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Agriculture

  • Forage recovery from the winter of 2013/14

    We all know that it was a long cold winter in Kentucky and pastures and hay fields were slow to get started. Some of the slow start was caused by winter injury, but mostly we have just had a late spring. Below are some observations from our UK variety tests.

    Annual ryegrass is the cool-season grass that had the most winterkill.

  • 4-H announces Meet Talk winners

    The top speakers from across the county, in our Washington County 4-H County-wide Talk Meet held on April 29, at St. Catharine College, competed for the opportunity to advance to the District 5 competition scheduled for May 10 in Elizabethtown.

    In the 9-year-old division, winning champion was Emma Smith with her speech, “The One and Only.”

    Reserve champion was Leah Russell with her speech “My Daddy Daughter Dance.”
    Receiving blue ribbons were Kyla Yankey and Kaelyn Adams.

  • A look at the burley market

    Burley, like most of our agricultural enterprises, is produced in a global marketplace.

    Higher global grain prices in recent years have not only encouraged Kentucky and U.S. farmers to raise more grain but also corn and soybean producers around the globe.

    As a result of increasing global supplies, grain prices have predictably declined from the record levels we experienced in 2012.

    The global burley market has a similar story.

  • New food labels proposed

    By Cabrina Buckman

    Imagine that you are strolling through the aisles of the grocery store.  

    How do you determine the healthiest choices for you and your family?

    If you are accustomed to turning the package over to read the food label, I have some interesting information reported by Janet Mullins, UK Extension Specialist for food and nutrition.

    Twenty years ago, the food label welcomed a new addition, the “Nutrition Facts Panel.”

  • 4-H news

    Saturday, April 26, will be a fun day for Washington County residents with three local events set for that day. I hope many will stop by the 4-H Youth Fair at the Washington County Extension Office on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  

    At 1:30 p.m., we will draw for door prizes and all 4-H members should pick up any exhibits they have entered.

    There will also be the invitational rabbit and poultry skillathon with participants from counties across the state competing.  

  • Springfield Green Festival is this Saturday

    Some of you may not have heard, but I, along with New Pioneers For A Sustainable Future, have been working for a couple months planning the first ever Springfield Green Festival.

    This Saturday, April 26, 2014, at the Farmers Market at the Depot from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. you can get your fill of all things green.  

  • Try going some heirlooms

    Heirloom plants are vintage varieties preserved by passing down seed through generations.

    Generally, 50 to 100 years old, heirlooms are always open-pollinated and usually breed true to type. Their benefit is that they are sustainable.

    You can save seeds from year to year indefinitely. They were selected for flavor and quality as well as ease of growth.

  • Novel enphodyte tall fescue

    The following is a good article I recently received from University of Kentucky College Of Agriculture Grazing the Net Newsletter.

    The most predominant forage grass in the U.S., covering over 36 million acres, happens to be tall fescue, a cool-season perennial grass.

  • Lawn-mowing tips from 4-H

    This week begins the results for the 4-H Talk Meet program.  The countywide competition will be held on April 28 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Catharine College. See the results listed in the second part of this week’s column.  

    As I mentioned last week, I have included more lawn-mowing tips in my column this week.

    Here are several tips to think about and to share with all members of your family that use the lawn mower.

  • 4-H news

    More than 80 people from across the state gathered April 4 at the Mercer County Extension Office for the 15th annual Dustin Worthington “I Love Cows” Essay Contest awards ceremony.  

    This year’s ceremony saw 18 heifers given away to students who participated in the contest.

    The contest is open to all FFA & 4-H members interested in the cattle industry in the state of Kentucky.