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Agriculture

  • Chemical de-icing materials can damage plants

    We haven’t had to worry about this yet, but I thought it would be a good time to discuss it before it is needed. If you like to put salt and de-icer on your sidewalks, drives and steps, you must take care not to damage valuable landscape plants. Generally, physical removal of ice and snow is better for the landscape as long as you don’t pile it on your plants. However, many people aren’t physically able to shovel snow and ice. In this case chemicals are needed to keep walkways safe.

  • Renovating hay and pasture fields

    If you have a less-than-productive grass pasture or hayfield, following a few simple renovation techniques could increase the field’s productivity. Some things you can do include planting a legume such as red clover, controlling pests and adding lime and fertilizer. Be aware though, some techniques require you to start as early as the middle of February.
    Adding legumes to pasture and hayfields has several benefits including higher yields, improved quality, nitrogen fixation and more summer growth.

  • 4-H clubs get the new year started

    Several Washington County 4-H clubs kick off the new year with meetings next week. The 4-H Sharpshooters will meet on Monday, Jan. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the extension office. The 4-H Spurs and Furs will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the extension office and the 4-H Food Stars will meet on the Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 3:30-5 p.m. at the extension office.

  • Renovating hay and pasture fields

    If you have a less-than-productive grass pasture or hayfield, following a few simple renovation techniques could increase the field’s productivity. Some things you can do include planting a legume such as red clover, controlling pests and adding lime and fertilizer. Be aware though, some techniques require you to start as early as the middle of February.
    Adding legumes to pasture and hayfields has several benefits including higher yields, improved quality, nitrogen fixation and more summer growth.

  • Avoid stress that comes with the holiday season

    The holidays are here! It is a time that most of us think of family, friends, meals together, evenings of hot chocolate and cookies and brightly lit trees with gifts wrapped with big bows. It is also a time that many try to do too much and end up stressed and exhausted.   Children are home from school, family gatherings and a long list of shopping can seem to be more work than enjoyment. Here are some ways to relieve stress during the holiday season.

  • Deadline to join 4-H in 2013 approaches

  • Fruit and vegetable conference Jan. 7-8

    The 2013 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference and Trade Show will have something of interest for all fruit and vegetable producers. This year’s event convenes at 8 a.m. on Jan. 7 at Lexington’s Embassy Suites Hotel and concludes around 5 p.m. on Jan. 8.

    Preconference activities on Jan. 6 include a Winemaking Techniques Workshop from 1- 5:30 p.m. in Seay Auditorium on the University of Kentucky campus; a reception and the Kentucky Farmers’ Market Association annual meeting; and a fruit round table discussion from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the hotel.

  • Cash receipts help project 2012 status

    This article just came out following the Kentucky Farm Bureau Convention and we wanted to share it with you all.

    Preliminary U.S. Department of Agriculture reports indicate Kentucky agricultural cash receipts for January through September totaled $3.6 billion, 10 percent higher than 2011’s record level for the same period. Despite weather impacts on yield and high feed costs, agricultural economists with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture foresee 2012’s cash receipts in the state will total $5.3 billion.

  • Cooking makes great wintertime activity for kids

    When it is too cold to play outside, it is time to get creative inside. A great way to engage children is to help them cook something warm and cozy in the kitchen. Cooking is especially enjoyable for children because it requires using all five senses. They see the foods and prepare them with their own hands. They can hear foods popping or sizzling in the pan and smell the aromas. Finally, the best part is they get to taste their finished product.

  • Christmas reflections: Remember what matters most

    I know most of you are busy, especially now. You may have fun reflecting on what is really important at the end of this year and going into a new one. Many of you have heard and many of you know personally Dr. Gary Lacefield. He gets around a lot and I would like to share with you something he sent to the agents recently.

    What is really important?