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Agriculture

  • Members compete in livestock judging

    Approximately 175 4-H and FFA members from 17 counties competed in the Washington Co. Invitational Livestock Judging Contest held at the Washington Co. Livestock Center on March 14.  The annual event is sponsored by the Washington County Fair Board and conducted by the local 4-H and FFA programs.  The contest, held at the Washington County Livestock Center, is the first to be held each year to help prepare youth statewide for livestock judging competition.

  • 4-H members show off talent

    The premise that 4-H was founded on over 100 years ago was to teach life skills to young people they could use throughout their lives and to be successful in their career choice.  One 4-H project that has achieved this goal is the 4-H Talk Meet program.  

  • Bake cakes, cookies for contest

    We have several programs to discuss that will be of interest to many people.  A class for Microprocessor Certification, a contest for best “Presidential Cake” and “Butter Cookie,” and a class on sewing are scheduled for April.  Of course, we have many other classes and programs at the extension office during the month but these are the ones to emphasize in this column.

  • Uncover your roses and strawberries

    This week I have several things I wanted to let everyone know about, as well as some gardening chores that should or should not be done now.  It is time to uncover roses and strawberries but you should keep your mulch or covering material handy especially for the strawberries in case we have a late spring freeze.  After pulling the covering off of the roses you should incorporate a ½ cup or so of 10-10-10 around each bush to give them a little extra boost for their spring flush.  After about four weeks give them another dose to keep them fed.  It takes a lot of en

  • 4-H celebrates special day

    Saturday, March 21 was a special day for Washington County 4-H as several hundred people attended the Centennial Celebration for Kentucky 4-H at the River of Life Community Church.

  • March 20 proclaimed as Agriculture Day

    Gov. Steve Beshear has proclaimed Friday, March 20, the first day of spring, as Agriculture Day in Kentucky.

    “Kentucky’s rural heritage and traditional values are embodied in the hard work of Kentucky farm families,” said Gov. Beshear. “I urge all Kentuckians to support agriculture and join me as we salute this important industry,” stated Gov. Beshear.

  • Rye grass causes confusion

    Perennial rye grass, annual rye grass, Italian rye grass, and even cereal rye.  It’s enough to confuse anyone.

    Interest in rye grass has increased in our area in recent years.  But there is much confusion because there are many different types of rye grass.

  • Attend Centennial Celebration this weekend

    “Come back to the County Fair“ on Saturday, March 21, as Washington County celebrates Kentucky 4-H’s 100th Anniversary with a Centennial Celebration at the River of Life Community Church from 10 to 2 p.m.  The public is invited to attend the celebration with all activities and food priced at 25 cents.  Horse rides, a petting zoo, shooting gallery, children’s games, cotton candy, popcorn, hot dogs and birthday cake will all be part of the day designed to include the entire family. The doors will open at 10 a.m. with the opening ceremony at 10:15 a.m.

  • Start your spring vegetable garden now

    Now that the economy has slid into decline and money is tighter it seems it’s time for us to get back to the basics.

  • Reduce your pasture expenses

    Reducing pasture expenses can help your bottom line.  But don’t try to starve a profit from pastures or livestock.  Sometimes you need to invest.  This spring, invest in legumes.

    Spring-like weather in February should get you looking forward to next growing season. I’ sure one thing you won’t look forward to, though, is paying for nitrogen fertilizer on your pastures.