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Agriculture

  • Remember the upcoming 4-H events

    With the fast pace we all seem to run our lives at these days, it’s easy to forget a few things along the way.  It may be a deadline, a birthday or a special event.  Whatever it is, we all have forgotten something at some point in time.  

    I often list 4-H events or activities a couple of times either in a news article, newsletter or a one call to try and reach everyone and to help people not forget deadlines or an actual event. 

  • Fertilizing your lawn maintains healty turf

    Fertilizing your lawn is a good way to maintain a healthy turf. 

    You should fertilize every year. 

    Fertilizing your lawn helps maintain a uniform, dense, green turf and reduces weed problems.  The good effects of fertilizing can be lost if you fertilize at the wrong time. 

    Low-maintenance turf requires one application of fertilization in late October or anytime in November for most grass types.

    Don’t guess what your lawn needs. 

    Get a soil test done. 

  • Calving ease and disposition important aspects in bull selection

    When deciding on a new bull for your cattle operation, remember that there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Buying a bull that fits your needs and operation is very important and decisions will be different for every farm.

    Looking at all the traits for each bull you are considering and determining which one best fits your needs is the right approach. Using tools such as Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) will help in the decision-making process. Two traits often mentioned by Kentucky producers among the most important are calving ease and temperament.

  • 4-H country ham project a Kentucky tradition

    One of the largest 4-H programs in Kentucky is the country ham project. Last year, over 750 4-H members started the eight-month program where 4-H members prepare their hams for the state fair competition. The country ham curing program is just one of many educational and character building programs 4-H offers that doesn’t require youth or their families to own considerable amounts of acreage, livestock or have a background in agriculture.

  • Grazing conference will be held Oct. 10

    The 14th Kentucky Grazing Conference will be on Oct. 10 at the Fayette County Extension Office on Red Mile Road. 

    The program begins at 8 a.m. with registration and the first presentation starts at 9 a.m. 

  • Washington County youths celebrate

     

  • Options to extend grazing season

    Many options exist to extend the grazing season. 

    Cool-season annuals, such as cereal rye, wheat and ryegrass, are a great tool to consider in pastures or following row crops for grazing in late fall to early winter and early spring.  They also serve as a cover crop to reduce soil erosion during the winter on tillable acres. Typically, cool-season annuals are planted in the late summer or early fall. 

    Correct establishment is crucial for the success of any forage. 

  • It’s time to plant fall flowers

    Now that fall is officially here, it’s time to start planting fall flowers such as pansies, mums, and ornamental cabbage and kale. 

    My favorite fall flower is the pansy, mainly because it is one of those tough little plants that will actually give you flowers periodically in winter as well as next spring. 

    Pansies are not perennials, as they hate hot weather, but do reliably overwinter in Kentucky to give us two seasons of bloom, or three if you count the few flowers that pop up in winter.

  • It’s time to divide perennials

    With the end of the growing season looming it is still a good time to divide your perennials.  If your perennials didn’t perform as well this year as they have in the past even with irrigation it is probably because they need dividing.  When perennials get overcrowded they don’t bloom well and usually go into a decline meaning more disease, insect, and disease problems.

  • Managing alfalfa in the winter

    Given the increased alfalfa lately both for hay and grazing, I thought you may be interested in this information for UK for managing alfalfa at this time of year.

    Alfalfa is arguably the most important forage legume in the US, with Kentucky having about 350,000 acres of alfalfa. Alfalfa is high in protein and has the highest yield potential and feeding value of all perennial forage legumes. These qualities lend to its versatility and allow it to be used for grazing, or preserved as hay, silage, or green-chop.