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Agriculture

  • Late summer is the best time to establish cool-season forages

    The period from late summer into early fall is the best time to establish common cool-season grasses such as orchard grass, tall fescue, timothy and bluegrass for pasture or hay in Kentucky. These four grasses make up 95 percent of our pasture acreage.

    Many years of research have shown this period provides the best chance for successful establishment. Mother Nature has a hand in this because seed produced in late spring remains dormant until late summer, and early fall rainfall provides the moisture necessary for the seed to germinate.

  • Beef Bash moved to Versailles

    Beef Bash 2019, a unique field day for Kentucky beef cattle producers, will take place Sept. 26 at the UK C. Oran Little Research Farm in Versailles. The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, the Kentucky Beef Integrated Resource Management Program and the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association will host the event.

    Since 2008, the bash has been at the UK Research and Education Center in Princeton, but organizers wanted to reach more producers. Going forward, Beef Bash will annually rotate between the Western and Central Kentucky locations.

  • Tractor Supply Co. Searching for a ‘Great Neighbor’ in 4-H, FFA Youth

    Tractor Supply Company is calling for 4-H and FFA youth to demonstrate what it means to be a great neighbor during the retailer’s Mobile Fair Tour, a 10-stop journey across the United States.  The “Great Neighbor” Contest is an experiential component of the Mobile Fair Tour where local youth are encouraged to submit a photo with a 200-word description for participation.

  • Transferring your farm to the next generation

    The average age of farm operators in Kentucky is increasing, and over the next several years, many farm families will consider transitioning their farm to the next generation. The decision of when and how to begin the farm transition process can be a hard one; often, farm families avoid the issue because it can be a difficult topic to discuss.

  • Growing Sweet Corn

    Sweet corn is one of the most popular fresh market vegetables produced in Kentucky. While field corn has thousands of years of history, sweet corn has only been available since the 1700s. Present day cultivars vary by kernel color and sugar content.

  • Post Weaning Value Added Program

    Demand for weaned calves is growing and the cattle market is placing more emphasis on calves with a known management history. The overwhelming majority of Kentucky calves are weaned on the trailer on the way to the local sale barn. But research tells us that preconditioning calves can help reduce sickness and death loss by 74 percent, making them more valuable.

  • Farm and Home Calendar - April 24, 2019

    Pesticide Container Recycling

    The only date to bring in pesticide containers for the Rinse and Return Program will be Tuesday, September 3. As you spray your various pesticides this spring and summer, you are encouraged to properly rinse, store, and recycle them.

  • 2019 Farmers Market – Vendors Wanted!

    Spring is here and some exciting changes have been made concerning the 2019 LaRue County Farmers Market.

  • Reclaiming Broomsedge Infested Pastures

    Broomsedge is a native warm-season grass that can dominate poorly managed pastures and hayfields.  While it has little value as a forage, it does provide good nesting habitat for birds such as turkey and quail.  However, as a forage crop it definitely falls short.  When it is found in pastures and hayfields it is often an indication that something is not quite right.  In most cases it is related to low soil fertility and poor grazing management. Read on to discover some approaches to reduce broomsedge and promote desirable forages.

  • Save Time and Money, Don’t Over Fertilize

    Lawn care can be expensive and time-consuming. By skipping the fertilizer this spring and summer, you can save money and time and also reduce nutrient pollution. Most Kentucky lawns have cool-season grasses, such as bluegrass and tall fescue, which prefer fall fertilization. Spring and summer fertilizer applications could weaken your turf, promote weed growth and increase mowing frequency.