• Pigweed posing problems for state's soybeans

    By David Zoeller

    Kentucky Press New Service

    A couple of “members” of the pigweed family are causing problems for farmers locally and across the state.

    “The real problem issues are with soybeans,” said Jim Martin, a weed scientist with the University of Kentucky’s research and education center in Princeton. “It’s (pigweed) across the state. It started in western Kentucky along the river bottoms and found its way into central Kentucky as well as the rest of the state.”

  • Kentucky 2015 Acreage reporting dates

    In order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements, all producers are encouraged to visit the Elizabethtown FSA office to file an accurate crop certification report by the applicable deadline.

    The following acreage reporting dates are applicable for Hardin and LaRue County:

    July 15, 2015: Spring Seeded Crops (Corn and Soybeans) and CRP

    September 30, 2015: Aquaculture, Value loss and controlled environment crops (except Nursery)

    The following exceptions apply to the above acreage reporting dates:

  • 2015 Kentucky Junior Angus Preview show results
  • Tips for Hay Harvest

    While hay acres may have dropped off a little in LaRue County, hay is a still a significant agricultural crop. It is especially important to cash hay growers and ruminant and equine producers.

    Therefore, harvesting hay for higher and better yields is critical. It’s not always easy to do. Consider these ideas on how to shorten the harvest window, enhance forage quality, and reduce the chance for rain damage.

    Mow to a proper height, which is between 2- 4 inches for alfalfa and between 3-4 inches for most grasses.

  • Sunglasses a necessity for any fishing trip

    Every angler has at one time or another forgotten something in their rush to leave for a fishing trip.

    It’s disheartening when that something is sunglasses. Squinting and shielding your eyes for hours takes some of the fun out of the experience.

  • Farm News

    Farmers Market

    The LaRue County Farmers Market will be open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursdays beginning June 18 through mid-August at 2533 Lincoln Farm Rd. in Hodgenville. Several vendors will be participating and meal options are available. Potential vendors may contact the Extension Office for more information, 270-358-3401. Stock up on local fresh produce, baked goods, flowers, beef, pork, goat and so much more.

    Split Fair

  • Lawson to retire from Ag Development Board

    Sam Lawson, a founding member of the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, announced his retirement from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board after over 15 years of service. Lawson made his decision to not seek reappointment to the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board when his term expires in July. Lawson, the representative for the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, will continue to serve until Governor Beshear appoints someone to take his place.

  • LaRue students attend ASSET

    Ashley Cottrell and Connor Jaggers, both of Magnolia, were among 26 students who attended Agriculture Students Striving for Effective Tomorrows (ASSET) Conference held June 14-18 in Bowling Green, Ky.

  • Pasture and Grazing Management

    Pasture growth from mid-June to mid-August typically slows down greatly. As a result, producers should extend the length of time that pasture fields are rested between rotational grazings, and not graze as short to leave more leaf area for cool season grasses (mainly fescue and orchardgrass).

    Warm-season grasses (annuals and perennials) and deep-rooted legumes such as alfalfa, lespedeza or red clover, can be very useful during this time to rest cool season grass pastures and also to provide a break from the endophyte of infected tall fescue.

  • Kentucky State Fair

    The 2015 Kentucky State Fair will be Aug. 20-30 and entry deadlines are near.

    Open livestock entries ($14/head) must be postmarked by July 10.

    Open Show livestock may actually enter from July 11-25 (received date) by paying a double entry fee ($28/head), or from July 26-Aug. 5 with an extra late entry fee of $50/head.

    Open show poultry and Pigeon entries must be postmarked by July 18 and rabbit entries by July 18.