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Agriculture

  • Farmers markets have numerous benefits

    Many of us grew up with a family garden and remember the fresh taste of the first tomato of the summer or the crispness of the first ear of corn.  While you may not have the time or space to grow your own fruits and vegetables, you can still get the freshest produce available at your local farmers market. Shopping at the local farmers market has numerous benefits for you, your family, local farmers and the community.

  • Equine field day is June 27

    University of Kentucky Equine Initiate presents, 2009 Equine Field Day on June 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  This will be held at the UK’s Maine Chance Quine Campus, Newton Pike just north of I-75, Lexington, KY.

    The events highlights will be hands-on workshops and booths showcasing event partners, UK Equine Initiative groups.

    The Hands-on Workshops Include:

    • Managing problem weeds on horse farms, Dr. Bill Witt

    • Degenerative joint disease, Dr. Jamie MacLeod

    • Evaluating your feeding program, Dr. Laure Lawrence

  • KECI recruiting next class of fellows

    Our county had five participants in this program and so we wanted to share this information from Ron Hustedde with you.

     A community’s wealth is tied in large measure to its entrepreneurs, according to Ron Hustedde, extension professor in the Department of Community and Leadership Development in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture. Hustedde is the director of Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute, which is recruiting in 22 south central Kentucky counties for its next class of fellows

  • McCain to attend IFAL

    Fergus McCain, a junior at Washington County High School, has been chosen to attend the Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders (IFAL), sponsored by Kentucky Farm Bureau.

    IFAL is a unique five-day summer leadership conference that exposes students to college life and explores different fields of study for careers in agriculture.

    The conference will be held June 21-25 on the campus of the University of Kentucky and will include special leadership classes and speakers; team building recreation activities; and visits to research farms and agriculture-related industries.

  • Members participate in LTA District Beef Show

    This is the time of year that 4-H members are competing in district competitions and getting ready for state competitions that occur during the summer.  Over the next several months, watch the 4-H News for results from these events and join me in congratulating the youth for their accomplishments.

  • Target spot widespread in burley float beds

    The recent wet weather resulted in many cases of target spot on young burley tobacco plants in greenhouses across the state. With more wet conditions in the forecast, growers need to watch their seedlings closely for any sign of the disease in order to manage it if it does develop.  

    In terms of severity and how widespread it is, this is the worst case of target spot I’ve seen since I came here in 2005. Every year, we usually have some target spot, but this year we’re finding it in nearly every float bed we visit.

  • Late-planted corn faces different set of insects

    Cool temperatures coupled with periods of rain have kept much of the state’s corn out of the ground. As producers hustle to compensate for lost planting time, they should be aware that late-planted corn could present a different insect scenario this year.

    The good news is the state’s late-planted corn is not likely to see increased problems with corn rootworm and is likely to see reduced wireworm damage.  However, several pests do not arrive until later in the season, and these pests could pose the greatest threat to yields.

  • It's officially tomato time; visit local Farmers Market

    Tomatoes are relatively easy to grow when you give them what they need, including warmth, moisture, and fertilizer.  The first step in growing great tomatoes is variety and transplant selection.  When selecting tomatoes, if you aren’t partial to heirlooms or particular varieties, choose based on disease resistance.  The labels or seed packets will have letters on it such as VFFNT, honestly the more letters the better because it simply means that variety is resistant to more diseases.

  • Make plans to attend 4-H camp; Youth Fair results announced

    Summer is quickly approaching, and it’s time for Washington County 4-H members to finalize their plans for 4-H Camp.  Washington Co. will be camping June 29 – July 2 at Lake Cumberland 4-H Camp. The deadline for 4-H camp registration is June 1.  At that time, the spots Washington County has not filled will be released to the other counties that will be camping the same week.  Those counties include LaRue, Taylor, Meade and Russell.

  • Increase profits using cross fences

    Even though your cows no longer are grazing corn stalks, don’t put away your electric fence for the summer just yet. I’ll explain why in a moment.