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Agriculture

  • Say yes to asparagus

    Asparagus is an early-season crop you may now find at markets. Harvested during April and May in Kentucky, it is a nutrient-dense vegetable that you can eat raw, lightly boil, steam, stir-fry or grill. It can be seasoned with herbs, butter or Parmesan cheese to enhance its flavor.

    Asparagus is a good source of vitamins A and C, folate and fiber. A half-cup serving of fresh asparagus, which is about six stalks, contains 22 calories, 2 grams of protein and 4 grams of carbohydrates.

  • Bees, Pesticides in the Garden

    At one of our recent “Hort Shorts” gardening classes, I was asked by a local beekeeper how they can avoid problems to bees when using pesticides in the garden and yard.

    Overwintering losses of honey bee colonies increased in 2006 and remain at unacceptable levels, but at the same time, there has been a huge increase in beekeeping by hobbyists. This article addresses a few steps which can be taken to minimize hazards to bees when using insecticides to manage other insect pests in the garden.

  • Farm, home safety for stormy weather

    It’s that time of year when we get more thunderstorms. Weather patterns are more active, and storms thrive with the moisture and rapidly rising warm air that is very common during the transition to warmer seasons.

    Stormy conditions also increase the potential for lightning to strike people at work or play outdoors and, possibly, while they’re inside a building. Although thunderstorms are more common during the spring and summer, they can take place all year long and at all hours.

  • Three things to consider for spring fishing

    The up and down nature of spring weather can cause consternation among anglers when planning fishing trips. Concerns about the weather is one of three things to consider when planning fishing trips this spring.

    1. Barometric pressure is key to unlocking fish behavior in spring:

    Barometric pressure is the measurement of the weight of an entire column of air pressing down upon the Earth. Approaching storm fronts in spring ease this weight, resulting in low barometric pressure. The low pressure releases humidity trapped in the atmosphere, resulting in rain or snow.

  • 2017 Farm to Fork program

    Community organizations are invited to apply to host Kentucky Proud dinners now through the fall of 2017.

    The Kentucky Proud Farm to Fork Program will provide funding to qualifying applicants for dinners that showcase local food products. The program will also promote local agri-tourism businesses and provide educational background on locally produced agricultural food and products.

  • Farm calendar - April 12, 2017

    Pork Producers

    The LaRue County Pork Producers will meet on at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 17 at the LaRue County Extension Office.

  • Time your snacks right for exercising

     Make sure your body is properly fueled for a workout, but avoid mindless snacking. If you start to exercise low on fuel, you could end up feeling weak and run out of steam.

    However, unnecessary snacking before a workout may make exercise uncomfortable and add calories you don’t need, counteracting the calorie burn of your physical activity.

  • Farm calendar - April 5, 2017

    Eden Shale Field Day

    The Kentucky Beef Network will be hosting a Fenceline Feeding System field day at Eden Shale Farm at 10 a.m. on Thursday April 6. They will be discussing five different feeding system designs, sight selection, installation procedures, and they will have cattle actively using them so you can see how each one is functioning. Matt Springer, UK Wildlife Extension Specialist, will also be there to talk about how to manage black buzzard populations on your farm.

    “Hort Short” Gardening Series

  • Time to cut some grass

    The smell of fresh cut grass wafting through the neighborhood is one of the surest signs of spring. If you can catch a break in between sneezes, and you haven’t already mowed your grass, it’s probably time to crank up the mower and give your yard a much needed haircut.

    Pay special attention to mowing heights as you mow and be aware that cutting at proper heights can greatly improve the health of your lawn. Also, please remember that riding lawnmowers only have one seat for a reason. They should only have one passenger.

  • Farm calendar - March 29, 2017

    “Hort Shorts” Gardening Series

    LaRue County “Hort Shorts” Gardening Series started on March 20 at the LaRue County Extension Office. The first class was on Growing Strawberries in LaRue County. Other scheduled classes include Gardening with Tomato, Peppers, and Eggplants on March 27, Straw Bale Gardening on April 3, and Growing Melons on April 10.