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Agriculture

  • Country ham project is a 4-H tradition

    Washington County 4-H continues to accept membership for the current 4-H year that runs Sept. 1, 2010 through Aug. 31, 2011.  There are many ongoing and new opportunities for Washington County youth ages 9-18.  Some 4-H projects can include Cloverbud participation that runs ages 5-8, but doesn’t involve competition.

  • Fertilizing your lawn in November

    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.

  • Rural communities face challenges

  • 4-H Young Riders receive awards

  • Aflatoxins showing up in corn

    Aflatoxins are showing up in occasional lots of harvested corn from this season’s crop. Aflatoxins metabolites of the fungus Aspergillus flavus, are potent toxins and carcinogens in animals, and may also be human carcinogens. Aflatoxins are probably the most well-known mycotoxins, because they have long been regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration.

  • How freezing affects forages

    All of us haven’t experienced a freeze yet this fall, but we soon will.  So we will discuss how a freeze can cause hazards for using some forage.

  • Teen Leadership members learn about health services

    On Oct. 11, the Teen Leadership Washington County class of 2011 had the unique and exciting opportunity to learn about health services within the county. For us, it was a hands-on learning experience, not just another day in the classroom.

  • Nitrate poisoning is a concern

    The dry weather in many areas of Kentucky has increased concerns about nitrate poisoning in livestock consuming warm season grasses as pasture, crop residue, hay, silage, or baleage. Warm season annual forages (corn, sorghum-sudangrass, millet, etc…) have the highest potential for nitrate poisoning.

  • Tips to keep pumpkins looking their best

    Pumpkins are a symbol of fall, halloween, and harvest in general.  Whether you buy or grow your pumpkins there are careful harvest and handling procedures to help them last throughout the decorating season or deep into winter for hearty dishes.eeee

    Pumpkins should be harvested as soon as they are ripe and show a good orange color. Although ripe pumpkins can be left in the field for a period of time and tolerate light frost, heavy frost can cause damage. Do not try to harvest when the fruit and vines are wet since this can lead to the development of fruit rot.

  • 4-H: Learning by doing

    October 3-9 is National 4-H Week.  

    4-H is one of the largest youth development programs in America with more than 6.5 million young people, ages 9-19, and 540,000 youth and adult volunteers.