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Agriculture

  • Farm Calendar - March 6, 2019

    Extension Expo Booth Sign Ups

    The Extension Office is currently taking booth reservations for the annual Extension Expo to be held in the LaRue County High School gym from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 16. Call the Extension Office at 270-358-3401 for more information.

    Rental Equipment:

  • Benefits to grazing novel endophyte tall fescue

    Spring is a time of renewal and rejuvenation, and pastures are no exception. If you plan to renovate a field this year, consider replacing your existing stand with a novel endophyte tall fescue variety.

    Novel endophyte tall fescue varieties have been on the market for about 20 years. Recently, the University of Kentucky released a novel endophyte tall fescue variety, Lacefield MaxQ II. It was available to producers in 2017 and is expected to be more widely available in future seasons.

  • Slight Decrease in Food Prices for Second Straight Quarter

    The most recent Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) Marketbasket Survey indicates a slight decrease to the overall cost of food in the fourth quarter of 2018. However, the average marketbasket price showed an overall increase for the year, going from $115.07 in 2017 to $116.92 in 2018. The final 2018 survey is still lower than the final marketbasket of 2016 which was $118.87.

  • Quarles announces farm to school grantees

    Ten Kentucky agribusinesses have been awarded United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm to School Producer Engagement grants for training, equipment, and other needs to enable farmers to develop or enhance their farm-to-school marketing efforts, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles announced on Monday, January 7.

  •  Pesticide certification: Who needs it?

    There has been some confusion with respect to who is required to have pesticide certification — either private or commercial certification. This article is based on information provided by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) to clarify this issue. KDA wants to make sure that everyone using pesticides on the farm is aware of who needs to be certified/licensed.

  • Reducing Feeding Waste

    Much expense and many long hours go into harvesting and storing hay for winter feeding.  So why waste it? Reducing hay feeding waste could be especially important in 2019 since hay supplies seem to be limited and quality has proved to be below average.

  • Reduce stress with good record keeping

    Record keeping may not be every farmer’s favorite activity, and probably not the reason someone chooses farming as a career. With time, patience, and a commitment to get it done, it can make your financial life a lot less stressful.

  • Looking forward to the summer gardens

    Many of you are already receiving seed catalogs for the 2019 vegetable-growing season. While listening to the cold wind blow outside, what a comfort it is to think about spring and summer and planning your garden.

    To make the most of your garden, every aspiring gardener should follow seven steps to have a successful gardening season.

    1.Plan your garden on paper before you begin.

    2.Select a good gardening site that has full of sun for at least eight hours each day, relatively level, well-drained, close to a water source and not shaded.

  • 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.