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Agriculture

  • Farm spotlight - Cedar Valley Farm

    The LaRue County Public Library has been hosting local farmers each month. In July, Cedar Valley Farm will be speaking at the library about what makes their farm unique.

  • Baleage Basics

    Baleage is making silage in bales of wilted forage and wrapped in plastic. Conserving some of your forage this year as baleage can help stretch your hay supply and save on supplement costs.

    Making baleage is a fairly simple process. It requires rakes and balers that can handle a heavy crop as well as access to a hay wrapper. A conditioning mower is less necessary with baleage than hay because stems are not completely dry with baleage.

  • Annual turkey counts go high tech

    For those interested in helping researchers estimate the size of Kentucky’s turkey flock, now there’s an app for that.

    Zak Danks, ruffed grouse and wildlife turkey program coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, said the department has added a smart phone app and a web-based survey to make it easier for people to report turkeys and poults spotted in the summer.

  • When to Pick

    Tomatoes.

    For full flavor, pick tomatoes from the vine when the skin is smooth, glossy, fully colored, and feels slightly firm, not hard, when gently squeezed.

    The bottom of the tomato is where the fruit will begin to ripen. Be sure you know what color the tomato variety should be at maturity (red, pink, yellow, purple, orange) to estimate when to pick. Tomato flavor become much more complex as the fruits ripen, so you have good reason to be patient!

  • Farm Calendar

    LaRue County Farmer’s Market

    The LaRue County Farmers Market is located in the American Legion parking lot at 636 S. Lincoln Blvd (by the big tank). The market will open every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For questions or more information contact the LaRue County Extension Office at 270-358-3401 or daniel.carpenter@uky.edu.

    Pesticide container recycling

  • Farm Calendar

    LaRue County Farmer’s Market

    The LaRue County Farmers Market is located in the American Legion parking lot at 636 S. Lincoln Blvd (by the big tank). The market will open every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For questions or more information contact the LaRue County Extension Office at 270-358-3401 or daniel.carpenter@uky.edu.

    Pesticide container recycling

  • Opportunities to maximize woodlands

    Maximizing every bit of profit from a farm is one of the keys to success. One thing that may not be at the top of Kentucky landowners’ minds is their farm’s woodlands. You should be thinking about and managing your woodlands just like crops, fields, gardens or other agricultural endeavors. You can benefit by understanding the forest industry and learning basic forestry concepts, such as how to control light and density and how to manage pests to steward a healthier, more sustainable forest.

  • Institute for Future Ag

    LaRue County High School junior Jasmine Benningfield recently returned home from Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders (IFAL). Benningfield and 45 other high school students from around the state attended the five-day summer leadership conference, held June 17-21 at the University of Kentucky.

    An identical IFAL conference was also held June 10-14 at Murray State University for an additional 46 students.

  • Thrips Can Be Cause of “Mystery Bites”
  • Farm Life

    Ryan Bivens, owner and operator of Fresh Start Farms, took advantage of the dry weather on Thursday, June 14 to harvest a field of wheat on Hwy 210 near Hodgenville.