• Grass tetany is cause for concern

    You may not think you need to worry about grass tetany this time of year, but we do. The way our weather has been so far this winter, we do need to be concerned and here is an article to explain it.

  • 4-H leaf collection winners announced

    Fourth and fifth grade students from across the county recently completed the 4-H Forestry project. 

    In this week’s paper you will find the results as well as pictures of the top winners. A big congratulations to all who completed the project this year.

    St Dominic Elementary 4th Grade

  • UK Wheat Science Group’s winter meeting to be held in January

    Specialists with the University of Kentucky Wheat Science Group will present timely information related to the 2012 wheat production year during their winter meeting from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. CST Jan. 10 at the James E. Bruce Convention Center in Hopkinsville.

  • Nutrient monitoring may help cut costs for nursery owners

    In the past several years, tough economic conditions have hit many industries, including nurseries. One area where nursery owners may be able to save money is monitoring the efficiency of applied nutrients to their container plants, said Winston Dunwell, extension professor for nursery crops with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.

  • Dry weather weakens corn stalks

    Many of you have commented to me about all the corn that blew down about three weeks ago.  In traveling around the county this week, I have seen a lot more of it, and with our continued drought, it will only get worse.
    This brings up the question what fields to harvest first, do you have the ability to dry down that corn, and various other harvesting questions individuals may have.

  • Perennials may be overcrowded

    Have your perennials been in their current location for at least three years?  Have you watered and fertilized them regularly throughout the growing season, yet they haven’t bloomed as much as usual and they just look tired?  Your perennials may be over crowded.  

  • Check fields for blister beetles

    Blister beetles are out now, but rarely reach damaging numbers in alfalfa. In addition, the beetles feed on clover, soybean, potato, tomato, and eggplant, and are especially attracted to flowers. Like the Japanese beetle, feeding by a few blister beetles draws in more. Large numbers of beetles can cluster on small patches of flowering plants in an otherwise uninfested field. This can result in infested hay. Blister beetles contain cantharadin, a chemical that is very toxic to horses. Fortunately, these insects have not been a significant problem in Kentucky alfalfa fields.

  • Fall is good time for planting woody plants

    With September starting, it is time to start thinking about fall, which  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.

  • County fair upcoming

  • 4-H Young Riders to perform at fair; Sharpshooters compete in Adair County

    The Kentucky State Fair has been so much fun this year, and our 4-H members are doing a fantastic job representing Washington County.  Everyone still has a chance to go to the fair through Aug. 28 and enjoy all of the sights, sounds and smells!  Don’t forget to check out Cloverville and the West Wing.