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Agriculture

  • Celebrate 4-H's centennial throughout 2009

    Kentucky 4-H has impacted the lives of thousands of youths since its inception. As it reaches its 100th anniversary, current and former 4-H’ers will be celebrating the organization’s past, relishing in its present and anxiously anticipating its future. You can help 4-H celebrate this milestone by showing your support for the organization throughout 2009.

  • Fertilizing forage crops in 2009

    Forage producers around the world have struggled over the last year with high fertilizer prices. I’ve had many tell me, “I can’t afford to fertilize my hay or pastures this year. I’ll go broke.” While there is some truth to this statement, in the long term, you will definitely “go broke” if your forage crops don’t have the necessary nutrients for sustained growth. I don’t claim to be a soil science expert, but I would like to provide some basic principles on how to manage the nutrient inputs and outputs on your farm.

  • Cattlemen convention is Jan. 8-10

    The 2009 KCA Convention will be held Jan. 8-10, 2009 in Lexington. The program, “Working Together. Growing Together,” will provide KCA members the opportunity to learn and meet other producers from across the state.

    “The Convention allows all producers to visit the trade show with over 70 booths, get the latest Economic Outlook, and mingle with other producers, all in one place,” said Don Pemberton, KCA Convention Chairman.

  • Reduce your fertilizer rates while maintaining yields

    The prices of fertilizer inputs have increased at an astounding rate the last two years. With the decrease in commodity prices, fertilizer inputs cost may now be the dominate factor in determining a profit. Efficient and wise use of fertilizers and the nutrients in the soil become important in determining the crop grown as well as its profit.

    Below are listed points one should consider to make the fertilizer purchased and the nutrients in the soil profitable for you.

  • KDA launches high-tech system

    Two new Internet-based systems are enabling the Kentucky Department of Agriculture to carry out its pesticide regulation and environmental enforcement duties more efficiently, improving customer service and staff productivity.

  • Alltech receives grant for biorefinery

    Corn is not the only way to make ethanol. Scientists can also make the alternative fuel from the fiber of straw, wood and even corn cobs, scientists told state lawmakers, through a process called cellulosic—or fiber cell wall—technology.

  • 4-H Hooves and Horns meet, watch movie

    The 4-H Hooves and Horns Livestock Club met on Friday, Dec. 5 to enjoy a “moovie” night by watching the movie “Barnyard.” There were 16 members and guests present.

    The next meeting will be Jan. 29, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. at the extension office.

    Anyone interested in joining the club is welcome to attend.

  • County leaf collection winners announced, advance to state fair

    This week you will find more leaf collection results from Washington County Elementary and Fredericktown Elementary schools. The leaf collections have all been returned and I have to say these were some of the best leaf collections I’ve seen.

    Our Overall County Winner from the fourth grade was Danielle Wilkerson of St. Dominic. Noah Harmon of North Washington was the Overall County Winner from the fifth grade.

  • Fruit, vegetable conference set for Jan. 5-6

    Horticulture in Kentucky continues to be big business. After a difficult 2007, including a late freeze and extreme drought conditions, Kentucky’s fruit and vegetable growers saw better growing conditions in 2008. Soon, growers will have an opportunity to hone their skills when the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture hosts a joint meeting of the Kentucky State Horticulture Society, the Kentucky Vegetable Growers Association, the Kentucky Farmers’ Market Association and the Kentucky Grape and Wine Short Course, Jan. 5 and 6 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Lexington.

  • Body condition scores are good indicators of herd health

    Many of you all know Dr. Les Anderson. He would like to share some information that may be critical for this winter in your profitability.

    Early winter is an optimum time to prepare your spring-calving herd for reproductive success. Adequate nutrition from about 50 to 80 days prior to calving is critical to maximizing a cow’s ability to rebreed and maintain a 365-day calving interval. If a cow gets inadequate nutrition or is thin at calving and breeding, she will take longer to come into heat and will require more services to conceive.