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Agriculture

  • Time to control crabgrass is now

    (This is one of the news articles that UK releases for us to spread to the state, and this is good information by Katie Pratt.)

    While the winter may have wreaked havoc on many desirable plants, it did little to affect crabgrass, the most common weed in Kentucky lawns.

  • Growing asparagus in Kentucky

    Asparagus is a long-lived perennial vegetable crop.  

    Each plant can be productive for 15 or more years if given proper care.  

    Asparagus will grow in most any soil as long as it has good drainage. Asparagus doesn’t like to have wet feet; it leads to root rot.  

    An ideal pH of 6.5 to 7.5 will give you good results; it will not tolerate a pH under 6.0.  

  • What is grass tetany?

    Spring in the Bluegrass is a great time of greening and warming, but it’s also a time when livestock producers need to watch out for grass tetany, also called spring tetany or grass staggers.

    Some people also refer to it as wheat pasture poisoning, winter tetany or lactation tetany.

    Regardless, it?s a condition caused by an abnormally low level of magnesium in the blood.

    Maintenance of normal blood magnesium is completely dependent on absorption of magnesium from the diet.

  • The time to sow grass is now

    Many of you have been asking, and now it is finally time to start renovating or reseeding your lawns.

    Many people in Kentucky want a bluegrass lawn, however, the best turf grass for us is actually fescue. You can plant the turf-type fescues if you want a small bladed grass, or if you are like me and want the toughest lawn possible, the straight Kentucky 31 fescue is just fine.

    I am weird, I guess, but I like the wide blades.

  • Ag news

    Preventing Grass Tetany:
    As spring approaches and grass begins to grow, grazing livestock may experience a forage-related problem known as grass tetany, grass staggers, lactation tetany, or hypomagnesaemia.

    Grass tetany is a metabolic disorder caused by reduced magnesium levels in the animal’s blood.

  • 4-H News

    As we have warmer days, everyone starts thinking about spring and summer activities.

    4-H is certainly no exception, and as they happen, watch for photos and results from various clubs and events.

    The 4-H Young Riders are certainly gearing up to be busy over the next six months with activities ranging from quiz bowl to horse camp and sponsoring local events.

    The first activity that is open to the entire community is a fundraiser.

  • Recent winter weather conditions impact Kentucky cow/calf herds and producers

    This is some good information for the weather we have been having.

  • 4-H News

    The 4-H Teen Conference is the statewide leadership conference for high school members in Kentucky.

    This year, the conference will be held June 9-12, on the University of Kentucky campus.  

    During the conference, delegates get to experience campus life as well as make new friends from across the state.

    Highlights during the week include electing state officers, attending the state fashion revue and performing arts troupe performance, attending tracks and workshops, meeting with college representatives and attending two dances.

  • Plant disease-resistant varieties

    Do you have problems with fire blight, black spot, powdery mildew, Fusarium wilt, early blight, and late blight?  If this is the case, plant disease-resistant varieties this year!

    Sure, old-time favorites are what you are used to, but try something different with them this year.   

    Mail-order catalogs promise a bountiful harvest of fruits and vegetables without much work, but we all know that isn’t how it works.

    However, there is one thing that we can do easily that will save us a lot of hassle this summer: variety selection.

  • Spring vegetable gardening

    Mid-to-late March is an ideal time to plant your cool season or spring garden.  
    Potatoes, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, onions, peas and many other crops can be planted this month.  

    Lettuce can also be planted. However, you will want to cover it with remay fabric (tobacco canvas).

    If you haven’t started cole crops (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower etc.) seedlings yet, you should just buy the plants in a few weeks from a trustworthy nursery. This will save you time and trouble unless you are growing a great deal of it.