• Legume options should be considered for grazing

    Alfalfa is a high quality, high yielding, and perennial legume and is incredibly versatile under proper management. It can be grown in pure stands or mixtures and can be the best choice for a grass-legume grazing. There are numerous grazing tolerant varieties now available.
    Red clover is easy to establish, high yielding, high quality and readily grows in a variety of soils. It provides good summer growth, but is not as drought tolerant as alfalfa. Its main disadvantage is it is short-lived and persists for an average of only two winters.  

  • Labor Department to revise proposal that would have tightened child farm-labor rules

    The U.S. Department of Labor will revise and apparently relax the controversial regulation that would have allowed children under 16 to do farm work only on farms wholly owned by their parents.

    An unnamed department official told reporters on a conference call this afternoon that the new rule will take into account changes in corporate structure over the past few decades and the devices that farm families use to transfer ownership between generations, sometimes gradually. That was a major point of contention for farmers who objected to the proposal.

  • LaRue County deer harvest

    Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources provides names of hunters taking deer during the fall hunting season.
    Those from LaRue County include:
    (Unless otherwise noted, game was taken during modern firearm season)

  • Farm News updated 1-31-12

    Beef management calendars available
    The 2012 beef integrated resource management calendars are available at the LaRue County Extension Office, 807 Old Elizabethtown Road, Hodgenville.  These free wall-style calendars are useful for cow-calf producers. The 18-month calendar is designed for either a fall calving or spring calving herd and lists due dates for each breeding date and management suggestions for cattle, forages and records for each month. Supplies are limited.

    Big Tree Contest

  • 4-H Calendar updated 1-31-12

    Beginners sewing classes
    A beginners sewing class for ages 9-18 will be held 9:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays in February at the Extension Office.  Class size is limited. To sign up, call 358-3401. If you have a sewing machine, bring it to the class. Students will be given a short list of supplies needed for the class.

    The 4-H Cloverbuds will meet 3:30-4:45 p.m. Feb. 1 at the LaRue County Extension Office.  This is for ages 5 to 8 years old or kindergarten-third grades.

    Shooting Sports

  • Hunters find challenge in sandhill cranes

    Larry Dreamis Hill failed in his quest to take a bird during Kentucky’s inaugural sandhill crane hunting season but says it wasn’t for lack of effort.
    “These birds were extremely challenging and seemed to change their patterns a little every day. I really enjoyed the challenge and look forward to future seasons of pursuing this bird. I remember when the first sandhill cranes showed up in Cecilia years ago now I have the opportunity to hunt them. It’s very exciting,” said Hill, Cecilia’s retired fire chief.

  • Meredith files bills for possible tax exemptions

    Rep. Michael Meredith, R-Brownsville (19th District) announced Thursday he is filing two bills that if passed in the 2012 Legislative Session would provide tax exemptions to Kentucky’s equine and agricultural animal industries.
    House Bill 285 would extend sales tax exemptions to any horse farms and equine operations in the Commonwealth on feed, building supplies and other items.  Joining Rep. Meredith as primary co-sponsors on the bill are Rep. Sara Beth Gregory, R-Monticello, and Rep. Ryan Quarles, R-Georgetown.

  • Deadline close for 4-H Poetry Contest

    The 4-H Poetry Contest is being held again this year. The contest is open to all LaRue County youth, ages 9 to 18. Each youth may enter one poem for the competition.
    All poems must be submitted to the Extension Office by Feb. 17. Most students have probably already written poems for school. Why not turn your best poem in to be judged? Teachers, you may even wish to require your students to participate in the poetry contest or give extra credit for those students who participate.

  • Horse College offered this spring

    For horse (equine) owners in LaRue, Hardin and Meade counties, a four-session Horse College will be offered this spring. Each session will last two-to-three hours.
    The classes will meet at 6 p.m. for four consecutive Monday nights beginning March 12 with the first session at the LaRue County Extension Office. The focus of session one is nutrition.
    The second session is March 19 at the Hardin County Extension Center, the topic is equine health.

  • PHOTO: Cecil harvests first deer