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Agriculture

  • 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.

  • 4-H Sharpshooters win awards at competitions

    The Washington County 4-H Sharpshooters have had a busy summer attending several competitions and winning top awards wherever they go.  The first competition was the District 4-sponsored event for rifle and pistol on June 27  at the Mercer County Gun Club.  In the 22-Sport Rifle, 12-14-year-old division, Chris Warner won third  place.  In the 22-Target Rifle, 9-11 year old division, winning second was Jesse Smith and in the 15-19-year-old division, Will Carrico won second  place.  The group won several team awards, but the results were not made available.&

  • Plant fall vegetable garden

    If you were like me, you planted a spring garden complete with broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, beets, etc. and you liked it.  Guess what, it’s time to plant a fall garden with most of the same vegetables again.  We can do this in Kentucky thanks to our relatively long growing season and mild spring and fall seasons.  Most of the fall garden has to be planted in early August.

  • 4-H'ers present speeches

    Everyone at some time in their life will need to get up in front of a group to speak. Learning to organize and prepare a speech and standing up and delivering it will develop confidence and help anyone overcome the fear of speaking in public. The speaker will then know that success is due to hard work, preparation and presentation skills.