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Agriculture

  • 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.

  • Sign up for Wheelbarrow Series classes

     Due to the interest in the Gardener’s Wheelbarrow Series in the spring and requests from many of you, I have developed a shorter Fall Gardener’s Wheelbarrow Series that deals with topics that generally should be dealt with in the fall.  Like the other Wheelbarrow Series classes these will be held at the Washington County Extension Office at 6 p.m. and supply charges must be paid at time of registration.  The classes and dates are as follows:

  • Start planting your fall vegetable garden

    Did your plans for a summer vegetable garden not work out?  Did you lose track of time and never got around to planting a summer garden?  Did you go on vacation to come back to a weedy mess that you just didn’t have the energy to correct before it was too late? 

    If you answered yes to any of these questions, it’s not too late to get homegrown vegetables from your own back yard this season!

  • UK field days take place Aug. 5, 9

    Environmental issues are at the forefront of many people’s minds, including agriculture producers. University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension specialists will host two field days to teach tobacco producers how conservation tillage can help them run operations that are more environmentally friendly.

    The first field day will be Aug. 5 in Christian County and will focus on dark tobacco. The second field day will take place Aug. 9 in Marion County and is geared toward burley production. Both begin at 4 p.m. local time. Altria is sponsoring both events.

  • Weighing benefits of nitrogen applications

    We are close to the point where many livestock producers would normally apply nitrogen to tall fescue pastures to boost production levels and stockpile for fall and winter grazing.  Since there are many factors that will impact the profitability of this practice, the question at hand is: Under what set of conditions will applying nitrogen to pastures pay this year?  

  • Sharpshooters compete; Cox represents 4-H

    Emily Cox represented Washington County 4-H at the State 4-H Communications Day held July 10 on the University of Kentucky campus.  Cox presented her speech in the 10-year-old Talk Meet category winning a blue ribbon.  Cox will be in the sixth  grade at North Washington Elementary and is the daughter of Phillip and Crystal Cox.  This is her second year to reach the state finals in the 4-H Talk Meet competition.  To reach state competition, a Washington County 4-Her must first win on the school level before advancing to the county-wide 4-H Talk Meet event.  If t

  • Blister beetles feed on flowers, foliage

    Clusters of blister beetles are out and feeding on the flowers and foliage of a wide range of plants. They are most active in the morning and late afternoon, often moving to shelter during the hottest part of the day.

  • 4-H Sharpshooters gear up for state competition

    The saying “Practice makes perfect” has certainly been true for the Washington County 4-H Sharpshooters this summer.  The club has been successfully competing in several district-sponsored competitions, gearing up for the State 4-H Shooting Sports Competition that will be held Sept. 18-19. Results from the District 4 competitions and the Bullitt County contests are listed below.