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Agriculture

  • 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.

  • Coyle warns farmers to be on guard for attacks

    Farmers should be on guard for attacks on animal agriculture and free trade policies – two issues that could jeopardize their livelihoods, Kentucky Farm Bureau President Marshall Coyle said today in a keynote address at the organization’s 89th annual meeting.

  • 4-H leaf collection results announced

    Congratulations to all of the students who completed a 4-H Forestry leaf collection this year. Over the next few weeks, results from the schools will be listed in the 4-H News along with photos. In today’s news are the results from St. Dominic Elementary.

    St Dominic 4th Grade

  • Board approves continuing program support

    The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board (KADB), chaired by Gov. Steve Beshear, approved the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) for $3.3 million from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund (KADF) to continue supporting the Kentucky Proud Program. This proposal was one of 21 projects totaling more than $10.3 million approved at the November KADB business meeting.

  • Comparing tobacco yields across the state

    I received this latest update on our tobacco crop this year and I thought it was interesting and I wanted to share it with everyone.

    Obviously, 2007 was not a typical tobacco production year for any area of Kentucky. According to the Kentucky Farm Business Management (KFBM) program records for 2007, wide variation existed across the state. Post buy-out Kentucky has also seen considerable shifts in tobacco production. Some areas have seen sharp acreage declines, while other areas, especially western Kentucky, have experienced increases in tobacco acreage.

  • Now is the time to cut and cover rose bushes

    It’s alright to go ahead and cut your roses back. Our recent cold weather should have sent them into dormancy. Generally it takes a night or two in the low twenties and upper teens to accomplish this.

  • Vote now for a 4-H Hall of Fame representative

    As I mentioned in last week’s 4-H news, each county 4-H program in Kentucky has the honor of submitting a name of a former 4-Her or 4-H leader that had a tremendous impact on the local program to be recognized in the Kentucky 4-H Hall of Fame as part of the Kentucky 4-H Centennial that takes place in 2009. Since the information was requested on such short notice, there was only one week to ask the public for nominations and now we are asking for you to review the names for voting. The deadline for anyone wishing to place a vote will be Tuesday, Dec. 9.

  • Input prices begin to decline

    In recent weeks, nitrogen prices have taken a downturn, but what the future holds for input costs remains uncertain, said Lloyd Murdock, soils specialist with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.

    “Typically, when prices start to go down, they begin to drop in one area first, and then the others follow. So it’s going to be a significantly different situation for producers in the coming months,” he said.