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Agriculture

  • It’s time to plant fall flowers

    Now that fall is officially here, it’s time to start planting fall flowers such as pansies, mums, and ornamental cabbage and kale. 

    My favorite fall flower is the pansy, mainly because it is one of those tough little plants that will actually give you flowers periodically in winter as well as next spring. 

    Pansies are not perennials, as they hate hot weather, but do reliably overwinter in Kentucky to give us two seasons of bloom, or three if you count the few flowers that pop up in winter.

  • It’s time to divide perennials

    With the end of the growing season looming it is still a good time to divide your perennials.  If your perennials didn’t perform as well this year as they have in the past even with irrigation it is probably because they need dividing.  When perennials get overcrowded they don’t bloom well and usually go into a decline meaning more disease, insect, and disease problems.

  • Managing alfalfa in the winter

    Given the increased alfalfa lately both for hay and grazing, I thought you may be interested in this information for UK for managing alfalfa at this time of year.

    Alfalfa is arguably the most important forage legume in the US, with Kentucky having about 350,000 acres of alfalfa. Alfalfa is high in protein and has the highest yield potential and feeding value of all perennial forage legumes. These qualities lend to its versatility and allow it to be used for grazing, or preserved as hay, silage, or green-chop.

  • Farm Service Agency reminds producers of deadlines

    Kentucky USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director SED John W. McCauley reminds producers of two important Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program (DCP) deadlines this month.

    Producers who have either not yet enrolled in DCP or have not yet signed their DCP contracts must do so by close of business Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.  Contracts filed after this date will be elevated from the county office to the state office and will require State Committee action.

  • Maple Hill Manor to participate in National Alpaca Days

    On Sept. 28 and 29, alpaca breeders from across the United States and Canada will invite the public to come to their farm or ranch to meet their alpacas and learn more about these inquisitive, unique animals, the luxury fiber they produce and why the alpaca business is perfect for environmentally conscious individuals!  From 1 - 5 p.m, each day, Maple Hill Manor will welcome guests and their families to join them for many activities including farm tours, and attendance is free .

     

  • 4-H programs teach life skills

    Chances are if your young person has an interest, 4-H has a program that explores it. Not only does 4-H provide an opportunity for its members to try something they think they might enjoy, but 4-H’s programs are designed in a way that 4-H’ers will learn many valuable life skills in the process.

    With the start of the new school year, it’s time for local youth to join 4-H, the nation’s largest youth organization. 4-H offers experiential learning to youth ages 9 to 18. 

  • Record net farm income projected for U.S. agriculture in 2013

    This is some interesting information we wanted to share with you all from Dr. Will Snell, University of Kentucky College of AG, AG Economic Specialist.

  • Acute or atypical interstitial pneumonia in grazing cattle

    Each year especially during the dry weather, we have considerable death loss in our cattle due to a condition called “walking pneumonia”. Dr. Michelle Arnold, Large Ruminant Extension Veterinarian, University of Kentucky goes into a very good detailed discussion about this condition and with cattle prices today, it may be good to see what she has to assay.

  • Food for Kids Backback program needs your help

    For over 12 years, Washington County 4-H teens have led the way in organizing the local Food for Kids Backpack program. Together with local businesses and organizations providing donations, hundreds of youth have been impacted through the program.

  • Fall is a good time for planting woody plants

    Fall is a good time to plant trees and shrubs. The cool temperatures and adequate rainfall (most years) make for an ideal time for planting woody plants. In the spring, many times it is too wet and the soil too cool to get newly planted trees and shrubs off to a good start.  Many times gardeners are much too busy to plant in the early spring as well.