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Agriculture

  • Festival offers many contests, exhibits

    During the weekend of the Washington County Crossroads Harvest Festival, Oct. 1-3, the Washington County Fair Board will be sponsoring the county fair exhibits at the Senior Citizen Building.  

  • World Farm Animals Day is Oct. 2

    This information we just received and thought you would be interested in this opportunity to learn more about communicating with the general public along with your friends and neighbors.

  • Turn matter into compost

    It is the time of year where a lot of plant debris starts to pile up after a long growing season, and many of us want to turn that free organic matter into compost for next year’s crops.  There are several keys to making good compost, many of which I will explain here.

  • Pregnancy check your cows

    Provided by Dr. Les Anderson, Beef Extension Specialist, University of Kentucky.

    In last month’s Off the Hoof, I discussed the impact of heat stress on pregnancy rates.  Heat stress reduces conception rate to 30-35 percent and can result in fetal loss during the early stages of pregnancy.  Pregnancies can be lost between days 25-45 due to heat stress.  Both of these factors lead to low pregnancy rates.

  • 4-H'ers excel at the state fair

    Washington County youth that participated in this year’s Kentucky State Fair were very successful in both competitions and being showcased for their past year’s accomplishments.  Everyone who enters an exhibit looks forward to the opening day of the fair so they can check out the results and see what ribbon(s) they may have won.  Washington County 4-H’ers were no exception and this year Ann Thomas Fallis continued the tradition with winning class champion with her second year leaf collection and Grand Champion Forestry project overall.  All 4-H exhibits ente

  • Autumn season has begun; sign up for class

    It may not officially be fall until next week, but it sure is looking and feeling like it.  I have to admit I like the season change a bit, but the only thing I don’t like about fall is the fact that winter is next!  After traveling to Lexington this weekend I realized just how lucky we have been weather wise lately.  I received 3.5 inches of rain at my house on Friday and Saturday, which was definitely needed.  Areas just to our north got very little rainfall and many trees and shrubs are actually dieing from the Kentucky River area up into the Lexington area.&nbs

  • Concern with corn crop causing producers to harvest early

    Producers who haven’t started harvesting in this area, and those farther east, need to scout for problems, so they’ll know which fields to harvest first, said Chad Lee, grain crops specialist with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.

    While far western Kentucky counties have experienced the most extreme heat and driest conditions this summer, the whole state has had above normal temperatures. Western Kentucky also has been abnormally dry, and other areas of the state have sections that are dry.

  • 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.