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Agriculture

  • Tomato diseases starting to show up

    If you have been out and about in your garden you have probably noticed that there are several diseases of plants beginning to rear their ugly heads after our warm, damp weather.  I have noticed this weekend that a little blight has started to show up on the bottom leaves of some of my tomato plants.  There are several diseases that can attack tomatoes, usually early blight is the leading problem this time of year, along with septoria leaf blight and some of the wilts such as Verticilium and Fusarium.  If your tomato plants start to yellow and wilt out of the blue and just up

  • Fields receives DEKALB award

    Amber Renee Fields of Washington County High School was recently presented the school’s highest agricultural honor, the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award, sponsored by Monsanto Company.

    Fields, the daughter of Ricky and Fran Fields of Springfield, received the award for excellence in academics, leadership and agricultural work experience. Her significant experiences and accomplishments have included Chapter President and Regional Vice President of FFA and has been accepted at University of Kentucky College of Ag with a major in agricultural biotechnology.

  • County is home to certified farm markets

    Washington County is home to three of the 92 markets across the state that are members of the 2009 Kentucky Farm Bureau Certified Roadside Farm Market Program. The Washington County Certified Roadside Market members are: Flaggy Meadow Fiber Works & Sunshine Alpacas of Kentucky, Maple Hill Manor and St. Catherine Farm. In joining the Kentucky Farm Bureau Certified Roadside Farm Market Program, these markets have committed to offering quality products and service to their customers.

  • Emerald ash borer found here

    Well, we knew for several years it was going to eventually make it to Kentucky and now it has!  The emerald ash borer has been found for the first time in Kentucky in a wood lot in Shelby County and a residential landscape in Jessamine County.  This has been confirmed by the state entomologist.

  • 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.