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Agriculture

  • Help Kentucky's hungry this holiday season

    There are so many things happening around the holidays that we often times get carried away and overwhelmed with our own world and forget about those in need. Unfortunately, some families and individuals in Kentucky do not know where their next meal is coming from, much less Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. Since the holidays are a time of giving, those of us that can, should take time from our busy lives to share our blessings with Kentuckians in need this holiday season.

  • Now is the time to winterize strawberry plants

    Perhaps the last garden chore of the season is tucking in the strawberry planting for winter. Strawberry plants have already set their buds for next spring’s flowers and the crop can be lost unless you protect them from harsh winter conditions. A fully dormant strawberry plant’s flower buds can be damaged at temperatures below 15 deg. F.

    In addition to flower bud damage, the alternate freezing and thawing of the soil that commonly occurs in winter and early spring can cause plant roots to break and the plants to be heaved right out of the ground.

  • 4-H Clubs meet; Quilting workshop to be held

    Two 4-H Project Clubs have been busy recognizing their members for outstanding achievements for the 2008 project year.

    Last week, the picture of the 4-H Sharpshooters ran in The Springfield Sun and this week, the 4-H Young Riders picture will be included.

  • Local youths win big at ARBA convention

    The American Rabbit Breeders Association held its annual convention in Louisville from Oct. 26 – 30. This year’s convention had approximately 24,000 rabbits shown from all over the United States, Japan, and Canada.

    Emily Cermola showed two of her Jersey Wooly rabbits. There were a total of 374 Jersey Wooly rabbits entered with 61 exhibitors. Emily placed third with her self-junior doe Southland’s Pink and seventh with her broken-senior doe Southland’s Rachel

  • National Farm Safety and Health Week is Sept. 21-27

    Kentucky Farm Bureau and the National Safety Council are joining forces to recognize the importance of safe farming practices in conjunction with National Farm Safety and Health Week.

    That observance, now in its 65th year, is set for September 21-27 nationwide, under the theme “Farm Safety---Protect YOUr Investment.”

    The theme, according to Kentucky Farm Bureau President Marshall Coyle, underscores the value of safety and wellness of farmers and farming families.

  • Spurs and Furs results announced

    Here are the results of the Washington County Spurs and furs 4-H Fair show held at the National Guard Armory recently.

    Open Rabbit Show

    French Angora

    Jr. Buck, 1st – Lisa Zesiger; 2nd – Lisa Zesiger

    Jr. Buck, 1st – Lisa Zesiger

    Sr. Buck, 1st – Lisa Zesiger

    Sr. Doe, 1st – Lisa Zesiger; 2nd – Lisa Zesiger

    Best of Breed – Lisa Zesiger – Sr. Doe

    Best Opposite Sex – Lisa Zesiger – Sr. Buck

    American Chincilla

  • Consider grain storage in volatile market

    The price of corn has plummeted since it peaked this summer at around $7 a bushel. The price decline is due to the anticipation of the second largest corn crop in history, lower energy prices and the financial markets, said Cory Walters, UK agricultural economist.

    With harvest coming to a close, producers are trying to determine whether it would be beneficial to them to store their crop until prices rebound, but no one is sure when and if that will happen. On Oct. 27, December corn futures were selling at around $3.80, and March futures were near $4.

  • Lawns need continued care during fall

    Taking care of your lawn during the fall is as important as it is during spring and summer, even more so for lawns with cool-season grasses such as Kentucky bluegrass and tall fescue. Nearly all fertilizers and broadleaf herbicides should be applied in the fall, and it is by far the best time to fertilize. Here are some tips for cool-season grasses:

  • Fair Junior Poultry Show results announced

    Washington County Fair Junior Poultry Show results are as follows:

    Large Fowl Cock, 1st – 4th place – Stephen Carney, 5th place – Taylor Graves

    Large Fowl Hen, 1st – 4th place – Stephen Carney, 5th place – Allison Novack

    Large Fowl cockerel, 1st place – Stephen Carney, 2nd place – Robbie Gadd, 3rd place – Stephen Carney, 4th place – Haley Huddleston

  • 4-H to sponsor Kids Back Pack program again

    It is a known fact that children who suffer from food insecurity do not perform well academically, display unacceptable behavior and have poor attendance due to illness or unexcused reasons.