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Agriculture

  • Southern States to help animals affected by Hurricane Florence

    Farm Supply Retailer Launches Feed It Forward and Puppy Paw Donation Drives

    Local farm supply retailer Southern States Cooperative is raising funds in their stores for animals in the areas affected by Hurricane Florence.

    The company is partnering with feed company Nutrena and its Feed It Forward program to collect financial donations in stores that the company will use to purchase and ship animal feed to the areas affected by Florence.

  • October is Farm to School Month

    Serving local foods in Kentucky schools benefits the entire community, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said in proclaiming October as Farm to School Month in Kentucky.

    “Eating healthy local foods helps Kentucky kids do their best,” Commissioner Quarles said. “At the same time, when schools buy local, farmers and food businesses increase their sales, and that boosts the local economy. During Farm to School Month, let’s celebrate our past success and commit to put more local foods on the plates of Kentucky school children in the future.”

  • Do your horses have enough hay?

    With winter just around the corner, and the 2018 hay season fixing to wrap up, hopefully horse owners have secured sufficient hay supplies. How do you estimate the amount of hay you will need? If you have mature horses at maintenance level, you would want to feed a mainly forage diet.

    The estimate would be similar to a 1,100-pound horse eating 2 percent of its body weight. That equals 22 pounds of hay per day. Feeding for 120 days, December through March would equal 1.3 tons of hay per horse.

  • Apple harvest basics

    Fall is a busy time for apple growers. Ripening times vary from year to year depending on the weather. If apples have coddling moth damage, they will drop up to two weeks before the crop is ripe.

    The best and most time-tested method of judging when to pick fruit is the taste method. When enough starch has been converted to sugar and the flavor is developed, the fruit is ready to eat. Fruit continues to ripen in cold storage, so pick fruit before it is ripe if you want to store it.

  • Fall fertilizer applications

    You may be wondering if it’s necessary and economical to apply fertilizer to your pastures and hay grounds this fall.

  • LaRue Countians win angus awards at Kentucky State Fair
  • Farm calendar - September 5, 2018

    LaRue County Beef Producers

    There will be a LaRue County Beef Producers meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 11 at the LaRue County Extension Office. The meeting is open for anyone to attend but if you’d like to become a member, yearly individual membership is $30/person and couple membership is $45. Jim Akers from Bluegrass Stockyards will be presenting.

    LaRue County hay testing days

  • Crop Insurance Helps Preserve Farming for Future Generations

    By: Jeremy Hinton

    Farming is a unique profession in so many ways. First, it is more like a calling — to be part of God’s gifts here, and a steward of these gifts. To follow a crop from seed to harvest, or to see an animal born and grow to maturity — that’s a lot of the reason we do what we do.

  • Fall is a great time to sample soil

    If you think spring is the best time to take soil samples, you might want to rethink that. Fall is actually the optimum time to take soil samples for fertility analyses.

  • Stay safe during harvest season

    Harvest is a busy time for Kentucky farmers and their families, and will be here before we know it. It also is a peak season for agricultural injuries and an especially important time for farm families to pay attention to safety.

    If you have employees, take time to talk to them about safety. Make sure all workers are trained and physically capable of operating equipment and that they understand the safety procedures.