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Agriculture

  • Know your hay quality

    With fall rapidly approaching, our thoughts now turn to wrapping up the 2010 haymaking season. While some farmers will be trying to get at least one more cutting of hay in the barn, others have already completed their haymaking for this year. And while there has been a tremendous amount of hay made in Kentucky this year, much of it was late-cut hay and the quality suffered a great deal. The only sure way to know the nutrient content of your hay and how to feed it correctly and economically is to have it tested in the laboratory.

  • Become a Master Gardener

    The Washington, Nelson, and Marion County Extension Offices are offering the Master Gardener Program again this year.  If you have an interest in learning in depth about horticulture and are dedicated to completing the program please contact me at (859) 336-7741.

    The Master Gardener Program is a volunteer based program that is for people that want to become more knowledgeable about gardening and have a volunteer mentality.

    The program offers classes in botany, soils, fruits and vegetables, organic gardening, entomology, and a myriad of other gardening topics.

  • Get involved with 4-H

    A new school year is here, and it’s a great time to join 4-H, the nation’s largest youth organization. 4-H offers experiential learning to youth ages 9 to 18 with something for all interests from insects to space to sewing. There are topics for all youths. By participating in 4-H, youths develop many essential life skills including responsibility, leadership and self-esteem.

  • Blue mold has receded

    Blue mold, despite showing up at the end of July, has receded to the background, most likely due to the extremely hot weather we’ve had for the past few weeks. Although this disease has ‘disappeared’ for now, continued scouting is recommended.

  • September is Agritourism Month

    September is Agritourism Month, one of the busiest times of the year for the 350 farm operators registered in the state’s agritourism program.

    “I invite Kentuckians of all ages to join me in celebrating Agritourism Month,” Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer said. “Go on an agritourism adventure this fall at a farm destination near you.”

  • Conservation district to accept cost-share funding requests

    The Washington County Conservation District will be accepting requests for cost share funding under the Kentucky Soil Erosion and Water Quality Cost Share and Environmental Stewardship Program beginning Sept. 1, 2010 and extending through Sept. 30, 2010.

  • Fall gardener series to begin

    For those of you who asked for a few fall wheelbarrow classes, I have decided to offer a very short version of the popular spring series.  Like the spring classes, these will meet at the Washington County Extension Service at 6 p.m., and registration is required by the dates listed if you would like to attend.  There must be at least 10 participants for each session.

    Tuesday, Sept.  28

  • Reports of aflatoxin contamination found; sign up for USDA program

    Aflatoxins, metabolites of the fungus Aspergillus flavus, are potent toxins and carcinogens in animals, and may also be human carcinogens. Although aflatoxin contamination in corn isn’t common in Kentucky, I have received reports of some pre-harvest aflatoxin contamination in stressed corn crops.

  • Caterpillars can be found in crops

    Many of you are getting ready to seed grasses,legumes or small grains.  If you have questions regarding seed per acre, depth and dates please stop by the office and pick up an AGR-18 with all this information in it.  Also, it is not too late to do a soil test.

    FIELD CROPS   

    Late Summer Caterpillars in Field Crops

  • NAP applications closing dates announced

    Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds agricultural producers of deadlines to apply for the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) for crops in order to be eligible for the agency’s Disaster Assistance Programs.