• Farm Safety Symposium is March 11

    Texting while driving is a 21st-century hazard on Kentucky roads and it also can be a problem on the farm. This dangerous habit will be addressed at the Louis Crosier Farm Safety Symposium March 11 in Elizabethtown.

    “Farming is one of the most dangerous occupations in America, and texting while driving or operating farm machinery adds another hazard,” Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer said. “The Farm Safety Symposium will encourage participants to make smart choices and avoid taking unnecessary risks on the farm.”

  • Bivens donates $2,500 Monsanto funds to FFA

    It was perfect timing.
    While the LaRue County FFA Chapter was celebrating National FFA Week, their advisor, Misty Bivens, was planning a surprise.
    Bivens, along with her husband Ryan, are the local winners of America’s Farmers Grow Communities. The program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, offers farmers a chance to win $2,500 for their favorite nonprofit organization.
    It was only natural for Bivens to select the local FFA Chapter as the recipient.

  • BARNYARD TALES: Two streams and an old barn



    There is a farm at the end of Enlow Road where Wayne, Joe and Carol Enlow spent part of their childhood. The old barn on that property, just off Dangerfield Road, provides many memories to them.

    Carol remembers nailing a bicycle rim to the front of the barn for a basketball goal. They played baseball in the barn loft and played in the hay in the loft. Their favorite spot was the confluence of two small streams behind the barn.

  • PHOTO: 4-H Livestock Club

    Submitted photo

  • Renaissance Recycling Center takes on tobacco farmer's plastic mountain

    Many changes have occurred over the last decade in the tobacco-growing industry. It’s still hard work, but more economic ways of harvesting and storing burley have been developed.
    Some local farmers, including Tim Ford of Mount Sherman, have been housing cut tobacco in outdoor storage frames – right in the field – rather than in barns.

  • DEER HARVEST: 10-pointer

    Dale Lewis of Buffalo harvested this 10-point buck with a 300 mini mag rifle during Modern Gun Season in November. The deer weighed 200 pounds.

  • Flanders named Outstanding County Council Member

    Kelly Flanders of LaRue County was one of 15 people honored at theCommonwealth of Kentucky Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy conference earlier this month.

    Flanders, the owner and operator of R&K Angus Farms in Buffalo, was named Outstanding County Council Member from Extension District 5. The award was presented by First Lady Jane Beshear and GOAP Executive Director Roger Thomas to outstanding agricultural leaders who have played a role the past two years in helping continue the important initiatives of the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund.

  • Abraham Lincoln played significant role in agriculture

    Native son Abraham Lincoln’s 202nd birthday is celebrated this week. Born on a farm here in LaRue County, Lincoln had a significant impact on LaRue County and American Agriculture.
    Raised on farms in Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois, young Lincoln obviously did the farm chores of feeding livestock, planting seeds and weeding that all pioneer farm boys did. Even his famous rail splitting abilities were related to clearing the land for farming.

  • BARNYARD TALES: Old barn was home to 'fun' activity of corn shredding



    Ray DeSpain plans to demolish an old barn on his farm at the edge of Hodgenville city limits.

    DeSpain shared a few memories about “corn shredding” in that old barn.

    As a few oldtimers may remember, corn shredding was not a one-man job. Six men, at a minimum, were needed. Eight was better and 10 were too many.

    First, the old shredder had to be positioned at just the right spot to blow the shredded corn fodder in the loft of the old barn and to drop the ear corn in a parked wagon.

  • Renovating pastures a good idea

    In last week’s column we looked at some reasons to renovate pastures (seed legume such as clover into existing grass stand). Let’s look at some more reasons for this practice.

    Renovating pastures reduces nitrogen fertilizer expenses that typically account for 20 to 40 percent of the cost of producing forages from grasses. Typically, depending on the cost of nitrogen fertilizer, legumes can put from $18 to $100 or more worth of nitrogen into the soil. This more than offsets the cost of renovation.