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Agriculture

  • 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. 

  • Talk Meet winners announced

    This week, the remaining results from the 4-H Talk Meet program are listed in the 4-H News including from North Washington Elementary and the County-wide Talk Meet that was held on Thursday, April 9, at St. Catharine College.  

  • Weeding time: Cool, wet weather slows us down

    If you have been trying to garden lately, you know that the cool wet spring so far is slowing us down as well as our plants.  Don’t complain though. Just as easy as the rains are coming now, it could soon stop for a long hot summer, so let’s just enjoy the rain while we have it.  Who knows, we might even get rain for the entire growing season!

  • Ten reasons to make forage first in the rotation

    Provide protein – Legume forages can provide up to 75 percent of the protein needed by lactating dairy cows; corn silage can provide up to 25 percent.

    Provide fiber – Forages are often the only source of fiber in a cow’s diet. Fiber is essential to slow the passage of feed, thereby increasing the amount of nutrients that the cow can absorb from the feed.

    Maximize intake – Forages stimulate cud chewing and rumination, which improve the cow’s appetite.  Some non-forage sources of fiber actually reduce intake.

  • Enter your 4-H projects

    For the past 100 years in Kentucky, project work has been the backbone of 4-H and it’s “learn by doing” motto. 4-H members have entered their completed projects for county and state fairs, many of which they have later worn, used in the home or in early years, used on the farm.  

  • 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