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Agriculture

  • Armyworm moths are sure sign of spring

    This is a recent article from our Pest News Alert Newsletter and with all the wheat out this year we thought you would be interested in reading about the armyworms.

    Spring must really be here as armyworm (aka true armyworm) moths have taken flight. Only a few moths have been captured thus far, but it does signal the beginning of insect season in the field crops and the current year’s capture is in line with the outbreak year of 2008. It is still too early to get real excited but important enough to be aware.

  • Protect plants from late spring frosts

    We know far too well that late spring frosts and freezes are very common in Kentucky. These late frosts always seem to follow a long warm stretch that has made many of our trees, shrubs, flowers, and fruit trees start to grow. Nurseries and garden centers sell tomato plants among many other frost sensitive plants much too early.

  • WCES students work on public speaking skills

    Students at Washington County Elementary worked on their public speaking skills by participating in the 4-H Talk Meet program this month. Fourth and fifth graders spent weeks polishing their presentations that took place on April 11. The students did an outstanding job on their speeches. Their teachers, Mrs. Thomas, Mrs. Metcalf and the remaining fourth and fifth grade teachers prepared the students for the event. Listed below are the results of the 4-H Talk Meet. The champions and reserve champions will now advance to the county-wide competition scheduled for May 7.

  • Insurance for your breeding season

    This article is from Dr. Les Anderson, Beef Extension Specialist, University of Kentucky. I thought it was a timely article to share with you.

    I received the call on Monday. I seem to receive this call six-eight times each year. This particular rancher had just finished getting his cows diagnosed for pregnancy. He had 43 cows falling calving cows.

  • 4-H Youth Fair just over a week away

    4-H members work hard all year to complete projects, whether it is using their hands to make a skirt or woodworking project, showing an animal or presenting a speech. Many 4-H members will be competing or will be honored for their achievements over the coming weeks and the honors they receive will be shared.

  • Don’t plant frost sensative plants yet
  • Comer visits Clements Ag Supply, talks future of farm

    Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer was at Clements Ag Supply in Washington County last Tuesday for a stop along his tour across much of the state speaking with farmers about the latest news in his office.

    With so much controversy circling Comer’s predecessor, he said keeping Kentucky farmers in the loop about what’s going on is one of his main goals.

  • Efficient pasture utilizations

    Plants require several minerals and nutrients for growth and production. The three primary nutrients required for plant growth are nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium. Nitrogen (N) is an essential nutrient necessary for photosynthesis, enzymatic reactions, and creating amino acids, the building blocks of protein. Increasing nitrogen in the soil has been proven to greatly increase pasture production.

  • Grow heirloom vegetables and flowers this year
  • WCHYC fundraiser approaches