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Agriculture

  • COLUMN: Notes from Groundhog Hill

     Two weeks ago, I plowed and planted this year's summer garden, or what my sister Paula and I refer to as “The Deer Buffet.” Open 24 hours.

    I have two gardens. The first is neat and orderly and supervised by my father, who at 92 years young, is a Master Gardener. I am his apprentice (and manual labor).  This garden resides in town at Dad’s home on Greensburg Street. Not too many deer come around. We do get the occasional raccoon, though. Lots of rabbits too.

  • PHOTO: Rally Day

    Michaela Rock participated in the Area 4-H Rally Day and earned a blue ribbon in Talk Meet and was District Champion in Sr. Animal Science Demonstration.

  • PHOTO: 4-H Fashion Revue

    Machaela LeClear, Kaitlyn Knight and Maddie Helm participated in the Fashion Revue at the Area 4-H Rally Day. All three girls received a blue ribbon and Kaitlyn earned Reserve Champion.

  • COLUMN: Face flies can spread disease in cattle

    The face fly is a tough-to-manage pest of pastured cattle. In addition to the irritation it causes while feeding, it can play a major role in the spread of the bacteria that causes pinkeye within and between herds.

    Female face flies visit cattle for short periods of time to get the protein they need for egg production. Sources include tears, mucus and saliva of cattle. The fly’s sponging mouthparts have small, abrasive teeth that scratch tender tissue around the eye to stimulate tear flow; the tears are then blotted up by the fly’s specialized mouthparts.

  • A beautiful garden starts now

     Get out the shovel and trowels – its Memorial Day weekend and that means gardening for many. Spend a bit more time getting your garden off to a good start and reap the benefits all season long. Proper planting and post planting care means less maintenance, fewer pests and more produce and beautiful flowers in your landscape.

  • FARM CALENDAR: May 16, 2012

    Bacon Creek Watershed Council to meet
    Bacon Creek Watershed Council will meet 6 p.m. central time May 21 at Bonnieville City Hall. Decisions will be made on group leadership and structure and work continued on outreach and education activities.

    Pork Producers meet May 21
    The LaRue County Pork Association will meet 7 p.m. May 21 at the LaRue County Extension Office. A meal will be served. All interested individuals are invited to attend.
                

  • PHOTO: Bird bags turkey

     Patrick Bird of Hodgenville shot his first turkey. The double-bearded turkey weighed 18.8 pounds with beards measuring 10.5 inches and 5.5 inches and spurs measuring .75 inch.

  • 4-H Calendar

     Explorers

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

     

    4-H Camp payment due

    4-H Camp full payment and paperwork are due by Friday, May 18. Those who were signed up for camp should have received a mailing with the required forms. Spots are still available for boys and girls to sign up to attend. If you are interested, contact the Extension Office at 358-3401 as soon as possible. Spots are filled on a first come basis. 4-H Camp will be June 26-29.

  • 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