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Agriculture

  • Piggy Bank Design Contest open to LaRue County youth; entries due Dec. 2

    LaRue County youth are encouraged to design and make their own piggy bank to enter in the annual Piggy Bank Design Contest. The entries are due by Friday, Dec. 2. Completed entries may be submitted to the LaRue County Extension Office, located at 807 Old Elizabethtown Road in Hodgenville.  
    The second annual competition is used to promote America Saves Week which will take place Feb. 19-25, 2012.

  • Soybean variety plot results now available

    The LaRue County Extension Service annually conducts corn and soybean variety plots in cooperation with a local farmer and participating grain dealers. Recently, we looked at this year’s corn plot results. This week we will look at the soybean results. They, too, were on the Kevin McCubbin farm.
    The soybean plot was planted June 17 and harvested Nov. 11. All varieties were Roundup Ready Group III or IV. The field was planted no-till following corn in Nicholson soil. The beans were planted in 15-inch rows at about 160,000 seeds per acre.

  • Farm Service Agency offers electronic news service

    Farmers and ranchers in Kentucky now have a more efficient, timely option for receiving important Farm Safety Agency program eligibility requirements, deadlines and related information.

    “FSA is now offering free online communications through our GovDelivery electronic news service,” said McCauley. “News will now be sent via e-mail right to your home or farm office or to your Smartphone – allowing you to receive immediate notification of farm program news that is pertinent to your agricultural operation,” he said.

  • 4-H Calendar updated 11-16

    4-H Council
    The LaRue County 4-H Council will meet 6:30 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Extension Office. The meeting is open to the public. Anyone wishing to serve on the council should contact 4-H Agent Misty Wilmoth at 358-3401 or mwilmoth@ uky.edu. The council oversees the county-wide 4-H program as far as planning, evaluating and funding.

    4-H Club meetings are held at the LaRue County Extension Office, 807 Old Elizabethtown Road, Hodgenville. New members are welcome to attend. For more information about 4-H, call Misty Wilmoth at 358-3401.

  • Farm News: Updated 11-16

    FSA ballots mailed
    The deadline for eligible voters to return ballots to their local FSA offices is Dec. 5. The FSA county committee allows producers to make decisions concerning the local administration of federal farm programs. Eligible voters who do not receive a ballot can obtain ballots at their local USDA Service Center or call 765-2702.

    Beef Producers meet

  • Extension Office Master Gardener Class to be offered in the spring

    The Hardin County Extension Office will offer a Master Gardener Class next spring.
    Classes are 9 a.m.-noon on weekdays and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays on the following dates:  Feb. 21, 23, and 28; March 1, 3, 6, 8, 12, 15, 20, 22, 24, 27; and April 3.
    Participants are asked to participate in a 40-hour internship to Cooperative Extension Service programs in return for the training. They will learn about botany, soils, plant diseases and insects.

  • Sandhill crane hunt begins soon

    Kentucky's first sandhill crane hunting season will open soon and hunters may  apply for permits through Nov. 30. The drawing is scheduled for Dec. 5.
    Applications are available online at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources website, www.fw.ky.gov. Each application costs $3 and a hunter may only apply once.

  • Woodlands are often an overlooked farm asset

    Maximizing every bit of profit from a farm is a key to success. One thing that may not be at the top of many landowners’ minds is their farm’s timber, but woodlands should be thought about and managed just like crops, fields, or other agricultural endeavors.
    Farmers can benefit by understanding the industry and learning basic forestry concepts, such as how to control light and density, manage pests and steward a forest to make it healthier and sustainable.

  • PHOTO: First deer for Cecil
  • 4-H offers Little Caesars Pizza Kit Fundraiser

    New this year, 4-H members are selling Little Caesars pizza kits. The Little Caesars selection includes crazy bread, cinnamon crazy bread, pretzels, mini calzones, boneless wings, pies and cookie dough.