• KY Growers networking event

    Kentucky Proud fruit and vegetable producers and buyers are invited to a meeting on November 8 aimed at helping participants make connections that will generate business opportunities.

    The meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m.-2 p.m. EST at the Fayette County Cooperative Extension Service office, 1140 Harry Sykes Way, Lexington. The meeting is sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) and the Kentucky Vegetable Growers Association.

  • Hemp Program taking applications

    Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles announced today that the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) has opened the application period for Kentuckians wishing to participate in the state’s industrial hemp research pilot program for the 2018 growing season.

  • Livestock Management After a Frost

    As temperatures continue to decrease, it is important to know and understand how various species of forages react to frosts and freezes in order to best utilize these forages and to avoid possible health problems such as Prussic Acid (Cyanide) poisoning. Freezing changes the metabolism and composition of plants. Depending on plant species, this can create possible forage-related animal disorders or the need to alter grazing management practices.

  • FFA has had a busy September

    LaRue County FFA had a very eventful month in September. We started off our month by sending two of our chapter officers, Cole Holt and Clay Rogers, to the Kentucky Leadership Training Center for “Rising Sun,” a leadership conference. On September 16, we had around 40 members, parents, and advisors, help to beautify our county through the Trash for Cash program. It gave us an opportunity to see parts of the county we may not have gotten to see before and also gave us a chance to see how awful people treat our county.

  • Soybean delivery app released just in time for harvest

    The Kentucky Soybean Board partnered with the University of Kentucky to develop an app to help Kentucky soybean producers to accurately calculate and compare the price offered by elevators, considering delivery costs and high-moisture penalties for grain as it is harvested.

  • Efficient soybean harvest and storage

    It has been estimated that an average operator will leave from 2 to 4.5 bushels of soybeans per acre in the field (5 to 10% loss). Considering the price of soybeans ($10/bu), reducing losses from 10% to 5% results in a savings of $22.50 per acre. Measure harvest losses (4 seeds per square foot = 1 bu/ac loss) and strive to keep them below 3%.

  • Construction started on extension office expansion

    Construction is underway at the LaRue County Extension Office in Hodgenville as they are adding around 2,000 square feet to their existing building for more meeting space.
    The expansion will include a foyer area, hallway, an expandable partition wall and more meeting room space. Bids for contractors were accepted in the spring. Daniel Carpenter, LaRue County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources, said locally owned and operated John Bell Construction received the bid for $253,493.

  • Lincoln Trail Youth Salute setup
  • Stink bug management

    A stinky brown army is marching across Kentucky this fall, accidentally entering your homes and offices and they look for protective overwintering sites. Brown marmorated stink bugs leave a stain and a very unpleasant odor when mashed. Once winter ends, the insects move on and resume their normal life cycle. But they can leave a path of plant damage in their wake. You take charge and reclaim your structures and fields from these invaders.

  • Reed calls on Fish and Wildlife to provide relief for farmers

    State Representative Brandon Reed of Hodgenville recently filed BR 81, a House Concurrent Resolution aimed at protecting Kentucky farmers and their livestock from black vultures.

    The resolution calls on the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to issue more migratory bird depredation permits, as well as Kentucky Farm Bureau-issued sub-permits to allow farmers to legally take black vultures that are depredating their livestock.