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Agriculture

  • 4-H clubs to give awards

    Project clubs are reorganizing for the year, and this week I have included dates of upcoming meetings.  Anyone with questions on the following clubs should contact the extension office at 336-7741.

    The 4-H Young Riders will have their annual awards night on Monday, Oct. 19, 6:30 p.m. at the extension office.  New members and parents are welcome to come and should bring a potluck dish. Put Nov. 16 on your calendar for the next meeting and all meetings are held on the third Monday of the month.

  • Hamilton earns operating award

    Tony Hamilton, manager of Southern States Cooperative, Inc.-Springfield Service, has won the President’s Operating Excellence Award. Only 46 service managers from Southern States' 23-state territory earned this award, which Hamilton has won eight times since the program’s inception in 1987.

  • Bring in houseplants, tender bulbs

    It’s time to start bringing in houseplants and tender bulbs before we get really cold, or worse, we have a frost or freeze.   Before actually bringing your houseplants in for the winter you need to do a little work to ward off problems down the road. 

    The plant and pot should be washed with a good spray of water from the hose and allowed to dry completely.  Next, you should spray the entire plant and pot with an insecticidal soap.  Make sure you spray the undersides of the leaves. This is where most plant pests are located.

  • Sharpshooters compete; Safe Night to be held

    Washington County 4-H Sharpshooters Club members competed in the State 4-H Shooting Sports Competition on Sept. 19-20.  

    Members of the archery, rifle and pistol teams competed on Sept. 19 at the Bluegrass Sportsman League located outside out of Wilmore, Ky.  On Sept. 20, the trap team competed at the Kentucky Wildlife Management Center in Madison County.  

    Below are the team and individual awards won by the Washington County 4-H Sharpshooters.

    ARCHERY BOWHUNTER COMPOUND

    2ND PLACE TEAM – 15/18 YEAR OLD

  • Attend county fair; 4-H'ers excel

    I always feel like fall has officially begun when Springfield hosts their annual festival the first weekend in October.  The Crossroads Harvest Festival, Oct. 2 – 4 will include many activities and will involve many community members including 4-H.  The 4-H Young Riders will be holding their annual horse rides at the corner of Depot and Armory Hill and the 4-H Sharpshooters will be selling cotton candy, soft drinks and tickets for their annual giveaway on Cross Main close to the intersection of Depot Street.

  • When making your own compost, avoid using diseased plants

    Composting is a controlled natural biological process where bacteria, fungi (microbes), and other organisms decompose organic wastes.  This is a clever scientific definition of composting but basically it’s allowing organic material to decompose into humus or compost or basically “dirt”.

  • Drop off exhibits for county fair

    The Washington County Fair will be Oct. 2-4 at the Senior Citizen Center.  Exhibits can be dropped off Friday, Oct. 2 from 2:30 till 6 p.m.  Oct. 3 exhibits are open to the public for viewing 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Oct. 4 Farm Toy Model competition will be set up from 10-11 a.m. Displays are open to the public till 3 p.m.  

    Catalogs can be picked up at the Washington County Extension Office.  For more information call Krista Thompson (859) 284-5524.

  • Consider benefits of cover crops for gardens

    If you don’t normally plant a fall cover crop on your vegetable garden, you should seriously consider it. There are many benefits of fall cover crops of which I will discuss in this article.

    When you plant a fall cover crop, you eliminate many of the summer annual weeds from seeding, thus killing millions of future seedlings from germinating next spring and summer (how many weeds are going to seed right now in your garden?).

  • Preconditioning considerations for spring-born calves

    With fall just around the corner, Kentucky beef producers will soon begin crafting marketing plans for spring-born calves. Even though producers were enjoying a less-challenging weather pattern this summer, many cow-calf producers have struggled to cover rising costs on a softer calf market.

    This makes post-weaning marketing plans especially important this year. Many cow-calf producers sell calves at weaning each year, regardless of what the market is doing.

  • Southern States sells clovers for WC youth

    Southern States is showing support of local 4-H clubs by implementing the “Clovers All Over” fundraising promotion in Washington County.  During National 4-H Week and the week after (October 5-18) Southern States will offer shoppers the opportunity to purchase paper clovers in the shape of the 4-H emblem, and 50 percent of the proceeds will directly support local 4-H clubs in Washington County.