County Conservation District will accept requests for cost share funding under the Kentucky Soil Erosion and Water Quality Cost Share and Environmental Stewardship Program May 14 through June 15.           

  • Kentucky Farm Bureau looking for 2012 Farmer of the Year, applications must be postmarked by July 2

    Kentucky Farm Bureau is on the lookout for the best of the best as it calls for applications for the 2012 KFB Farmer of the Year award. The organization initiated a Farmer of the Year awards program as a way to recognize KFB members for their commitment to excellence in agriculture, efficiency in farming practices, sound financial management and outstanding leadership in their county Farm Bureau and other civic organizations.

  • 4-H Calendar updated 5-9-12

    Poultry
    The 4-H Poultry Club will meet 3:30-5:00 p.m. May 9 at the Extension Office.
     
    Photography
    The 4-H Photography Club will meet 2:30 p.m. May 11 at the Extension Office.
     
    Dog Club
    The 4-H Dog Club will meet 10-11:30 a.m. May 12 at the Extension Office. Bring your dogs on a leash if it’s not raining.

    4-H Explorers
    The 4-H Explorers Club will meet 3:30 p.m. May 16 at the Extension Office.

  • Chemicals can affect water safety

    May is Kentucky Water Awareness Month. We can observe it by helping keep our groundwater safe from contaminants.  
    Agricultural chemicals are an important part of farming, but, if misapplied, can lead to groundwater contamination. As farmers plant and grow crops this year, they should take steps to reduce the chance of farm chemicals in groundwater:
    Read the manufacturer’s label for each chemical and follow label directions for safe use and disposal.

  • Cloverbud Camp signups going on now

    If your kindergartener to 8-year-old is ready for an overnight 4-H camping experience then Cloverbud Camp is the place to start. Cloverbud Camp is specifically designed for young campers and their parents, who are not ready for a week of a residential camping experience. The length of stay is two nights and three days.
    Campers participate in the traditional camp activities offered at 4-H camp including canoeing, riflery, cooking, fishing and nature as well as fun afternoon and evening activities including swimming and field games.  

  • Cooking classes planned in conjunction with farmers market

     The LaRue County Extension Office will offer free cooking classes this summer in conjunction with the LaRue County Farmers Market.

    The farmers market will be open 2-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays from May to September at the LaRue County Extension Service parking area.

    The cooking classes will meet on the second and fourth Fridays in May, June and July.

    The classes will be 2-4 p.m. on those days with the focus on how to cook and store fresh seasonal produce.

  • Chemicals can affect water safety

     May is Kentucky Water Awareness Month. We can observe it by helping keep our groundwater safe from contaminants. 

    Agricultural chemicals are an important part of farming, but, if misapplied, can lead to groundwater contamination. As farmers plant and grow crops this year, they should take steps to reduce the chance of farm chemicals in groundwater:

    Read the manufacturer’s label for each chemical and follow label directions for safe use and disposal.