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Agriculture

  • 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.

  • Become a 4-H leader; conference to be held

    If you enjoy working with young people, volunteering as a 4-H club leader may be an exciting and fulfilling experience for you. In 4-H, caring, enthusiastic adults are always needed to assist young people in achieving their goals.

    Club leaders can positively impact a 4-H’ers life. It is very rewarding for them to watch young people build self-confidence and self-worth and develop new interests as they accomplish goals in various projects and activities.

  • Take a trip to the farm

    Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer encourages all Kentuckians to check out one of the Commonwealth’s more than 300 farm destinations during Kentucky Agritourism Month in September.

    “A trip to the farm gives people a chance to treat their families to clean, wholesome fun,” Commissioner Farmer said. “It enables people to revisit Kentucky’s agricultural roots. And it helps farmers make a living.”

  • Plant pansies, mums

    Now that fall will be officially here next week (even though it has felt like fall for the last six weeks) it’s time to start planting fall flowers such as pansies, mums, and ornamental cabbage and kale.  My favorite fall flower is pansy mainly because it is one of those tough little plants that will actually give you flowers periodically in winter as well as next spring.  Pansies are not perennials as they hate hot weather but do reliably overwinter in Kentucky to give us two seasons of bloom.  Or three if you count the few flowers that pop up in winter.

  • Referendums to be conducted

    The 2009 Goat and Sheep Referendums will be conducted on Oct. 1, 2009 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Voting will be in person by secret ballot and absentee will be allowed before Oct. 1, 2009.

    County Extension Offices are designated as official voting locations.  The following is a sample of how the ballot will read:

  • It's time to sow, reseed your lawn

    Many of you have been asking, and now it is finally time to start renovating or reseeding your lawns.  September is the best month to sow grass seed in Kentucky, however, the last few years we have been so hot and dry that there was relatively no way to keep  enough water on it to get it to germinate and survive.  This year is different; it’s cool and there is ample moisture in the soil to make it relatively easy to get a lawn established.

  • Goats greening up Bluegrass Station landfill

    Stories of large corporations and cities using goats to graze green spaces are cropping up all over the country. Now Bluegrass Station in Fayette County is partnering with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture and area goat producers to green up some landfill sites.

    Bluegrass Station maintains more than 50 acres of decades-old, capped landfills at the rural location. Mowing the turf and keeping fences clear of vegetation is a laborious task that can cost between $45 and $55 per acre.