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Agriculture

  • Couple named National Outstanding Young Farmers

    Ryan and Misty Bivens of Hodgenville were selected national winners at the 59th annual National Outstanding Young Farmers Awards Congress held Feb. 12-15 in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Four national winners were selected from a group of 10 finalists for the award based on their progress in an agricultural career, extent of soil and water conservation practices, and contributions to the well-being of the community, state and nation.

  • PHOTO: Long, cold winter
  • PHOTO: Hey, bring hay
  • Consider legumes for spring grazing

    Believe or not spring grazing should be here soon. 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 many grazing tolerant varieties.

    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.

  • State Fair board adds extra day of horse show

    The Kentucky State Fair Board last week voted to extend the World's Championship Horse Show, held during the Kentucky State Fair, by an extra day. The additional day will begin in 2015.

    Held in Freedom Hall, the prestigious Saddlebred show will now begin on the first Saturday of the Fair for an eight-day run, rather than the first Sunday. The finals will continue to be held on the last Saturday night.

    Fred Sarver, who represents the America Saddlebred Horse Association on the Kentucky State Fair Board praised the action of the fair board.

  • Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Winter backyard birding basics

    The deepest, darkest, bleakest part of winter is here. The long slog from just after the holidays through the NCAA tournament is one of the toughest to weather, but watching the many species of birds that inhabit Kentucky in your backyard can brighten the most leaden days.

  • Farm Calendar: Feb. 18, 2015

    Options for Farm Bill

    A meeting to discuss options for the new Farm Bill Program will be held 1:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at the LaRue County Extension office. ARC and PLC programs will be discussed along with other options. The meeting is sponsored by the Farm Service Agency and Extension.

     

    Conservation Stewardship Deadline Approaching

  • COLUMN: Fair Bill meeting planned for Feb. 19

    As a part of the 2014 Farm Bill, LaRue County landowners have a one-time opportunity to update their payment yields (based upon 90 percent of a farm's 2008-2012 average yields) and to possibly reallocate their farm base acres based upon the share of 2009-2012 acres planted to program crops. The deadline is Feb. 27.

    Almost all farms can benefit from updating with many program crop yields improving by several bushels per acre. The decision to update yields can be made on a crop-by-crop basis.

  • PHOTO: Chili Cook-off
  • How to control pesky thistles

    Musk or nodding thistle is the most common type of thistle locally. The primary growth period is in the spring and summer. However, most seed germinate in the fall and form a rosette which grows close to the ground, often growing unnoticed until spring.

    The most important step in long-term control of thistle is to prevent flowering, and the production and spread of new seed (which is carried by wind). This can be done by mechanical or chemical control.