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Agriculture

  • Plan to attend 4-H camp; events upcoming

    When planning your activities for summer break, don’t forget to add a 4-H summer camp to the list.

    Kentucky 4-H summer camps offer an array of activities for young people. They can catch everything from fish to butterflies; identify trees and critters during nature hikes; learn to swim; use a canoe; take part in shooting sports; make arts and crafts and participate in challenge courses. Youth will also have the chance to sing and dance, make new friends and have fun.

  • Follow these steps in renovating your lawn

    Now is the second best time of year to sow grass seed for lawn establishment.  You can go ahead and do this from now through early April.  The best time to establish a lawn is September, provided that we have adequate rainfall.

  • Test pH to ensure adequate fermentation

    We are sharing with you what causes botulism in cattle after an outbreak in Nelson County a couple of months ago. A lot of local people are gun shy over their cattle dying.

  • 4-H clubs to meet; members attend forum in Lexington

    The winter of 2010 will be remembered and talked about by most of us for years to come as the winter of lots of snow and frigid temperatures.  When Canada can’t seem to get cold enough for the Winter Olympics, Kentucky seems to be in a perpetual deep freeze.  The forecast for the upcoming weekend is for more snow.  When we look out the window, it’s not if we are going to see snow, it’s how much snow are actually going to see!

  • Poster contest deadline is Feb. 19

    Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer has announced that the deadline for submitting entries to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Poster and Essay Contest has been extended to Feb. 19.

    “Many Kentucky students have been out of school for extended periods of time because of the winter weather,” Commissioner Farmer said.

     “Extending the deadline will give more children the opportunity to participate in this year’s contest.”

  • Tips for managing diseases of tobacco transplants

    The float-bed system is a convenient and efficient way to produce tobacco transplants.  One drawback to this method is the potential for significant disease development. Large numbers of plants packed into a small, water-filled area create conditions in which many diseases thrive. 

  • Test old seeds before buying new ones

    Every good gardener has noticed that seed catalogs are continually showing up in their mailboxes and seed and garden hardware are in full display at garden centers and department stores.  Many of you are like me, you have seeds left from last year and an eye for more plants than your garden can hold.  Don’t buy new seeds just yet.  There is a good chance that your old seeds will still germinate even if they were stored in the cupboard.  Most vegetable and flower seeds are still viable after several years.

  • Discussing clover role, hay and horses

    CLOVERS IN KENTUCKY

    During the forage program at the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association Annual Convention, Don Sorrell, KFGC, President had the opportunity to talk about the “role of clover” down on the farm. To address this subject he surveyed Kentucky’s agriculture agents. The following is a summary of the results of that survey.

    • 34 percent of Kentucky’s farmers seed clover as a hay crop and 42 percent seed clover in their pasture fields.

  • Sign up for 4-H conference; enter essay contest

    The Kentucky 4-H Summit is the only event 4-H puts on that is just for middle school youth.  It is a fun-filled three-day conference held at the Kentucky Leadership Center in Jabez, Ky.

  • Kentucky Proud produces jobs, economic activity

    A lot of people ask me, "What is Kentucky Proud?" What is its purpose? What does it mean that a product is “Kentucky Proud?” What has Kentucky Proud done for Kentucky agriculture and Kentucky’s economy?"