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Agriculture

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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    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 will 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

  • Annual turkey counts go high tech

    For those interested in helping researchers estimate the size of Kentucky’s turkey flock, now there’s an app for that.

    Zak Danks, ruffed grouse and wildlife turkey program coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, said the department has added a smart phone app and a web-based survey to make it easier for people to report turkeys and poults spotted in the summer.

  • Baleage Basics

    Baleage is making silage in bales of wilted forage and wrapped in plastic. Conserving some of your forage this year as baleage can help stretch your hay supply and save on supplement costs.

    Making baleage is a fairly simple process. It requires rakes and balers that can handle a heavy crop as well as access to a hay wrapper. A conditioning mower is less necessary with baleage than hay because stems are not completely dry with baleage.