• Finalize fair projects

    It’s hard to believe, but the Kentucky State Fair is right around the corner. This year’s Kentucky State Fair will take place August 15–25.

    Washington County 4-Hers are working hard to finalize their projects for Kentucky State Fair competition. Anyone wishing to qualify horticulture projects and other categories listed in the summer edition of the 4-H newsletter for the state fair should bring them to the extension office on Friday, Aug. 9 between 8 a.m. and noon. 

  • Controlling mosquitoes

    With the rain we have had of late and some of you have had a lot more than others, there are bound to be many of you out there suffering from mosquitoes. I remember the good old days when mosquitoes only came out to bite at dusk? The imported tiger mosquito likes to bite any time of day and the hotter the better. Guess where the tiger mosquito was imported from. You guessed it, China! Tiger mosquitoes have light silvery stripes on their legs and body, hence the name “Tiger”.

  • 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.