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Agriculture

  • Take control of weeds in the vegetable garden

     Home gardeners look forward to that first ripe tomato or ear of corn they pick from their carefully tended gardens. But after some vigorous weed pulling on a hot, humid day, you may wonder if it is all worth it. 

    Weeds compete with crops for water, nutrients and sunlight.  Some weeds, like quackgrass, can chemically inhibit vegetable plant growth. Others host insect pests and disease pathogens.  All of these result in fewer fresh vegetables for your table. 

  • Plan Ahead for Successful Summer Canning

    Whether you’ve been canning for years or are just starting out, now’s the time to plan ahead, so that you’ll be ready to make the most of this summer’s fresh fruits and vegetables.

    First, you need to decide which type of canner you’ll be using. There are two types of canners available: boiling water canners and pressure canners. A boiling water canner can safely be used to can high-acid foods like fruits, jams, jellies, pickles and acidified tomato products.

  • Farm calendar - June 14, 2017

    Hort Shorts gardening classes 

    The next class in the Hort Shorts summer series gardening class is scheduled at 6 p.m. on Thursday June 15 at the LaRue County Extension Office. The class will be about “Preparing for Fall Garden Crops”. For more information please contact the LaRue County Extension Office at 270-358-3401. 

    Pesticide container recycling

  • Fruit, Vegetable Crops Disease Prevention

    Transplanted and early direct-seeded vegetable crops in the field should be receiving their first fungicide application this week, if growers haven’t started their spray program yet.

  • Farm calendar - June 7, 2017

    HORT SHORTS GARDENING CLASSES 

    The next class in the Hort Shorts summer series gardening class is scheduled at 6 p.m. on Thursday June 15 at the LaRue County Extension Office. The class will be about “Preparing for Fall Garden Crops”. For more information please contact the LaRue County Extension Office at 270-358-3401. 

    PESTICIDE CONTAINER RECYCLING

  • Taste of LaRue
  • Fly control on cattle

    Warmer weather brings more pest problems. Horn flies and face flies are key pests of Kentucky cattle. Both species breed in fresh manure piles, but they present different threats and management problems. Fortunately, you have a variety of fly control options.

  • Quarles warns farmers to avoid hay-buying scam

    Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles is cautioning area farmers to stay alert for possible scams targeting hay buyers and sellers.

    “The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) has received several reports of fraudulent hay-buying activity in recent weeks,” Quarles said. “Farmers should take extra care to protect themselves from scam artists when buying or selling commodities such as hay or livestock, especially when contacted through email, social media, or text message.”

    Warning signs of a possible scam may include:

  • Farm calendar - May 31, 2017

    Hort Shorts

    The first Hort Shorts summer series gardening class is scheduled at 6 p.m. on Thursday June 8 at the LaRue County Extension Office. The class will be about “Growing your own Pumpkins for Fall Decoration.” For more information please contact the LaRue County Extension Office at 270-358-3401. 

  • 4-H Calendar - May 31, 2017

    4-H Summer Camp

    All camp forms for campers, teens and adults are due.  Please make sure final payment and forms have been turned in to the LaRue County Extension Office.  Girls that have not yet signed up, spots are still available.  Call 270-358-3401 for more information.

    Cooking Club

    The 4-H Cooking Club will be having a picnic from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 7 at the Lincoln Farm Picnic area.  The club will provide the meat and drinks; members are asked to bring a side or dessert.

     4-H Rabbit Show