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Agriculture

  • 4-H Sharpshooters compete at Adair County

    The first days of the Kentucky State Fair were successful for Washington County 4-H members.  I have seen many Washington County families and individuals enjoying the fair and visiting Cloverville to see the completed 4-H projects and the many 4-H events going on during the fair.  This week will involve 4-H members showing cattle and local 4-H members presenting and performing on Thursday which will be District 5 Day in Cloverville.  Watch in a few weeks for all of the 4-H results from the Kentucky State Fair.  Hope to see more of you this week at the fair!

  • Ky. Forage and Grassland Council Field Day is Sept. 3

    The Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council Field Day will be held on Thursday, Sept. 3, from 4:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.  I will be going myself if anyone is interested in carpooling, please contact me. 

    Listed below is the agenda.

    1. 11 acres if Eastern Gamagrass Interseeded with Red Clover and Pasja Forage Turnips for Summer Grazing.  –Dr. Glen Aiken, USDA Agricultural Research Service Animal Scientist.

    2. Alfalfa/Orchardgrass Hay Production and Management - Dr. Garry Lacefield, Extension Forage Specialist.

  • Get involved with 4-H

    A new school year is here, and it’s a great time to get involved with 4-H, the nation’s largest youth organization. 4-H offers experiential learning to youth ages 9 to 18 on a variety of topics. With broad subjects ranging from insects to technology to sewing, youth can find a topic that interests them. By participating in 4-H, youth develop many essential life skills including responsibility, leadership and self esteem.

  • Will late summer nitrogen applications to pastures pay this year?

    We are close to the point where some livestock producers would normally start to apply nitrogen to tall fescue pastures to boost production levels and stockpile for fall and winter grazing.  There were few opportunities for this practice the last two years due to the dry weather, but 2009 has good potential due to the favorable soil moisture conditions.  Since there are many factors that will impact the profitability of this practice, the question at hand is: Under what set of conditions will applying nitrogen to pastures pay this year?

  • Planning meals for your family

    Anyone who cooks meals for their family wants to prepare nutritious meals that are tasty.  Great meals do not just happen. They take time and preparation, but following a few tips and planning meals in advance is beneficial for you and your family. By planning meals you can provide side dishes that appeal to everyone.  Planning your meals in advance could help you refrain from unnecessary purchases at the grocery store and have fewer leftovers. One of the best things about meal planning is that you create fun, family time where everyone can appreciate one another.

  • Master gardener classes to begin in September

    The new Master Gardener classes will begin on Sept. 3 in Nelson County. Half of the classes will be in Bardstown and half will be in Springfield.   Class will meet every Thursday from 6 until 9 p.m.  Classes will alternate with one week in Nelson County and one week in Washington County.

  • Replanting decisions critical

    It is getting time to plant wheat.  We received this information this week and you might want to read this and take some of this information into consideration.

    Fusarium head blight, also known as “head scab,” was widespread in Kentucky winter wheat fields during the past growing season. University of Kentucky College of Agriculture specialists encourage growers to make pre-planting decisions to ensure good stand establishment this fall and to lessen the risk of Fusarium head blight being a problem next spring.

  • State fair upcoming

    It’s almost time for the Kentucky State Fair!  This year’s fair dates are Aug. 20 -30.  Washington County 4-H members will certainly be spending a lot of time at the fair this year participating in animal and livestock shows as well as performing and exhibiting their 4-H projects in Cloverville.  The Kentucky 4-H Centennial will be a highlight of the fair and special exhibits and recognition of current and past 4-H champions will be scheduled throughout the fair.  On Thursday, Aug.

  • Controlling ants in the home

    No one wants to wake up in the morning, go into a kitchen to grab some breakfast and find ants invading your home.  Ants are one of the most common pests found in homes, but many misconceptions exist about their control.

  • Composting reduces household wastes

    Yard and food waste take up a good chunk of our landfills. Fortunately, we can reduce this amount by composting these materials and recycling back into the ground.

    Composting is a natural form of recycling. During this process, bacteria, fungi and other organisms decompose organic materials. Organic materials include leaves, grass clippings, and vegetable and fruit scraps.