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Agriculture

  • Improving reproductive efficiency in beef heifers

     

    To improve the reproductive efficiency, and thus profitability, of a beef cattle operation, a beef producer must understand proper heifer development. Properly managing yearling heifer reproduction is the first step toward reproductive efficiency.

    The goal is to manage heifers so they’ll conceive early by reducing the age of puberty, shortening the time from puberty to conception and increasing fertility.

  • Improving reproductive efficiency in beef heifers

     

    To improve the reproductive efficiency, and thus profitability, of a beef cattle operation, a beef producer must understand proper heifer development. Properly managing yearling heifer reproduction is the first step toward reproductive efficiency.

    The goal is to manage heifers so they’ll conceive early by reducing the age of puberty, shortening the time from puberty to conception and increasing fertility.

  • Winterizing your tools

    Ideally, you should have done a lot of this already. But I know how the weather this fall has gone and it’s made finishing up a lot of the chores around the house harder to complete. I just now got the last of my trees and limbs from the ice storm picked up, so I’m sure there’s others out there that still need to tackle winterizing some of your lawn and garden equipment.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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.