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FARM CALENDAR: July 27, 2012

LaRue County Farmers Market
   LaRue County Farmers Market will have a market from noon to 2 p.m. July 3 at the LaRue County Extension Office. Durham Beef will be grilling burgers and fresh corn on the cob and vegetable cobs, with drinks, for $6. For more information, call 358-3401.

   Farm Service Agency nominations


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COLUMN: Help cows beat the hot weather

By David Harrison

 It is hot! 

Periods of heat stress call for cattle producers to make sure their animals are adequately prepared. One of the most important things producers can do is provide cool, clean drinking water. Providing an adequate source of drinking water helps to keep animals’ internal body temperatures within normal limits. 


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By Steve LaRue

Notes from Groundhog Hill: Plantin' Pumpkins

 Lotsa pumpkin planting going on at Groundhog Hill: Calabaza Jack-O’-Lantern, First Prize Hybrid, and of course, Big Max.


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Elswick, Whitlock attend leadership conference

 Two LaRue County High School students attended a leadership conference last week.


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PHOTO: Benjamin Conner honored

Benjamin Conner of Hodgenville, right, received the Ladies of Bluegrass Auxiliary scholarship at the 2012 Kentucky Junior Angus Preview Show, June 14 in Louisville. Pictured presenting the award is Brandy Kiser, Kentucky Angus Auxiliary vice president. Conner won also top senior showmanship honor at the Show.


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By Ashley Scoby, Intern

80 participate in agriculture tour

 About 80 local people came together Wednesday for a free area agriculture tour sponsored by the Hardin and LaRue County Conservation Districts. Participants were all ages, from middle school-aged kids to grandparents.


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PHOTO: Giant Cabbage

 Anna Duvall of Hodgenville harvested several giant cabbages from her garden.


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COLUMN: Grazing management – July to December

By David Harrison

 Pasture growth from mid June to mid August slows down greatly. Producers should extend the length of time that pasture fields are rested between grazings and begin to leave more residual leaf area for cool season grasses (mainly fescue and orchardgrass).

Warm season grasses (annuals and perennials) and deep-rooted legumes such as alfalfa, lespedeza or red clover, can be very useful during this time to rest cool season grass pastures and also to provide a break from the endophyte of infected tall fescue.


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Elswick and Whitlock attend IFAL

 Two LaRue County High School students are attending a leadership conference this week.

Shea Elswick and Jared Whitlock are among 42 participants participating in Kentucky Farm Bureau’s 27th annual Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders at Murray State University.


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Benjamin Michael Connor to exhibit at National Junior Angus Show

 Benjamin Michael Conner of Hodgenville will exhibit Angus cattle at the 2012 National Junior Angus Show July 15-21 at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center, Louisville, according to the American Angus Association.

Conner, a junior member of the American Angus Association with headquarters in St. Joseph, Mo., is one of 712 young Angus breeders from 39 states and Canada who have entered a total of 1,530 head in the show.


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