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Agriculture

  • Accurately measure when using small quantities of dry pesticides

      Backpack and handheld sprayers are often used around the farm or home to treat small areas. However, most pesticide labels focus on mixing and applying pesticide in quantities that far exceed the sizes of common backpack and handheld sprayers.

    As a result, accurate conversions must be made to avoid a spray mix or application rate that could result in a treatment that is either stronger than recommended or too weak to be effective.

  • International flavors anticipated

     Several weeks of sunshine and plenty of rain have given the garden a really nice start, thus far. Zinnia, marigold, sunflower, green beans, and purple corn are all emerging and visible.

    Unfortunately, so has the Johnson grass. I half-heartedly hacked at a few blades but my resolve was not there as the ground is kinda muddy from the recent severe weather.

  • Groundhog Hill: Little Winter? You bet your linen britches it's cold

     This past week, the thermometer read 37 degrees one morning. Yikes.

    As soon as Dad awakened and came to the kitchen for breakfast, I hit him first with a statement: “It’s 37 degrees outside” and followed it up with this question: “Which winter is this?”

    Dad is not super-verbal first thing in the morning, so while I waited for him to put on his thinking cap (and drink his cup of coffee), I booted up my computer and searched online for some answers.

  • 4-H Calendar - May 21, 2014

     Cloverbuds

    The 4-H Cloverbuds will meet 3:30-4:45 p.m. May 21 at the Extension office.

     

    Dog Club

    The 4-H Dog Club will meet 6 p.m. May 22 at the Extension office.

     

    Cooking Club

    The 4-H Cooking Club will meet 3:30-5 p.m. May 27 at the Extension office.

     

    Arts and Crafts

    The 4-H Explorers Arts & Crafts Club will meet 3:30 p.m. May 28 at the Extension office.

     

  • COLUMN: Summer annual grasses can supply forage needs

     Summer annual grasses such as sudangrass, sorghum-sudan hybrid, teff and pearl millet can play an important role for pasture and hay needs. If managed properly, these grasses can provide high yields of good quality forage in a short amount of time.

  • Farm News - May 14

     Master Gardener Plant Fair

    The Lincoln Trail Area Master Gardener Plant Fair is 8 a.m.-2 p.m. May 17 at the Hardin County Extension office, 201 Peterson Dr., Elizabethtown. For more information, call 270-765-4121.

     

    Pork Producers meet

    The LaRue County Pork Association will meet 7 p.m. May 19 at the LaRue County Extension office in Hodgenville. All interested individuals are invited to attend

     

    Ag Market Day - May 20 

  • Ag Market Day offers produce, burgers, activities

     The success of last summer’s Ag Market Day led to plans for a 2014 version.

    About 200 people attended the event, taking the opportunity to purchase locally produced vegetables, bedding plants, eggs and baked goods from 10 vendors.

    The LaRue County Extension office is sponsoring another Ag Market Day on May 20 – Primary Election Day. At least 15 vendors will set up booths at the Extension office at 807 Old Elizabethtown Road.

  • PHOTO: Big mouth bass

    William Thornton caught this big mouth bass Monday afternoon in McDougal Lake. The photo has been submitted to Kentucky Outdoor Magazine. Watch for it next month.

  • GROUNDHOG HILL: Companion gardening in its many forms

     Groundhog Hill is situated atop a knoll on Gypsy Acres, our family farm owned by my sister Paula. My maternal grandparents, Paul and Pearl Daugherty Enlow considered themselves gypsies based on their many re-locations, hence, the name they gave their farm. The name stuck, and Paul and Pearl enjoyed many wonderful years together there.

  • PHOTO: First turkey