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Agriculture

  • Making Farm Business Plans

    My wife and I recently purchased a farm and so far I’ve noticed that I struggle with making plans. It’s odd because I am an expert list maker and if you’ve seen my desk you will see post it notes everywhere with to-do lists and phone numbers and events that are coming up.

  • Farm calendar - August 1, 2018

    LaRue County Farmer’s Market

    The LaRue County Farmers Market is located in the American Legion parking lot at 636 S. Lincoln Blvd (by the big tank). The market is open every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. August 9 will be the last market day for the season. For questions or more information contact the LaRue County Extension Office at 270-358-3401 or daniel.carpenter@uky.edu.

    Pesticide container recycling

  • Kentucky Soybean Board elects executive committee

    The farmer-leaders of the Kentucky Soybean Promotion Board (KSPB) held their summer meeting last week, and while the agenda was packed, one of the most pressing orders of business was the election of a new executive committee. KSPB is the entity charged with investing Kentucky’s soybean checkoff dollars to increase opportunities for profit, so the leadership of this board is an important responsibility.

  • Controlling Horn Flies in Cattle

    Each summer, pastured cattle must deal with an annoying pest – the horn fly. These flies use their piercing-sucking mouthparts to take up to 30 blood meals from their host each day. This incessant feeding schedule and their large populations can severely impact growing calves and lactating cows.

    Horn flies can also play a role in transmitting disease. In all, horn flies suck about $1 billion in weight gain/milk production losses and control costs each season.

  • LaRue Countians win Angus awards
  • Farm calendar - July 25, 2018

    LaRue County Farmer’s Market

    The LaRue County Farmers Market is located in the American Legion parking lot at 636 S. Lincoln Blvd (by the big tank). The market is open every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For questions or more information contact the LaRue County Extension Office at 270-358-3401 or daniel.carpenter@uky.edu.

    Pesticide container recycling

  • Tomato problems in the garden

    There is nothing better than the first, juicy, red tomato you slice open from the garden. So you can imagine the disappointment of many local gardeners when reaching for one on the vine only to find that all of the leaves on their tomato plants are dying from the ground up.

  • It’s a Family Thing
  • Be aware of poison hemlock dangers

    In recent months, evidence of poison hemlock is widespread in Kentucky. Poison hemlock is toxic to a wide variety of animals including birds, wildlife, cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, horses, and to humans.

  • When to Pick

    Tomatoes.

    For full flavor, pick tomatoes from the vine when the skin is smooth, glossy, fully colored, and feels slightly firm, not hard, when gently squeezed.

    The bottom of the tomato is where the fruit will begin to ripen. Be sure you know what color the tomato variety should be at maturity (red, pink, yellow, purple, orange) to estimate when to pick. Tomato flavor become much more complex as the fruits ripen, so you have good reason to be patient!