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Agriculture

  • 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.  

  • SIgn-up date for programs extended to Aug. 14

     Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced that USDA has extended the sign-up deadline from June 1 to Aug. 14, 2009, for both the Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP) and the forthcoming Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) Program. This action extends the sign-up deadline by 10 weeks to give producers ample time to decide whether to participate in ACRE or remain in DCP.

  • Practice green gardening by following tips

    I recently taught a class on gardening greener and thought the information may be useful to those of you that would like to be a little “greener” in the garden and didn’t have the time to attend one of my “Wheelbarrow Series” classes.  So, I have decided to put together my top greener gardening tips.

  • Sclerotinia collar rot reported

    Cool, wet weather has prevailed across much of Kentucky over the past week or so, increasing the risk of diseases on tobacco transplants.  

    The current conditions are particularly favorable for collar rot and target spot.  We have confirmed a case of collar rot from a greenhouse in central Kentucky within the past few days, so the focus of this week’s article will be on recognition and management of this disease.

  • Pythium root rot damages transplants

    Besides blank shank, this is the worst disease we have to deal with.  In the float systems, occasionally this is fatal, but mostly what it does is rob you of time.  With the serious outbreak of this disease it will set the affected plants back four to six weeks.  Most people can’t afford that kind of waiting period.  So, please pay attention to this article and manage accordingly.

  • 4-H members participate in Lincoln Trail Variety Show

    These days we are bombarded with special days and months to honor various causes, and there are so many, it is impossible to keep up with them all.  Although we wonder sometimes why recognition of so many days or months have been created, I have found that it helps to remind me of the importance of those causes perhaps to our community, or to our state or our country.  During April, we celebrate/honor several causes including Earth Day (April 22), Arbor Day (April 24), Kentucky Writers’ Day (April 24) and April as National Poetry Month, Children and Nature Awareness Month an

  • Heifers given for Worthington contest

    Over 160 people from across the state gathered April 4 at the Mercer County Extension Office for the 10th Annual Dustin Worthington “I Love Cows” Essay Contest awards ceremony.  At t his year’s ceremony, eighteen beef heifers were given away to students who participated in the contest.  The contest is open to all FFA & 4-H members interested in the cattle industry in the state of Kentucky.