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Agriculture

  • 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?

  • Country ham project accepting members

    One of the fastest growing 4-H projects, the country ham project, will be accepting new members through Dec. 3.  Participants learn the history behind curing hams, the process of curing and actually cure two hams for their project. A contract must be signed by both the parent and 4-H member agreeing to follow the project guidelines, which include giving a speech at the Kentucky State Fair.  Contracts and the $55 fee are due to the Washington County Extension Office by Dec. 3.

  • Gifts for gardeners

    With about a month until Christmas, it’s time to start thinking about what to buy that special gardener in your life. If you aren’t a gardener yourself, it may seem difficult to buy a gardening-related item for an actual gardener, so I thought I would give you a few ideas to make it a little easier.

  • Forage prep tips for next year

    Forages are such an important part of our local agriculture that I thought I would mention a few reminders and a little information for you to think about in planning for next year.

  • Grazing corn: growers are missing out on profit

    In case you haven’t noticed, agriculture is changing so fast it is hard to keep up with. One of the things I think we are missing out on big time is using corn to graze. So here is an article we are sharing with you concerning that opportunity.  This really fits in well with making money today.

  • Time to do some tool maintenance

    If you are like me, you have on occasion left a hoe, rake, set of pruners or some other garden tool outside for a few days by accident only to find it rusted and in bad shape. Well, the same thing can happen to a tool over winter even if it is left indoors. Over time, cold, moist air will also cause tools to rust as if they were actually outside in the weather. So what should you do? Well, winterize them of course!

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  • 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.