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Agriculture

  • 4-H Young Riders Fun Fair Show results announced

    The Washington County Young Riders 4-H Fun Fair Show was held at the Willisbur Community Park on Oct. 5. Here are the results:

    Class 1 - Ride-A-Buck, entries - 9

    First - Brandon Wells

    Second - Abby Murphy

    Third - Gail Cook

    Fourth - Brittany Knight

    Fifth - Isaac Milburn

    Sixth - Mac Strickland

    Class 2 - Egg & Spoon, entries - 19

    First - Abby Murphy

    Second - Megan Stine

    Third - Brittany Knight

    Fourth - Lauren Chesser

    Fifth - Samantha Ross

  • Conference is call to action against invasive species

    The Invasive Species Conference, the first statewide conference to focus on the threat to the state from invasive plants, pathogens and insects, will be Dec. 12 and 13 in Lexington.

  • High input costs, low commodity prices push wheat acreage down

    The state’s winter wheat acreage likely will decrease this year because of high input costs and lower commodity prices, said specialists with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.

    While no official estimates are available yet on how many acres will not be planted, UK Extension Grain Crops Specialist Chad Lee said some producers are saving their wheat seed and opting to plant full-season soybeans in the spring.

  • Weed control options to consider

    Dry weather conditions this summer, following another dry season last year, have resulted in grazed pastures with areas that have thin vegetative cover and bare soil. Much of these areas already has evidence of weedy vegetation, such as common ragweed and other summer annuals. As these plants die back naturally, cool-season weeds such as common chickweed, henbit and purple deadnettle will fill in the voids. Other weeds such as buttercup and musk thistle will likely be more prevalent in the coming spring.

  • Grazing conference to address rising costs

    Livestock producers have been some of the hardest hit by skyrocketing fuel, input and feed prices. To help producers get through this economic crunch, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture specialists and industry professionals will offer cost-saving information on pasture management during the ninth Kentucky Grazing Conference.

    The conference is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23 at the Fayette County Extension Office in Lexington.

  • Woodlands management is heartwood of state’s wood industry

    Nearly half of Kentucky’s land is forested. The casual observer might classify those lands as unused acreage, but University of Kentucky foresters know that those “idle” lands are behind the employment of more than 30,000 Kentuckians, double the number employed in the state’s coal industry.

  • Dig up tender bulbs, bring in for winter
  • Halloween brings back the memories

    Now that Halloween is upon us and fall decorating is in full swing it makes me reminisce about Halloweens past and how times have changed. Yes, I said it, sounding like my parents and grandparents, but times have changed since I was a trick or treater.

    When I was a kid, Halloween and the prospect of getting bags full of candy and trick or treating was something my siblings, cousins and I looked forward to almost as much as Christmas, almost…?

  • Tackle weed problems in your pastures

    Dry weather conditions this summer following another dry season last year have resulted in grazed pastures with areas that have thin vegetative cover and bare soil. Much of these areas already has evidence of weedy vegetation such as common ragweed and other summer annuals. As these plants die back naturally, cool-season weeds such as common chickweed, henbit and purple deadnettle will fill in the voids. Other weeds such as buttercup and musk thistle will likely be more prevalent in the coming spring.

  • Consider limiting hay feeding now

    Some of you are already making decisions about this winter’s feeding. What is worse, some of us are already doing it! One of the things that worked out best last year was turning the cows in to the hay for a short feeding period. Since many of you are counting hay bales now and have either sold cattle or are planning to sell, you may want to consider limited feeding.