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Agriculture

  • COLUMN: Poison hemlock dangerous to humans, cattle

     Poison hemlock has been increasing locally during the past several years, and is very abundant this year. Although often seen along roadways and fence rows, it has expanded now into grazed pasture lands and hay fields.

    The concern not only comes from its invasive nature but the fact that it is one of the most toxic plants in the world. Throughout history, the toxicity of poison hemlock is well known for accidental deaths of humans and animals.

  • PHOTO: Big, big broccoli
  • Tri-county agriculture tour planned for June 20

     Hardin and LaRue County Conservation Districts have collaborated to offer a free area agriculture tour, open to all Hardin and LaRue County residents. 

    On Wednesday, June 20, tour participants will visit Bob Wade Jr.’s farm in Hardin County that illustrates an elaborate irrigation system and technological implementation in a large grain production. 

  • Free fishing weekend is June 2-3

     Kentucky's Free Fishing Weekend, which began more than 30 years ago, offers youngsters and families an opportunity to try fishing at no cost on June 2-3.

    All anglers, both youngsters and adults, may fish without a license those two days. However, all anglers must still observe minimum size limits and creel limits.

    At several locations around the state, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife has partnered with sportsmen's clubs, parks departments or other government agencies to provide a variety of fishing events and activities for new anglers.

  • 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.