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Agriculture

  • Fly Control on Cattle

    Warmer weather brings more pest problems. Horn flies and face flies are key pests of Kentucky cattle. Both species breed in fresh manure piles, but they present different threats and management problems. Fortunately, you have a variety of fly control options.

  • How to manage stress in agriculture

    Stress is a normal response to the demands of life. We all experience stress, and the results vary in intensity from being temporarily anxious to complicated illnesses.

    Farming is a high stress job. Market swings, bad weather, policy changes, and day-to-day challenges create tension and uncertainty and are many times beyond our control. Coping with stressful situations takes practice, but it can become part of your routine.

  • It’s time for the Farmer’s Market

    With summer on the way, the thought of a fresh ripe tomato in your salad or on your burger is just a few weeks away, and local producers and the LaRue County Farmer’s Market are here to help.

  • Farm calendar - May 23, 2018

    Beef Management Calendars

    Beef Management Calendars are now available at no charge. These multipurpose wall calendars cover a year or more and each month contains suggested management practices for the respective species.  Stop by the LaRue County Extension Office for a copy.

    Equipment for rent

  • Help Livestock Beat the Heat

    Summer is almost here. We’ve already experienced some heat, just a taste of what’s to come. Humans aren’t the only ones who suffer when the temperatures rise. Farm animals feel it too. You can recognize when your livestock may be in danger from the heat and can take steps to increase their comfort when the temperature rises.

    Livestock become uncomfortable when the heat index reaches about 90 degrees. The heat index is a combination of air temperature and humidity; we use it to describe how it feels outside.

  • LaRue Countian wins reserve champion junior
  • Farm Calendar

    Beef Management Calendars

    Beef Management Calendars are available for free at the Extension Office. These multipurpose wall calendars cover a year or more and each month contains suggested management practices for the respective species.  Stop by the LaRue County Extension Office for a copy.

    Equipment for rent

  • Hinton’s Orchard & Farm Market 2018 Certified

    Hinton’s Orchard & Farm Market of LaRue County is one of the 88 markets across the Commonwealth accepted into the 2018 Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) Certified Roadside Farm Market Program.

    In joining the KFB Certified Roadside Farm Market Program, Hinton’s Orchard & Farm Market has committed to offering quality products and service to its customers. Its acceptance by Farm Bureau tells customers that this market meets the highest standards of quality, freshness, and marketing appeal.

  • The Process of Thwarting Ticks

    The lone star tick and the American dog tick (Figure 1) are the most common tick species found on humans and companion animals in Kentucky. These ticks are significant threats to everyone who works, plays, hunts, hikes, or camps in or around overgrown or undisturbed areas.

    Figure 1. Adult female lone star tick (left) with white “star” and long mouthparts and an adult female American dog tick (right) with mottled white markings on its back (Photo: Lee Townsend, UK).

  • For the love of horses

    Gene Ray and his brothers grew up with horses.

    His dad trained quarter horses. The family spent a great deal of time together at horse shows, many of them at LaRue County Saddle Club. There, they deepened their love of the animals and the fun they had riding and competing with them.

    Last September, a sudden stroke of his optic nerve left Ray with the ability to see only silhouettes, but he hasn’t let that setback hamper him from spreading that enjoyment of horses as president of the saddle club located at 210 Goodin Williams Road.