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Agriculture

  • What’s with the tomatoes?

    Have you strolled through the tomato patch this summer, and out of the corner of your eye, you spot that perfectly red, ripe tomato?

    You then rushed over to pick it, only to find that it was rotten on the bottom or blossom end.  You are not alone!

    Lately, I have been receiving calls about this strange disease, as some call it, and what to do about it.  Many want to know what to spray to stop it and many just want to know what is causing it, and if they will ever get any tomatoes to eat.

  • Increased cases of lower-leaf spotting

    County Phase I Funds
    This year, receiving information about our County  Phase I funds has been a real roller-coaster ride.

    We were told early in the year there wasn’t going to be any funds and then a few months later we were told our county would be receiving 42% of the funds.  

    Our County Phase I Board met the end of May. Since this would be a small amount of money they voted to roll the funds over to 2015.

    By doing this we would have a large amount of money to be able to serve more people next year.

  • 4-H hosts summer camp

    You can’t think of summer without thinking of summer camp.

    Early mornings and late nights and singing your way to meals; making new friends, but keeping the old; all are memories made over a week of summer camp.

    Last week, 35 Washington County campers and counselors attended Lake Cumberland 4-H Camp.

    During the week, campers had a chance to swim, go boating, shoot archery and rifles, experience climbing and zip lining during high ropes, learn teamwork in low ropes, compete in field games, complete crafts and, of course, Sally Down the Alley.

  • 4-H news

    Show season has begun and Washington County 4-H member Blake Arnold has started off with a successful summer.

    Blake shows market hogs for his 4-H project and is a member of the Hooves and Horns 4-H Club. Each youth planning on showing a market animal at the Kentucky State Fair must first participate in a district show.

  • 4-H Young Riders have been busy

    Washington Co. 4-H Young Riders have had a busy two weeks and have accomplished a lot, winning top awards and supporting the community. The club kicked off its marathon activities by participating in the Willisburg Memorial Day weekend event by riding in the parade and providing horse rides.

  • Pest management will be crucial this spring

    These articles we received from the Pest News Alert  this week, and we thought it was timely information for you all to know.

  • Controlling mosquitoes

    Controlling mosquitoes can be very difficult, especially since there are so many places for them to breed. Any water holding container left outside can make a small mosquito problem turn into a full-on plague.  

    Most commonly, stopped-up gutters, old tires, aluminum cans, flower pot saucers and even dense shady gardens with lots of moist soil and leaf tissue can become a breeding ground for hundreds to thousands of mosquitoes.  

  • Tomato diseases showing up

    Foliar tomato diseases have been showing up in a few area gardens in the last few weeks, so it’s time to take precautions to keep these diseases in check when they visit your garden.

    I say when, because if you grow tomatoes in Kentucky, you will undoubtedly get foliar diseases.

    The primary two diseases that I have noticed are early blight and septoria leaf spot. It doesn’t really matter if you know which of these you have, but more that you have leaf spots that need to be controlled.

  • Ag news

    Central Kentucky Premier Heifer Sale:

    This Saturday, June 7, will be our Central Kentucky Premier Heifer Sale beginning at 1 p.m. at the Marion County Fairgrounds in Lebanon.

  • 4-H starts off strong in summer competitions

    Washington County 4-H members have gotten off to a great start this summer in district competitions.  

    This week, the first results from shooting sports will be shared including highlights from Spencer County, McCracken and Adair county invitationals.