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By Steve LaRue

Notes from Groundhog Hill: Bertha goes to the Fair

 Sometimes, when picking zucchini, any attentive yet error-proned gardener may overlook one because the huge leaves can hide a bloom rendering it invisible ... for weeks. That hidden bloom forms a zucchini and before you know it, you have a Big Bertha.


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COLUMN: It's county fair time

By David Harrison

The LaRue County Fair is July 30-Aug. 4 and features many livestock and crop exhibitions.

Livestock entries are generally open to the world, but must meet several requirements including Exhibition Health Requirements with a health certificate and ownership by certain date. Some livestock show classes require an entry fee, some do not.

The dairy show will be 7 p.m. Saturday, July 27. This is a date change from previous years. There will be heifer and cow classes of all five dairy breeds: Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Jersey and Holstein


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75 attend 4-H Camp

 Seventy-five campers and 14 teen and adult leaders spent four days at Lake Cumberland June 26-29 enjoying such activities as swimming, boating, fishing, archery, riflery, arts and crafts, recreation, high ropes and low ropes. 


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4-H Calendar - July 18, 2012

Day Camp

A 4-H Day Camp will be held 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. July 25 at the LaRue County Extension Office. Participants will make several projects that can be entered in the LaRue County Fair, including a basket and a birdhouse. The cost is $5 and includes lunch. Participants will also make brownies which they can make again at home to enter in the fair on July 30. This day camp is open to youth ages 9 to 12. Call the Extension Office at 358-3401 to sign your child up to participate.

 

Fair project entry deadlines


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TIPS TO CONSERVE WATER

The Kentucky Division of Water is encouraging citizens to learn how they can conserve water during drought and year-round with some simple changes in their water-use habits.

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By Melinda Myers

COLUMN: Summer stressors damage plants

 Don’t let summer stressors ruin your landscape’s good looks. Instead give your plants’ natural defenses a boost and keep both vegetable gardens producing and flowers blooming.


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FARM CALENDAR

 Goat and Sheep Producers meet July 12

The LaRue County Goat and Sheep Producers Association will meet 6:30 p.m. July 12 at the LaRue County Extension Office to make plans for the LaRue County Fair’s Goat and Sheep Shows.  There will be a brief discussion on small ruminant management in hot weather. The meal will be picnic potluck with hot dogs and burgers provided. All interested producers are invited.

 

Pork Producers meet July 16


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By Steve LaRue

Notes from Groundhog Hill: Summer of Adversity

 Despite the extreme heat of the last few weeks, the garden at Groundhog Hill survives thanks to the two-to-three isolated thunderstorms Mother Nature has delivered.


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Test drought-stressed corn before harvest

By David Harrison

 If corn is going to be fed as green chop or grazed, test for nitrates before harvest to be sure the crop will be safe to feed. For corn harvested properly as silage which goes through a good fermentation, nitrate levels could decrease 30 to 50 percent and can be tested after fermentation and before feeding. 


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PHOTO: Coyote pups

 Pat Burd, who works for the Property Valuation Administrator, snapped this photo of a coyote pup near a stream in northern LaRue County.


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