• Fall is a good time for planting woody plants

    Fall is a good time to plant trees and shrubs. The cool temperatures and adequate rainfall (most years) make for an ideal time for planting woody plants. In the spring, many times it is too wet and the soil too cool to get newly planted trees and shrubs off to a good start.  Many times gardeners are much too busy to plant in the early spring as well.

  • Plant grass seed now for a lush lawn next spring

    Many of you have been asking and now it is finally time to start renovating or reseeding your lawns. September is the best month to sow grass seed in Kentucky, however the last few years we have been so hot and dry that there was relatively no way to keep  enough water on it to get it to germinate and survive. This year is different. It’s cool and there is ample moisture in the soil to make it relatively easy to get a lawn established.

  • Rust disease is always a cause for concern

    This article is the latest tobacco update from Kenny Seabolt.

    Blue mold was found in east Tennessee. We still don’t have it in Kentucky, but we should be watching for it closely. I don’t think it is urgent for growers to treat for blue mold right now. Tobacco that has been topped and sprayed should be safe for the most part.

  • Sharpshooters’ results are in

    Last week I started off the 4-H News with information about the Kentucky State Fair. After writing the column today, I’ll be leaving to take the 4-H exhibits to enter for judging. Our 4-H members have worked hard on their projects and I am excited for them and can’t wait to see the results. Good luck to all 4-H and FFA members over the next two weeks as they participate in many activities at the Kentucky State Fair.

  • New and experienced managers can learn more at the grazing school Aug. 21-22

    Make plans to attend the 2013 Kentucky Grazing School Aug. 21-22 in Woodford County. Informational sessions will be held at the Woodford County Extension office, with hands-on activities taking place at the University of Kentucky’s C. Oran Little Research Center.

    The school is hosted by extension specialists from the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. It begins at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 5:30 p.m. EDT both days. Presenters will offer valuable educational information for new and experienced grazing systems managers.

  • 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