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Agriculture

  • 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.

  • Bacterial wilt showing up in gardens

    There are a few problems that have been showing up in gardens lately, specifically cucurbits.  This includes cucumber, squash, and melons.  Bacterial wilt is showing up sporadically, and I am sure it’s going to hit many of you who have cucurbits in the next few weeks.  Bacterial wilt causes plants to wilt slowly over a few days; they freshen up at night and then wilt during the day, and eventually wilt and die.  The problem is a bacteria that enters the plant and blocks the flow of water and nutrients.

  • Blue mold risk low for Kentucky

    Continued hot and dry weather should help keep blue mold out of Kentucky. Forecasters at North Carolina State University project a low risk to our area from the currently known sources of disease in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. Even though the threat of blue mold is low now, keeping an eye out is never a bad idea when it comes to this disease. Historically, the first cases of blue mold have been reported in late June through mid-July, and our status could change should cool and wet conditions occur later on.

  • Meat prices reflect supply and demand

    Consumers may be in the driver’s seat when it comes to higher meat prices. Indications are that retail meat prices may rise to record highs later this year, according to a University of Kentucky agricultural economist, and it all rests on that bedrock of free market economics — supply and demand.

  • Forage producers need to watch for poison hemlock in hayfields

    Many farmers across the state have just made or will soon make their first hay of the season. While making hay, it is important for growers to notice and remove any poison hemlock from their hay or pasture fields.

    Native to Europe, poison hemlock is an invasive weed that was introduced as an ornamental in the United States during the 1800s. It is potentially poisonous if ingested by livestock or humans in both its vegetative growth stages and when dry.

  • Are you eligible for SURE program?

    John W. McCauley, executive director of USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Kentucky, encourages producers who suffered crop production losses during the 2008 crop year to contact their local FSA office before a deadline is announced to see if they are eligible to participate in the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program (SURE). This program provides financial assistance to producers who have suffered crop losses due to natural disasters.

  • Overabundance of clover raises concern

    As extension forage specialists we have been asked to comment on factors that have contributed to the abundance of clover in 2010.

    We have been in regular contact with livestock producers and industry throughout the state, and we have heard about and seen an overabundance of white clover in many pastures this year.

    This has raised concerns about bloat, and a number of farmers have experienced death losses due to bloat. There are several reasons for the high percentage of white clover this year.

  • Recent heat createts problems

    I am in the process of determining whether or not a Master Gardener Program is needed this year.  This means I need to find out how many of you are interested.  This will be a day class, meaning we will either meet from 9 a.m. until noon or 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. The days of the week will be determined based on interest.  So, if you are interested call me or email me at the Washington County Extension Office at 859-336-7741 or dennis.morgeson@uky.edu.

    I will send you an information packet to help you determine if it is something you would like to participate in.