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Agriculture

  • 4-H news

    This weekend began the lawn-mowing season in many neighborhoods in Washington County.

    As families begin this spring and summer ritual, there are several considerations that should be made concerning children being around lawn mowers. According to healthychildren.org, each year, many children are injured severely by lawn mowers. Power mowers can be especially dangerous. However, following these safety guidelines can prevent most lawn mower-related injuries.

  • Pruning clematis

    There may be no prettier climbing plant than the clematis.  These hardy vines clamor over trellises, fences and even trees and shrubs. They produce flowers in three general forms: small white flowers in panicles or loose irregular spreading cluster (generally autumn blooming), bell- or urn-shaped flowers and flat open flowers.

  • Grass tetany in news again

    In the last month we have shared two pieces of information to cattle farmers about grass tetany. It came up again last week in a very unusual way. There was an article in the April issue of Cow Country News on page 88 titled “Cows Need Salt to Avoid Grass Tetany.”  

    This article has caused a significant conversation across the state between producers, vets, specialist and other beef leaders. Here is Jeff Lehmkuhler, University of Kentucky Beef Cattle Nutrition Specialist response in detailed to that article.  

  • Time to control crabgrass is now

    (This is one of the news articles that UK releases for us to spread to the state, and this is good information by Katie Pratt.)

    While the winter may have wreaked havoc on many desirable plants, it did little to affect crabgrass, the most common weed in Kentucky lawns.

  • Growing asparagus in Kentucky

    Asparagus is a long-lived perennial vegetable crop.  

    Each plant can be productive for 15 or more years if given proper care.  

    Asparagus will grow in most any soil as long as it has good drainage. Asparagus doesn’t like to have wet feet; it leads to root rot.  

    An ideal pH of 6.5 to 7.5 will give you good results; it will not tolerate a pH under 6.0.  

  • What is grass tetany?

    Spring in the Bluegrass is a great time of greening and warming, but it’s also a time when livestock producers need to watch out for grass tetany, also called spring tetany or grass staggers.

    Some people also refer to it as wheat pasture poisoning, winter tetany or lactation tetany.

    Regardless, it?s a condition caused by an abnormally low level of magnesium in the blood.

    Maintenance of normal blood magnesium is completely dependent on absorption of magnesium from the diet.

  • The time to sow grass is now

    Many of you have been asking, and now it is finally time to start renovating or reseeding your lawns.

    Many people in Kentucky want a bluegrass lawn, however, the best turf grass for us is actually fescue. You can plant the turf-type fescues if you want a small bladed grass, or if you are like me and want the toughest lawn possible, the straight Kentucky 31 fescue is just fine.

    I am weird, I guess, but I like the wide blades.

  • Ag news

    Preventing Grass Tetany:
    As spring approaches and grass begins to grow, grazing livestock may experience a forage-related problem known as grass tetany, grass staggers, lactation tetany, or hypomagnesaemia.

    Grass tetany is a metabolic disorder caused by reduced magnesium levels in the animal’s blood.

  • 4-H News

    As we have warmer days, everyone starts thinking about spring and summer activities.

    4-H is certainly no exception, and as they happen, watch for photos and results from various clubs and events.

    The 4-H Young Riders are certainly gearing up to be busy over the next six months with activities ranging from quiz bowl to horse camp and sponsoring local events.

    The first activity that is open to the entire community is a fundraiser.

  • Recent winter weather conditions impact Kentucky cow/calf herds and producers

    This is some good information for the weather we have been having.