• A good time to prune?

    Now is a good time to survey your landscape and decide what needs pruning. Remember, that not all plants need pruning nor do they all need pruning in late winter.

    There are several reasons to prune landscape plants, such as to maintain and reduce size, to remove undesirable growth, to remove dead or damaged branches, and to rejuvenate older plants to produce more vigorous foliage, flowers and fruits. In some cases, pruning is necessary to prevent damage to life and property.

  • USDA: Hay cupboards are bare

    All hay stored on U.S. farms on Dec. 1 totaled 76.5 million tons, according to a USDA Crop Production report issued last Friday. That’s down 16 percent compared to the year-earlier figure and the lowest Dec. 1 stocks level since 1957. Also in the report, USDA noted that hay disappearance from May 1 to Dec. 1, 2012, totaled 64.7 million tons compared to 62.7 million tons for the same period in 2011.

  • Extension office offers classes

    It is that time again! Spring is at least in view and the Wheelbarrow Series has been scheduled. The list of classes this year have been expanded and there are day and night classes again.

    The list is as follows:
    Thursday Feb. 21  at  6 p.m. - Simple Greenhouse Plans and Starting Seeds At Home

  • From fiscal cliff to farm bill: what it all really means

    If you all are like me and got really tired of all the fiscal cliff and farm bill talk, you may need some clarification on what actually happened. Will Snell, University of  Kentucky College of Agriculture, Economic Specialist, has put together his thoughts and I wanted to share them with you. He is one of the few economists I can understand.

  • 4-H grows communication skills

    A communications program is a long-standing tradition in all 4-H programs. As part of a communication program, 4-H members deliver a speech at an event, give a banquet address, lead a community service project, demonstrate skills associated with project work or show a younger member how to do a project-related task.

    Participation in talk meets and demonstration contests helps a 4-Her master communications skills and become more independent.

  • 4-H chili supper set for Feb. 28

    Even though everyone is still wearing their winter coats and summer may seem like a long way off, it’s not too early to begin thinking about fun activities that the warm weather will bring. When planning your activities for summer break, don’t forget to add 4-H summer camp to the list.

  • USDA/FSA to provide loans for small-scale farmers

    We received the following information from USDA/FSA Fact Sheet and wanted to share it with you all.

    Microloans overview

  • 4-H: Young Riders accepting new members, forestry winners from St. D, NWES named
  • USDA issues final rule for animal disease traceability

    The following article is from Dr. Michelle Arnold, Large Ruminant Extension Veterinarian, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture. I thought it was a very good article and wanted to share it with you all.

  • Chemical de-icing materials can damage plants

    We haven’t had to worry about this yet, but I thought it would be a good time to discuss it before it is needed. If you like to put salt and de-icer on your sidewalks, drives and steps, you must take care not to damage valuable landscape plants. Generally, physical removal of ice and snow is better for the landscape as long as you don’t pile it on your plants. However, many people aren’t physically able to shovel snow and ice. In this case chemicals are needed to keep walkways safe.