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Agriculture

  • Emerald ash borer quarantine specifics addressed

    Recently, the Kentucky Office of the State Entomologist, in consultation with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, issued a quarantine for 20 counties due to the emerald ash borer. Since the quarantine was issued, questions have arisen about the emerald ash borer, including controlling its spread and effects on ash trees.

  • UK ag meteorologist warns of livestock heat stress

    Recently Kentuckians have experienced some of the highest heat indices of the season. Livestock become uncomfortable when the heat index reaches about 90 degrees. With heat indices at or above that level this week, it’s critical for producers to be aware of what’s going on with the animals.

  • Be careful when spraying herbicides

    I have gotten several calls about plants doing weird things and having weird diseases only to get samples and home visits to determine that the plants were actually suffering from herbicide spray drift.  What gardeners need to realize is that not all herbicides stay where they are sprayed and that some plants are very sensitive to some of these chemicals.  Also, if you spray herbicide and it damages someone else’s plants you are liable.

  • Blue mold risk is fairly low

    Here are the latest tobacco updates from Kenny Seebold, U.K. tobacco specialist and I thought you would like to read about them.

    As of June 22, blue mold has been found in two counties in southeastern Pennsylvania.  Disease has not spread significantly beyond the areas that were reported to have been affected originally.

  • Poison hemlock: A growing concern in Kentucky

    This spring we have had more questions pertaining to Poison Hemlock, so we thought we would share this with you all.

  • Watch for beetles, plant diseases

    The Japanese beetles are back!  The last few years they haven’t been as bad because of natural diseases that have built up over time since they moved in as well as trouble they have had lately in hard droughty soils.

  • 4-H members participate in state horse events

    The Kentucky 4-H State Horse Events were held in Lexington on June 9 and 10.  Each year, hundreds of 4-H horse project members from across the state compete in the two-day event.

    Three Washington Co. 4-H Young Riders members, Brittany Wells, Brandon Wells and Tyler Adams, participated in this year’s event.  

  • Free, low-cost prescription drug plans available for low-income

    Between 2000 and 2007, 44 to 54 million Americans did not have health care insurance.  Still others have health insurance, but have increased their out-of-pocket costs in order to reduce monthly premiums, and as a result, cannot afford potentially lifesaving drugs. Several free and low-cost prescription drug programs exist for low-income individuals under the age of 65, especially if they do not have health insurance.

  • UK field day is July 23

    It’s time for the biennial showcase in Princeton of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture’s latest research and extension work - work that is not only conducted on its western Kentucky research station, but throughout the entire college. This year’s event is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. CDT Thursday, July 23 at the UK Research and Education Center in Princeton.

  • 4-H Sharpshooters sponsor trap, archery shoot

    The Washington County 4-H Sharpshooters started off their competitive season successfully when they hosted along with the Marion Co. 4-H Sure Shots in an invitational trap and archery shoot on Saturday, June 6.  Approximately 120 youth from 14 counties competed in the event held at the Hahn Trap Range in Chaplin.