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Agriculture

  • A paradigm shift for young cattle producers

    This article is from Dr. Roy Burris, Beef Extension Specialist, University of Kentucky and we want to share it with you.

    A paradigm shift is a change in your way of thinking that doesn’t just happen but is driven by agents of change. Young cattle producers will have to deal with these “agents of change” in ways that we could not have imagined a generation ago. In my opinion, some of these changes are in the areas of:

  • Winterizing strawberry plants

    One of the last garden chores of the season is tucking in the strawberry planting for winter. Strawberry plants have already set their buds for next spring’s flowers and the crop can be lost unless you protect them from harsh winter conditions. A fully-dormant strawberry plant’s flower buds can be damaged at temperatures below 15 degrees F.

    In addition to flower bud damage, the alternate freezing and thawing of the soil that commonly occurs in winter and early spring can cause plant roots to break and the plants to be heaved right out of the ground.

  • Composting diseased plant material

    Now that we have had a killing frost and it is time to put the garden to bed, I have had several questions about composting plant debris with disease infections. Several people have asked me if diseased plant material such as leaves with powdery mildew, black spot, anthracnose, or fire blight should or could be placed into a compost pile and decomposed enough that the disease won’t re-infect next year. And, of course, the answer is that it depends.

  • Sharpshooters showcase skills at Family Fun Day

    The Washington County 4-H Teen Club has been busy planning an exciting fall and winter for their members and the community. For more information on the events, contact the Washington County Extension Office at 336-7741. Membership for the 4-H Teen Club is open to all Washington County students, grades 9-12 through Dec. 21. The next club meeting is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 16, at WCHS.

  • Right to hunt amendment

    We have received several inquiries into the constitutional amendment that will be on the Nov. 6 ballot and whether or not it reduces private property rights. The full text of the constitutional amendment is:

  • Lawnmower maintenance tips for the fall season

    The last lawn mowing of the season is probably upon us (if you haven’t stopped already). This means you should do some winterizing maintenance to your mowers, weed eaters, tillers and blowers.

    Following a few maintenance rules now will save you time and frustration next spring when you try to start your lawnmower. There is no bigger frustration in the spring than having an overgrown lawn, time to cut it, and a mower that doesn’t work. Maintenance now will help your mower run smoother and increase the overall life of the motor.

  • Tips on what to consider when buying trees

    I am assuming that many of you have watered your landscapes and more importantly newly planted trees diligently all summer and now into fall, but for those of you that didn’t or just want to plant some new trees, I thought a little advice on selection was in order. Fall is a great time to add trees to the landscape, but there are some very important things to look for before actually purchasing a particular tree.

  • UK gets waiver for contaminated corn

    The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture’s Division of Regulatory Services in conjunction with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture has received approval for Kentucky corn high in aflatoxin to be mixed with other corn to obtain an aflatoxin content safe for feeding to specific animals.

  • Washington County fair board looking for volunteers

     

    The Washington County fair board is looking for a few good volunteers.

  • Regular fertilization leads to a healthier lawn

    Fertilizing your lawn is a good way to maintain a healthy turf. You should fertilize every year. Fertilizing your lawn helps maintain a uniform, dense, green turf and reduces weed problems. The good effects of fertilizing can be lost if you fertilize at the wrong time. Low-maintenance turf requires one application of fertilization in late October or anytime in November for most grass types.