• PHOTO: Ag Commissioner visits LaRue

    Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer stopped in Hodgenville Monday morning, visiting with local farmers and community leaders. Above, he is pictured with FFA students. From left, Jared Whitlock, Comer, Shea Elswick, Ashley Cottrell and State Representative Michael Meredith. Watch next week’s Herald News for a story about Comer’s visit.

  • COLUMN: 5 is a perfect score for beef cows

     Late fall and early winter is an optimum time to prepare spring calving cows for reproductive success. Adequate nutrition from about 50 to 80 days prior to calving is critical to maximizing a cow’s ability to rebreed. If a cow gets inadequate nutrition or is thin at calving and breeding, she will take longer to come into heat.

  • Commissioner Comer: New agriculture website offers transparency

     The Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s expenditures are available on the website, www.kyagr.com. In addition to a transparency link, the website enables users to easily find information about Kentucky agriculture, the department’s consumer protection services, its social media channels, and the latest headlines.

  • Farm Calendar - Oct. 24, 2012

     Kentucky Area Dairy Producer meeting

  • COLUMN: Water quality plans a must for some landowners

     The Agriculture Water Quality Act was passed by the Kentucky Legislature in 1994. It states that landowners with 10 or more acres in agricultural production or those who plan to harvest trees on 10 or more acres must develop a water quality plan.

    The plan documents the best management practices you're using to protect water resources. These best management practices could include planned grazing systems for livestock, filter or buffer strips around crop fields, animal waste storage structures and/or nutrient management plans.

  • COLUMN: Corn variety plot results ready

     The LaRue County Extension Service annually conducts a corn variety test plot in cooperation with a local farmer and participating grain dealers. The cooperator this year was Carlos Tucker. Seed companies supply seed, assist at planting and harvest and sponsor a field day. Farmers use the yield information, along with other plot data and information to help decide which varieties to grow next year.

  • PHOTO: Hay roll burns

     The Hodgenville Fire Department received a call regarding a burning bale of hay located on Vaughn Ave. on Oct. 2. The cause of the fire is still unknown. Firefighters Jonathan Upton, Adam Lewis and Matthew O’Daniel arrived on scene to extinguish it before any real property damage occurred.

  • COLUMN: Prussic acid poisoning possible

     Producers should be aware of the risk of cyanide or prussic poisoning in cattle, goats and other ruminants. 

    Sudangrass, johnsongrass, sorghums and sorghum-sudangrass hybrids contain cyanogenic glycosides. When the plant undergoes a stressful event such as cutting, wilting, freezing or drought, the plant cells rupture which allows the cyanogenic compounds to produce poisonous cyanide.

  • FFA members compete in Agricultural Communications

     LaRue County High School FFA students Hayley Utter, Kyle Edlin and Shea Elswick will compete for national honors in the area of Agricultural Communications. The three member team will attend a press conference, utilize information gathered in a group activity and be tested on editing, design and electronic media. The competition will be held at the 85th National FFA Convention. Misty Bivens is the chapter advisor.