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Agriculture

  • ESSAY: Kentucky farmers, our American heroes

    Kentucky Farmers-Our American Heroes

    My father and my oldest brother have always been considered my heroes. They are my role models and two men I look up to and admire. I admire them for their hard work ethic, their faith, dedication, and patience. They are Kentucky farmers.

  • ESSAY: Kentucky farmers, American heroes

    What do you think of when I say heroes? Many people will answer by saying many of the superheroes or even firefighters or a policeman.

    However, most people don’t even think about farmers. Farmers are one of America’s major heroes … but they go unnoticed. How is this possible? Just think, without farmers where would you get your food? Farmers are a major hero in my life and maybe you’ll think the same the next time you pick up that shiny red apple at the store. 

  • ESSAY: My hero, who is a Kentucky farmer

    My Hero, Who Is a Kentucky Farmer

    By:  Cyrus Bivens

    Ryan Bivens is the best farmer in the world. Last year he won the Kentucky Farmer award and won a new truck. This year he has combined more so he can make money and help feed the cows, horses, pigs and other animals. He has two little boys named Cyrus (me) and Avery and my momma named Misty. 

    We try to be the sweetest boys ever. They are the two farmers of all our farmland. They always farm together. Misty brings food to everyone when they are busy.   

  • Farm Calendar - April 16, 2014

    Tobacco GAP Training

    The LaRue County Extension office will conduct Tobacco Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) training via an interactive audio video computer connection on Lync at 10 a.m. April 16, and 7 p.m. April 22. If interested and plan to attend, call 270-358-3401 so materials can be ordered. Growers need to register and get a grower ID before the training. Register at www.gapconnections.com.

     

    Pork Producers meet

  • Farm Bureau seeks 'Farmer of the Year'

    The 2014 Kentucky Farm Bureau “Farmer of the Year” application process is now open, and the organization is seeking the Commonwealth’s finest nominees for this prestigious award.

  • CORN: Five keys for high yielding corn

     There are five keys to high corn yields: 1) good genetics, 2) maximize days suitable for growing, 3) achieve 90 to 95 percent light interception at or close to silking, 4) adequate nutrients to complete plant growth and seed fill, and 5) adequate water and air to complete plant growth and seed fill.

    By optimizing all of these five keys, the odds for producing high corn yields are much improved.

  • COLUMN: Grow a nutritious garden in a pot

     Don’t let a lack of time or space get in the way of gardening your way to a healthy lifestyle. Plant a container of nutritious vegetables and herbs.  Include a few planters on the front porch, back patio or right outside the kitchen door.

    All that’s needed is some potting mix, fertilizer, plants and a container with drainage holes. A 15-to-24-inch diameter pot or 24-to-36-inch long window box is a good starting size. Bigger containers hold more plants and moisture longer, so it can be watered less frequently.

  • 4-H Calendar - April 16, 2014

     Cooking Club

    The 4-H Cooking Club will meet 3:30-5 p.m. April 17 at the Extension office.

     

    Photography Club

    The 4-H Photography Club will meet 2-3 p.m. April 18 at the Extension office. (Note date change.)

     

    Rabbit Club

    The 4-H Rabbit Club will meet 5 p.m. April 21 at the Extension office.

     

    Arts & Crafts Explorers

  • Farm News - April 9, 2014

    Tobacco GAP Training
    Tobacco Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) training is needed for those who grow tobacco for 2014. There will be a training session at the Elizabethtown Receiving Station 6 p.m. April 15. This is a private, company-sponsored meeting, but all growers are welcome if they RSVP by calling the Elizabethtown Receiving Station at 270-360-8436.

  • COLUMN: Ear tags control flies

     Insecticide-impregnated cattle ear tags release small amounts of an insecticide which are distributed over the animal in skin oils and during grooming or rubbing. Ear tags can provide long term control of horn flies and some reduction in face fly numbers. Some things to consider in selection and use follow.

    Read the label before you buy. All tags are labeled for beef cattle, but not all are approved for use on lactating dairy cows. Also, check for any limitations for use, such as animal age.