• COLUMN: The bluebird returns to Groundhog Hill

    Groundhog Hill – Greetings, friends, family, connections. The garden has been recently plowed and is ready for planting. Another season is upon us, and I don’t know about you, but I am excited.

    Many thanks to my brother-in-law John Varney for his generosity and excellent tractor-work. Thanks to Johnny, the garden is now a blank canvas ready for a new season of creation.

  • COLUMN: First seeds of hemp to be planted in May

    The right to grow industrial hemp in Kentucky has faced many hurdles on the state and federal levels, but now it is legal to grow, and a new pilot project with the plant could be an economic boon for our state.

  • Master Cattlemen invited to join Cow College

    This summer, beef producers will get an opportunity to learn from University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment specialists and industry partners in a series of interactive sessions.

    Cow College is an intensive, hands-on course for experienced beef producers. It’s designed to expose them to the most cutting-edge techniques and ideas related to beef cattle production and business. The program is divided into four, two-day sessions and one single-day session in July, August and September.

  • COLUMN: Check fields for poison hemlock

    Poison hemlock is abundant again this year (though not in bloom yet).  Although often seen along roadways, fence rows etc, it has expanded in recent years into grazed pastures and hay fields.

    The concern not only comes from its invasive nature, but also because it is one of the most toxic plants in the world.

    Poison hemlock is a biennial that reproduces only by seed. It is capable, however, of completing its life cycle as a winter annual if it germinates early during the fall. Flowers and new seed are typically produced in late May and June.

  • 4-H Calendar May 7, 2014

    Dog Club

    The 4-H Dog Club will meet 3:30-4:45 p.m. May 8 at the Extension office.

    Livestock Club

    The 4-H Livestock Club will meet at 4:15 p.m. May 9 at Martin Meadow Farms for a goat judging clinic. Members from Taylor County will attend. Contact the Extension office at 270-358-3401 for directions.

    Poultry Club

    The 4-H Poultry Club will meet 3:30 p.m. May 14 at the Extension office.

    Fair Project day camp

  • COLUMN: This old barn belonged to Mr. Goff

    This old barn is located on Stiles Ford Road, on a farm owned by Earl Howell. The farm was previously owned by Ezra and Hazle Goff, the uncle and aunt of Earl’s late wife, Jean.

  • COLUMN: Stock trailer maintenance prevents injury, liability

    Hauling animals is an integral part of most livestock operations. Whether cattle or other livestock are hauled to the local livestock market or to a different pasture, ensuring that proper transportation practices are used can prevent injury.

    Reducing hauling stress and injury can lead to more profitable operations (especially with the high price of most livestock now). To do this, trailer maintenance is critical. Let's consider some guidelines suggested by the National Cattlemen's Beef Associations Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program.

  • 4-H Calendar April 30, 2014

    Rabbit Club

    The 4-H Rabbit Club will meet 3:30 p.m. May 5 at the Extension office.



    The 4-H Wranglers Horse Club will meet 7 p.m. May 6 at the Extension office.



    The 4-H Cloverbuds will meet 3:30-4:45 p.m. May 7 at the Extension office. The Cloverbuds program is open to youth ages 5 to 8 years old or K-3rd grades.


    Dog Club

    The 4-H Dog Club will meet 3:30-4:45 p.m. May 8 at the Extension office.

  • Massive die-off of Asian carp
  • COLUMN: Raised beds an option for backyard gardeners

     Don’t let a sore back, bad knees or lousy soil stop you from gardening. Elevate your garden for easier access and better gardening results.

    The simple act of creating a raised bed improves drainage in heavy clay soil. Add in some organic matter to further increase drainage and improve the water holding ability for sandy soils.

    And if your soil is beyond repair or you don’t want to wait, a raised garden allows you to bring in quality soil and create a garden right on top of the existing soil or even paved areas.