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Agriculture

  • Consider legumes for spring grazing

    Believe or not spring grazing should be here soon. Alfalfa is a high quality, high yielding, and perennial legume and is incredibly versatile under proper management. It can be grown in pure stands or mixtures and can be the best choice for a grass-legume grazing. There are many grazing tolerant varieties.

    Red clover is easy to establish, high yielding, high quality and readily grows in a variety of soils. It provides good summer growth, but is not as drought tolerant as alfalfa. Its main disadvantage is it is short-lived and persists for an average of only two winters.

  • State Fair board adds extra day of horse show

    The Kentucky State Fair Board last week voted to extend the World's Championship Horse Show, held during the Kentucky State Fair, by an extra day. The additional day will begin in 2015.

    Held in Freedom Hall, the prestigious Saddlebred show will now begin on the first Saturday of the Fair for an eight-day run, rather than the first Sunday. The finals will continue to be held on the last Saturday night.

    Fred Sarver, who represents the America Saddlebred Horse Association on the Kentucky State Fair Board praised the action of the fair board.

  • Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Winter backyard birding basics

    The deepest, darkest, bleakest part of winter is here. The long slog from just after the holidays through the NCAA tournament is one of the toughest to weather, but watching the many species of birds that inhabit Kentucky in your backyard can brighten the most leaden days.

  • Farm Calendar: Feb. 18, 2015

    Options for Farm Bill

    A meeting to discuss options for the new Farm Bill Program will be held 1:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at the LaRue County Extension office. ARC and PLC programs will be discussed along with other options. The meeting is sponsored by the Farm Service Agency and Extension.

     

    Conservation Stewardship Deadline Approaching

  • COLUMN: Fair Bill meeting planned for Feb. 19

    As a part of the 2014 Farm Bill, LaRue County landowners have a one-time opportunity to update their payment yields (based upon 90 percent of a farm's 2008-2012 average yields) and to possibly reallocate their farm base acres based upon the share of 2009-2012 acres planted to program crops. The deadline is Feb. 27.

    Almost all farms can benefit from updating with many program crop yields improving by several bushels per acre. The decision to update yields can be made on a crop-by-crop basis.

  • PHOTO: Chili Cook-off
  • How to control pesky thistles

    Musk or nodding thistle is the most common type of thistle locally. The primary growth period is in the spring and summer. However, most seed germinate in the fall and form a rosette which grows close to the ground, often growing unnoticed until spring.

    The most important step in long-term control of thistle is to prevent flowering, and the production and spread of new seed (which is carried by wind). This can be done by mechanical or chemical control.

  • Kentucky burley market taking a hit

    A drop in burley prices from around $2 or more per pound in recent years to $1.40 per pound or less at current auction is a sign of “volatility” in Kentucky’s tobacco market, an agriculture economist told state lawmakers Wednesday.

    University of Kentucky Extension Professor Dr. Will Snell told the House Standing Committee on Agriculture and Small Business that some burley is selling for less than a dollar a pound at auction, although the leaf is still selling around the $2-per-pound mark on contract depending on quality.

  • PHOTO: Curious Cows
  • Pasture renovation time is soon

    Renovating pastures and hay fields to renew grass productivity is one of the most important things LaRue County farmers can do to improve their pasture and hay fields. Pastures and other forages feed the county’s 24,000 head of cattle and calves in addition to the other ruminant livestock and horses. It will soon be time to renovate this year.

    Pasture renovation (seeding legumes, usually clover, into an established grass stand) is a win-win situation because it decreases production costs and increases animal performance, which should result in increased income.