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Agriculture

  • 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.

  • 4-H celebrates country ham house

    Washington County 4-H held a country ham dinner recently in honor of some very special community members who made our new Country Ham House a reality!  

  • Ag news

    The following article is from the Kentucky Cattlemen Newsletter, and we feel it is some good information and want to share it with you all.

    Consumers are confused about the causes of antibiotic resistance, a new poll conducted by Nielsen/The Harris Poll for the American Meat Institute and released this week has found.

    In the survey, conducted online in March 2014 among 2,100 U.S. adults ages 18 and older, participants were asked, “According to the CDC, which of the following is the greatest contributing factor to human antibiotic resistance?”

  • Maple petiole borer and carpenter bees

    Are numerous leaves dropping from your maple trees?

    The culprit this time of year is probably the maple petiole borer.  

    There are several other reasons why leaves will fall from maples like squirrels, drought, and heavy aphid or scale infestations, however the characteristics of the maple petiole borer is obvious.  

    When petiole borers attack a leaf it looks generally healthy when it detaches from the tree.  

  • Disaster program a possibility for some farmers

    Livestock Losses:
    We had a really bad winter on livestock and lost a lot of cattle.  The FSA office is taking applications for these weather-related losses.  

    People are beginning to hear about this opportunity, and I thought it would be good to have a little bit about the programs in this column.

    Livestock disaster program enrollment opened on April 15, 2014.

    These disaster programs are authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill as permanent programs and provide retroactive authority to cover losses that occurred on or after Oct. 1, 2011.

  • 4-H news: Noise control an important tool

    The days are growing longer, the temperatures are rising and it’s time for   4-H members to finalize their registration for summer camp. Washington County 4-H will be camping June 24 - 28 at Lake Cumberland 4-H Camp.  

    Applications are available from the extension office and the deadline to pre-register is June 2.

    The cost for camp is $170 and partial scholarships are available for those that qualify. Call the extension office at 336-7741 for questions about 4-H Camp.

  • Results from WC's 4-H youth fair

    The Washington County 4-H members competed in the 4-H Youth Fair on April 25 and 26. The class champions will now advance to the KY State Fair in August.  Results are listed in this week’s news.

  • Forage recovery from the winter of 2013/14

    We all know that it was a long cold winter in Kentucky and pastures and hay fields were slow to get started. Some of the slow start was caused by winter injury, but mostly we have just had a late spring. Below are some observations from our UK variety tests.

    Annual ryegrass is the cool-season grass that had the most winterkill.