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Agriculture

  • All About Poinsettias

    I have sort of a love-hate relationship with poinsettias. My first taxable job was at a greenhouse and we grew thousands and thousands of them in all sorts of colors. It was very beautiful working there this time of year, but they required lots of hands on labor to move them and tend to them without breaking their fragile stems. The red, green, and white colors of poinsettias make them wildly popular at Christmas time and I’m sure many of you will receive them as gifts or buy them for decoration this year.

  • Tax law changes for trade-ins

    In the past, personal property that farmers used as a trade-in on a purchased item was treated as a “like kind” exchange. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act changed the wording to accommodate only real property as eligible for like kind exchanges. Starting in 2018, we will have to treat personal property, such as equipment and livestock, as being sold when a trade occurs.

  • Get the most from firewood investment

    Many LaRue County residents burn firewood as their main source of heat or to supplement heat pumps throughout the winter. With all of the storm clean up over the next few weeks, there will be lots of firewood out there.

    It is very important that you pay attention to what you buy or sell to use for indoor heating. To gain the most from your investment, pay attention to the seasoning, density and quantity of firewood.

  • 15-Point Buck
  • LaRue County CAIP Applications Available

    The 2018 LaRue County Agricultural Investment Program (CAIP) has been funded for a tenth consecutive year. LaRue County CAIP has been offered by the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy (GOAP) and the LaRue County Agricultural Development Council. 

    Grant guidelines and grant applications will be available at the LaRue County Extension Office, 807 Old Elizabethtown Road Hodgenville, until Tuesday November 27. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The deadline for returning CAIP applications is at 4:30 p.m. on November 27.  

  • Clean Up Now For Healthy Gardens
  • Storage and Feeding Areas

    The LaRue County Agriculture Investment Program, more commonly known as CAIP, is now taking applications until Tuesday, November 27 at 4:30 p.m. Applications can be picked up and turned in at the LaRue County Extension Office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. I think one of the best investments you can make on the farm is to build or increase hay storage. It has been proven many times that investments in hay storage provide a quick return on investment.

  • Keep houseplants healthy

    If the houseplants you just brought inside appear anemic, the cause may be an unfavorable environment in your home or disease problems. The unfriendly plant environment could be the result of lower light, humidity or temperatures, drafts, or improper watering or fertilization. These adverse growing conditions often lead to various diseases indicated by leaf drop, yellow leaves, death of leaf edge and tip and spindly growth.

  • Body Scores Indicate Herd Health

    Early winter is an optimum time to prepare your spring-calving herd for reproductive success. Adequate nutrition from about 50 to 80 days prior to calving is critical to maximizing a cow’s ability to rebreed and maintain a 365-day calving interval. If a cow gets inadequate nutrition or is thin at calving and breeding, she will take longer to come into heat and will require more services to conceive.

  • Fall Gardening Tips

    As you consider planting this fall, remember, we live in the plant hardiness Zone 6. Plants that do not tolerate less than minus 10 degrees F are not hardy here and will likely die due to cold temperatures. Many plant tags have the hardiness zone listed. Look for Zone 6 and lower on the tag. A Zone 7 plant will not be hardy in Kentucky.