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Agriculture

  • Plan for next season; sign up for programs

    After the harvest season, November is usually the time we celebrate and give thanks. It is also time for producers and landowners to consider planning for the next growing season.

    Each fiscal year, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) sets dates for program application ranking. Although dates may vary from one program to another, landowners may sign-up at any time for all conservation programs.

  • Poor nutrition can have delayed effects

    This has been a great year for forage production in our part of the country.  We’ve had plenty of grass for the grazing season with lots to spare for hay-making.  We still have accumulated fescue pasture which can be grazed this winter.

  • Wet harvest could cause soil compaction

    Wet weather in September and October caused many producers to harvest corn and soybeans in less-than-ideal conditions. With the majority of this year’s crop now harvested, producers should check their fields for signs of compaction, said Lloyd Murdock, a soil scientist with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.

  • 4-H'ers attend conference

    Eight Washington County 4-H high school members attended the State 4-H Issues Conference Nov.

  • Scientists reflect on no-till wheat research

    No-till wheat research at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture has come a long way since a drill dropped seeds in the first test plot more than 25 years ago at UK’s Research and Education Center in Princeton.

    In the fall of 1983, many producers and industry professionals widely viewed no-till wheat as a risky endeavor. Over the years, it has provided many benefits to growers and the environment and catapulted UK to a national leader in the field.

  • Have you thanked a farmer today?

    In recognition of the 22 million Americans who work on farms or in farm-related jobs,  including over 150,000 here in Kentucky, Gov. Steve Beshear has issued a proclamation declaring today “Thank a Farmer” day in Kentucky.

  • Leaf collection winners announced

    Over the next several weeks, the results of the 4-H Forestry Leaf Collection project will be announced.  This week, the results from North Washington Elementary School are included along with the photos of the students with the top collections.

  • Pondering thankfulness

    Last week I watched “Grey’s Anatomy,” a show many of you probably watched or have heard of, I am sure.  Anyway, in last week’s episode, it was Thanksgiving, and they were sitting around and decided to tell what they were unthankful for instead of what they were thankful for.  This got me to thinking about what I wasn’t thankful for, too.  I have thought about this for a few days and I am having trouble coming up with anything.  It is easy to say you aren’t thankful for the frosty morning or the task you have to do at work, but that isn

  • How to safely thaw, roast a turkey

    Whether you have 4 days or 12 hours, you can safely thaw your frozen turkey without rising bacteria growth.  Thawing your turkey in the refrigerator is the preferred method for safety reasons, but you can also thaw it in cold water.  The thing to remember about both methods is that they keep your turkey cold while thawing – the key to preventing excessive bacterial growth.

    And, no matter which method you select, cook the turkey promptly after thawing.

    Thawing In The Refrigerator:

  • 4-H members to attend conference

    4-H members, parents and volunteer leaders recite the 4-H pledge at club meetings.  But like any pledge or song that is memorized, we often forget to think about the actual words and what they mean.