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Agriculture

  • 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.  

  • Corn pollination is a concern

    Blue mold continues to be an issue in Connecticut, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania as of July 12, with new reports coming in from western NC during this past week. Current forecasts from North Carolina State University indicate a low threat to Kentucky and surrounding areas from the known sources of disease. This information can be accessed at http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/pp/bluemold/ and then selecting ‘Current Forecast’. It seems that blue mold is beginning to creep westward, and may eventually reach the Commonwealth.

  • 4-H'ers win awards

    The summer continues to be a busy time for Washington County 4-H members.  From horse shows, cattle shows to shooting sports competitions and rabbit and poultry shows, our 4-H members continue to excel and receive many honors.  Over the next several weeks, especially leading up to the Kentucky State Fair (August 19-29) as many pictures and results will be included as possible.  A special thanks goes to The Springfield Sun for all they do to promote our youth and their achievements in our community!

  • Producers can apply for training, benefits

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) announced that it has certified a petition for asparagus and catfish under the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for Farmers Program. Beginning June 25, 2010, U.S. asparagus and catfish producers nationwide will have 90 days to apply for training and benefits.