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Agriculture

  • Farm News updated 2-21-12

    Kentucky Alfalfa Conference
    The 32nd annual Kentucky Alfalfa Conference will be Thursday, Feb. 23 at the Cave City Convention Center. The program begins at 9:30 a.m. Discussion topics include Roundup Ready varieties’ performance, marketing alfalfa, KDA testing program, seed coating, alfalfa in horse and beef diets and other topics. There will also be a trade show. A $15 registration fee, payable at the door, includes proceedings, refreshments and lunch.

    Extension Council to meet

  • Barn tales: If old barns could talk

    John Poteet, a frequent contributor to The LaRue County Herald News, has a great fondness for old barns. He saw a pair of barns, standing about 400-feet apart on the same farm in the Leafdale community, and was inspired to submit the following:
    If old barns could talk, these two old barns like two old men sitting in rocking chairs on the porch of their retirement home might have a conversation something like this. We’ll call the old barns Grover and Wilson.
    “How old are you, Wilson?”

  • 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.