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Agriculture

  • Beware of grass tetany in cattle

    Michelle Arnold, UK Extension Veterinarian encourages cow/calf producers to start feeding high magnesium mineral. Grass will be greening up soon so it is best to be proactive to prevent grass tetany.
    Grass tetany is caused by abnormally low magnesium in the bloodstream of cattle. Pregnant cows should be fed supplemental magnesium from 60 days before calving until the beginning of the breeding season to help prevent it.

  • 4-H News updated 2-15-12

    Shooting Sports
    The LaRue County 4-H Shooting Sports Club will practice 6:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at the New Haven Gun Club.
     
    Poetry Contest
    The deadline to turn in 4-H Poetry Contest entries is Feb. 17. Submit poems to the LaRue County Extension Office by 4:30 p.m. For rules or more information, call 358-3401.
     
    Photography Club
    The LaRue County 4-H Photography Club will meet 2:30-3:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Extension Office.  Youth with an interest in photography are encouraged to attend.

  • Farm News updated 2-15-12

    Pork Producers meet
    The LaRue County Pork Association will meet 7 p.m. Feb. 20 at the LaRue County Extension Office. A meal will be served. All interested individuals are invited to attend.
     
    Kentucky Alfalfa Conference

  • LaRue County Farm Bureau offers scholarship

    LaRue County Farm Bureau is offering a total of $3,000 in college scholarships in 2012. These include four $500 college scholarships open to both high school seniors who will enter college this fall, to undergraduate college students and to adults interested in entering college or continuing their college education. Preference will be given to applicants pursuing careers in agriculture or related fields.

  • LaRue County Farm Bureau celebrates Food Check-Out Week

    The cost of food in America remains affordable. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, American consumers spend, on average, just over 10 percent of their disposable income for food. That means the average household will have earned enough disposable income – that portion of income available for spending or saving – to pay for its annual food supply in about seven weeks, said Kentucky Farm Bureau president Mark Haney.

  • 4-H dog club to meet Saturday

    The 4-H Dog Club will meet 10 a.m. Feb. 18 at the LaRue County Extension Office.  Members may bring their dog on a leash, if the weather is not rainy or snowy.  New members are welcome to attend.
    The 4-H Dog Care and Training Project is a valuable experience that teaches youth to raise and understand animals as well as master important life skills.

  • Tobacco disease management for 2012

    Farmers planning for this year’s burley tobacco crop need to keep disease prevention and management a part of those plans.
    Black Shank was a big disease problem in some fields last year, and may or may not be a problem this year. There’s no way to tell what disease pressures growers will face in the coming growing season. Much depends on the climate with diseases like black shank, blue mold and target spot.

  • March 1 starts new fishing license

    The new year for fishing licenses begins March 1.
    This coming year presents some new opportunities to catch rainbow trout, blue catfish, redear sunfish, also known as shellcrackers and white crappie.
    Black crappie now dominate the population in Taylorsville Lake, and a good spawn last year should lead to good fishing for blacks in the coming years. Also, three years of white crappie stockings should lead to great fishing this spring.

  • Fish and Wildlife to host town hall conversation sessions; LaRue’s March 28

    People have the opportunity to exchange ideas and engage in open conversation with staff from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources during a series of town hall meetings being held across the state.
    The nine town hall meetings begin Feb. 13 in Lexington and conclude with the final session April 2 in Morehead. Individual meetings are subject to rescheduling due to bad weather.

  • Plant Hardiness Zone Map shows slight changes for LaRue

    For the first time since 1990, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has updated its Plant Hardiness Zone Map.
    Plant hardiness zone designations represent the average annual extreme minimum temperatures. Low temperature during the winter is a crucial factor in the survival of plants, according to the USDA.
    LaRue County is among the areas that have been upgraded for planting temperatures due to the overall warming trend. Although that probably won’t make that much difference to gardeners, according to LaRue County Extension Agent David Harrison.