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Agriculture

  • 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.

  • 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.