• The time to sow grass is now

    Many of you have been asking, and now it is finally time to start renovating or reseeding your lawns.

    Many people in Kentucky want a bluegrass lawn, however, the best turf grass for us is actually fescue. You can plant the turf-type fescues if you want a small bladed grass, or if you are like me and want the toughest lawn possible, the straight Kentucky 31 fescue is just fine.

    I am weird, I guess, but I like the wide blades.

  • Ag news

    Preventing Grass Tetany:
    As spring approaches and grass begins to grow, grazing livestock may experience a forage-related problem known as grass tetany, grass staggers, lactation tetany, or hypomagnesaemia.

    Grass tetany is a metabolic disorder caused by reduced magnesium levels in the animal’s blood.

  • 4-H News

    As we have warmer days, everyone starts thinking about spring and summer activities.

    4-H is certainly no exception, and as they happen, watch for photos and results from various clubs and events.

    The 4-H Young Riders are certainly gearing up to be busy over the next six months with activities ranging from quiz bowl to horse camp and sponsoring local events.

    The first activity that is open to the entire community is a fundraiser.

  • Recent winter weather conditions impact Kentucky cow/calf herds and producers

    This is some good information for the weather we have been having.

  • 4-H News

    The 4-H Teen Conference is the statewide leadership conference for high school members in Kentucky.

    This year, the conference will be held June 9-12, on the University of Kentucky campus.  

    During the conference, delegates get to experience campus life as well as make new friends from across the state.

    Highlights during the week include electing state officers, attending the state fashion revue and performing arts troupe performance, attending tracks and workshops, meeting with college representatives and attending two dances.

  • Plant disease-resistant varieties

    Do you have problems with fire blight, black spot, powdery mildew, Fusarium wilt, early blight, and late blight?  If this is the case, plant disease-resistant varieties this year!

    Sure, old-time favorites are what you are used to, but try something different with them this year.   

    Mail-order catalogs promise a bountiful harvest of fruits and vegetables without much work, but we all know that isn’t how it works.

    However, there is one thing that we can do easily that will save us a lot of hassle this summer: variety selection.

  • Spring vegetable gardening

    Mid-to-late March is an ideal time to plant your cool season or spring garden.  
    Potatoes, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, onions, peas and many other crops can be planted this month.  

    Lettuce can also be planted. However, you will want to cover it with remay fabric (tobacco canvas).

    If you haven’t started cole crops (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower etc.) seedlings yet, you should just buy the plants in a few weeks from a trustworthy nursery. This will save you time and trouble unless you are growing a great deal of it.

  • An update on 4-H programs

    Hopefully the worst of winter is over, and everyone can catch up on all of the activities that had to be postponed.

    Washington County 4-H has rescheduled the 4-H Chili Supper for Tuesday, March 18, 5-8 p.m. at the Extension Office in Springfield.  Tickets can still be purchased at the door.  

    Proceeds go to the 4-H Camp scholarship program to help youth attend summer camp.

  • The future of industrial hemp

    We have had several inquiries about the future of industrial hemp and this is what the University of Kentucky College of Ag has given us on their status of industrial hemp.   

    Many in the CAFE community have been receiving requests for information about hemp lately.

  • Renewing farm tags benefits local 4-H and FFA

    Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer has pioneered the Kentucky Farm License Plate Program, allowing Kentucky FFA and 4-H to directly benefit from the sale of “Ag Tags.”

    When a person purchases a Kentucky Farm license plate, they have the opportunity to donate $10, which is divided equally between Kentucky FFA, Kentucky  4-H and Kentucky Proud.

    Farmers can make the voluntary donation of $10 when renewing their farm license plates at the county clerk’s office in March.