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Agriculture

  • Soybean field production summary

    Soybeans are in the fields for about six months of the year in LaRue County. Let’s look at a brief summary of grower actions during these months.
    May: Full‑season soybean planting should begin by mid May. Growers will burn down or till weeds prior to planting. Roundup Ready soybeans are grown most often now. Pre-emergence herbicides can be applied immediately after planting and before the crop emerges. Stand counts should be conducted to determine the quality of the stand. 

  • ACRE meeting to be held in Hardin County

    With farmers facing a June 1 deadline to enroll in the Average Crop Revenue Election program, Cory Walters and Greg Halich, agricultural economists in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, will host meetings across the state to explain ACRE and help producers determine whether it fits their operations.

    The next meeting is 8:30 a.m. May 19 at Hardin County Cooperative Extension Office.

  • Farmers have 30 days to submit notice of livestock losses to LIP

    Farmers who suffered losses of livestock due to the recent storms and flooding in Kentucky are reminded that they have 30 days after the livestock loss was apparent to submit a notice of loss with their local Farm Service Agency office. The notice of loss is the first step toward applying for partial reimbursement under the Livestock Indemnity Program.

  • Farm News: updated 5/11/11

    Pork Producers meet
    The LaRue County Pork Association will meet 7 p.m. May 16 at the LaRue County Extension Office in Hodgenville. A meal will be served. All interested individuals are invited to attend.
     
    Goat and Sheep Producers meet; guest speaker is Ken Andries

  • Tractor rollovers cause fatalitites

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, agriculture ranks as one of the most hazardous industries in the country. In fact, between 1992 and 2007, the CDC reports that 8,088 farm workers in the U.S. died from work-related injuries.
    The leading cause of death: tractor rollovers, accounting for an average of 96 deaths annually. Additionally, the Farm Safety Association declares that about half of all fatal tractor accidents are caused by rollovers.

  • 4-H Calendar: updated 5/11/11

    Rabbit Club
    The 4-H Rabbit Club will meet 2-4 p.m. May 13 at the Extension Office.
     
    Rally Day in Bardstown
    LaRue County 4-H champions will participate in the Area 4-H Rally Day May 14 in Bardstown.  The event includes speeches, demonstrations, talent show and fashion revue.
     
    Poultry Club
    The 4-H Poultry Club will meet 3:30 p.m. May 16 at the Extension Office.
     
    Livestock Club

  • Target spot in tobacco float beds

    Several diseases can affect tobacco seedlings in float beds.  These include anthracnose, blue mold, collar rot, pythium root rot, damping off (soreshin), blackleg, and target spot. Pythium root rot and target spot usually are the most common. Let’s look at target spot today.
    Target spot begins in localized areas and commonly occurs after the plant canopy has fully formed. Small, water-soaked lesions appear on leaves and will expand rapidly under conditions of warm temperatures (greater than 75 degrees) and high humidity.  

  • Farm Service Agency opens in new location

    The United States Department of Agriculture Service Center in Elizabethtown has moved to a newly built location at the intersection of Lincoln Parkway and Sportsman Lake Road. The USDA center houses the Hardin/LaRue Farm Service Agency, the office of Rural Development, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Resource Conservation and Development program.
    Services began to reopen last week after the move.
    The office formerly was on Westport Road in Elizabethtown and the lease was up for the space in the building.

  • Purple prisms are first step in detecting Emerald Ash Borer

    The 2011 survey program to locate the presence of the Emerald Ash Borer has begun.
    The Emerald Ash Borer, an Asian insect, was first found in the United States in 2000, making its way to Kentucky by 2009.
     In the larval stages of development, the borer burrows deep underneath the bark of the ash tree, cutting off the circulation of nutrients throughout the tree’s system, ultimately leading to the trees demise.  

  • Farmer's Market opens for season

    The LaRue County Farmer’s Market kicked off a new season last Friday.
    According to Abby Tate, Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program Assistant at the U.K. Extension Office in LaRue County, the market began in 2008 with the mission  “To publicly support and sustain our local farmers markets in the long term, for the benefit of farmers, consumers and our communities.”
    Currently 10 vendors are signed up for this season, which runs May through September; there are seven returning vendors and three new.