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Agriculture

  • Disease update provided for week of July 22

    Current Status

  • Too much rain causing plant disease

    What a difference a year makes! We have had too much rain and if you ride around you can see crops turning yellow and wilting and there isn’t anything we can do. Personally I have even had a few perennials and pepper plants give up as well and I live on a high windy location that drains well!

  • Blister beetles: What hay producers, farmers need to know

    Several species of blister beetles occur in Kentucky but large populations are not common. These mid- to late summer insects are active from about mid-July through early August. They are especially attracted to and feed on flowers. An aggregation pheromone released by the insects as they feed results in accumulations of beetles or “hot spots”, often along field margins.

    Tips for hay producers

  • Farm bill fails in the house: what’s next?

    I thought this was an interesting article from the Corn Growers’ Association  and would like to share it with you.

  • Watch for Japanese beetles and plant diseases
  • More awards for 4-H Sharpshooters

    The 4-H Sharpshooters Club members continue to win top awards at district competitions this summer. The results today are from the Washington County Invitational held on June 15 at the Mercer County Fish and Game Club outside of Harrodsburg.

  • Darkling/Mealworm vs. Blister Beetles

    This is a very informative article for Dr. Lee Townsend, University of Kentucky Entomologist and I want to share it with you.

    Finding beetles in alfalfa hay raises an immediate red flag. Are they blister beetles? If not, what are they and are they harmful? Darkling beetles or mealworm beetles are relatively common in stored hay and resemble the black blister beetle. These insects feed on broken kernels and fines so they are common around barns and hay storage areas.

  • Rose Rosette disease is spreading

    If you have roses, most of you know that many of them can be very disease prone, however the knockout roses are very often disease free. Knockouts aren’t totally full proof. They do still get the occasional assault from insects. There is a disease or more specifically a virus that has become more common in roses over the last several years and it attacks ALL roses! The disease is called rose rosette and as in all plant viruses there is no cure.

  • Washington County Invitational results

    Shooting sports results from the Washington County Invitational Tournament:

    Bowhunter
    9-11– second place - Matthew Cochran, third place – Hunter Tingle, also participating were Taylor Gabhart and Carter Hess
    12-14 – first place – Michael Shelton, also partipating were Bryce Hall, Anthony Hess, Austin Grubbs and Madeline Townes
    15-18 – participating was Derek Barr

    Bowhunter Team
    9-11-first place team, members included Matthew Cochran, Hunter Tingle, Taylor Gabhart and Carter Hess

  • 4-H Sharpshooters earn 18 top awards

    The Washington County 4-H Sharpshooters competed in the first invitational competition, which was sponsored by Spencer County 4-H. Over 400 4-H members from 16 counties participated. Washington County 4-H brought home 18 of the top awards presented. The next competition will be sponsored by Washington County 4-H on Saturday, June 1 at the Hahn Trap Range in Chaplin.

    Trap Results
    9-11 year olds
    1st place male- Isaiah Montgomery

    12-14 year olds
    1st place female – Madeline Townes

    15-18 year olds