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Agriculture

  • 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.

  • 4-H'ers attend leadership conference

    Kentucky 4-H Teen Conference is the annual leadership conference for high school 4-H members.  This year’s conference took place June 14–17 on the University of Kentucky campus.

  • Scout tobacco fields

    Blue mold is still being reported in North Carolina, but is not thought to be active elsewhere in the United States. For Kentucky, the threat from blue mold is low at this time. The weather has been unfavorable for disease development, and should remain this way during the week of June 21. Still, growers should scout fields regularly and be prepared to act if the disease is found.

  • Family living expenses continue to rise

    Farm business analysis specialists saw an increase in both net farm income and family living expenses during 2009.  This is according to data collected on 103 farms enrolled in the Kentucky Farm Business Management Program that provide family living information.

  • 4-H members win awards at event in Lexington

    Summer is here and several of our projects clubs are in full swing!  The 4-H Sharpshooters have been busy participating in various tournaments and doing very well.  They will be participating in the District 4 Shoot in Mercer County this weekend and I’m sure they will make Washington County proud!  The 4-H Young Riders have been busy with their summer events as well.  The State Horse Events were held in Lexington on June 10 – 11 and as always the club received many awards.  Congratulations to these two clubs for their successes so far.  Below you wi

  • How to control mosquitoes

    I don’t know how many of you have mosquito problems, but at my house you can’t go outside for more than  a few minutes at a time before getting attacked by the little blood suckers.  With the rain we have had of late, and some of you have had a lot more than others, there are bound to be many of you out there suffering as I am.  I remember the good old days when mosquitoes only came out to bite at dusk?   The imported tiger mosquito likes to bite any time of day and the hotter the better.  Guess where the tiger mosquito was imported from, you guesse

  • 4-H Sharpshooters compete

    The Washington County 4-H Sharpshooters trap and archery teams kicked off their summer competitions on May 15 with the Spencer County Invitational competition.  They followed that competition with the Washington/Marion County Invitational competition on June 5.  Results from both competitions are listed below.  The pistol and rifle teams will begin their summer competitive events on June 26 at the District 4 Invitational that will be held at the Mercer County Gun Club.  Watch the Springfield Sun for results from the various competitions for shooting sports and other 4-H

  • Legumes send a second-round blow

    The following is an article from Dr. Jeff Lehmkuhler, beef extension specialist,  University of Kentucky, and I thought it would be of some interest to you all.