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Agriculture

  • 4-H brings home honors

    Good work ethics need to be instilled at an early age.  Parents go about helping their children learn responsibility and to finish a job in many different ways from home chores to holding a local job to working on the family farm.

    In 4-H and many other youth organizations, seeing youth reach a goal through hard work and perseverance, is rewarding not only for the youth, but for the parents and other adults who may have supported those youth in their endeavors.  

  • Time for late summer seedings

    Many of you are preparing to seed or re-seed various forage grasses and legumes. Successful establishment of a new pasture or hay field does not come about by accident, but by attention to details. One of the important details is what variety or varieties you will use. We have a lot of valuable Kentucky-tested results available on grasses and legumes important to Kentucky. For our complete list of species and varieties, see your county extension agent or go to our website at http://www.uky.edu/Ag/Forage/ForageVarietyTrials2.htm.

  • State fair time in Kentucky

    A great way to complete your summer is with a family trip to the Kentucky State Fair.

    This year’s state fair will run Aug. 14–24.  Registration for many of the events and activities are due in July or early August.  Washington County 4-H members have one final opportunity to qualify exhibits for the fair on Friday, Aug. 8.

  • How to: tasty tomatoes

    Cabrina Buckman

    Let’s continue the summer garden series with a new vegetable of the week: tasty tomatoes.

  • 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.