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Agriculture

  • 4-H country ham project a Kentucky tradition

    One of the largest 4-H programs in Kentucky is the country ham project. Last year, over 750 4-H members started the eight-month program where 4-H members prepare their hams for the state fair competition. The country ham curing program is just one of many educational and character building programs 4-H offers that doesn’t require youth or their families to own considerable amounts of acreage, livestock or have a background in agriculture.

  • Grazing conference will be held Oct. 10

    The 14th Kentucky Grazing Conference will be on Oct. 10 at the Fayette County Extension Office on Red Mile Road. 

    The program begins at 8 a.m. with registration and the first presentation starts at 9 a.m. 

  • Washington County youths celebrate

     

  • Options to extend grazing season

    Many options exist to extend the grazing season. 

    Cool-season annuals, such as cereal rye, wheat and ryegrass, are a great tool to consider in pastures or following row crops for grazing in late fall to early winter and early spring.  They also serve as a cover crop to reduce soil erosion during the winter on tillable acres. Typically, cool-season annuals are planted in the late summer or early fall. 

    Correct establishment is crucial for the success of any forage. 

  • 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.