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Agriculture

  • 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.

  • FARM SAFETY: Be observant, courteous when sharing the roadway

     Kentucky farmers are busy harvesting crops across the state and that means drivers are more likely to encounter slow-moving farm equipment on the roadways. Slow down as you share the road this fall with farmers, especially as we celebrate National Farm Safety and Health Week, Sept. 16-22.

  • PHOTO: Intermediate Champion Bull

     R & K Final Answer 561 won reserve intermediate champion bull at the 2012 Tennessee State Fair Roll of Victory (ROV) Angus Show, Sept. 9 in Nashville, Tenn. Kelly Flanders of Buffalo owns the winning bull.

  • 4-H Record Sheets due

     The 4-H year runs from Sept. 1 through Aug. 31. With the end of the 2011-12 4-H Year, it’s now time for 4-H members to submit their 4-H Awards Point System Record Sheets.

    Record Sheets are simply a record of the 4-H activities or events a particular member has participated in during the past year. Points are assigned for various events, depending on the level of participation. 

    Cloverbuds are eligible to submit a record form as well in order to receive recognition. Cloverbuds are ages 5 to 8.