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Agriculture

  • 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.

  • Hot, dry weather a blow to some of state's row crops

    This summer has been hot and dry for portions of Western Kentucky, especially areas west of the Land Between the Lakes. Many area farmers are beginning to harvest their corn and early-season soybeans.

  • Barn refrigeration is important factor

    I saw this article in our Kentucky Dairy Notes newsletter and thought it was interesting enough to share with you all.

    It was about an issue related to dairy herd reproduction we do not often think about - the barn refrigerator. The following is my edited version of Dan’s article. The original article is at: https://www.msu.edu/~mdr/vol15no2/fridge.html

  • USDA announces CRP program

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that a general sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) began on Aug. 2, 2010 and will continue through Aug. 27, 2010. During the sign-up period, farmers and ranchers may offer eligible land for CRP’s and competitive general sign-up at their county Farm Service Agency (FSA) office. The 2008 Farm Bill authorized USDA to maintain CRP enrollment up to 32 million acres.